Cats on a Limb
Small tributary streams can offer amazing catfishing, and limb lines are my favorite method of targeting them. But big catfish are notorious for twisting off of standard limb lines since they roll after being hooked, and that twists the lines until they tighten enough to pop the hook free. To thwart the twist, add a big barrel swivel on the line about a foot above the hook, and secure an egg sinker to the line between two overhand knots above the swivel. I like my bait--a small, lively bluegill hooked under the dorsal fin on a 5/0 Kahle hook--set about 2 feet deep. To find your lines in the dark, use mailbox reflectors, which have a flat side to write down your name, address, and phone number (mandatory information wherever limb lines are legal), a reflective side, and holes on both ends that are just about the diameter of trotline cord.