How Can You Fish Without a Pole or Bait?

How Can You Fish Without a Pole or Bait?
You don't need a fishing pole or bait to catch fish. Using throw lines and/or jugs rigged with plastic worms or other artificial lures, you can catch freshwater and saltwater fish including the popular catfish species, which respond well to jugs. When fishing without a pole or bait, a slow-but-steady approach is best. You always want to pay close attention to your bait and watch out for line disturbance. Once you choose your location, throw your line(s) or set your jug(s) for strikes.


Difficulty: Easy

Fishing with Throw Lines and Artificial Lures

Things You’ll Need:
  • Fishing line
  • Hook
  • Lure(s)
  • Sinker(s)
  • Jug (2-liter bottle)
Step 1
Set up a throw line, which is a fishing line generally 25 to 30 feet in length. Fish one or more throw lines either from the bank or from a boat. If fishing from the bank, attach one end of your throw line to a tree or bank pole using the sheet bend technique (see Resources). If fishing from a boat, attach one end of your line to a railing or standing post on or near the edge of your boat.
Step 2
Attach as many hooks as you want along the tag end of the line; space each hook several feet apart. As a general rule of thumb, you want to match the size of the hook to the size of the worm, according to the Bass Resource website.
Step 3
Thread an artificial lure such as a plastic worm onto each hook. Pass the full body of the plastic worm onto the hook for a secure hold. If you are fishing clear waters, choose a light-colored worm, preferably blue, green, pearl or smoke. If you are fishing dark waters, choose a dark worm, preferably purple, black or brown. Soft-body and hard-body fishing lures are available online and at local tackle stores.
Step 4
Add a 3/8 to 1/2-ounce lead sinker to the tag end of your line, just below the last hook. Press the snap sinker down using a pair of needle-nose pliers. Check that the snap sinker is securely closed over the line so it doesn't come off under water.
Step 5
Throw the weighted end of your throw line into the water and wait for a strike. Look for line movement, which could be hard to spot if you do not watch closely. Look for a visible sign of tension or strain in the line, which is the result of a fish pulling against your throw line.

Jug Fishing

Step 1
Tie a 120-lb. test mainline around the neck of a 2-liter soda bottle.
Step 2
Attach a 2/0 hook to the line. Pull the free end of your mainline through the eye of the hook and back around. Pull the knot closed.
Step 3
Hook on a plastic lure and a 1-lb. to 2-lb. weight just above the hook.
Step 4
Release about 25 to 30 feet of line into the water.

Tips & Warnings

If one lure is not attracting fish, switch to another.
Artificial lures are available in a range of colors, sizes, textures (soft versus hard) and patterns.
Make sure you thread your plastic worm tightly on your hook so a fish does not bite it in half.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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