How often should you check a trotline?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Rajun_Cajun, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. Rajun_Cajun

    Rajun_Cajun New Member

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    well i have always wondered how often you should check your trotline.
     
  2. catman872

    catman872 Member

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    well i think most states say you MUST check it atleast every 24 hours, however i would check it as often as you can every 4 or 5 hours if you can.
     

  3. BullDaddy

    BullDaddy New Member

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    The first day I will set mine before dark and bait up. I wont check it the first time until daybreak. I will then run it at noon, just befoe dark, and again at midnight. I will run it a little more often during the summer months or if the bass fishermen are on the water ( they have a nasty little habit of cutting lines around here). I will catch all I want in a decent weekend with just 1 50 hook line. Catman is right, most state you do have to run it at least every 24 hours.
     
  4. loop

    loop New Member

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    If it was mine about every 2 to 4 hours depending on how strong the bite is.
    Loop
     
  5. RIP

    RIP New Member

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    I'm with Bulldaddy on this one.
     
  6. barbel

    barbel New Member

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    Here in Kansas the absolute LIMIT is 24 hours, and you have to have your name and address on a tag attached to the trotline, lest you want to get a nice little ticket for not doing so. I think that we will probably check them every 2 to 4 hours like loop said come summertime. At least if its not night time. Chances are we will probably set them out before dark, and check in the morning.

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  7. Crispy Critter

    Crispy Critter New Member

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    Yep,I'm with BullDaddy on this one too.I usually set mine about sundown and then check it about every 5-6 hours afterwards.I bait up as needed when I check it.
     
  8. Desperado

    Desperado Active Member

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    Pataskala, Ohio
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    Clarence
    I check mine about every 4-5 hours also. But I fish a few hundred yards away. I put reflective tape on mine, so I can hit it with a flashlight every 4-5 hours for moving jugs.
     
  9. stickthrower

    stickthrower New Member

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    Possum Kingdom Lk, TX
    When my Daddy and Uncle ran nets and trotlines commercial fishing during the 50's & early 60's they checked every 4 hrs without fail, day or night. Said any longer they would loose fish due to death & wearing holes in their mouth and slip the hook. They would not bring in dead fish to sell for any reason, & if it died then it became cut bait itself. And after watching & helping them for years I have to agree on the time span.

    Frank
     
  10. Mr Twister

    Mr Twister New Member

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    Toronto, OH
    I usually use limblines. I usually will get them baited before dark. I try to get to them every 2 hours. Usually by the time I get to the end it is time to start over. A line with no bait or a nice cat won't catch anything! Keep them active!
     
  11. TonyJr

    TonyJr New Member

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    Mississippi
    I agree with catman872! At least every 4 hours. You'll catch more if you check it every 2 but I wouldn't wait much past 4 hours.
     
  12. Drum Andersen

    Drum Andersen New Member

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    Nebraska
    Yeah I'm w/ you guys you should check them ever 2 hours.
     
  13. jwfish

    jwfish New Member

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    columbus ohio
    I like to set one on the ohio when am out all night and I check it every 4 or so hours even if I just do a drive by to see if the jugs are moveing.Last year had a heck of a time pulling a jug up had a head a foot and a half wide come up and spit out a three pound channel cat.