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The Fish Finder Rig: Good Or Bad? It Depends!

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I remember as a kid we constantly had a big stack of these rigs laying around that we would buy at the local bait shop. We’d buy the single rigs (similar to a three way rig, but already tied) and the double rigs or “fish finder rigs” with two leaders and two hooks. If we […]

Zero Rig: The No Leader Rig For Sniping Catfish

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Years ago I started using what I call a “zero rig” for catfishing. The zero rig is another of the catfish rigs that is not something you’ll use day in and day out like the slip sinker rig or santee rig. It’s more of a “tactical” rig for some specific situations and presentations and situations. The […]

Double Hook Rig: For Big Catfish Baits

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The double hook rig is one of the catfish rigs that is popular when targeting trophy class catfish with large catfish baits, generally large pieces of cut bait (like threadfin shad or gizzard shad, skipjack herring, carp, drum of buffalo). It is very popular with anglers who target trophy blue catfish, is occasionally used for flathead catfish and rarely for channel […]

Catfish Rigs Revisited

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Since I started Learn To Catch Catfish the catfish rigs section and different articles and videos I have added have been some of the most popular topics here on the website. The catfish rigs pages have received countless views and I have received countless questions about these articles and videos. Because some of these articles […]

The Float Rig: Float Rigs For Catfishing

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The Float Rig: Float Rigs For Catfishing I first discovered a variation of this rig years ago when we were surf fishing on the Bolivar Peninsula on the Gulf Of Mexico for shark. I saw some guys using something similar to this to help hold the baits up and to compensate for the massive rolling […]

Drop Shot Rig: Drop Shot Rigging For Catfish

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The drop shot rig or drop shot rigging is widely known among angling circles. If you talk to anglers that target bass or many other species of fish you will find that the drop shot rig is a popular method of fishing.  Drop shot fishing is not commonly talked about in catfishing circles though. The […]

Balloon Fishing With Balloon Rigs

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The balloon rig or “balloon fishing” has been a very popular fishing rig for striper fishermen for a number of years and has also become popular with catfish anglers for certain applications. This is also a popular rig for fishing for a number of other species of saltwater species of fish. There are many different variations of […]

Modified Three Way Rig: The Simple Three Way Rig

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The modified three way rig is a variation of the traditional three way rig, but involves less tackle and less cutting and knots. This is also often referred to as a “river rig” by many anglers. A traditional three way rig utilizes a three way swivel to form the leader. A modified three way rig or “river […]

Three Way Rig For Catfish: It’s Popular, But Is It Good?

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The three way rig is probably one of the most well known catfish rigs. Many people use the three way rig because others have told them that they need to use it or simply because it is one of the most well known ways of rigging for catfish. Popularity of the three way rig has […]

Leader Length: How Long Should Leaders Be On Catfish Rigs

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Leader Length: How Long Should Leaders Be On Catfish Rigs I’m constantly questioned on catfish rigs like the slip sinker rig and the santee cooper rig from anglers wanting to know what the best or “right” length is for leaders. This is in addition to questions about all the other catfish rigs covered at Learn To Catch […]