Need a little help on making adjustable depth stationary juglines

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by LFMCameron, Oct 11, 2017.

  1. LFMCameron

    LFMCameron New Member

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    I fish a variety of depths and am starting to target trophy flathead. I am using 1lb weights and it is a must to keep them from drifting in the channels I am fishing. Are there any simple methods to quickly secure the line from spooling off or a jug I could build that has the capability of any depth I want?
     
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  2. Teetommy

    Teetommy Member

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    Tommy Spears
    I use a heaver weight to hold mine in place. You can use almost anything. I like to use starter off lawnmower and cars that works good. Also you can get a solo cup fill it with cement put a rod with a loop on the end. Don't forget to bend the rod so it don't pull out of the cement.
     
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  3. Torvaldsberg

    Torvaldsberg Active Member

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    If I understand the question, you are looking for a way to easily adjust the depth your fishing at without having to deal with excess line wrapped around the jug?

    One trick you might try...

    Use 2-liter soda bottles. Drill a hole in the lid a tiny bit smaller than the line you're using. Find some buttons that are small enough to fit inside the neck of the bottle and have 3 or 4 holes that are big enough to run your line through. Put 50-75 feet of line(or whatever range you need inside the bottle), run the tag end through the several of the button holes, out through the hole in the lid, tie on a swivel, then screw on the lid.

    You should be able to adjust the depth by taking the lid off and sliding the button up and down the line. For insurance, tie a washer securely to the unused end of the line inside the bottle. Then, If you do have an accident and the button doesn't hold, you will still have the washer to prevent all of the line escaping and losing the fish(or tackle).
     
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  4. Torvaldsberg

    Torvaldsberg Active Member

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  5. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    When I set mine each is set for that location and depth, they are made on the boat as you go. The weight is a folgers coffee container with 4- 6"spikes pushed through the walls with some nail sticking out on the inside for the cement to get hold of, fill it with quick crete, take a all plastic rope and tie knots on each end and shove it in the cement--1 jug weight that will last for years. I mark where I want to put the jug with a marker, come back around and tie your line to your weight and let it out to the bottom, and a couple more feet and cut it and pull your weight up and tie on the number of hooks you want, bait it and go back to your marker and start letting out your line at the marker and let go --Custom Set for each area.
     
  6. james

    james Member

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    All my jugs are old anti freeze jugs filled with foam each have 50ft of 1/8 braided rope my leaders are made from some kind of braided 60 pound string I got from amazon think it was sold for some kind of salt water fishing I use 8/0 circle hooks my weights are old plastic water bottles with the tops cut off full of concrete I leave about a 1/2 inch of plastic from the top of the concrete that I use a small torch to heat up an bend over this set up is much better than the solo cup method plastic holds up better an also protects the side of of your boat from getting beat up not sure what the total weight of them are but when I go to set a jug I let the weight hit bottom an I wrap the line a few times over the jug an I have huge 6 inch by 1/2 wide rubber bands I pull the rubber band over the line if I've wrapped it too much it may flip an pull couple feet of life but it will stop an my main line will be perfect up an down in the water this method works amazing when u pull up on your jugs u can see which one has a nice fish because the line will be completely pulled off or if it's a big fish it can drag the jug off into deeper water but will allow more line out 20+ years of me using this set up an my father an grandfather both used the same tried an true method many of monsters caught
     
  7. bvomark

    bvomark Well-Known Member

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    If using a 2 liter jug tie the hook line around the neck of the jug. We typically put 10 feet of line on the hook end. We wrap the excess around the neck of the jug and put 2 half hitches in the line. Works well for us.
     
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  8. Michael Mansfield

    Michael Mansfield New Member

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    I use PVC and pool noodles for my "jugs". Its nice for me because I anchor my jugs with an oz or more just depending on which set I'm using. My line is #80 mono and have 35 foot on each noddle. I spool the line around the foam noodle. I set my depth by letting the weight hit the bottom then leave about an extra foot of line. I just make a loop with the line and it cinches to the PVC pipe to not allow any more line off. I fish from 4 to 30 foot with my set up.
     
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