How Many Hooks To Use For Jug-Fishing

How many hooks do you recommend using when Jug-fishing?

How many hooks should you use when you’re jugfishing?  Ask 10 anglers and you’ll get 10 answers!  It basically takes some trial and error to figure out just how many hooks is the right number, but here are some things to keep in mind.

More hooks means potentially more fish, but it also means more potential hook-related injuries when you’re messing with that line.  Ask any experienced jug-fisher, and they’ll probably tell you to use as few hooks as you think you can get away with, for safety reasons.  A good jug-fisher can use as few as 2 hooks and still pull in plenty of fish. 

You might want to try setting your hooks 3 feet apart, and let the depth of the lake determine the number of hooks.  For example, if you’ve got a 10 foot deep area you’re fishing in, try setting three hooks in the water; one 3 feet down, the next about 6 feet down, and one near the bottom.  This will increase your chances of catching a fish at any depth.

Another idea is to pick a number of hooks, like let’s say 3, and space them evenly along the depth of the lake.  The point is to have a hook every so often from the top to the bottom.

I said that a good jug-fisher can get away with as little as 2 hooks; maximum would probably be 5 hooks.  I’ve never heard of anybody using more than that.  You should always check local restrictions, because there will usually be a limit to how many hooks you are allowed to use when jug-fishing.

Experiment with it and see what works best for you.


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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