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Old 04-13-2015, 12:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Quick question. I'm pretty new to river fishin', and would want to know from someone who fishes the Kank how they keep their bait stationary and on the bottom with what kind of sinker and what size??

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It depends on what fish you are aiming for and where you are fishing. If you are fishing for bass, then I wouldnt leave anything on the bottom. I would cast and reel. If you are fishing for cats, like with bluegill cut bait, I would use a hook on the end and three feet up a split shot, then up from that a 3/4 oz egg slip sinker. With that rig, the fish can get the bait and move with it before you set the hook. If you are in heavier current, just up the weight.

But in general, the Kankakee river for me is smallie country and I would spend the day casting rattle traps etc.
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I'm aiming for large channel and orange catfish. Never thought of adding the splitshot!! Thanks. 3/4 is all you need on an average day?? I been using 3 oz eggs!!!
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Well, it kind of depends where you are fishing. I wouldnt really be fishing for cats in a fast current, but more in a pool e.g. the one off the foot of Altorf Island. 3 oz seems way overweight for anywhere but the stongest of currents.

You'll know if your weight is too little since the rig will wash down stream.

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I'm aiming for large channel and orange catfish. Never thought of adding the splitshot!! Thanks. 3/4 is all you need on an average day?? I been using 3 oz eggs!!!
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I use 1 oz no roll sinkers. They are a flat slip sinker. I use a bead below the sinker to help protect the knot. Then I tie on a barrel swivel with 1-2 ft leader and finish it with a circle hook.
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For channel cats i would fish with slip boober. I put split shot 1 feet above the hook than another one 2' off the hook. Than figure out the depth so the first split shot is dragged on the bottom.Fish in slower/ medium current they are there durring the day. I am using night crawler as a bait but cut bait or golden roaches will work too. Of course you will have a snag from time to time but i bet ill catch more catfish that way than still bottom fishing.
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I generally fish cats from the bank after dark. I like to target shallow water(1-3ft.), ahead of deeper water. Weight depends on what kind of flow your fishing. I use 3/8-3/4oz egg sinkers, barrel swivel then a 12" leader. When fishing heavier current areas my bait will sometimes tumble downstream, even with a heavier egg sinker. I will have to try some of those no roll sinkers.
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