Would you recommend setting up a trotline off of a kayak. Any suggestions on when to put one I am kinda still kinda new to fresh water fishing and have a lake 6 miles away with some nice cats. Please advise
I assume you're talking about a fiberglass kayak, right? Cuz I saw a couple of young guys (that I didn't expect to get any older) running some trotlines from a plastic blow-up kayak. I tried to keep an eye on them, expecting to have to rescue them at any time, but somehow they managed to keep from getting a hole in it and sinking. I see no reason why you couldn't run a trotline from a real kayak, but you'd have to make some well thought out plans for landing, handling, and keeping your fish. For instance, how are you going to land a 20# blue? If you try to lift it, you'll turn over, won't you? Maybe some kind of flying gaff so you can just tow it in to shore?
You may want to consider tieing "Throw Lines" off the bank. Like the gentleman from little rock stated, landing a 20 pounder mite get a bit hairy for ya. I have limblined from a canoe in the deep holes of the creeks here but always felt like i was just one move away from being wet.
Throw lines and Flying gaff? Guys Im sorry for the dumb questions I honestly dont know what these things are. I figured I would beat the head are with a small pipe to stabilize the fish before bringing it onboard.:ooooh:
I have a solid plastic kayak not inflatable so no worries there. I would need to get the drill or go extremely fast right into a rock.
Any other suggestions would greatly be appreciated.
CountryHart has a good technique. Alot of times when I do not feel like lugging my big 150 pound flatbottom down to the river I will make throw lines. I have never caught anything big doing this but have still caught some nice fish. Once you do it for a while you can realy learn how to fling those bait lines a long ways. I usually only check them in the morning unless I am camping. GOOD LUCK!:wink:
A flying gaff is a type of gaff that has a detachable head that has a rope attached to it. Rather than trying to hang onto a gaff handle that may be flailing around dangerously, it allows you to simply let go of the gaff and hang onto the rope. Improper gaffing will kill the fish. If you have any idea of releasing the fish, the proper technique is shown in the picture below. Flying gaffs are generally quite expensive, so I recommend making your own. Buy a LARGE 'J' hook or fashion your own 'J' shaped hook. The advantage of buying a large hook is that it has a barb on it to keep it from accidentally coming out of the fish's mouth. Attach 12"-18" of strong cord, say parachute cord, to the hook and put a loop in the other end. Get a length of broomstick 8"-12" long. Position the hook at one end so that the curve of the hook extends past the end, and the point faces away from the broomstick. Put a small screw through the eye into the broomstick. Now use some 100#-150# nylon cord to wrap the gaff from the hook end of the handle to the other end, making sure you wrap the parachute cord too. Now you should have a very short handled gaff with a provision to allow you to attach a rope to one end of the gaff and stick the other end into the fish's mouth. Again, if you have any idea of being able to release the fish, be sure to gaff it like it shows in the picture.
A throwline is simply a length of heavy line with a weight and a couple of hooks on one end and the other end attached to something on shore. Throw the hook end out into the water. Be careful of those flying hooks! Check it at least once a day. Now, with a kayak, you can paddle the hook end out further than you can throw it. When I lived in Florida and fished for sharks from shore, we'd use a small boat to take our baits out two or three hundred yards from shore.
GGOYTA, never apoligise for not knowing something. At one time i couldn't walk but caught on after awhile. If ya try the throw lines, tie off on a green limb close to the water. If ya do hook into a nice one it has some play, if it's not feasible to do that try tieing a piece of innertube to the bank. This allows for some play rather than a straight pull. if theres anything i can do to help, jus holler.
Guys I appreciate all your help, the throw lines seem the the safest bet...but just like curiosity killed the cat I will now have to build a flying gaff. I honestly could have used this when I was fishing for large groper and white sea bass in Mexican waters.
I will be going out this evening and will hopefull advise in the morning with successful results for the throw line. The flying gaff is now a new project!
also, its not out of the question to do trotlines from shore. find a sucure place to tie your line to and have about 10-15 hooks from about 5-7 feet out all the way to the end of the line evenly spaced. with about 1 1/2-2 feet of line at the end to tie the weight on and avoid getting the last hook(and most the time the most productive hook ive seen) from getting tangled up in your weight or getting covered by your weight. to throw it out walk the line to where its along the shore and pick it up and chuck it out there, the line should do almost a half circle and be out far enough, then when you go to check it pull in slowly and walk along the bank as you pull more line it then you should have any hooked fish laying on the bank, then just walk along pick em up and put em in a bucket or whatever you want and rebait, and repeat. any questions or if i didnt explain this good enough just pm me.
by the way, there are no stupid questions here, ask away.