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Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Rajun_Cajun, Feb 23, 2006.
well i have always wondered how often you should check your trotline.
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.
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.
If it was mine about every 2 to 4 hours depending on how strong the bite is.
I'm with Bulldaddy on this one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Yeah I'm w/ you guys you should check them ever 2 hours.
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.