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Went out to Jordan Saturday with my 7 year old daughter and my uncle to do a bit of Crappie fishing. A little R and R and some QT with loved ones. I grabbed one trot line, and decided to keep any cats for myself and let my uncle have any crappie we caught. Launched from Farrington Point late in the morning and headed out, right over a submerged pond that wasn't on the topo map. There were a lot of fish in that little hole. So we set out the trot line across that pond, or so we thought. It turns out that winds out of the SW pushed us off of the spot so we decided that was good enough and just let it ride. Went off to fish for Crappie. Three or four spots we tried, were nada, nada, nada, and nada. So we went back to take in the trot line and head in. Lo and behold... we had 8 Channels on a 25 hook trotline ranging from 1lb-5lbs. So we called my grandaddy and aunt on the way home and announced that there would be fresh fish for dinner. So, more good times with family. Man, I love fishing. Water temp was 51 degrees, fish were all caught in 16' of water on thawed threadfin shad. Water level was 216.88' msl

So now to the technical questions for those experienced trotliners out there. Is 1 fish:3 hooks a good ratio? Obviously not as good as having a fish on every hook, but obviously better than no fish. Were it you, how would you rank a haul like that one? #2 I noticed that all of the hooks had no bait on them when I pulled the line back in whether they had a fish on or not. On that particular line I was using #4 Kahle hooks, I was thinking on switching them over to #4 Circle hooks. I also entertained the possibility that I hadn't hooked them properly. I'd baited with two frozen/thawed Threadfins per hook hooked through the eyes. I was thinking that if I hooked them in through one eye socket and out of the back of the skull they'd stay on a bit better, making a fish have to deal with the hook a little more. Whatdaya think? Is my logic on track or is there something I'm not accounting for?

Thanks for any advice

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