Do you use a leader on your jugs?

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by Whistling Dixie, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Whistling Dixie

    Whistling Dixie New Member

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    I have built a set of jugs and they perform well however a friend of mine told me he has a short leader on each jug. As I understand it he uses the green nylon string for a around 3 or 4 feet and then has a swivel where he then attaches a foot or so of monofilament and then his hook. Does anyone here use a similar rig? I'm wondering if I need to change my setup or leave it alone. Right now I just have the nylon string tied to the jug with the hook on the other end. I would appreciate any information you may have.
     
  2. motard1

    motard1 New Member

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    I have used 3-way swivels with leaders before. Works good. I would use a heavy mono leader. make it short,6-12",so yoou don't get it tangled.
     

  3. lance

    lance New Member

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    I don't use a leader but someone else might know something I don't . I am a simple man with a simple plan .:wink:
     
  4. tiny b

    tiny b Active Member

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    Done it both ways and both worked good for me. I go straight nylon now just for the ease of it.
     
  5. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    I use green trotline cord and use 3-way swivels. I use the same cord for the hook and sinker drops. Works well for me.
     
  6. Poppa

    Poppa New Member

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    I use a green dot braided nylon deep sea fishing line 100 # test. I run a 1/8oz
    egg sinker up the line about 18 in. above the hook and crimp on a small shot
    just to keep the sinker off the hook. I tie my hook directly to the braid.
     
  7. Trevor1

    Trevor1 New Member

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    I use a swivel and 40# monofilament leader for each hook on my jugs.
     
  8. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I don't use mono leaders on my jugs. On my freefloating jugs, I simply tie a 4" dropper loop into the line to attach the hook. The line is twisted nylon, about 80#-100# test. I don't want heavier line because I sometimes have to break it off when it gets hung up on the bottom. On my anchored jugs, I tie shorter loops; then, wherever I want to attach a hook, I use a dropper just like on my trotlines. That way, I can attach the hooks as I put out the line, and remove them as I bring it in, so that I don't have a line with a bunch of hooks on it inside the boat, attached to a big catfish that may make a sudden run.
    But I do use mono to make up my crappie jugs. I simply tie on some 10# test mono; length depends on how deep I want to fish. Tie on a gold crappie hook, and clamp on a small splitshot above the hook.
     
  9. oh no

    oh no New Member

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    I just use tarred braided line, 1 oz egg sinker and a number 8 circle hook.