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#11199973 - 11/01/15 04:53 PM Hair rigs for catfish? How do hair rigs work?
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I'm interested in using boilies and hair rigs for catfish. How do you fish these rigs? I primarily drift rivers for catfish. I'll chum an area with sour wheat chum, then drift back through the chum slick. Boilies, glugs and hair rigs should work.

But how do hair rigs work? If the bait is not on the hook, then how do you catch the fish?
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#11199994 - 11/01/15 04:57 PM Re: Hair rigs for catfish? How do hair rigs work? [Re: WillieRip]
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The fish will swallow the hair rigged bait and as they swallow the bait the hook gets drawn into the mouth for the hookup. I catch catfish fairly often using hair rigs for carp.
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#11200468 - 11/01/15 07:48 PM Re: Hair rigs for catfish? How do hair rigs work? [Re: WillieRip]
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Willie, We as carp fisherman often catch cats while fishing for carp with the hair rig so it it is a good rig to use. I might add that we usually have the bait pinned down with a sliding weight above the swivel . If you are drifting and not staying stationary i can see where you may have problems getting snags but its worth a shot to see how it goes for you . Hear is a basic video of a h/r . there may be adjustments you have to make for your type of fishing . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgdct6IRWbU
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#11200878 - 11/01/15 11:57 PM Re: Hair rigs for catfish? How do hair rigs work? [Re: WillieRip]
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Here's a whole article about using carp fishing tactics for catfish. I helped contribute to this and agree with a lot of what the other guys said about using hair rigs for cats and the assorted bait ideas. It's really interesting stuff
http://www.in-fisherman.com/catfish/european-baits-for-catfish/
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#11200887 - 11/02/15 12:23 AM Re: Hair rigs for catfish? How do hair rigs work? [Re: WillieRip]
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Well, I plan to use it paternoster-style with a loop-to-loop connection. I'm also interested in a Madusa type-rig that'd be perfect for my black soldier fly larvae:

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