To catch fish with catfish rigs, prepare the right type of catfish rig, and then cast your bait to the spot on the water where you think fish may be swimming. Once a fish is on your hook, bring it back safely to the shore or your boat. Remember to check your state fishing regulations, and make sure you have your fishing license.
There are many different types of catfish rigs: drift rig, slip-float rig, slip rig, poly ball rig, three way rig and paternoster rig. According to CatfishEdge.com, the slip sinker rig is one of the most essential catfish rigs for many anglers. The slip sinker rig is similar to a common setup used by bass fishermen called the Carolina rig.
To set up a slip sinker rig, you need a lead line, hook, swivel and a sinker. Any hook works for the most part, so choosing the right one is not very important. For your reference, the circle hooks work best for blue catfish and flatheads. For swivels, you can use the basic brass barrel swivel. Use a ball bearing swivel or crane swivel for extra performance. Egg sinkers or no-roll sinkers are preferred by many catfish anglers. The Palomar and Trilene knots are two simple knots to tie catfish rigs.
Techniques to reel in fish also play an important part in fishing for catfish. Do not reel while the fish is swimming away and taking line off the reel. Relax and let the drag and rod do the work. Just keep the fishing rod up at about a 45-degree angle to the water, aim it straight toward the fish, and be ready to reel when the drag stops moving and buzzing.