I never thought I would write a post like this (concerning fishing methods). Since, normally, I believe a person should pursue his/her fishing with a method that gives them the most enjoyment,satisfaction and productivity that it can. And/or wants to try new methods etc. However, within the past few weeks I am beginning to change my mind. After, almost losing a $400 plus rod and reel combo, almost being impaled (on about an 8/0 hook) and having my (laid down) Bimini top hooked. If you don't know by now, I am talking about "limb lines". I have grown to loathe and hate them(on the lake I fish). Even though it was a method that I had been thinking about trying. Knowing it would be an exciting method etc. And, much like traps/trapping (silent sentries, I like to call them). In the right place, they would be fine. But, in the highly congested lake, that I fish the most, they are nothing but a hazard, to life and limb (human, that is). Please understand, I fish very close to the bank (as do most fishermen in this area) because we have gorge type lakes. And, deep water (30 feet or much more) might be no more than 10 feet or so from the banks edge. Thus, I stay in close proximity to the bank. Whether, casting for bait or bass. Or, trolling or drifting for catfish. Anyway, on my primary lake, I cannot enjoy my (normal) fishing methods (casting, trolling, drifting) for whatever species of fish. And/or even trying to get a lure or bait rig unhung from close to the bank. For, fear of either myself or gear etc getting snagged by "limb line" hooks. And, especially now since they are drawing the lake down. Also, I cannot travel much more than 30 ft down/along a bank without there being a "limb line" attached some place. Furthermore, the majority of "limb lines" I see are not legal to begin with. They are not tagged with the owners name etc. Anyway, if you like to "limb line", please do it in an area that is not congested. Where, it will pose the least possible harm to your fellow fishermen. I will try it one day. But, not on the lake that I fish.