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#3172988 - 02/22/13 10:43 AM When do you start jugfishing?
EastTNHunter
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My family and I tried jugfishing last year for the first time, and we are hooked! But we started a little later in the season, and I was wondering when most people started putting out jugs and how tactics change throughout the seasons?
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#3173119 - 02/22/13 01:34 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: EastTNHunter]
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I've never done it earlier that the spring crappie bite, because generally in colder months it seems like the cats are all down deep (most of our jug setups don't go deeper than about 10-15 feet).

Also, I prefer fishing with a reel and rod while the jugs are out, so it's most fun to set things out while stuff is biting.

I'm sure some old pros on here have the tricks to catch them in the cold, though.
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#3173260 - 02/22/13 04:50 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: Crosshairy]
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I've always jug fished in the summer... not because it won't work other times. I just enjoy jug fishing at night to escape summer heat.
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#3174193 - 02/23/13 08:04 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: rsimms]
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#3175696 - 02/25/13 01:00 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: diamond hunter]
EastTNHunter
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I mainly just fish the coves/sloughs anyways. That is what I needed to know. Thanks all, and any more tips that y'all can think to offer would be appreciated.
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#3175816 - 02/25/13 03:26 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: EastTNHunter]
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I put out jugs year round with the same rig.. never change .. always catch fish.. swimming pool noodle, 5-6 feet of line.. cut skipjack,shad, or bluegill in that order..
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#3176424 - 02/26/13 05:58 AM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: pressfit]
EastTNHunter
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
I put out jugs year round with the same rig.. never change .. always catch fish.. swimming pool noodle, 5-6 feet of line.. cut skipjack,shad, or bluegill in that order..


That is the rig that I use, but I usually use chicken gizzards or hot dogs as bait. Most of the places that I fish up here are inaccessible due to the water being down right now, but as soon as the water starts to come back up I will be hitting them.

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#3177059 - 02/26/13 03:54 PM Re: When do you start jugfishing? [Re: EastTNHunter]
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I never did stop and catch some every time I go out. But the best time is around mid spring. I use same set up as everyone but I throw my castnet when I first get to the water and get all my bait pretty quickly like that. Nothing like cut bait fish for gettin some big channels and blues!!! My only technique is to set them in a row so that they will drift out of the bay towards the main channel and then go right over the dropoff point that the big boys like to hang around.
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