Catfishing Rigs

What is a Catfishing Rig?  Catfishing Rigs refer to the way you position your bait and fishing line and the amount of weight you add to that line to catch different types of catfish.


There are a vast number of types of catfishing rigs and you will find lots of opinions on the amount of weight you might attach to your rig for bigger catfish but the basics include a sturdy hook, a bobber or weight and your catfishing bait.

There are also other considerations you must take into account when setting up your catfishing rig such as the time of year, the temperature and weather conditions of your fishing trip.  When you know how to set up your catfishing rig effectively, you will have the greatest chance of catching bigger catfish easily.

When you are fishing in shallow waters, one type of rig is called a “shallow catfish right.”  To make sure this rig is successful; you will need good catfish bobbers.  Start by placing a bobber two to three feet from your hook, taking into account how deep you want to fish.

Next, right above the bobber, add a split shot or even two between the bobber and your hook.  The set up is the same regardless of the type of hook you are using.  You should think about the type and sizes of the catfish you are trying to catch before setting this rig up.

A different kind of rig should be used for deep catfish fishing.  I will explain how to set up a basic rig here.  First make sure you are using a strong, well build weight at the end of your line.  When you place the weight at the end of your line, you will avoid any snags.

The weight should be at least an ounce and tied to the end of your line using a Palomar know.  This type of knot is great for attaching weights and hooks to the end of your line. What is great about the Palomar know is that it is easy to tie and to pull loose, allowing the line to snap before the knot unravels.

Now that you have your weight tied at the end of your line, tie your hook about twelve to eighteen inches up from the end of your line.  To hold your hook and leader line, tie a dropper loop into your line. One option for keeping the line with your hook from getting wrapped around the line of your weight, you may want to use attached to your line is to use a wired leader.

The bait for smaller catfish, such as channel catfish, can often be chicken livers, dip baits or worms.  For these types of baits, use a small hook like the number 2 or 2/0.  If you are fishing with perch or shad, use an 8/0 or 9/0 circle hook (this is for those big catfish).  With that sized hook, you will decrease the chance of escape once your catfish is hooked.
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