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10:53:30 am

Noodling - Adventures In Bare-Handed Fishing!


I have been setting trotlines for the fairest share of my life. We have had great catches and also nights where we just came out with a lesson learned. Fortunately for you, the lessons can be learned by just reading this article instead of wasting a long time. In this article, you will learn about the best way to brew a trotline, the best methods placing a trotline, which bait to make use of on a trotline, and the best places to place some sort of trotline.

The first thing you want to do is create a trotline. If you already know where you are setting your trotline, you can make it the proper length. If people don't know where though, I would just make a 25 hook line. If the hole is too small, you don't have to set the different hooks. Be sure that you use braided line for the complete trotline. The braided line cost's a little more, but it's well worth it as the trotline ages. Also, be sure you become large stainless steel hooks. Be sure to get a proper size hook, depending on what size of fish are inside water. Without diagrams, it will be difficult to show you exactly how to make the line, but I suggest you do a Google search to view diagrams.

Next, you want to decide on what type of catfish you are wanting to catch. When I set trotlines, My organization is usually targeting flathead catfish and blue catfish. This doesn't mean you won't enjoy the chance of catching a channel catfish, but the bait does increase your odds for flatheads and blues. I usually employ small perch or goldfish. (Depending on how much time I have to get bait) Perch are obviously a lot cheaper, since you can usually catch many of them for free. Goldfish do cost some money, but they can save you at least a couple hours of time. Honestly, another plus side to perch is how durable they are. They can be hit several times before they die, so that also really increases your probability of a catch.

When you are ready to set the trotline, there are some things you want to think about. Are you wanting to set your line across the top of the water or at the bottom? When going for catfish, I usually set my trotlines at the bottom. Catfish usually sit at the bottom, come up for foodstuff, and then go back down. If you set your lines on top, the fish will generally fight the whole they are hooked but will either get away or damage your trotline. If you hook them over the bottom, I've noticed they will just sit there more steadly. Also, we usually hammer broom sticks into the river bottom to hold on to the lines. By doing this, you can assure the lines are near the bottom also. Be very sure you get the lines hammered in the ground far enough. You don't want to lose your trotline!

Lastly, you need to know the best places in the water setting the trotlines. I usually like to set my lines when the river is very low because the many fish will be congested in a few holes. Islamorada fishing

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