Jug Fishing for Cats

Ideally, when jug fishing, you will want to have a boat to assist you in chasing down your “loaded” jugs, since a decent-sized cat can take a jug on a very long trip. If you don’t have a boat, it’s possible to attach a stay line to each jug, so they can be retrieved from shore, but this can cause foul-ups, lost fish and grief, if you’re not careful. If you do use stay lines, place the jugs at wide enough intervals to eliminate any chance of the jug lines getting intertwined.

When you do have a fish on a jug line, take care in pulling the fish in – there’s no rod in between you and the fish, to buffer the fish’s power, and the line can become dangerously tight, with a large fish, enough so to cut skin, break hand bones and otherwise cause physical havoc to the unprepared angler. Cats are very powerful fish. Ideally, wear a pair of gloves, and show kids and beginners how to pull in the fish without wrapping the line around their bare fingers.

With a bit of effort, a successful jug fishing setup can be easily built and run by almost anyone, and with some practice at setting it, a jug line is almost certain to catch large numbers of fish.

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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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