Catfish Basics #063 – Extreme Rigging – Chad Mayfield, Pell City, Alabama

Catfishermen are notorious for tying up their favorite rigs and sticking with them all day long. Sometimes a change of pace is needed and a little adjustment to the rig may make the difference between a good day and a not so good day.

We all have our favorite knots and rigs that have proven successful, so we are a little hesitant to change for multiple reasons. However, follow my strategy and it just might identify what the fish are attracted to in different areas and/or under different conditions.

There are lots of variables when it comes to the catfish bite. On some days they bite anything and other times they need encouragement. I have developed a strategy where I start the day with different rigs. I might be fishing with 5 or 6 different presentations, to begin with.

When using multiple rods, I like to rig each one, or at least several, a little different by adding or removing tackle. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If one or 2 of the rods consistently catches fish, I start changing all the rods to match that setup.

Here are a few things you can try, in different combinations, to create different presentations:


1) Use different length leaders.

2) Place a rattle near the weight.

3) Put a rattle on the business end near the bait.

4) Use spinners to add vibration.

5) Try different types and sizes of floats.

6) Change up the size, cut, or type of bait.


As the catfish industry grows, we see more and more products that merit consideration. Don’t be afraid to experiment and choose the ones that you think might make a difference. This strategy has worked for me and I think it will work for you.

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