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Goin' Juggn' for Catfish

Nov 29, 2007
Of the numerous unmanned fishing tactics available for catfish angling, jug fishing is one of the most popular, and a very effective method, too. Since each jug will be rigged with usually one, or sometimes up to three hooks on the line, and since "juggers" most often use more than one jug at one time, the amount of bait being fished increases considerably and the bait is also spread across a wide range of area and depth, making finding fish less difficult. In jug fishing, the basic idea is to put together your jug rigs and baits, and release the jugs into the waterway, to float where they may.

Depending on the conditions where you are fishing, this may mean releasing the jugs to float down river, or just around a pond or small cove, to ease their way past all the best fish hideouts. In river fishing, jug fishing is valuable for its ability to cover significant distance, since free-floating jug rigs can end up a good distance down river.

In a wide river, if they are released at the right spot, with a run of straight water before them, a group of jugs can often freely float for over a mile. Of course, jugs must also be followed as they go, to stay on top of any fish that hit, and land them, and then, to collect the empty jugs for another drop, or, to take your floats back out of the water when you are finished, and reduce pollution in the water.

Never leave jugs you aren't following up on, in the water. Following your jugs will require a boat, mostly, which you can float in, silently, as you whisk downstream, after your jugs. If you cannot get a boat, or if there are a lot of snags or underwater structures present where you are fishing, one possible solution, is to create an "anchorline", using your jug rigs as floats for your baits.... a version of jug fishing, with a tether.

By doing this, you can control your jugs, and still maintain access to them from the shore, and with several jugs, you will still reap the benefits of the having multiple lines in the water, with the same depth control and free-range bottom cover offered only by "juggin'".

Jug fishing is most useful in slower current rivers, or lake and reservoir conditions, as a really strong current will wash the jugs downstream very quickly, making them hard to retrieve easily.
About the Author
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best saltwater fishing information possible. Get more information on jug fishing for catfish here: http://www.askcatfishfishing.com
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