I have to believe that people were jug-fishing for catfish before there were even jugs. It’s too effective and too much fun for old-time anglers not to have figured out some kind of over-sized bobber device. Maybe a wooden float? A piece of river cane? Anything they could chase across a river slough when attached to a monstrous catfish.
Milk jugs and 2-liter soda bottles are the standards these days, but the everyday neon-colored pool noodles are hard to beat, too. You can pack a night’s worth of jug lines into a single 5-gallon bucket, and all you need to complete the outfit is bait, a good flashlight, a buddy who can paddle the boat — and a boss who will understand why you’re groggy and worthless at work the next day.