Trotline fishing is mainly for fishing on the bottom but can be used in shallow or deep water. Usually but not always used by anglers that do not want to wait it out from the bank or their boat. The trotline can be dropped out in the morning and checked a few hours later or later that evening. Georgia requires that you check the lines regularly and take them up when you are done fishing.
Fishing with a Trotline consist of one long line (500-1000ft.) of heavy grade, stretched, going across the stream or river from one side of the bank to the opposite side. There are many lines (up to 49 and 18″-3 ft. long) running down off the main line down into the water with hooks at the end. Trotlines with 50 hooks are considered to be commercial fishing line.
The line is usually tied off on trees, stumps or stakes on either side. Georgia requires you to have two floats (that are about 12″ in diameter) are used on either end and tagged with your name and address and the date that the line was put out., and to let others passing by that the line is there.Any lines not tagged will be confiscated by Georgia DNR.
Trotlines can be purchased for the beginners that are not seasoned in just how to best handle a Trotline.
Weights lead or cement filled gallon jug or can is submerged with the line in the middle or in a couple different places to hold the line down in the bottom and keep it from floating up and getting tangled in boat motors or possibly swimmers. Georgia requires that the lines be submerged at least 3 feet blow the water surface.
The bigger the fish you might catch the heavier your line gauge needs to be and the weights you use. You need to use heavy barrel swivels because a big fish can twist and turn the line trying to get break away. You main catch will be catfish, bass, crappie and some turtles, gar and Mudfish.In Georgia only channel and Flathead catfish and nongame fish(those not listed under freshwater daily limits) and American shad and Hickory shad may be taken with sport Trotlines.
The bait can be shad, minnow, crayfish, hot dogs, cut chunks of carp, worms, corn, chicken necks and some soak their bait in jello , beer, something to give it “scent.”
Trotlines can be used at intersecting rivers, or streambeds, at the mouth, any where you know to be “hot spots”. Location is everything when using a trotline to fish with. It is just like fishing with your rod and reel if you have not done your homework on the area to be used and know what it consists of using the trotline there will be useless.
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