Jug Line slack?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Bubbatn, Aug 21, 2007.

  1. Bubbatn

    Bubbatn New Member

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    How much slack do you guys leave on your anchored jugs? Or do you leave any? Should the "jug" be pretty well tight against the water with the anchor on the bottom, or should I leave some play in the line?
     
  2. kkyyoottee

    kkyyoottee New Member

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    We are not allowed to jug in Iowa for some strange reason but we can use bank poles and since we stop having in slack our catch has tripled. I would venture to say probably be same for jugs.
     

  3. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Just be aware that if you don't have slack, and your weight is small enough that it doesn't sink your jug, it's possible for wave action to gradually move the weight, possibly to deeper water, where it's no longer considered anchored. And if you use a heavier weight and a catfish big enough to move it comes along, it may drag it to deeper water, where it will sink out of sight. Personally, I use 2-liter jugs and 2# weights. The jugs will float 4#, so I don't have to worry about them sinking out of sight.
     
  4. Bubbatn

    Bubbatn New Member

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    Ok, So will it hurt to leave slack in the line? I mean does it hinder the hook setting in the fish?
     
  5. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Nope, you'll still catch fish. The only thing I may be concerned about would be using circle hooks. The quicker you get a load on, the quicker the hook should set. And if you don't get a load, you probably will not get a hook set.
     
  6. jedt

    jedt New Member

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    I use flagging jugs so I like about 3' of slack to keep the from flagging prematurely when boats go by or there are a lot of waves.
     
  7. Bubbatn

    Bubbatn New Member

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    Alright, Thanks alot guys. I really appreciate the help.

    I was just wanting to make sure that leaving some slack wouldnt hinder the hookset or anything. Trying to make sure i'm getting "the basics" right. :smile2:
     
  8. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    There are definitely some advantages to using anchored jugs, especially if you're trying to check out a particular spot, but I do a lot better freefloating my jugs.
     
  9. Bubbatn

    Bubbatn New Member

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    Yeah, I wouldnt mind just having free floating ones. But i've only got a 12' jonboat with a 30lb thrust minn kota for power, so I dont really feel like having to chase one clear on the other side of the lake....haha.
     
  10. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    I understand. I freefloat my jugs in the current of the Arkansas River, and I float downriver 8-10 miles; what with running back and forth checking jugs, I run the boat at least twice that. Some folks like to jug that way, and some would rather do it in a more relaxed, laid-back way.
     
  11. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    Just a fun comment. When I was a kid fishing in the local farm ponds(about 1 or 2 acres) my buddy and I used to rig a 1 foot piece of 2X2 wood with a small eye bolt in one end and tie a dropper line 3 to 6 foot long on it. Bait with worms, chicken gizzards, grasshoppers, whatever, and throw them in the pond.. Whenever one would start moving around we would jump in the pond and swim it down .. No Boat !! Had to be a little careful tho caught some snapping turtles up to 10-12 pounds.. extreme fun for a teenager on a hot summer day (before friggen video games arrived) AHHHH memories !!
     
  12. kingneck76

    kingneck76 New Member

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    When I was a kid my dad would set up jugs with a 2-3 foot leader tied to a stob or treelimb. then we would go do our fishing, and come back for the jugs. Worked kinda like a yoyo set up.