- Bill Nolen
Ever seen this jug spool??
About 10-15 years ago I saw some yellow plastic jug spools for sale at a small lake store. The spools were called Kat-Master and were made so that on each side of the spool a 2-liter soda bottle was screwed in to form a slight V shape.
As I remember a package of two spools sold for about $3.00, and I bought three packages for a total of six spools. I still have three spools left.
As you can see from the photos there are some good features...when the line is at the depth you want you just toss the jug into the water. No tying off lines, etc.
It is supposed to rise up when a large fish is pulling on the line, but, I guess the little catfish I always caught weren't large enough to do that. It is also suposed to unroll additional line should a huge fish take it into deeper water...but, again I guess my small catch couldn't do that!
Three of my jugs rigged like this did disappear...but, most likely a bass fisherman's boat just cut the line, or someone liked their looks!
I haven't seen any of these spools for sale since the summer I bought mine. Has anyone seen any? I'm just curious...and don't want to buy any because with two bottles per spool, even six jug rigs were very bulky!
Twenty or thirty rigs would take up all the room in my little boat!:crazy:
Gathering Monitor (Instigator)
- Tony Farrar
I've never seen ones like that. However, I have seen some that work GREAT for 1 bottle. And they just happen to be made by a sponsor of the BOC.
His tattle tale jugs don't take up too much room in comparison to 2 liter bottles.
- derric belcher
saw some at wal mart like you are talking about ,that screw on to a bottle
- Bill Nolen
TDaugNOK, Wildwolfproducts does make some good products, for sure!
I was just wondering if I was the only person who had ever used the Kat-Master spool.
dinger66, I'll check our Wal Mart and see if they have any for sale. I don't want to buy any, but it will give me a good excuse to visit my "home-away-from-home"!!
Hey, if you would like to see a wooden boat I built this year and just sold, click below. Not made to use for catfishing...but, then again any boat can be used for fishing! The boat is on the Wabash River in Illinois.
Bill, if I remember right, that company had a ad in one of the first In-Fishermans Catfish Insiders.
Hey Bill, Nice boat that you built. Got anymore pictures??
- Jerry Trew
Here's a link to some posts I made about making a doohicky like that; I called it a Jugbuddy. After trying the double jugs for a couple or three trips, I decided it was more trouble than it was worth, because the only easy way to wind the line on and off was to unscrew one of the jugs. I developed it mainly because I wanted something that would store quite a bit of line for anchored jugs. I made up something that would do that for a single jug and quit using the double jugs.
- Bill Nolen
CoonX, thanks for the information. I googled "Kat-Master" and found out that the spool was made by Reed Mfg. Co. of Mansfield, MO. However, they may no longer be in business.
porboy (Bill), Do I have more photos? Man, do I ever!!:big_smile: If you don't mind joining a free yahoo web site there are many photos of the boat and it's construction.
Otherwise, here are a few more photos:
Jerry, I also found that it is necessary to remove one bottle if the line is going to be wound up very fast. The two bottle jugs are fine if a person only has a few jugs on the water. I'd hate to think about the work if there were 20 jugs out!
- Jerry Trew
Yup. That's why I came up with something a little different for my anchored jugs. I simply attach a circular disk to the cap, which allows me to wind a whole lot more line around the neck without any danger that it will slide off over the cap. There's a trotline clip attached to the disk, and the jugline has droppers every 3', so when the weight hits bottom, I can hook the trotline clip through the dropper loop. The dropper loops also allow me to attach hooks anywhere in the water column I want. Why hook the trotline clip into a loop? My juglines are 100# test nylon, which is too small a diameter to securely hold the clips; they'll simply slid up and down the line.
Master Instigator of the BOC!
- Gene Chambers
My Jugs and Jug Kits have spools om them and have always had.
Checke em out at :