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After flipping my yak over the first time out, I practiced a bit and am feeling somewhat comfortable now.  So.....I loaded 6 jugs into the yak and set them out.

Since my largest cat on jugs is 55#, I brought along some wire cutters if I hooked up with one of those.  [smile]

Retrieved the jugs yesterday morning without incident......relative to the yak.

Caught some nice channel cats on the jugs (catfish po boys for dinner tonight!).

Didn't have any problems.  Unfortunately the biggest one slipped out of my fish grips and right into the boat.......Ouch......

So, the yak got slimed and bloodied in the same day.  [smile]

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Glad to see someone catching fish. Were you using lil' smokies? How long did you let your jug soak?
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Still using Lil Smokies.  I set them out at 6 p.m. and picked them up the next morning at 9 a.m.

I should have checked them later that evening as most all my hooks were clean.

Someone told me to use chicken breasts in warmer water as they stay on the hook well and the catfish like 'em.

I'm trying that this week.

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If you are going to leave your jugs for more than a couple of hours make sure ALL your hooks will stay above the thermocline. Otherwise you may come back to dead spoiled fish which is really really depressing [eek][bawl]

Just in case anyone is about to ask how I know - Been there done that and lost a couple. So angry at myself I pulled the jugs and haven't put them back out since.
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I hear ya.  I experienced that last summer.  Live and learn, eh?  [smile]
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how does one determine where the thermocline is?  Wondered why I lost a nice blue the last time I jugged.
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how does one determine where the thermocline is?  Wondered why I lost a nice blue the last time I jugged.


You can usually see it on your electronics, do a google search on thermocline electronics and you will get a lot of info.

Catfish will go below the thermocline to take bait, but if they get hooked and are held there they will suffocate and spoil quickly in the warm water. [frown]
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Caught some nice ones the other day.  Checked jugs every 90 minutes then paddled back to shore and relaxed in lounger.  [smile]

Didn't take long to bring home dinner.

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