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Any Trotliners out there?
Horney toad Member Posts: 1,769 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited March 2012 in The Fishing Hole!
I like to set a few lines in spring and fall when I visit in West Va. I fish a small river prob only 60' wide. I catch mainly good eatin size 5 to 10 pound channel cats. Every once in a while I get a carp or snapping turtle, a rock bass. Once I got a 45" Muskie, that was some good eating. I bait with nightcrawlers or creek chubs.
Drop hooks mostly.Caught many a channel cat(up to 6-7lbs.) and the
occasional snake or gar.
At least once a year,it seemed we'd find that one
hole with that 50-60 lb. yellow cat.[:0]
Them were the days!
I'm actually farther down river,well after the North and South come together,East of Hiway 95 about where Granger Lake is now.
Used to have access to about 5 miles of river bottom,but,over the years,land has changed hands and access is now almost non-existant.[V]
Not to mention that the lake covers over half of the places I could get into.[:(]
You can also use beef, pork, turkey, or deer livers if you choose to do so. The freezer time does not seem to matter once they are thawed.
We'll also set limb lines, run jugs and bank poles sometimes. Bait can become a personal issue with many catfishermen, but usu. smellier the better. Used and heard of everything from homemade dough baits, livers, hotdogs, catalpa worms, nightcrawlers, shad, bream, crawfish, shrimp, entrails, you name it. Know a bucket of fermented soybeans chums
em in good. Usu. the rule is channels and blues prefer dead baits and flatheads only take live bait.
Also this is gonna sound weird but usu. do this when cast netting for bait, if not in fast moving water. Take a pr. of woman's hose, take a single and dump in something for wt. like rocks, add some dry catfood or dogfood and if you choose wet cat food(cheaper better)and bread if desire, usu freeze mine to last longer, and tie end in a knot. Can then freeze and store in ziplocks or use fresh. Toss wherever plan to cast for bait. Friends have said they've heard of tying off to the end of a trotline to make a chum slick, but I have no first hand experience.