Hey Folks, As most of y'all know trotlining is a fun and exciting way of fishing, but, it is also hard work and dangerous! You should trotline with another person if at all possible but if you gotta go it alone here's a couple of safety tips: (1) When you are checking (running) your lines keep a knife on you and one within reach AT ALL TIMES!!! (2) Running my lines by myself and sometimes at night heres another tip: Get a snap "D" ring (like is used for repeling) and tie on 15ft of 3/8" rope, hook the rope to the cleat of your boat or the seat post etc. and clip the "D" ring to your belt loop that way you are never seperated from your boat in the event you loose your balance and fall in the water. (3) ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS make sure you have a cell phone or if not make sure you let someone know where you are gonna be fishing and when you expect to return.....VERY IMPORTANT!! Have a GREAT year all and be safe, you can't fish srom the hospital and it's no fun being worm dirt!