Most if not all tournament catfishing is done while on the move across the country.
is technique that's been used for a while its a simple carolina rig dragged behind the boat
can be a good technique to target active cats in any depth
is used to hunt down active cats feeding this is done off a boat at .5 mph with a drift sock out the back and using your electric motor in front the drive the boat where cats were located with side scan.
is off a boat usually anchored in a river system off a boat using a anchor or your electric motor the boat is stationary and you bounce down the river behind the boat a carolina rig to a pocket in the river that may have cats waiting for something to float down the river.
We use floats and lures pretty regularly fishing and the boat is on the move. Stationary catfishing isn't being used in tournaments as much anymore.
Planer boards are being used a LOT. I run two here to get out from the boat on lake texoma I was running 6 planer boards spread out over 150 feet with 4 more rods off the back of the boats covering ground to find active feeding fish.
Most of this type of fishing the rigging is a Santee Cooper rig
Its basically a carolina rig with a floats close to the hook with a 3 to 6 foot leader.
It can get even more technical the more you get into it.
Were using rattles and lures pretty consistently to catch the large channel cats colorado has to offer.
1st pic is the type float rig used for control drifting
2nd pic is a whisker wobbler
3 image if you look on the rods you will see the floats i use while control drifting.