by Jeff Samsel
Although various specialized rigs come in a handy for certain situations, two basic rigs will cover a host of catfishing situations. Sizes noted are averages. Vary based on current, depth, fish size, bait size, etc.
Sliding Bottom Rig
Run the main line through eye at the top of a 1-ounce bell sinker and then tie the line to one end of a barrel swivel. Tie a 2 1/2-foot section of 30-pound-test fluorocarbon leader to the other end of the swivel and complete the rig with a 5/0 circle hook.
Begin by tying the main line to one eye of a three-way swivel. Tie a 1 1/2-foot section of 20-pound fluorocarbon to another eye and add a 2-ounce teardrop sinker to the end of that leader. Tie a 1-foot section of 30-pound-test monofilament to the third eye and add a 5/0 circle hook to the end of that leader.