Jug Catfish Fishing

To fish with the rigs, simply unroll the line to the desired length, bait the hooks and drop the rig in the water. Shake the gravel to the side so that the jug floats on its side. When a fish hits, the gravel will slide to the cap and the jug will stand up and let you know there is a fish on. For Free-Floating rigs, follow them in your boat and watch for strikes. For Stationary Rigs, you can go off and come back to check them later. It’s a good idea to wear gloves when running the lines. It’s not uncommon to hook some very large fish, and it can get ugly. Don’t use more than 2 hooks per rig, because it gets too dangerous with more.

Asking about what is the best bait is like asking what is a better car; Ford or Chevy. Ask 10 people and you get 10 different answers. My favorite bait is Redneck SoapBait, mentioned above. It has consistently out-performed every other bait I’ve ever used, including live bait. For really large catfish, many people prefer to use whole live bluegills (where legal). You can catch some real monsters this way! Others use whole Goldfish, large minnows, and cut Shad. Other baits that work well are chicken livers, shrimp, nightcrawlers, crawfish, catalpa worms, cheese, and various prepared dough baits. It’s your choice. One thing to keep in mind is that live bait will require you have to siene or catch it, keep sufficient quantities handy to bait and re-bait the rigs, and involves a lot more work.

That’s all there is to it. Now go out and catch some fish!

Happy fishing!

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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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