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Bill Parker?
Member since Jan 2013
3738 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
Kids in the family use pool noodles. They got all serious a couple of years back and started tracking success rates with all their bait. Slim Jim's have been the clear winner.


Drunken Crawfish
USA Fan
Crushing 'skis at Tobin's house
Member since Apr 2017
3208 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
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I like lightly browned hot dogs marinated in a lot of garlic power.


+1. I go to walmart and get two $0.99 pack of hot dogs, a jar of minced garlic and a jar of their worcestershire sauce. Cut them into bait sized pieces and put them into a ziplok.

Only issue I have found is that it also seems to catch a lot of turtles which are a colossal PITA.


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michael corleone
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baton rouge
Member since Jun 2005
3647 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
Best beat his life bream or perch. Allegedly, goldfish work well too. Cut shadow cut bait is always my second option, with 2 day old beef heart my third.


Do you want the bait to sit high in the water column and not near the bottom. The lower you said the beat, the more likely you will end up with gar. My terminal line to the beat is 100 pound or better braid. I use circle or live bait hooks and set a small split shot 12 inches above. I drop blind is nylon string. I’ll make my own drop weight from 16 ounce red solo cups and quickcrete. Takes half a day to make 30 from start to finish, including cure time.


AyyyBaw
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Member since Jan 2020
482 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
I feel like where you set the bait in the water column makes a huge difference. Maybe just as much as what type of bait. Last time I set jugs, my bait was too low and the crabs got to it. Not next time crabs!


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MeauxJeaux999
LSU Fan
Tennessee
Member since Jan 2019
12 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
I do a lot of bowfishing. We use to use live bait trying to target flatheads but we decided to try common carp as cutbait and hit the jackpot on channel cats. No, they aren't as good as a flathead, but its a lot of fun catching bait now.


gerald65
Moss Bluff, LA
Member since Jul 2020
58 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
I am about to make some noodles to try and catch catfish. What size circle hooks are you using? The no. 3 hooks look just a little small and I can't find a large pack of the no. 4 hooks.


MeauxJeaux999
LSU Fan
Tennessee
Member since Jan 2019
12 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
I use mostly no.4 hooks. I believe I ordered a pack of 100 on amazon a year ago.


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LSU_Smash_the_West
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Nawwwlins
Member since Jan 2016
1472 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
Liver works well if you put it in a piece of panty hose. I find chicken hearts work better than gizzards


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TarnishedWisdom90
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Daphne, AL
Member since Sep 2018
1162 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
I usually put 2 hooks on mine. One about 2-3 feet deep and other a couple feet from bottom. Cut mullet works well for me. Caught an 82 lb blue cat last year on one


bayou choupique
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the banks of bayou choupique
Member since Oct 2014
1646 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
the eyes of the hooks i used were to small for me to slip through the string for the anchor and to tie them back to the land. So i made a small leader made out of 30 lb test off of the sting to the hook. we set them out Saturday morning and checked them Sunday morning. all four were missing the hook and nothing else. We used cooked hot dogs marinated with garlic.

So did we have 4 really big fish break each one off or did someone mess with them?


CuyahogaTigerJr
LSU Fan
Northeast ohio
Member since Aug 2018
1165 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
Hmm never thought of baiting my snack, I’ll try
why not


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Homey the Clown
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Member since Feb 2009
4671 posts

re: Jug Fishing for catfish
bump for Unc JD


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Loup
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Ferriday
Member since Apr 2019
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re: Jug Fishing for catfish
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the eyes of the hooks i used were to small for me to slip through the string for the anchor and to tie them back to the land. So i made a small leader made out of 30 lb test off of the sting to the hook. we set them out Saturday morning and checked them Sunday morning. all four were missing the hook and nothing else. We used cooked hot dogs marinated with garlic.

So did we have 4 really big fish break each one off or did someone mess with them?



Were they twisted up? I normally set about 30 or 40 jugs with 150 lb twine and usually 5 or 6 are missing hooks when I pick them up.


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