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me and a buddy are thinking about doing some juggin. we are thinkin about going out tomorrow evening and dropping some jugs and a trotline and going back the next morning to bring em in. is this what most of ya'll do or do ya'll stay out there all night? also what baits work best for you and how do ya'll rig up the lines? what size weights and do you put the weight or the hook at the end of the line? what works best? thanks
 

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As far as jugging goes I use a pool noodle cut in about 12 to 16" in length with about 12" to 20" of trotline attached and a #5 circle hook. For weight i use a 1 ounce slip weight but tied about 3 or 4 inches up the line. For bait i use chicken liver but you can use just about anything. If the catfish are biting you can get away with useing just about anything. I've never had much luck this early with jugging. According to the professional juggers out there the hotter the weather the better the jugging. As far as staying out with the jugs it depends on where your fishing. If your fishing in a small lake i wouldn't worry aobut it too much. But a river or large lake you better stay with them if you want to find your jugs the next morning. Pick a night when the wind isn't blowing too much either or youll spend all your time moveing jugs off the bank.

I'd stick to trotlining this time of year. Probably a lot more effective. I'd throw away all the j hooks you got and replace them with circle hooks. A circle hook sets its self and the fish will not come off. Heck, you have to beat them off when you catch one just to get them off the line.
 

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duck, I have around 300 between the house and my camp in AL. and all mine are set up the same. 14" of 1/2" pvc, I cut mine this length so I can store them in a 5 gal bucket and put a lid on it. 12" of pool noodle.glue the pvc in the noodle with pvc glue. leave one end even and the remainder sticking out. drill a small hole about 1/2" from the long end of the pvc and run your line through. make a loop big enough to allow the line to pivot. I use 10' of tarred lined. use tarred or it will unravel on you. 5/0 circle hook with a 4 oz. pyramid sinker. I use those cause they have the brass eye in them and you can slip your line through it. I set my weight about a foot from the end of the line. I bait all my noodles with chicken livers. a lot of people use other baits but this has never let me down. We have been doing good up bluff creek. Hope this helps. good luck to ya'll.
 

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When we run lines, we usually check them at dark, once during the night and then again the next morning. I've never left jugs in the water overnight. Shrimp and minnows always seem to work well on both. My set up is basically just like Bow Hunter's
 

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Here are mine. I bought the ones with the flanges, on a hunch that they wouldn't drift as bad in the wind. I was right! You can watch 'em and when the wind picks up, they do a unison "about face" like a flock of birds. All of them will face in the wind.

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also I tag all mine with tags with my name and address. One reason is so no one can say they thought it was theres and the other reason is because in AL. waters you have to have them tagged.
 

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We also use pool noodles. They work really well. We cut them in half and insert 1/2 in schedule 40 pvc pipe in the middle of them with light glue on the pipe. We then add some glue and cap one side off and install an eye bolt on the other cap and glue it on. I think they measure 14 1/2 inches when done. They're rated to float 50 pounds. They work great for us. We use bright colors for longer visibilty. I made a box to store them in, so there is no more wrapping them up to change spots or call it a day. We just drop them in the holes. You can see the box in the third pic. It's exciting to see them noodles dance.

Two pics of our spread we run on the river:

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Here's the box:

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A decent catch:

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If you don't run them that close together on the river, you'll lose half of them. You'd have to travel a mile or two down river to gather them all up due to the current.
 

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The MS river is the only place I do run jugs. All the other rivers around here are full of snags and old trotlines for the most part.
 

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never fished the ms river. always wanted to give it a shot but don't know any of it and don't know anyone that fishes it so I guess I will stick to my own waters.
 

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southernfire, if i were to rig up some noodle like yours how many could i fit in a five gallon bucket? 10 or so? and if that's the case do you have 30+/- buckets in your garage?
 

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you can fit 12 in a bucket and no I have 5 buckets in my garage and the rest in my shed. dont have the room in my shed for the rest. I only keep about 150 here and the rest at my camp in epes, AL.
 

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Good discussion! I like the crate idea with the pipes to put the noodles in. The lines get all wound up and are a hassle.

Thanks!
 
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