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#8319240 - 12/10/12 01:21 PM whats the best place to set trotlines ?
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I just made a 25 hook Trotline and im super pumped about setting it out. I needed some best practices and ideas on how to catch some big cats with a trotline. My question is, how deep [/u should I set it out? I also know that live bait or cut bait is best for big cats, is bluegill legal here in TX to use as baitfish? [u]what other baits are you having luck with in this winter weather? can I use treble hooks on a trotline? if so whats the best stink bait? I have been using Danny Kings original and its been working.

I will be setting in out in Lewisville lake or Ray Roberts on lone Oak bridge area. Any good locations you guys recommend in the Denton,sanger,lewisville,decature, and surrounding area?


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#8319258 - 12/10/12 01:25 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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hi and welcome newbie!

what do you consider to be "big cats" ?
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#8319318 - 12/10/12 01:42 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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For me it would be 20LBs +

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#8319347 - 12/10/12 01:52 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: LakeLass]
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I see your from grapevine, I have never fished that lake, whats good spot to go to at lake grapevine?

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#8319360 - 12/10/12 01:57 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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No fish on lil ole grapevine! Go to Lewisville
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#8319387 - 12/10/12 02:04 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DAMFISHERMAN™]
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Originally Posted By: DAMFISHERMAN™
No fish on lil ole grapevine! Go to Lewisville


+1

this lake is just too small for trotlines and the locals don't like em much. no really any big fish here either - mostly all baby channels.
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#8319391 - 12/10/12 02:05 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Trot lines are for Sissies........

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#8319438 - 12/10/12 02:15 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: *Mr. Fabulous*]
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LOL haha, Im a Rod and Reel type guy but see alot of people setting them out at lake ray roberts, as well as jug lines and see how well they do, so I wanted to give it a shot.

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#8319465 - 12/10/12 02:19 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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If you were rod and reel type guy why wouldn't you try to catch them with a rod and reel? why don't you try it at lake ray roberts? you just said you've seen people do good there...


Edited by Kevin_M (12/10/12 02:20 PM)
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#8319484 - 12/10/12 02:25 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Ray Bob would be good. It has lots of timber. I have never heard of anyone using treble hooks on a trotline. There is too much traffic on Grapevine and Lewisville for trotlines. Somone will end up cutting it. Take your cast net and throw for shad in the marina for gigantic gizzard shad.
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#8319490 - 12/10/12 02:26 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8319498 - 12/10/12 02:29 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Lga043, aka Larry, will tell you there is no shad in Ray Roberts, but he is full of bologna...he just wants to keep all those gizzards to himself.


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#8319501 - 12/10/12 02:29 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Kevin_M]
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Thanks Kevin, I do both. I normally set out some juglines when i get there and and then check them when i leave. I fish with my rod for all my trips.

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#8319508 - 12/10/12 02:31 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Yep put #8 treble hooks on it and take it to Oklahoma for some really big cats!!!!
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#8319514 - 12/10/12 02:32 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: BrianTx01]
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Kevin,

Thanks buddy for some great info, cast nets are def the way to go for bait. I found a pond in the denton area thats drying out and have been using my net out there for my last few trips.

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#8319555 - 12/10/12 02:43 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka stinkbait tom
Yep put #8 treble hooks on it and take it to Oklahoma for some really big cats!!!!

This man knows his stuff.
Stinkbait works well for big cats.
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#8319557 - 12/10/12 02:43 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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If you really want to bring out the beasts, bait your line with Zote Soap and tie a can of Milwaukee's Best to each end with a tiny hole punched in the lid.
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#8319578 - 12/10/12 02:47 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: BrianTx01]
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Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
If you really want to bring out the beasts, bait your line with Zote Soap and tie a can of Milwaukee's Best to each end with a tiny hole punched in the lid.



are you looking for drunk and precleaned catfish? crazy
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#8319604 - 12/10/12 02:55 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: LakeLass]
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Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
If you really want to bring out the beasts, bait your line with Zote Soap and tie a can of Milwaukee's Best to each end with a tiny hole punched in the lid.



are you looking for drunk and precleaned catfish? crazy


Laugh all you want...I will be hauling in the beasts on my boat
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#8319646 - 12/10/12 03:04 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Have you ever heard of this stuff?



Rednecks love Zote Soap and Milwaukee's Best and so do monster cats.


Edited by BrianTx01 (12/10/12 03:05 PM)
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#8319650 - 12/10/12 03:05 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: BrianTx01]
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Originally Posted By: LakeLass
Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
If you really want to bring out the beasts, bait your line with Zote Soap and tie a can of Milwaukee's Best to each end with a tiny hole punched in the lid.



are you looking for drunk and precleaned catfish? crazy


Laugh all you want...I will be hauling in the beasts on my boat
Are you feeling ok???
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#8319749 - 12/10/12 03:29 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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J&D fishing welcome to the forum!! Everybody is kidding around with ya. Most on here are rod and reel guys and like to give liners a hard time!!!
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#8319751 - 12/10/12 03:30 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DAMFISHERMAN™]
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Originally Posted By: DAMFISHERMAN™
Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
Originally Posted By: LakeLass
Originally Posted By: BrianTx01
If you really want to bring out the beasts, bait your line with Zote Soap and tie a can of Milwaukee's Best to each end with a tiny hole punched in the lid.



are you looking for drunk and precleaned catfish? crazy


Laugh all you want...I will be hauling in the beasts on my boat
Are you feeling ok???


Lmao!
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#8319826 - 12/10/12 03:47 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Whats up Stinkbait tom, I see im catching more of a hard time on here than fish haha. no hard feelings, Still have not had a good answer on how deep I should set my line? or does it even matter? is it more about location and trees in the water? How deep do you fish when you use rod and reel for big cats?

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#8319841 - 12/10/12 03:49 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: BrianTx01]
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I bought a bag of that stuff and it sucked haha, didnt catch anything or get a bite. maybe it was a badday, It seems to break off in crums and not stay on the hook very good. soap

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#8319849 - 12/10/12 03:51 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Most wintertime trophy blues are caught in deep water after the water hits the forties! Right now get fresh shad and try 3 to 15 ft in the lakes your talking sbout.
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#8319990 - 12/10/12 04:15 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Why do you wanna target Big Cats on trot line? U like to eat Big Cats ? Most of us like to eat the little ones and release the big ones...........

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#8320011 - 12/10/12 04:20 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8320083 - 12/10/12 04:33 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Originally Posted By: J&D Fishing TX21
I bought a bag of that stuff and it sucked haha, didnt catch anything or get a bite. maybe it was a badday, It seems to break off in crums and not stay on the hook very good. soap


Chad of learntocatchcatfish fame makes it, so I am sure it works...but I have never caught anyhing on it.

Your best bet is to bring your own shad to ray roberts and take advantage of its abundant deep timber.
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#8320187 - 12/10/12 04:47 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DAMFISHERMAN™]
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i see that haha,

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#8320198 - 12/10/12 04:49 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: *Mr. Fabulous*]
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Its not that im looking for a monster cat to eat, its just i always wanted to catch some good size cats on a trotline so i finally made one and now ready to see what its all about. i might end up sticking to rod and reel like i always have for the past 15 years. how deep are you fishing right now with this weather?

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#8320306 - 12/10/12 05:08 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Go put that trot line in Cottonwood lake at Decatur if you want to catch a monster. Bait it with carp, or Big bluegills. Fish it on the bottom.
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#8320317 - 12/10/12 05:11 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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You would be better off with r&r!! I don't run trotlines but have had three fiftys in the boat this month!!!!
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#8321630 - 12/10/12 09:27 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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J & D Fishing, welcome to the forum. welcome Best place to run a trot line is in the trash. If you want to enjoy the thrill of a big fish, do it on rod and reel. There are many good fisherman on here that will help. The fish have been at the 20 foot range and less lately. With this front I expect them to go deeper. Do you have a good fish finder on your boat? If so start learning what catfish look like and trust your electronics to target them. Good luck with the fishing.


If you want to fish like a trot line does, then just put on big baits on several rods and sit there and wait. The only difference between a jug/trot line and a fisherman is the amount of patience they have. That is the reason set lines do well is more patience. Keep that in mind when you are fishing.
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#8321792 - 12/10/12 10:08 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Trotlines are no good unless you are commercial fishing. You may not realize it but people run trotlines over with the boat motor and it can cause serious damage. If you run a trotline and someone else fishes in the same area they could get snagged on your unattended line and have to jack around for thirty minutes until they get it loose. Sometimes people put out trot lines and then never come back to run them for whatever reason.
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#8321971 - 12/10/12 11:50 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8321973 - 12/10/12 11:51 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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No big fish in Ray Roberts. Your best bet is Lake Worth. I can show you the spots anytime next week, of course in your boat.
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#8321985 - 12/11/12 12:08 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Angler in Training]
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No big fish in Ray Roberts. Your best bet is Lake Worth. I can show you the spots anytime next week, of course in your boat.

Trot lines in a lake where you can't even eat the fish?
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#8321988 - 12/11/12 12:12 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8321991 - 12/11/12 12:20 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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it just so happens to be that the biggest fish caught almost anywhere in the world are caught on trot lines or jug lines..

I say why not use a method you like if it catches more or bigger fish?

Yeah, it may not be fun to many people but it works.
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#8322001 - 12/11/12 12:37 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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He said he just wants to catch one...lol
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Originally Posted By: Angler in Training
No big fish in Ray Roberts. Your best bet is Lake Worth. I can show you the spots anytime next week, of course in your boat.

Trot lines in a lake where you can't even eat the fish?
Originally Posted By: J&D Fishing TX21
Its not that im looking for a monster cat to eat, its just i always wanted to catch some good size cats on a trotline so i finally made one and now ready to see what its all about. i might end up sticking to rod and reel like i always have for the past 15 years. how deep are you fishing right now with this weather?
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#8322012 - 12/11/12 12:52 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8322196 - 12/11/12 06:53 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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I usually run my trot lines in the spring and summer. And I usually run them at night in the shallows. Winter time for me is rod&reel time. A deep set trot line for me is a pain in the rear
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#8322605 - 12/11/12 09:08 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: KRAPPIE KAT]
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I usually run my trot lines in the spring and summer. And I usually run them at night in the shallows. Winter time for me is rod&reel time. A deep set trot line for me is a pain in the rear


I have to second this in theory. I do not run trotlines, but if I did I would not run one in winter. Trotlines are a pain in the but in general. Juglines are a safer alternative.
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#8322637 - 12/11/12 09:15 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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This has always been my thought about trotlines. In order to be legal you have to tag them, and that just seems like a big liability. You might think you got your line located where no person with a lick of sense would go jet skiing, tubing, or wake boarding...well a lot of those people don't have a lick of sense. I have seen idiots treating trees like they were obstacle course cones weaving in an out of them. If they go down and get hung up on your line and drown, you can expect a multi-million dollar lawsuit.
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#8322753 - 12/11/12 09:46 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Trotlines n juglines sux no sport or skill. Wouldnt be proud of that. But you could check with the people that run the lake if they have designated trotline areas.the jet skiers should have designated areas as well.

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#8322762 - 12/11/12 09:49 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DaBankFishamen]
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very true, I would love to land a big one on rod and real, i would preferr it 100% but to land one on a jug i would not mind at all

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#8322770 - 12/11/12 09:53 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Kevin_M]
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whats up with not eatting the fish in lake worth? i have not heard anything about this?

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#8322783 - 12/11/12 09:55 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: ChuckP]
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Chuck, thanks for the great info on the depth of the fish. I do not have a fish finder yet but was thinking of picking one up. whats the key thing to look for in a good fish finder. i like how the DI ones look.

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#8322793 - 12/11/12 09:58 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DEERSTRANGLER™]
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DEERSTRANGLER,

Thanks for the great info, glad to finally get some advice on running a T-line. I will def check out the lake in decatur.

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#8322901 - 12/11/12 10:28 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Originally Posted By: J&D Fishing TX21
whats up with not eatting the fish in lake worth? i have not heard anything about this?


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#8322966 - 12/11/12 10:43 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Angler in Training]
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Lake worth sandbass, bass, crappie have an advisory. Smallmouth buffalo and catfish are still on the consumption ban for PCB levels being too high




Also if you go you better know the lake and follow the rules. The marshal has been writing tickets left and right.


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#8323663 - 12/11/12 01:41 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
j49 Offline
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Loc: west central,tx
a little general info. make sure you set legal. Have hooks 10 ft apart. use clips so you can remove hooks if you have a big fish on. you really don't want a hook in your arm when it make a run. have a partner. run at least once a day. Shad or perch for bait. in a lake set your line about half way in the water column. i.e. 20ft water,set 10ft. I set at least 5ft down to avoid props. Ignore the folks that think there way is the only way and say make it illegal. we get pleny of that from the polititions.

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#8323823 - 12/11/12 02:32 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Registered: 12/10/12
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Loc: Denton, TX
wow im surprised at the distance of the hook spacing, i set mine about 3-5 feet apart and have 25 hooks so its a long T-line as it is. if i was to set it 10ft aprart with 25 hooks, thats over 200 yards long. whaaattttt i cant imagine setting out a t line that long. am i mis understanding the 10ft rule

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#8323850 - 12/11/12 02:39 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: j49]
catfishingterry Offline
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Loc: Arlington
Originally Posted By: j49
a little general info. make sure you set legal. Have hooks 10 ft apart. use clips so you can remove hooks if you have a big fish on. you really don't want a hook in your arm when it make a run. have a partner. run at least once a day. Shad or perch for bait. in a lake set your line about half way in the water column. i.e. 20ft water,set 10ft. I set at least 5ft down to avoid props. Ignore the folks that think there way is the only way and say make it illegal. we get pleny of that from the polititions.

J49
this guy is trying to kill your chances on a monster.lol just read tbe tpwd rules
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#8323886 - 12/11/12 02:50 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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haha 10 feet seems a lil extreme, i know in the TPWD booklet fresh water trotline have a maximum of 100 hooks, can you imagine settig a 100 hook T-line with 10feet apart lol [censored]

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#8323911 - 12/11/12 02:56 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Loc: Arlington
carefull how you read that. trotlines are no more than 25 hooks.
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#8323941 - 12/11/12 03:05 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8324460 - 12/11/12 05:01 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Geeze guys, do we have to jump all over ever set/trot /jugliner who comes into this section? I wish I had info to give you. Ive never run a trotline in my life. And you obviously arent going to get a whole lotta help over here. Im sure there are some dedicated trotline websites out there, may try finding one of those for you answers. Or just try trial and error. Set em out shallow one trip, see what happens, if you dont find em, change spots each trip til you do...
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#8324486 - 12/11/12 05:08 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Caribou]
Kevin_M Offline
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Originally Posted By: Caribou
Geeze guys, do we have to jump all over ever set/trot /jugliner who comes into this section? I wish I had info to give you. Ive never run a trotline in my life. And you obviously arent going to get a whole lotta help over here. Im sure there are some dedicated trotline websites out there, may try finding one of those for you answers. Or just try trial and error. Set em out shallow one trip, see what happens, if you dont find em, change spots each trip til you do...

lol funny comin from somebody who spends a lot of time in the carp section where they banned talking about bow fishing because y'all don't like it even though it is legal.
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#8324541 - 12/11/12 05:21 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Kevin_M]
DEERSTRANGLER™ Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kevin_M
Originally Posted By: Caribou
Geeze guys, do we have to jump all over ever set/trot /jugliner who comes into this section? I wish I had info to give you. Ive never run a trotline in my life. And you obviously arent going to get a whole lotta help over here. Im sure there are some dedicated trotline websites out there, may try finding one of those for you answers. Or just try trial and error. Set em out shallow one trip, see what happens, if you dont find em, change spots each trip til you do...

lol funny comin from somebody who spends a lot of time in the carp section where they banned talking about bow fishing because y'all don't like it even though it is legal.


Yeah try going over there and talk about chopping one up. They'll try to have a hit put out on you for harming a fish.
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#8324555 - 12/11/12 05:24 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Caribou if you take the time to read ALL the thread you may find he IS getting some real info!!
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#8324568 - 12/11/12 05:28 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
Kevin_M Offline
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chopped up trash fish makes good trot line bait...
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#8324587 - 12/11/12 05:32 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Kevin_M]
DEERSTRANGLER™ Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kevin_M
chopped up trash fish makes good trot line bait...




Lol
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#8324967 - 12/11/12 07:14 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Kevin_M]
*Mr. Fabulous* Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kevin_M
Originally Posted By: Caribou
Geeze guys, do we have to jump all over ever set/trot /jugliner who comes into this section? I wish I had info to give you. Ive never run a trotline in my life. And you obviously arent going to get a whole lotta help over here. Im sure there are some dedicated trotline websites out there, may try finding one of those for you answers. Or just try trial and error. Set em out shallow one trip, see what happens, if you dont find em, change spots each trip til you do...

lol funny comin from somebody who spends a lot of time in the carp section where they banned talking about bow fishing because y'all don't like it even though it is legal.


Hey now I spend time in the carp section too......

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#8325881 - 12/11/12 10:20 PM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
j49 Offline
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Registered: 05/02/09
Posts: 130
Loc: west central,tx
ok, 25 hooks only takes about 300ft of line. I use a full roll of line. #48 I think. Do it how you like. Just told you how I do it. Cath a few decent fish, you will figure out what works for you. Sorry guys, I thought this was a catfishing forum, not just for guides and $$$tourney fishermen.

j49
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#8326164 - 12/12/12 12:02 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: j49]
DEERSTRANGLER™ Offline
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Originally Posted By: j49
Sorry guys, I thought this was a catfishing forum, not just for guides and $$$tourney fishermen.

j49


Since I'm neither I'll assume you're not speaking to me directly.

When I used to run a set line I did mine like you describe.


Why would you cath a fish?
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#8326178 - 12/12/12 12:19 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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#8326179 - 12/12/12 12:20 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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I have a pitchfork tied to a rope, what I do is throw out some bread until I see a carp come up and I spear him with the pitchfork and pull him in. makes good trotline bait!
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#8326180 - 12/12/12 12:21 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Not just a catfishing forum. Just saying, but this is the best part
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#8326557 - 12/12/12 07:26 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DEERSTRANGLER™]
BrianTx01 Online   content
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Registered: 04/13/09
Posts: 4414
Loc: Fort Worth
Originally Posted By: DEERSTRANGLER™
Originally Posted By: Kevin_M
Originally Posted By: Caribou
Geeze guys, do we have to jump all over ever set/trot /jugliner who comes into this section? I wish I had info to give you. Ive never run a trotline in my life. And you obviously arent going to get a whole lotta help over here. Im sure there are some dedicated trotline websites out there, may try finding one of those for you answers. Or just try trial and error. Set em out shallow one trip, see what happens, if you dont find em, change spots each trip til you do...

lol funny comin from somebody who spends a lot of time in the carp section where they banned talking about bow fishing because y'all don't like it even though it is legal.


Yeah try going over there and talk about chopping one up. They'll try to have a hit put out on you for harming a fish.


I hate it when people try to personify bait...lol.
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#8326588 - 12/12/12 07:32 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: Mark's Fence Repair]
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Originally Posted By: Mark's Fence Repair
I have a pitchfork tied to a rope, what I do is throw out some bread until I see a carp come up and I spear him with the pitchfork and pull him in. makes good trotline bait!
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#8326595 - 12/12/12 07:34 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DAMFISHERMAN™]
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Originally Posted By: DAMFISHERMAN™
Originally Posted By: Mark's Fence Repair
I have a pitchfork tied to a rope, what I do is throw out some bread until I see a carp come up and I spear him with the pitchfork and pull him in. makes good trotline bait!
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#8326794 - 12/12/12 08:24 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: DAMFISHERMAN™]
DEERSTRANGLER™ Offline
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Originally Posted By: DAMFISHERMAN™
Originally Posted By: Mark's Fence Repair
I have a pitchfork tied to a rope, what I do is throw out some bread until I see a carp come up and I spear him with the pitchfork and pull him in. makes good trotline bait!
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#8326820 - 12/12/12 08:31 AM Re: whats the best place to set trotlines ? [Re: J&D Fishing TX21]
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Look for lillypads, hydrilla, and other obvious vegetation. Set the trotline about 8" deep right in front of this vegetation. Use you favorite bait fish for bait.

This kind of area holds fish and bait regularly. Plus if you "forget" your line in the lake a bass fisherman will kindly remove it for you within a week or two.
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