Fishermen target channel catfish and flathead catfish most often when fishing for catfish. Both fish feed on the water's bottom, so one of the best rigs for catching them is a bottom rig, which keeps the bait on or near the bottom of the water. Both boat and shore fishermen can use the rig, which casts easily. Use a variety of baits with bottom rigs, including live and dead fish, to catch a catfish.
Cut a piece of 15- to 20-lb. test fishing line so it is 24 inches in length.
Thread a 1 oz. or heavier weight on the end of the main fishing line.
Knot the main fishing line to a barrel swivel using a Palomar knot. Tie the 24-inch piece of line to the other end of the barrel swivel.
Tie a size 2/0 or 4/0 hook to the end of the line if you are targeting channel catfish. Use a size 2/0 or larger for flathead catfish.
Place a night crawler or dead minnow as bait on the hook for channel catfish. Use a bullhead or sucker minnow for flathead catfish.
Items you will need
- 15- to 20-lb. test fishing line
- 1 oz. or heavier weight
- Rod and reel
- Barrel swivel
- 2/0 or larger size hook
- Night crawler, dead minnow, bullhead or sucker minnow
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