Getting hung up and breaking off your fishing line is just part of fishing. It happens.
Sometimes it happens much more than others and sometimes it seems like you break everything off at once. Regardless of whether you’ve broken off one rig or every single one you have in the water, the fact remains, if you don’t have catfish baits in the water you’re not going to catch fish.
Being able to replace your catfish rigs quickly and easily means getting baits in the water faster. This in turns means better chances of catching more (or bigger fish).
I’ve tried two approaches to catfish rigs over the years.
First is keeping my catfish rigs tied up and ready to tie on my fishing rods when needed.
Second is just making up a new catfish rig when I break off. No matter how many times I’ve tried these two options I always go back to having my catfish rigs tied up and ready, it saves a LOT of time.
I’ve tried a variety of options for storing my catfish rigs over the years as well using everything from homemade devices (like a swimming pool noodle with slits cut into it) to plastic ziplock bags and “binders” that bass anglers use for tackle storage. I also tired just about every rig storage option available in stores as well and was never happy with any of them.
The problem with most of the options sold in stores was they’re a “one size fits all” solution and not made for catfish tackle. They’re usually too small and not made for handling complex rigs with floats like the Santee Rig, heavy leader lines, big weights or big hooks.
Homemade solutions worked to some extent but none were ideal. Often I’d end up with a bunch of tangled rigs with my homemade storage solutions and it ended up costing me more time (and a LOT of frustration).
Then I found Rig Rap……
With all the frustrations I had over the years storing catfish rigs I was cautious the first time I laid my hands on RigRap’s product.
At first glance it looked like a good idea. It appeared to be a better solution than anything else I’d tried over the years and seemed like it fixed all of the issues I had with everything else I’d tried.
I was still cautiously optimistic and decided to take a “wait and see” approach. I wanted to see how well RigRap worked on the water with long term use and whether they stacked up to all the claims. I’m pleased to say that after two years of using RigRap’s product I’ve been nothing but 100% satisfied and it’s the single best catfish rig storage solution I have ever used.
The only problem is that every time I open one of the cases and think back to everything I tried for storing catfish rigs I kick myself for not coming up with the RigRap idea before they did.
It would take forever for me to explain why they’re so great so just watch the video for more details.
Here’s The Video
How I Use RigRap
RigRap offers their product in a variety of different sizes to accommodate a wide variety of different fishing rigs and lures but figuring out which products you need for storing catfish rigs is simple.
Here’s How I Use RigRap:
I keep my catfish rigs tied and ready to use and keep rigs of various styles and sizes in the RigRap case including varying leader lengths and different sizes of the Triple Threat Catfish Hooks.
Here’s the different RigRap cases and what I use them for.
Yellow RigRap Cases (Model 8512): (Link) The yellow cases are great option for “minimalist” catfish rig storage and are the smallest of the cases I use. These are great for storing the very basics of a catfish rig. I use these to store hooks and leaders (of different lengths) with a swivel so I have the basic fundamentals of a variety of catfish rigs on hand and ready.
Orange RigRap Cases (Model 8524): (Link) The orange case is a more versatile storage solution. These will hold a hook, leader and swivel, Versa Rattle and either a no roll sinker or a float (for a Santee rig). Most often I’ll keep my Santee Rigs tied up and ready (again, hook, leader, Versa Rattle, swivel and peg float) so all I have to do is grab one of the orange cases and my preferred sinker and I’m ready to tie a new rig.
White RigRap Cases (Model LureLocker3): (Link) I use the Lure Locker 3 for storing my small to medium sized Whisker Seeker Tackle Rattler Rigs tied up and ready to fish. They’ll easily hold a Whisker Seeker Tackle Rattler or XL Rattler with a VersaRattle added to the leader and a swivel (including a hook).
Red Deep RigRap Cases (Model 16548-XD): (Link) I use the deep red cases for storing the Whisker Seeker Tackle Big Bertha Rattler tied up and ready to fish. This includes a Big Bertha Rattler, Versa Rattle added to the leader line, swivel and a 10/0 Triple Threat Catfish Hook (this is a LOT of catfish rig but the deep red holds it all).
RigRap Eva Storage Case (Model RigPc-S5): The EVA storage case is one of several storage options that RigRap offers and one of my favorites. It’s like a 1980’s cassette tape case that you had in your car (some of you will have no idea what I’m talking about) and it holds a yuuuuuge amount of the yellow and orange RigRap cases and keeps them all nice neat and organized. There’s other storage options as well but this is my favorite.
The Bottom Line
RigRap is an excellent storage solution for catfish rigs. If you’re a hardcore angler, catfish guide or tournament fisherman and you want to be more organized and efficient so you can maximize your time on the water then I’ve found no better solution than RigRap.