3 Tips on Catfishing Jugs

Catfish fishing is one exciting sport that has been enjoyed for centuries. There are many different techniques that can be used to catch catfish and you can spend a lot of money on equipment or choose to fish the cheap way.
One of the oldest and cheapest ways to catch catfish is by using jugs. This may sound odd to someone new to the sport. However, using jugs to fish for catfish can be very effective.

The catfish is not a picky creature and they tend to strike at a tasty meal regardless of what it’s attached to. Therefore, if you offer them a meal they can’t refuse, they’ll strike. Jug fishing is one of the easiest ways to fish and it’s probably one of the least expensive too. Add that to the fact that it’s fun and entertaining and you can see why it’s a popular method for many anglers.

When you’re ready to go catfishing with jugs you’ll need to pick up a few things. First, collect a few plastic jugs and then buy some hooks, fishing line and choose your fishing bait. Once you have everything in order, cut off some fishing line and tie one end of it to the jugs. Tie the hook to the opposite end of the line and bait the hook.

The next step is to send the jugs out into the water and wait for a catfish to strike. The current will move the jugs around in the water with the bait dangling underneath. This will attract the catfish and encourage a strike. When the catfish takes the bait the jug will go underwater. Pull in the jug, unhook the fish and you’re ready to bait the hook and send it back out into the water again.

Catfishing Tips for Using Jugs

Even though the concept of catfishing with jugs is fairly easy, there are a few things that you can do to make it easier and more productive. Three tips on catfishing jugs that can prove to be very effective are discussed below:

1. Jug fishing is easier to handle when you fish in shallow water than if you go out in the deeper parts of the water. There are several reasons for this but the main one is that you won’t have to chase your jugs around when you do get a bite. Your lines won’t tangle up as bad either.
2. The best hooks to use when catfishing with jugs is circle hooks. These not only hook more securely but they make it easier to get the hook out of its mouth as well.
3. You can use a variety of bait to catch catfish but perch, worms, shrimp and stink baits are some of the most effective. When deciding which bait to start with, take a look at the baitfish that is in the area naturally. The catfish will normally strike at anything they’re familiar with but will often turn away from something that’s strange to them.

These tips are simple and easy to use and they will help to increase the number of fish you can catch using this method. It’s also a good idea to tie a line to the top part of the jug and then tie the other end to a rock or branch near the shoreline. By doing this you are keeping the jugs from floating out of reach but they’re still mobile enough to move the bait around and get the attention of the catfish.

More about Catching Catfish with Jugs

If you’ve never used this method to fish before it’s something that you should try at least once. It’s a fun and unusual way to catch fish that can be a little addictive. This method works best when fishing in slow moving currents because this will make the bait move at a good steady pace so it easy for the catfish to spot it. You can also paint the jugs before using them and this will make it easier to see them in the water especially when the sun is shining bright.

Jug fishing around stumps, rocks, ledges and brush piles will be very effective but you do need to be careful to leave them room to move around. The catfish hang out in the areas just waiting for a tasty meal to swim by so give them what they’re waiting for. Don’t make the mistake of fishing only one or two areas because this is too limiting. Move around and try different areas to see what kind of results you get.

The laws surrounding jug fishing are very strict in some areas and not even allowed in others. Therefore, it’s important that you take the time to learn what they are in your area before going fishing. Some places will let you leave the jugs for a short period of time and others require that you monitor them constantly. These laws were designed to protect the catfish so it’s important that you follow them completely.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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