A jug line is a large float that has a fishing line hanging down into the water. Baited hooks are set at intervals along the line, which can be anchored or free-floating [source: Redneck Outdoors]. Picture a string of Christmas lights -- jug lines involve the same concept. Jug lines can be made at home or purchased bare or with hooks.
Jug fishing is one of the better techniques to use when you are introducing children to catfishing because jug fishing is an active sport. The entire time you're out on the water you're checking the jug lines you've placed in different areas [source: Redneck Outdoors]. If a child argues fishing is boring, get out the jugs.
If you're not trying to keep youngsters occupied, you might prefer setting your jug lines at night and checking them first thing in the morning. You can also set them in the morning and check them throughout the day. This allows you the freedom to multitask while fishing. However you choose to do it, check your jugs on a regular basis to keep your fish alive and healthy, especially during the warm months [source: Redneck Outdoors].
Anchored jug lines prevent the jug from drifting across the water because they are weighted down. They also keep the fish you've already caught from dragging the jug all over the place, which may injure the fish or the equipment. Free-floating jug lines have lead sinkers or other items attached to the ends, but they can still drift across the water. If you're free-floating your jug, stay close by or risk losing your jug and your fish [source: Redneck Outdoors].
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