I'll be setting out my very first trotline this weekend. Yes, I am a trotline virgin. I have one set up with 6" figure eight loops spaced every six feet for a total of 50 hook loops. 50 is the freshwater limit in Texas. I have no intentions of using snap swivels. I will simply pass the loop through the hook's eye then pass the hook through the tag loop. I am using 7/0 Eagle Circle hooks. The Brazos record for Gar is 190lbs on rod and reel and 110lbs on a trotline. I have seen HUGE gar in the Brazos, so, I feel snap swivels are certain death for the hooks. Bait will be large chunks of smelly bloody shad. I have ideas for deployment. Deployment will be executed from my 14' yak. Here is where the trotliners' collective wisdom comes in. What will be the best way to deploy the line using my yak? Should I use a sail-line method, say.....like a boogie board, and let the line float away in the current as I bait it, then secure the far end? Should I secure one end to a limb on each side of the river? Should I secure one end to a limb and the other to a weight then drop the weighted end into the current? Should I just scrap the trotline and stay at home for football cuz I'm a wacko for trying to use a kayak? Also, how long should I leave it before I check it. I'm thinking 24 hrs.....I am gonna do this, so, any help I can get BEFORE I make myself mad or crazy would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!