"What I'm doing is sending a scent trail downstream with the current," says Hall. "Catfish are just one big taste bud. As they swim upstream to find my baits, I move downstream to speed up the process." **Cat Gear **
Hall's catfish tackle consists of stout 7- to 71/2-foot rods, Abu Garcia 7000 big-game baitcasting reels, and 40-pound-test Berkley Big Game monofilament. He runs the line through a flat 3-ounce, teardrop sinker and ties it to a large No. 5 barrel swivel. An 18- to 24-inch 50-pound leader withstands the abrasive mouth of a heavy blue cat. And an 8/0 to 11/0 Gamakatsu Octopus hook impales the bait, normally a chunk of skipjack.