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    A guy at work was telling me today about jug fishing. He said he uses old water bottles and strings them together with bank line. Normal mono from the bottle down to a hook. Said he strings out 8-10 bottles walks along the water edge throwing the bottles in. Then goes back and has a few beers. When he comes back. He has anywhere from 3 to 5 catfish on the line. I asked about bate and bank line. He uses chicken guts from a butcher and his bank line is waxed twine. Said his grandfather makes the bank line.
    Sounds like a plan to me, but where am I going to get bank line like that.
    Anyway, I think I'm going to try that the next time I'm out fishing.

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    You don't need exactly that line. You could use heavy mono for example. Or surveyors'/masons' line. Waxed or tarred lines are just "old school" and were used to waterproof natural fiber cordage that would rot quickly being in and out of the water over and over. Jug fishin' is a time tested method of fishing. And we LOVE fried catfish!
    While you're riggin' up for juggin' fish, you might as well make a crawfish trap or two and set 'em out. ooooooooweeeeeee! Good eats!

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    Or buy a 90 lb. or so braided line at the tackle shop.

    Bait can be chicken guts, trimmings from other fish or animals, grasshoppers, etc. If you don't have a ready made bait, something can usually be found. Empty milk or water bottles are the old standby of this method, but 2 liter soda bottles work fine as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madmax View Post
    You don't need exactly that line. You could use heavy mono for example. Or surveyors'/masons' line. Waxed or tarred lines are just "old school" and were used to waterproof natural fiber cordage that would rot quickly being in and out of the water over and over. Jug fishin' is a time tested method of fishing. And we LOVE fried catfish!
    While you're riggin' up for juggin' fish, you might as well make a crawfish trap or two and set 'em out. ooooooooweeeeeee! Good eats!
    I was thinking the same about the crawdads!! LOL

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    Go to WalMart. They have a catfish throw line for about $5. You can tie your jug on the far end and run a hook down off the nearest swivel. The other end you can tie off some place to keep it from floating out of reach from the bank. If you have a boat this is not an issue.

    You can buy chicken hearts, livers and gizzards from most any grocer. Lay them out in the sun on a piece of plywood for about 3 days and they will be nice and ripe. I usually just fish them right out of the package though. Good old red wigglers (worms) work well too.

    Watch in Oklahoma though. I think the law states you can have only 3 hooks out. Not sure if that's for rod and real or jug/trout lines. I would have to check the regs again to be sure.

    Good luck!

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    Set, trot and jugs lines are a good way catch fish, esp for the woods goer. They are working while you are doing other things. They are not legal everywhere tho.
    Heres an article done by a friend of mine
    Set hooks and trotlines

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