If I feel like catching as many as I can, regardless of size, I use a spinning rod with 30# power pro, a 15# mono surf rig (see attachment), #2 lazer sharp hooks, just enough weight to hold bottom or very slowly drift, and nightcrawlers threaded on with a worm threader. The power pro line is extremely sensitive and I can see even the smallest nibble. For me, this means better hook sets and less gullet hooked fish. This rig catches a lot of cats in the 1 to 5 pound class. But, if I'm hunting for a big cat or striper, I use a bait caster on a 8 and 1/2 rod, 30# power pro, and a sliding sinker setup with a 30# power pro leader and 5/0 octopus hook. For bait I prefer something freshly caught from the same waters I'm fishing; bluegill, squawfish, etc. I use magic thread to hold the cut bait on the hook so that the hook bend and point stick out from the bait. I leave the reel in freespool with the clicker on and set the wood to em' when the clicker goes off. This setup catches larger fish. However, I'm always looking to improve my technique. Lately I've been experimenting with small styrofoam floats on the leader to float the bait off the bottom. I haven't had much luck, though. What's your favorite rig?