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#11181019 - 10/23/15 11:32 AM Released cat from trot line!
FamousAmos Offline
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Registered: 07/28/04
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Loc: Fort Worth Area
North Texas water. Came across what looked to be an old, neglected trot line. Line was covered in moss. Hooks were bare. a few had been straightened out. HOWEVER, on one hook there was a 30 inch catfish.

Yes, I released him. How bad does that make me?
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#11181034 - 10/23/15 11:37 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
JIM SR. Offline
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i would have removed the trotline also. good job.

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#11181067 - 10/23/15 11:54 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
SALLYSUE Online   content
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Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 3537
Loc: BELTON TEXAS
I've done the same Good for you

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#11181076 - 10/23/15 12:01 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
DCmac Offline
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Registered: 08/02/12
Posts: 1926
Loc: SW Okla
Good job! I can't count the number of old abandoned trot & jug lines are scattered around the 2 lakes I primarily fish.

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#11183479 - 10/24/15 05:57 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
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Loc: Grapevine
I hardly ever see a trot line that has a proper tag on it, even when it's actually being used.
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#11184273 - 10/24/15 11:31 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
Bittercreek Offline
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Registered: 04/17/05
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Loc: San Angelo Tx
Originally Posted By: FamousAmos
North Texas water. Came across what looked to be an old, neglected trot line. Line was covered in moss. Hooks were bare. a few had been straightened out. HOWEVER, on one hook there was a 30 inch catfish.

Yes, I released him. How bad does that make me?

Photos to prove your statement? About the old Trotline.
An for the rest of you haters on trotlines.
How about the times you have cut lines. Just to retrieive a lure??
Or run the lines your self.
Lets start a thread about it.
Im tired of listen to Whinning, city-Folk crying in their Diapers about Trotlines an Jugs.

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#11184354 - 10/25/15 06:08 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: Bittercreek]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
Posts: 2461
Loc: Grapevine
Originally Posted By: Bittercreek
Originally Posted By: FamousAmos
North Texas water. Came across what looked to be an old, neglected trot line. Line was covered in moss. Hooks were bare. a few had been straightened out. HOWEVER, on one hook there was a 30 inch catfish.

Yes, I released him. How bad does that make me?

Photos to prove your statement? About the old Trotline.
An for the rest of you haters on trotlines.
How about the times you have cut lines. Just to retrieive a lure??
Or run the lines your self.
Lets start a thread about it.
Im tired of listen to Whinning, city-Folk crying in their Diapers about Trotlines an Jugs.



There is absolutely nothing wrong with running a trot line and catching fish legally, however if you then abandon that line for someone else to have to deal with then I have every right to Beach about it. I agree that there are some that cut lines as you say but this post was about abandoned trot lines which is a problem. I'm not a city folk, I was raised on a dairy farm and have been in the outdoors all my life and I'll be the first one to defend your rights to run your lines and the first one to beach if you leave it there when you're done.


Edited by pelican (10/25/15 06:13 AM)
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#11184532 - 10/25/15 09:21 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
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Registered: 06/29/12
Posts: 862
I fish out of a float tube regularly and if I find an abandoned trotline I'll cut it at both ends. If you want to use trotlines, fine, but you'd better use them properly and maintain them or remove them. Oh, and I AM ONE of those nasty, stuckup city slickers.


Edited by Fish Chaser (10/25/15 09:22 AM)

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#11185041 - 10/25/15 02:11 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
SALLYSUE Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 02/26/05
Posts: 3537
Loc: BELTON TEXAS
I use trot line before I knew how to fish LOL

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#11186750 - 10/26/15 08:32 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
Poorboy21 Offline
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Registered: 02/20/12
Posts: 62
What is abandoned do you have to remove a line if you only fish it on the weekend?as long as it's tagged I think it is good baited or not

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#11186805 - 10/26/15 09:04 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: Poorboy21]
ToadThrower Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/29/07
Posts: 356
Loc: Arlington, TX
From the Texas Parks and Wildlife Fishing Regulations:

Trotlines in Fresh Water

Tag Requirements
Trotlines in fresh water must be used with a valid gear tag. Properly marked buoys or floats qualify as valid gear tags. Gear tags must be attached within 3 feet of the first hook at each end of the trotline and are valid for 10 days after the date set out.

Construction and Design Restrictions
Trotlines in fresh water may not have more than 50 hooks on any one trotline.

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#11187273 - 10/26/15 11:45 AM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
GhostRider32 Offline
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Registered: 05/15/15
Posts: 1414
I don't care if a person uses trotlines. I do care when the are in the condition as stated. Generally, moss doesn't grow in 10 days....

I'm tired of listening to whiny, people crying in their diapers about others who simply want trot line users for follow the law.....

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#11187482 - 10/26/15 01:33 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: Poorboy21]
ChuChu1 Offline
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Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3052
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Originally Posted By: Poorboy21
What is abandoned do you have to remove a line if you only fish it on the weekend?as long as it's tagged I think it is good baited or not


A trot line can be left set out forever, as long as the tag is kept up to date.
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#11187639 - 10/26/15 02:55 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
FamousAmos Offline
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Loc: Fort Worth Area
This line had no tags whatsoever.

I was really posting about letting that big cat go. I thought long and hard about it. Someone might have wanted that cat for dinner. As I released him I said, "Buddy, this is your lucky day."
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#11187791 - 10/26/15 03:55 PM Re: Released cat from trot line! [Re: FamousAmos]
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
There are a lot of laws and regulations concerning trot lines and private property. And all of them are frequently broken.
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