What type of hooks work for jug fishing?

I’d like to try jugging for catfish… what type of hooks should I use on the jugs?

The best way to find out which hooks work best for jugging is to experiment. You’ve got so many hooks out there, just switch a few of them up with different hooks and see which get the most bites. It takes a little trial and error, but I can give you some ideas to start with. Some jugliners swear that circle hooks work the best. Circle hooks are great for catching cats jugging or with virtually any other rigging method. If you are new to using circles, though, I would probably steer clear. Circle hooks are tricky to use if you’re not experienced with them, and you don’t want to waste your efforts putting all those jugs out there. I’ve always found that using smaller hooks than usual works better for jugging. This may be just because it’s easier to catfish to get caught on them naturally, and also because you don’t have the ability to fight with them on the line. To start with, you might try a size 3/0 or 4/0 kahle hook. If that doesn’t work, you can always switch it up to a bigger size. If you find that you’re seeing lots of bigger catfish, you might want to switch to a bigger hook size. In most lakes and streams, 3/0 or 4/0 will work fine. It’s also a really good idea to spend some time sharpening your hooks when you’re jugging, even if they’re right out of the package. Catfish skin is especially slippery, and it’s really easy for them to just slip right by your hooks.

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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