Am I over-thinking this?

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by vetrock, May 13, 2008.

  1. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    I am making a trotline and for the 1st time I am putting on circle hooks due to suggestions on this board. I fish with almost exclusively live bait, so I will be using crawfish, minnows, and caught perch. Anything that isn't alive just doesn't catch as many fish in my river.

    The catfish is gonna attack this bait. If I have a circle hook, what keeps the taut trotline from yanking the circle hook out of its mouth?

    I keep reading that you don't set the hook when fishing with a circle hook. What makes a trotline different?
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    I would think the trotline is gonna load up the hook just like fishin tite line on rod and reel.:wink:
     

  3. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    yeah even if you tighten it up as much as you can, there is still some give in nylon, in the mainline as well as the dropper. when a cat moves off with your bait, the line will load up and guide the circle to the corner of the fish's mouth.
     
  4. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    okey doke. I'm gonna give it a try. Thanks!!