Step 10: Time to Go Fishing
To deploy this type of setup, tie the loose-ended line to a supple limb overhanging a river bank or lake shore. It's important that the limb you choose be strong but flexible. If the limb doesn't bend or give when the fish strikes, the line may snap. Apply the bait of your choice to the hook and drop it in the water. Adjust the line length to meet your desired fishing depth. The beauty of this type of fishing is that you can have several lines in the water at the same time. It allows you to do other things and still catch fish. And it also increases your odds of a catch or multiple catches. In my part of the country the primary target species is catfish, but the size and type of hook, the bait and the fishing depth can be tailored to just about any species in your area. Please do not exceed your catch and possession limit per species.
I think this updated version of the venerable jug line offers several of advantages. First, the noodles come in a variety of colors so you'll be able to identify and locate your sets easily. Second, the shape of this set up makes it easy to tell if you have a fish on the line as the end tends to tip up when you have a fish. Third, this shape takes up less space in the boat. They also store and travel better than milk jugs or bleach bottles. Plus, I think they just look cool.
One very important note: please make sure that this type of set-up is legal where you intend to use it. Some areas may not allow unattended fishing lines. Most states limit the number of these that you can set at one time and require that they are checked at least once a day. Most states also require that you permanently affix your name and address to each setup. I use a brass or copper trap tag that I get from a trappers supply store. You can also make your own. All states limit the species and number of fish that can be caught in a day and/or held in possession. Please obey all applicable laws and regulations, be responsible, be safe and enjoy.