Spider rig with double-hook rigs. On a few hooks slide a tube up on the shank of the hook to add color to see if the fish like it. Also, add floats. It makes bites easier to see and the floats are more sensitive than a pole tip.
The fish have slow metabolisms so it’s important to use a slow technique. At Reelfoot, we are fishing in relatively shallow water, spider rigging with 16-foot poles. We get to an area with stumps and stop the boat using an anchor. Fish for 5 to 10 minutes, pull the anchor and move about 3 feet and stop again. It’s slow but productive when you have fish in the area. –Brent Work