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Question by scrawford8872. Uploaded on March 15, 2011
I have an egg weight above a swivel then tie a leader on the swivel whatever length you want the bait to float above the bottom. With this the cat can grab the bait, swim off, and not be too spooked by the resistance as the weight slides back up the line. For channel cats and blues I use a sharp treble hook with shrimp, chicken livers, rotten clams, blood bait...etc. I use the same technique but with a much heavier weight and line to catch big flatheads. They prefer live bait, however. All this is assuming you'll be able to fish off the bottom of course.
I tie on 30-60 pound drop lines to a tree limb or root then the other end to a window weight or cinderblock, small anchors or special shapped rocjk to get nmy line dow to the bottom. I'll tie on swivels and hooks every 18-24 inches, then I'll bait the hooks with live pearch, Worms, crawfiah, shad or cutbait. These drop lines/limb lines let me fish allow me fish the whole column of water, setting bait and scent at depths covering the depth from top to bottomlb. I also run trout lines in bends of rivers, or the mouths if creeks and inlets. I'll tie the trout line to a tree or root on one end then string towards my tie off point deeper waterstopping halfway to tie off a sinker weight (concrete filled coffee canin the middle or a large enough rock) to drop the trout line down below boat traffic and into deeper water. Caught boxes and boxes if catfish using these methods. start off with severl different baits, then after finding what is getting hit most often switch all hooks to that bait. Good luck!
Gumby has it right for most rod and reel fishing. You want that egg sinker to be able to slide freely.
The egg sinker is fine for a still water situation. I use a three way swivel for faster water. With lighter line on the sinker. that way that line can break without losing your whole rig.
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