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There's More Than One Way to Hook a Cat

Expand your catfish skills with these alternative fishing methods—brush hooks and tip-ups.

There's More Than One Way to Hook a Cat

Tip-up rigs, otherwise known as jug rigs, are an efficient way to fish multiple baits without the need to keep hands on each. (Photo by Alan Clemons)

Catching catfish on a rod and reel is a relatively straightforward process many anglers learn at a young age, but it’s hardly the only viable method for tempting blues, flatheads and channel cats.

Where legal, two other fun ways to catch catfish include brush hooks—also known as spring rigs or yo-yo rigs—and tip-ups. The former is attached to stout branches on shoreline trees or brush, and secures a hungry cat with a quick hook-set. Tip-ups float above attached baited hooks.

Both can fill a large cooler in short order. Here’s how to...

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