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.
You've made a great float there. <br> <br>I've created a similar float but we wanted ours to be more visible in the water. Ours sit vertically in the water (about a foot shows above water) and we have a small solar yard light on the top to make it easy to see at night. <br> <br>Next build we do I'll need to make up an instructable for it.
I have always wanted to try drift fishing. Next year I am taking my kayak out and letting 5 or 6 of these out.
Some pretty tidy work - I like the washers with the holes for attaching the swivel snaps. <br>I do have some well-intended critique points, if I may?<br><br>First, I'm a little confused - why a noodle jug, on a limbline? <br>- You already have the well selected, limber branch to take up the load of a caught fish. <br>- You will know when you have a fish, as soon as you approach the limb. The limbs are usually dancing!<br>- You can adjust the line to whatever depth you want when you attach it. I use a slip line, which lets me select whatever depth I want. <br>- You signal your set line's position with this one, making it a target for pilferers. I like stealthier lines, ones that can hardly be seen.<br><br>Due to restrictions in my state, I would be in violation if I used this anywhere but the few places where jugs are allowed. And we, too, must use white jugs the first two weeks of the month and yellow the latter two. <br><br>What I feel you've made here is a big bobber, but one that isn't really needed. I know I may sound overly critical - but, hey, I'm sure its fun to watch!
one thing you may not be aware of, is that some states(like Texas) require that the jug be white in color...meaning the entire thing MUST BE white. <br><br>I live in Maryland &amp; as far as I know, there is no color requirement, but you do have to have your name, address &amp; phone number on the jug in black bold permanant marker.<br><br>there is a guy in Texas that sells these same things for(I think) $10 each....and here you are telling everyone how to make them for free! LOL<br><br>TY for sharing Sir. was a good read &amp; very educational. :)
Thank you for the complement. I have seen many different colored noodles but I don't recall ever seeing a white one. I suppose you could spray paint them if required. I live in Missouri where there is no color restriction. A lot of guys that fish together use different colors to identify their setups. As in any hunting or fishing trip, you should check the local regulations before you start.

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