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#12026683 - 01/07/17 07:32 PM trot lines
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Hello all, I want to get into catfishing again now and then and was wondering about setting trot lines. I know (well i think) the law is no more than 5 hooks per line etc but is there anything else i need to be concerned with as far as bait etc? Also i don't see trot line "jugs" like i used to. Are folks still using old bleach/milk jugs? Oh, also, I'm assuming a name and number must be on the gear?

thanks for any info you can provide.

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#12026861 - 01/07/17 09:06 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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#12026906 - 01/07/17 09:27 PM Re: trot lines [Re: jbobo]
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Trot line can be max 300 ft long, one hook every 3 foot, total of 100 hooks. Shad is always the best bait


Edited by snowyriver6 (01/09/17 12:33 AM)

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#12026920 - 01/07/17 09:33 PM Re: trot lines [Re: snowyriver6]
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Originally Posted By: snowyriver6
Trot line can be max 300 ft long, one hook every 3 foot, total of 300 hooks. Shad is always the best bait


thanks!

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#12026953 - 01/07/17 09:55 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Regs quoted by jo bo said max of 50 hooks... noidea
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#12027180 - 01/08/17 07:34 AM Re: trot lines [Re: kodys'papa]
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Originally Posted By: kodys'papa
Regs quoted by jo bo said max of 50 hooks... noidea


Yep, and you are only allowed 100 hooks total for all devices. So, if you have two 50 hook lines out, that means no rod and reel fishing.

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#12027425 - 01/08/17 10:18 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Always check the regs each August. Every year there seems to be new changes in the law. Wal Mart or Academy in Temple should have the regulations book. If in doubt on the reading. The game warden office in Temple will help you in anyway. They are great folks there. No disrespect to anyone here on this forum, but I find it best to go ask the people who will be asking you to sign on the line for wrong info given. Ask the Game Wardens for this info. Plus, Jbo gave the web page for the regs but I always like to have the book in the boat with me along with my cell phone has a copy of the regs saved in it.


Edited by Big Zee (01/08/17 10:33 AM)
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#12027555 - 01/08/17 11:27 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Big Zee]
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TPWD has an app you can get that is basically that book. It is handy when you hunt and fish all over the state.

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#12027633 - 01/08/17 12:14 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
Catfish Lynn Offline
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I have two copies of the regulations running around, but ... hang on ... OK, got one in my hands now- TP&W 2016-2017 (current rules). As to the 300 hooks above, I did not even see that amount in salt water trotlines. In freshwater, trotlines cannot have more than 50 hooks each. And each person is limited to 2 trotlines max. So as one noted above, if you set two out with 50 hooks each, you have no spare hooks for juglines, throwlines, or rod-n-reeling.

What I do, is make up 36 hook trotlines. They total 72, which leaves you 28 available hooks. If I go 5 hooks per jugline, then I make up 5 (totaling 25 more). That leaves me 3 hooks available for rod-n-reel, etc. Or I could go 4 hooks each at 7 jugs, but no more hooks available, or 6 jugs & leaving 4 open.

Nowadays, your juglines, trotlines, and throwlines, as well as single bottles (juglines) must be labeled with your name & other data, as well as date set out. If a Game Warden took note (by memory or jotted down notes), they may realize you are out of hooks, if they catch you fishing by rod-n-reel, thus you are over the limit & get fined. So it is best to keep tabs on what you have out & go just below the 100 hook limit to play safe.

It is best to review the rules (even twice), be it by the printed guide, online, or the App as one suggested. Ignorance is no longer an excuse to get out of getting fined. If in doubt, ask a Game Warden. They are the interpreters of the law. Sometimes the wording may cause one to wonder about an item. But by asking, you get clear clarification.

For instance, the gear tag on each end of trotlines within the first hook has a little leeway. You can use a jug or float, marked with all of the information on each of the line to take the place of the required tag & its placement. It used to not state that in the regulation book. I was putting tags on both ends of trotlines & even one on my throwlines, when the rule first came out of having one only on trotlines. I talked to a Game Warden on the Trinity River about that new ruling & he explained the benefits of 2 on a trotline & one on a jugline. It helped him to catch people running your lines & do something about it, as he could prove it was not their line due to the ID tag. I agreed & was on board with that idea.
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#12027666 - 01/08/17 12:29 PM Re: trot lines [Re: snowyriver6]
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Originally Posted By: snowyriver6
Trot line can be max 300 ft long, one hook every 3 foot, total of 300 hooks. Shad is always the best bait


DO NOT PASS GO....DO NOT COLLECT $200.... What in the wide world of sports are you talking about???? Please consult TPWD rules before advising!
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#12027670 - 01/08/17 12:30 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Catfish Lynn]
Texasdeepv Offline
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Originally Posted By: Catfish Lynn
I have two copies of the regulations running around, but ... hang on ... OK, got one in my hands now- TP&W 2016-2017 (current rules). As to the 300 hooks above, I did not even see that amount in salt water trotlines. In freshwater, trotlines cannot have more than 50 hooks each. And each person is limited to 2 trotlines max. So as one noted above, if you set two out with 50 hooks each, you have no spare hooks for juglines, throwlines, or rod-n-reeling.

What I do, is make up 36 hook trotlines. They total 72, which leaves you 28 available hooks. If I go 5 hooks per jugline, then I make up 5 (totaling 25 more). That leaves me 3 hooks available for rod-n-reel, etc. Or I could go 4 hooks each at 7 jugs, but no more hooks available, or 6 jugs & leaving 4 open.

Nowadays, your juglines, trotlines, and throwlines, as well as single bottles (juglines) must be labeled with your name & other data, as well as date set out. If a Game Warden took note (by memory or jotted down notes), they may realize you are out of hooks, if they catch you fishing by rod-n-reel, thus you are over the limit & get fined. So it is best to keep tabs on what you have out & go just below the 100 hook limit to play safe.

It is best to review the rules (even twice), be it by the printed guide, online, or the App as one suggested. Ignorance is no longer an excuse to get out of getting fined. If in doubt, ask a Game Warden. They are the interpreters of the law. Sometimes the wording may cause one to wonder about an item. But by asking, you get clear clarification.

For instance, the gear tag on each end of trotlines within the first hook has a little leeway. You can use a jug or float, marked with all of the information on each of the line to take the place of the required tag & its placement. It used to not state that in the regulation book. I was putting tags on both ends of trotlines & even one on my throwlines, when the rule first came out of having one only on trotlines. I talked to a Game Warden on the Trinity River about that new ruling & he explained the benefits of 2 on a trotline & one on a jugline. It helped him to catch people running your lines & do something about it, as he could prove it was not their line due to the ID tag. I agreed & was on board with that idea.


lots of great information!! thank you!

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#12027684 - 01/08/17 12:37 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Catfish Lynn]
Poboy K. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Catfish Lynn
I have two copies of the regulations running around, but ... hang on ... OK, got one in my hands now- TP&W 2016-2017 (current rules). As to the 300 hooks above, I did not even see that amount in salt water trotlines. In freshwater, trotlines cannot have more than 50 hooks each. And each person is limited to 2 trotlines max. So as one noted above, if you set two out with 50 hooks each, you have no spare hooks for juglines, throwlines, or rod-n-reeling.

What I do, is make up 36 hook trotlines. They total 72, which leaves you 28 available hooks. If I go 5 hooks per jugline, then I make up 5 (totaling 25 more). That leaves me 3 hooks available for rod-n-reel, etc. Or I could go 4 hooks each at 7 jugs, but no more hooks available, or 6 jugs & leaving 4 open.

Nowadays, your juglines, trotlines, and throwlines, as well as single bottles (juglines) must be labeled with your name & other data, as well as date set out. If a Game Warden took note (by memory or jotted down notes), they may realize you are out of hooks, if they catch you fishing by rod-n-reel, thus you are over the limit & get fined. So it is best to keep tabs on what you have out & go just below the 100 hook limit to play safe.

It is best to review the rules (even twice), be it by the printed guide, online, or the App as one suggested. Ignorance is no longer an excuse to get out of getting fined. If in doubt, ask a Game Warden. They are the interpreters of the law. Sometimes the wording may cause one to wonder about an item. But by asking, you get clear clarification.

For instance, the gear tag on each end of trotlines within the first hook has a little leeway. You can use a jug or float, marked with all of the information on each of the line to take the place of the required tag & its placement. It used to not state that in the regulation book. I was putting tags on both ends of trotlines & even one on my throwlines, when the rule first came out of having one only on trotlines. I talked to a Game Warden on the Trinity River about that new ruling & he explained the benefits of 2 on a trotline & one on a jugline. It helped him to catch people running your lines & do something about it, as he could prove it was not their line due to the ID tag. I agreed & was on board with that idea.


I have a little different approach. I use 50 hook trotlines (2)... I use a jug and a weight on the first swivel, one in the middle , and one on the end swivel. That gives me a 6 hook cushion to fish for bait.

Remember, too, the law is not how many hooks you possess, but actually try to use to harvest fish.
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#12027696 - 01/08/17 12:42 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Big Zee]
Poboy K. Offline
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Originally Posted By: Big Zee
Always check the regs each August. Every year there seems to be new changes in the law. Wal Mart or Academy in Temple should have the regulations book. If in doubt on the reading. The game warden office in Temple will help you in anyway. They are great folks there. No disrespect to anyone here on this forum, but I find it best to go ask the people who will be asking you to sign on the line for wrong info given. Ask the Game Wardens for this info. Plus, Jbo gave the web page for the regs but I always like to have the book in the boat with me along with my cell phone has a copy of the regs saved in it.


Let me tell you something....and this is great. I used to read that dadgumn thing cover to cover to make sure nothing changed.

They have finally done what I was wishing for for years a 'New for such and such year". If you know your regs, that's really all you need to know!
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#12029009 - 01/09/17 12:38 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Sorry that was a mis type on 300 hooks, meant 100. but now I hear a 50 hook trotline is the limit? They must have chnaged the law, it used to be 100 hooks when I set out trotlines. I dont set them out anymore, I think they are too dangerous. I'd rather set out jug lines instead.

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#12029302 - 01/09/17 09:04 AM Re: trot lines [Re: snowyriver6]
Big Zee Offline
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Originally Posted By: snowyriver6
Sorry that was a mis type on 300 hooks, meant 100. but now I hear a 50 hook trotline is the limit? They must have chnaged the law, it used to be 100 hooks when I set out trotlines. I dont set them out anymore, I think they are too dangerous. I'd rather set out jug lines instead.


I knew you knew the law, I figured you just had one of those finger slip moments. That's what happens when your catching all those fish you been catching. Well have to get together one day soon and catch some cats.
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#12030196 - 01/09/17 03:52 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Yall still make your own main line and stagings or use the clips and prepared trotlines? I may be old school but my uncles taught me how to tie up the main line loops and stagings long before they started selling hook clips and prepared lines at Walmart and I still prefer to do it all my self.

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#12030309 - 01/09/17 04:52 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
snowyriver6 Offline
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yea, lets go catch some big'uns some weekend. I never bought any store bought trotlines, always made'em up. But I did use the clips. My brother ruined me on trotlines. He likes to set the jug on your mainline couple of feet underwater. Then when you go run the line you have to lean way over to try to get it . i'm afraid somebody is gonna fall out of the boat, and if you do you'll get tangles up in the hooks. no more trotlines for me. I'll use jugs, I like them better anyway.

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#12030349 - 01/09/17 05:16 PM Re: trot lines [Re: snowyriver6]
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Any time lets get em!!

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#12031589 - 01/10/17 09:35 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
Big Zee Offline
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I make my own trotlines also. I have two trees in the back yard that is just the right distance apart. Some of those store bought trotlines don't have the line as big as I like. Plus I like the line that is treated so they don't rot as easy. I also use the clips so you can take the hooks off and replace them if the cat swallows the hook. I also have cleats on my boat that I can set the trotline in and run it with out hanging over the boat. But honestly, I've gotten to were I run jugs more then trotlines.
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#12032690 - 01/10/17 08:01 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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The mainline on the store bought is what I used for leader line. but jugs are easier and you can scatter them in different spots and see where you have the best luck at. I mainly just rod and reel fish . You may not catch as many but it is sure fun to bring in a big one. Then kiss it and put it back

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#12032755 - 01/10/17 08:28 PM Re: trot lines [Re: snowyriver6]
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I have done both, but this is what I typically do:

I buy a floating trotline. I rig it up with the cheap little crappy hooks they come with when I set it out.That way, if I happen to set it over a fallen tree, I can straighten out a hook or break a leader. Once set, I change out the hooks and leaders. If I do have a snag setting out the main line, I simply leave that hook and one on each side of it off.

The trotlines I use have barrel swivels and are locked in place by moulded plastic beads. It only takes a second to replace hooks on those swivels and usually, I just cut the leaders when landing fish.

This has another advantage. It chronicles where the fish was caught. Hard to do as you are running down a 50 hook trotline...

Also, when running channel cat lines, I typically use 3 different baits. It's easy to stagger those baiting out, but if I didn't cut that leader, might be hard to figure out exactly which bait that fish hit.
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#12033453 - 01/11/17 08:41 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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I have built a few trotlines for some guys with the plastic beads and barrel swivels. I actually use that set up for what we call double hook throw lines. Main line about 15 ft to 20 ft with 2 hooks and weighted on bottom. I place one hook about 3 ft off bottom and the other hook about 4 ft from the top. Then tie it to a good green tree limb or young tree against the bank. Works great for yellow cats on the river.

I never used the floating line. How does that work for you? Oh, most of the time I use those trotline brass brads instead of the plastic beads. For me they are easier to find then the beads. You know I figure making your own trotlines is becoming a lost art. But with the hand made ones you seem to get better quality trotlines. I like to set them in the spring and summer, but like I said before, I'm using jug lines more and more the older I get. cheers

Good idea about using the cheap hooks. Those big hooks we use get expensive.


Edited by Big Zee (01/11/17 08:44 AM)
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#12033661 - 01/11/17 10:16 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Big Zee]
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cheers

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#12037891 - 01/13/17 02:10 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Someone said only 2 Trotlines per person. The only limit of number of lines is 1 in saltwater only. In fresh water you can have as many as you want, as long as your under the 50 per line and 100 hooks total. I use shorter trot lines (10-15 hooks) for rivers and shorter expanses.
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#12037975 - 01/13/17 03:19 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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I have the "old timers way" of setting lines all typed out. Send me a PM with your email and I can send it to you. Might be Monday before I do so. The secret to trotlines is location and how you tie your leaders/stagings. If you do it right and in the right area, the only bait you need is spit.

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#12038441 - 01/13/17 09:08 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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after reading all of your posts.... im clueless in this game. smile

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#12038897 - 01/14/17 09:19 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Interesting! I looked back & that is one I had not noticed that they either changed or accidently dropped- Freshwater used to have a limit of 2. But current regs (the booklet 2016-2017) do not mention it. It does however mention only one per person in saltwater. This is why it is so great to have a forum, for everybody's input. We assist each other.

As for me on the river, such as the Trinity River (fair wide one), I would run the trotline of 35 to 36 hooks at a diagonal slant. If the river was up, I would run them lengthwise just off the bank.
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#12038927 - 01/14/17 09:38 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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As for the trotlines & juglines & throwlines, I make my own. I basically have two styles for trotlines- SW & BW (Shallow Water & Big Water aka Deep Water). The reason they are different, is that the SW lines connect to some type of stump or limbs, lake or river (or even a wooden pole on a river). But the BW lines are used out on the main lake in no less than 14 feet deep (best at 20'+) and are called my "Planter" trotlines. I set up special apparatus along with 60 to 72# concrete anchor buckets (3.5 gallon) on each end. I usually have 20 to 30 feet of empty line from the anchor line to the first hook. You do not want a big fish to tangle into the anchor lines. One area I normally "plant" them in is about 35' deep. And when you drop the anchor & it is sailing towards the bottom, you make sure your limbs are out of the way of the 1/4 nylon braided anchor line, as it could literally take you over the side & deep down under. Always have on your hunting knife & a pocket knife in your pants pocket. But when it smacks the bottom, it literally "plants" itself & creates an imprint that will be very hard to move out of place. You can use smaller buckets, but with not as good as "planting" ability. The really fun part is retrieving the anchors. Yes, I do that. I get a good workout.
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#12039233 - 01/14/17 12:32 PM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Do you tie a jug or float to your planter line then have your trotline set to the planter line?
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#12040290 - 01/15/17 12:24 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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The Planter incorporates the anchor line, which is separate of the main line. Two fender floats are at the top- one is 18" to 24", which is the main float for the anchor line. The other is the drop line float, about 18" to 12". And yet a 3rd float can be used. It is attached to either of the other two floats with about an extra 4 feet of 1/4" braided nylon rope. What is it for? It is in case the lake jumps up a few feet. If the anchors stay planted, and the lake rises too much, the floats will rest just below the surface (if the 3rd is not there) and any boat will or could mow them (puncture & sink). If only two are used, it is possible to lose access to that anchor. Luckily, having a set for each side increases your chance of still being able to access the remaining intact side. Of course, should the lake jump up & the floats (using 2 per side), you may not be able to find them. And while circling, you might even mow them. You can use a GPS marker to record your coordinates. But even that does not always guarantee it. By having the 3rd float on each side, unless the lake has jumped up, it rests on its side & is more visible. And if it does jump up, you have the 4' of rope, about a foot for one of the two floats, and almost a foot of the 3rd float before there is a problem.

I use a simple but special slider that connects the two. When everything is set out properly, the drop line float acts as a pointer & faces directly to the opposite side (like a pointer). And is angled down diagonally, which signals that your "Planter" is set correct & in perfect order.

I came up with the idea back in the early 1980s & went by & talked to a Game Warden to see if it might be legal. He thought it was a neat design & said he did not think there was any problem as to it being illegal. I hope to have a full chapter on revealing its full designs & how it operates. I will also share details for those who cannot handle a 60 to 72# weight. There are methods of using 2 gallon & one gallon buckets, but there are drawbacks. Everything is a compromise. In it, whenever I can find the time, I will details the ups & downs of whichever of the 3 are used (1-> 3.5 gallon, 2-> 2 gallon, 3 -> 1 gallon).
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#12040439 - 01/15/17 07:48 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Big Zee]
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Originally Posted By: Big Zee
I have built a few trotlines for some guys with the plastic beads and barrel swivels. I actually use that set up for what we call double hook throw lines. Main line about 15 ft to 20 ft with 2 hooks and weighted on bottom. I place one hook about 3 ft off bottom and the other hook about 4 ft from the top. Then tie it to a good green tree limb or young tree against the bank. Works great for yellow cats on the river.

I never used the floating line. How does that work for you? Oh, most of the time I use those trotline brass brads instead of the plastic beads. For me they are easier to find then the beads. You know I figure making your own trotlines is becoming a lost art. But with the hand made ones you seem to get better quality trotlines. I like to set them in the spring and summer, but like I said before, I'm using jug lines more and more the older I get. cheers

Good idea about using the cheap hooks. Those big hooks we use get expensive.


It's not just the cost of the hooks. I fish out of a 10' jonboat. If one of those 7/0 saltwater hooks gets snagged, my boat doesn't have enough power or floatation to straighten it out. So the whole trotline is in jeopardy.

Similarly, those 5 gallon buckets of cement are hard to pull up. It's not my muscles, but the limitations of the boat. (It also makes for an interesting challenge getting them across the lake at times.)

I use floats on my trotlines, because the floating part only works to set it out. I also use very long lead lines from the main weights. The first swivel contains a drop weight, (like a brick), a float, (like a soda jug), and the tag. Using a soda jug, you can add water to the jug , to reduce buoyancy. The dropline weights and jugs simply establish the height of the trotlines off the bottom.

I don't have anything above water, but relocate the trotline by triangulation and snagging.


Edited by Poboy K. (01/15/17 07:49 AM)
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#12040714 - 01/15/17 10:50 AM Re: trot lines [Re: Texasdeepv]
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Loc: East Yegua
Sounds like a great design there Lynn. I know what you mean by the lake jumping fast. Seems like the last few years Somerville had jumped up to flood stage just almost over night.

Yea Poboy, I use to fish a 12' flatbottom with a 3 hp motor. I loved that boat. I miss that boat. She was a great river runner. You could beat the living day lights out of her in the river and she would just keep going. In those smaller jons you are limited, but you also have some good access to great fishing water the bigger boats don't have.

We usually use juglines in the big water areas. Ya'll got some good ideas on setting trotlines in these areas. If some young guys are looking for some trotline advice, here it is. Some good reading and advice here.




Edited by Big Zee (01/15/17 11:00 AM)
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