The Jug Is Up…..

What type of hooks work best on jugs

Catching catfish on jugs requires a slight adjustment in technique to be consistent. The main area of concern is the hook. With a static line hanging from and inanimate jug, there is no way to hook the fish when it bites, so the fish has to hook itself. There are many hooks on the market that facilitate this.

The first of these ‘automatic’ type hooks was invented by John W. Campbell in 1959. The son of a Sharecropper, Mr. Campbell worked on the then-new IBM punchcard computers while stationed at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama. He developed a reputation for ingenuity. In 1959, after almost losing a large bass, he bent his hooks so that they turned towards the applied force, ie: the fishes mouth. In 1960, he started the Tru-Turn Hook Company, and they are still the best jug and trotline hooks available.

The next best hooks are the Kahle hooks, modeled after Tuna-Fishing circle hooks. These result in good solid hook-ups as well, but can be a bit pricey.

Happy Fishing.


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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