The Basics of Jugging For Catfish – Techniques and Tips

Once you get one, rebait that hook and wait for the next.

Here are some tips to make your jugging more successful:

– Lots of anglers paint their jugs yellow or orange. This makes them more visible, and you want to be able to see them. Some companies make special jugs that have reflective surfaces for night time fishing. Making those jugs bright and visible will help you know exactly when you get a bite.

– If you’re fishing with a strong wind or current, you might want to put some gravel or sand in your jugs to weigh them down. As little as a half cup will keep those jugs from running away from you. It also helps you see when you get a bite, because the jug will jiggle around, the sand or gravel will end up in one corner, and you’ll see that jug standing vertically out of the water.

– When it comes to which bait to use for jugging, go with whatever you usually use, like shad, chicken livers, anything stinky. At first, you might try experimenting with different baits to see what works best. It will depend mostly on the area where you are laying your lines, and what those cats are hungry for. Go with what you usually use, and see what works best.

– You can rig up your own jugs out of simple materials like styrofoam or pool noodles. The only thing you need to worry about is having something to use for a handle, like a little bit of PVC piping. Pool noodles tend to work well, because once you get a bite, they will usually stand straight up vertically in the water, letting you know that something is down there. If you rig up your own, be sure to paint them so you can see them easily.

– Once you get the basics of jugging down, you can start attaching multiple hooks to you lines, with varying degrees of depth. This way, you can have a hook at the very bottom, one in the middle and one closer to the top, for example. This increases your chance of catching something, and can also be used as a test to see how far down the cats are.

– Jugging is a great technique for catching lots of fish, so remember that if you pull too many fish out of that water, it will be all fished out! If you want to catch some serious catfish, fish in one area for a while and then move to another spot.

Jugging is a great catfish fishing method. I guarantee you’ll catch lots of cats. Once you’ve done it a few times, you’ll be like an old pro.

To get the full “The Basics of Jugging For Catfish – Techniques and Tips” article you’ll need to download it here.


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

© 2010 Ask Catfish Fishing. All rights reserved. Sitemap
Proudly designed by TotalTreasureChest.