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PVC Pipe Noodle Fishing is like Jug Fishing

Have you heard of the new way to jug fish? It’s fishing with a PVC Pipe surrounded by a swimming pool noodle! This is a great way to catch fish, particularly catfish, and most fisher folks call it their “catfish noodle”.

People have various ways of making these and have their own preferences to be sure.  Below is a nicely made catfish noodle.catfish noodle

I grabbed a few youtube videos to give an idea of what this is all about, and put them together below.

You probably already know what typical jug fishing is like, but in case you don’t, here is an entertaining video with some great catches!  This video was created by DigginDeepSouthLA of a man and woman (he and his wife?) sucessfully catfishing with jugs.  He gives you and idea on good bait and also shows you how to bait and put the jugs out to catch fish.  See their rewards!

So, that was typical jug fishing, although not all folks use empty oil jugs, there’s a variety of jugs that can be used, however, the best are ones that offer a nice tightly screwed on cap.

Next up is a family fishing with catfish noodles on the Belton Lake, I’m assuming this is in Texas, but not sure.  The kiddo’s seem to enjoy fishing with the noodles/jugs as well since they get to participate.

They looked like they all had fun didn’t they?

So you may be wondering, ‘how can I make these catfish noodles myself?’ First, let me show you a short video by ArkansasPrepper to give you an idea, ~and I am also showing you this because I like they way he makes his!

I wish he showed a little more in detail of the “how to”, but fear not, below I have a very long detailed video on how to make three different types of these catfish noodle jug lines. Not just the noodles, but the entire setup. Enjoy!

So, let’s go out and build us some and see what happens! I have a tank here at the house that I may test them in first maybe I will catch a few of the monsters in there!

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Catfishing never too many Bait Casters

henry-cats-tims-tank-200x140My wife says I use too many fishing poles, so many that she can barely get enough fishing space for herself.  Not true.  I leave her plenty of room for her one pole, maybe even two.

I like to set at least 3 baitcasters out, especially when catfishing.  I’ll have one up the river a way, one down river a way, and one all the way across the river if I can hit it.

I then usually take a spinning reel and bass fish while waiting for a clicker to go off on one of the baitcasters. Don’t worry, I have fully instructed the wife on how to handle my huge bait casters, and many a time I’ve been too far away to make it back, and she’s brought in the prize fish all by herself.  ~Here she would be sure to inform me she was fishing long before I was born – she’s a whole 3 years older than me, but to hear her tell it, she came out of the womb fishing.

So here’s a picture of my preferred setup, although this isn’t my picture and I have no idea where it is.  As well they have two spinners setup, but the layout is the same:

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Gorgeous place wherever it is.  Looks like a great place to catch some catfish!

Our last great fishing venture together was at my wife’s uncle’s tank located here in Central Texas.

He stocks it yearly with cats and bass.  We’d gone fishing several times over the winter there, as my wife claimed “they’re in here” (since her mother caught two sometime they went fishing together prior).

I hooked a bass on the first trip and exclaimed to her that I probably caught the only fish in that tank!

Well, a few weeks later, I took her and her mother back there with me, with some ‘special’ catfish bait.  I can’t remember the name of it, but it claimed you had to hide in order to bait your hook or the fish would be jumping on your line before you could throw it out.

I have you know, they almost weren’t joking.

Wife and I caught two a piece and the mother-in-law one.  There were nice size and great eating.

Here’s a pic of our catch.  Notice our 1 year old German Shepherd inspecting them:

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And guess what?

I only used one rod and reel!

So there.

If you have any questions, comments or wanna share a catfish catch pic, post them below!

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How to Bass Fish with a Plastic Worm

Here, Bass Pro Fisherman Scott Martin shares his tips on how to properly bass fish with a plastic worm. How many of you just throw out your reel and start reeling?  Well, that’s not the right way to fish with a plastic worm!

Recap of Video:

Main points of video above:

1. You can’t fish a worm to slow, but you can fish it too fast.
2. Plastic worms are meant to look like a worm or a leach, not baitfish.
3. The worm needs to crawl on the bottom.
4. Mke a long cast, then move the bait with your rod, not your reel.
5. Throw out line, after you bait hits the bottom, reel a bit of the excess line in.
6. Use the rod to pull in the line. Then reel down taking in the excess slack.
7. Repeat. Pull, gather up slack.
8. Pick the right size line for the area you are fishing in.
9. Use a proper size weight for the depth of the water you are fishing in.

Just how do I put that plastic worm on a hook and make it weedless anyway?

Find out in MonsterFishandGame‘s video below:

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How to change your line on a bait casting reel

In the video below Pro Bass fisherman Scott Martin shares how to change the line on your bait casting fishing reel.

If you are ever out on the lake and discover you need a line change, save yourself $20 and the time to go to the marina and do it yourself!

Recap of Video:

1. Take off old line in a hand over hand motion. Do not throw the line in the lake! Properly disposed of old line to keep wildlife safe.
2. Take your new spool of line and thread it threw the eyes of your rod down to your reel.
3. Put line through the hole on the bait caster.
4.  Loop line through hole (he’s using a Okuma that has tiny holes inside).
5. Start reeling slowly.
6. Once you have it started put the spool into a tackle bag or somewhere to where it can easily spin.
7. Stand over bag and start reeling. Fill the reel.
8. Reel is full when spool is not over full and not over top of the metal spool.

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Daiwa Tatula Baitcasting Reel

This is a review of the Diawa Tatula Reel.

The Tatual reel offers more reel for less money.  Casting is smooth even with very light weight lures.  Which makes it daiwa tatulagreat for bass fishing in freshwater.

Gear ratio is great for top water fishing and is really smooth.  Lightweight reel.

T-Wing Level line system when open gives plenty of room for your line for further casting.

If you buy one, you will want another!

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

 

Specifications:
Ultimate Tournament Carbon Drag (UTD) with 13.2 lbs Drag Max
Magforce-Z cast control
7 ball bearings plus roller bearing
6.3:1 gear ratio
High Speed Right hand

 

But don’t believe me, listen to the YouTube review by American Legacy Fishing Company.

Recap of the Review

Features worth the cost and more

T-wing technology feature which allows your line to have more free range movement for extra casting distance.

Smooth drag.

Compact profile that fits well in your hand.

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews, on Amazon.

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Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed Spool Baitcast Reel

This is a review of the Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed Spool Reel.

The Lew’s Tournament Pro Speed’s clickers on the drag and it’s cast control knob are superb enhancements.Lews-Tournament-Pro-Speed-940x626

It is smooth, small and lightweight.  The magnetic and centrifugal dual braking systems are easy to adjust and make this an awesome technically advanced reel.

I can quickly change my lure and adjust the tension and keep fishing without the worry of backlashing.  For lighter lures, it’s easy to adjust the spin control.

Casting distance is superb and allows for smooth casts.

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

Specifications:

10+1 Bearings
Gear Ratio: 7.1:1
Line Capacity: 12/120
Right Hand
Weight: 6.7 ounces

But don’t listen to me, listen to this great review by j0j0barz33 on YouTube

Basic Recap of YouTube review:

Carbon Fiber Handle – Ads to the light weight and feel of the baitcasting reel versus the metal handle.

Large paddle handles – For larger hands, makes it easy to hold and feels nice in the hands.

Clicking Star Drag – Typical of higher costs reels as this.

Clicking Spool Tension – Also great feature and not uncommon of higher costs reels.

Slender and lightweight.

Dual Cast Control System – Magnetic breaking system with centrifugal brakes.

Spool size – large spool size for such a small reel.

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews, on Amazon.

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Shimano Citica 200G6 Baitcasting Reel

This is a review of the Shimano Citia Reel.

The Shimano Citica 200C6’s cast control is superb allowing for optimum distance and accuracy of aim. Works well with all types lures including the light weighs.

Being a smaller reel it allows for better thumb access to the spool for better accuracy.

Drag performance is smooth and consistent.

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

Specifications:

Gear Ratio: 5.5:1
Ball Bearings: 4
Line Weight (lbs.)/Capacity (yds.): 8/180-10/155-14/110
Weight:7.5 ozs.

But don’t listen to me, listen to Bad Poncho Outdoors review of the Citica on YouTube:

Basic Recap of YouTube review:

Fair pricing.

Aluminum frame with graphite side plates.

Sturdy feeling.

Handles big fish excellent.  Salmon, Pike, Walleye, etc.

1/4 turn side plate system.

Standard stop brake assist.

Flat paddles offer superb power grip and fit your fingers perfectly.

Takes abuse very well.

Drag adjustment matches the case making for a beautiful reel.

Low mass spool.

Less momentum meaning less backlash.

 

Purchase this reel, or read more reviews on Amazon.

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Shimano Curado E Reel 300EJ Review

This is a Shimano Curado E Reel Review.

The crank and drag gears are stainless steel making the drag super smooth.  Casting is as far as your skills allow you to cast, which in my bragging rights, is a mile!  It easily handles all lure types even those huge Double 10’s!

It has 7 bearings which make for smooth casting and a strong retrieve.  The magnetic breaks are easy to adjust and set, handy in times of sudden wind.  It’s a strong fast reel and even for a newbie, with a little practice, backlash is not a problem.  This is a strong fast reel with good crank.

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The crank and drag gears are stainless steel making the drag super smooth.  Casting is as far as your skills allow you to cast, which in my bragging rights, is a mile!  It easily handles all lure types even those huge Double 10’s!  It has 7 bearings which make for smooth casting and a strong retrieve.  The magnetic breaks are easy to adjust and set, handy in times of sudden wind.  It’s a strong fast reel and even for a newbie, with a little practice, backlash is not a problem.

Great for various fish including but totally not limited too, salmon, musky, pike, walleye and steel heads.

 

Specifications:

7.0:1 high speed or 5.0:1 power version (right handed only)

1/4 Turn Key Spool Access
Super Free Bearing Supported Pinion Gear System
Super Stopper Anti-Reverse
Assist Stopper
SV Power Handle Grips
Quickfire II Clutch Bar Casting System
Precision Aluminum Magnumlite Spool

Video shimano reels review

Let’s hear a bit more AND a camparison video betweent the Curado and the Citica by TackleTour on YouTube.

 

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Abu Garcia SMAX2 Silver Max Low Profile Baitcast Reel

This is an Abu Garcia reel review or the Abu Garcia Silver Max.

The unique feature of the Abu Garcia SMAX2 Silver Max Low Profile Baitcast Reel is it has a small “switch” that allows you to “flip” your lure while holding down the line release lever which helps to cut down on birds nests. Superb break system. The reel itself is fairly light and fits nicely in the hand. The controls on this reel are very easy to set. Great real for bass fishing. Casting is smooth and great casting distance. The retrieve smooth and fast. Great for for salt and fresh water fishing. Great reel for left handers with a great price. Comparable to the REVO for those on a tighter budget.

Click here to read other’s full reviews.

 

Specifications for Abu Garcia SMAX2 Silver Max :

Drag system gives smooth drag performance
Five stainless steels ball bearings
Brass gear for extended gear life
Brake system has consistent pressure during casting
Complete graphite frame in one piece with graphite side plates
Comfortable compact form fitting handle

Watch a Video by JamestownTV of a review by Abu Garcia themselves:

Recap of Review:

5+1 Stainless steel bearing system.

Compact reel, comfortable to palm and fish all day.

Bent handle and star making it more comfortable while you are fishing.

The MagTrax break system is easily adjustable.

Power drag design gives you a smooth drag pressure and a high max drag.

Flipping switch that when on is great for short repetitive casts.

 

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Abu Garcia REVO Rocket Low Profile Reel Review

This is a review of Abu Garcia REVO Rocket.

PROS:  This reel is super comfortable and fits in the hand perfectly. It’s extremely fast and works well with even lighter weight lures to heavy weights. Great for buzzbaits and spinners, especially for those smallmouth bass! The reel is lightweight, weighing only 6.75 ounes, and the larger handle allows for faster reeling speed. It doesn’t seem to have a problem with birdnesting, and the magnet and centrifugal brake system are amazing, along with all the other various adjustments one can make.

CONS: Can’t seem to locate a lube port hole like most my other Abu Garcia’s have. Cost is on the higher end.

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Specifications:
Gear Ratio: 9.0:1
Spool Capacity (mono): 12lbs/145yds
Inches Per Turn: 37
Retrieve Speed: Super high
Weight: 6.75oz.
Maximum Drag: 20lbs.

 

Don’t beleive my commentary, let’s watch Johnny Jenkins YouTube review of the Abu Garcia Revo:

Mini Recap of Review:

Lightening Fast 9.01 Gear Ratio

Fastest low profile reel on the market

Great for top water lures, spinner baits, buzz baits and crank baits.

Brake system features centrifugal and magnetic brakes for great maximum casting control.

Bent carbon handle is great for increased cranking power.

10 stainless steel bearings and 1 roller bearing.

Carbon matrix drag system.

Titanium coated line guide.

Big handle for such a small profile reel, but this is great for cranking power.

Purchase this reel on read more reviews on Amazon.

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