Another popular rig for catfishing is the Carolina rig or some refer to it as a slip rig. But No matter what you choose to call the rig, it’s a highly effective rig is some situations. It’s probably the most common catfishing rig used for a few reasons.
1. Easy to tie up.
3. The slip feature allows the cafish to take the bait without detecting any resistance from the weight.
This rig is very versatile for catfishing a number of different situations and will catch all three species; Channel, Blue and Flathead catfish.
Tackle example below is what I use to catch the trophies but you will want to tailor your tackle to the size catfish you are targeting. For instance if you are targeting midsized channel cats you may opt to down size your hook, leader line and the main line, the swivel is not that important, I use a midsized swivel that is what I consider is a one size fits all.
Barrel Swivel – most any midsized barrel swivel will work, I prefer swivels rated for at least 250 lbs
Leader line – 50 lb monofilament, I use the cheap Omni brand fishing line you buy at walmart. I have used it for years, it’s like weed eater line, very tough and hasn’t failed me yet.
Sinker – egg sinker or no roll sinker will work but I prefer the no roll sinker mainly because I fish a lot of rivers with current and no roll sinkers work in current better than egg sinkers do.
The no roll sinkers are so versatile in many situations I use such as free drifting.
Hook – I typically use a #8-#9 Mustad circle hook.
How-to tie the Slip Sinker Rig
First Thread the slip sinker onto the mainline, next (optional)- thread a plastic bead onto the mainline, some anglers believe the plastic bead gives the knot a buffer so the sinker doesn’t fray it against the swivel. I personally do not use them and find them a waste of time. I have never used them and can’t recall one time I have lost a fish do to the sinker compromising the knot.
Now tie one end of the barrel swivel to the mainline using a Palomar knot.
Now tie the leader line to the other side of the swivel using a clinch knot. The average leader length is 18-24 inches. I have experimented with different lengths of leader and cannot really tell if one length is better than the other.
The last step to the slip rig is to tie the hook to the remaining end of the leader line using a snell knot (or a clinch knot if you opt to use a traditional J style hook.)
When you are done the slip sinker rig should look like the illustration below.
Slip rig uses
This is a basic slip sinker rig that I use for couple proven techniques such as dead lining in rivers and lakes free drifting or suspend drifting.
Simply cast the rig out to the desired spot and let it hit the bottom. Give it a minute to settle, engage your reel and begin to take the remaining slack out of the line until the line is somewhat taught. Place your rod in a rod holder or lean it against a log if you’re fishing from the bank and you’re ready for action. This method of catfishing is what i use alot in the spring and winter months when there is current flow. i use this rig to employ a technique i call bounding down.
Suspend drifting from a boat
Simply drop the rig straight down beside the boat and allow it to hit the bottom and engage your reel. Now reel the rig up off of the bottom 3-4 cranks of the reel and place it in a rod holder and either free drift with the wind or current or control your drift with suspended bait susually targeting structure.