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#2992123 - 10/21/12 07:25 PM Trot line bait?
fishboy1
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Going to put out a small trot line this week. Never done one before and was wondering what bait is recommended?

Hope to catch enough cats for dinner while camping out.
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#2992313 - 10/21/12 08:51 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: fishboy1]
pressfit
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shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..
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#2992336 - 10/21/12 09:00 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
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The key is dont use too big of a bait or hook.
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#2992361 - 10/21/12 09:11 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
Inkstainz
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..


Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't using game fish for bait illegal?

I use little minnows or other live bait fish. Yellow cats love the live bait! Turkey livers work good but sometimes come off easy, this can be remedied with a little pantyhose. Worms work sometimes. It just depends on what they feel like eating. Good luck.

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#2992386 - 10/21/12 09:21 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Inkstainz]
pressfit
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 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..


Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't using game fish for bait illegal?

I use little minnows or other live bait fish. Yellow cats love the live bait! Turkey livers work good but sometimes come off easy, this can be remedied with a little pantyhose. Worms work sometimes. It just depends on what they feel like eating. Good luck.

I think your wrong..


A licensed sport angler (with all required licenses, and permits) can harvest game fish (including rainbow trout and sunfish) for use as bait from the wild using legal sport fishing methods. When harvesting game fish, all restrictions in the sport fishing proclamation apply (including creel and length limits, seasons, and license requirements).
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#2992551 - 10/21/12 11:27 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..


Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't using game fish for bait illegal?

I use little minnows or other live bait fish. Yellow cats love the live bait! Turkey livers work good but sometimes come off easy, this can be remedied with a little pantyhose. Worms work sometimes. It just depends on what they feel like eating. Good luck.

I think your wrong..


A licensed sport angler (with all required licenses, and permits) can harvest game fish (including rainbow trout and sunfish) for use as bait from the wild using legal sport fishing methods. When harvesting game fish, all restrictions in the sport fishing proclamation apply (including creel and length limits, seasons, and license requirements).
yes and this means you can't use a net to catch the bluegills. I didn't know that a couple years back, thought it was fine to keep the gills that showed up in my cast net. Not like the warden is going to go berserk on you for a little bluegill, but it's good to know the little rules like that too
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#2992840 - 10/22/12 08:41 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: catman529]
Wells Taxidermy
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You cant use panty hose on livers legaly, If a fish hits the bait and you lose him, he's good as dead. Go down to the bait shop and buy the biggest minnows they have, keep them alive.
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#2992872 - 10/22/12 08:55 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: catman529]
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Use small hooks and bait if You want small fish. I prefer to eat cats over 20#. I use 8/0 to 12/0 hooks and big baits. I have had 30 and 40# cats swallow 5 & 6# fish I had already hooked. Any fish caught legally and of legal size is legal bait. Hard for me not to eat a 14" or 16" bass though. I once caught a 40# flat on a 4/0 hook and by some mericle got mim in the boat. When I pulled him up I could see the hook was hooked behind the lower lip and had not penetrated. As soon as he hit the floor of the boat the hook came out.
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#2992942 - 10/22/12 09:48 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Wells Taxidermy]
pressfit
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 Originally Posted By: Wells Taxidermy
You cant use panty hose on livers legaly,

please post the source where you found this info.. I'm not doubting you..but have never heard of this..
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#2993053 - 10/22/12 11:06 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Wells Taxidermy]
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 Originally Posted By: Wells Taxidermy
You cant use panty hose on livers legaly, If a fish hits the bait and you lose him, he's good as dead. Go down to the bait shop and buy the biggest minnows they have, keep them alive.


Could you point me towards the regulation that makes the pantyhose part illegal?
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#2993055 - 10/22/12 11:06 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
TNLynn
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
 Originally Posted By: Wells Taxidermy
You cant use panty hose on livers legaly,

please post the source where you found this info.. I'm not doubting you..but have never heard of this..

New one on me too!!!
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#2993057 - 10/22/12 11:07 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
scn
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
 Originally Posted By: Inkstainz
 Originally Posted By: pressfit
shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..


Correct me if I'm wrong but aren't using game fish for bait illegal?

I use little minnows or other live bait fish. Yellow cats love the live bait! Turkey livers work good but sometimes come off easy, this can be remedied with a little pantyhose. Worms work sometimes. It just depends on what they feel like eating. Good luck.

I think your wrong..


A licensed sport angler (with all required licenses, and permits) can harvest game fish (including rainbow trout and sunfish) for use as bait from the wild using legal sport fishing methods. When harvesting game fish, all restrictions in the sport fishing proclamation apply (including creel and length limits, seasons, and license requirements).


Pressfit is correct.
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#2993122 - 10/22/12 12:02 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
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Anybody besides me bothered that scn is defending pantyhose?

\:D
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#2993284 - 10/22/12 01:40 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Tennessee Todd]
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 Originally Posted By: Tennessee Todd
Anybody besides me bothered that scn is defending pantyhose?

\:D

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#2993354 - 10/22/12 02:14 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: pressfit]
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
shad, rooster livers, shrimp..bluegill..chicken breast..
sounds right
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#2993637 - 10/22/12 04:49 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Football Hunter]
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Ivory soap cut into cubes work good on a trotline too.
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#2993667 - 10/22/12 05:12 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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Common carp and buffalo will catch all the catfish you will ever want. Use small pieces, your trying to catch them, not feed them! Caught several big flatheads on the 2lb blues that eat the bait. Hook don't matter on those, spines on small cats will hold'em just fine till you get there.
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#2993834 - 10/22/12 07:14 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
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Personally I prefer smaller 2-6 lb cats to eat,I live on Old Hickory Lake and eat the smaller channels,thats why I posted to use the smaller baits and hooks,it just makes sense to me to utilize the smaller more plentiful fish than to kill the brood fish of any species,and believe me,Ive had my opportunities having lived 44 years lakeside.A 10-15 lb blue or flat is a good fish to eat but Im letting it go unless Im out of crappie,which aint likely.
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#2994054 - 10/22/12 08:35 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
Wells Taxidermy
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Then the law has changed since two years ago or Twra officers make their own laws, then I was told by a 20 yr vet the year before he retired that it was illegal, I got a warning ticket for useing panty hose on the river. His explaination was when the fish swallows the bait the hose could get caught up in his throught and kill the fish. Then agian i have also been told by Twra that i had to were my Hunter orange while goin up and down the river from my hunting spot. which is a source of transportation, now if someone shoots me in my boat its no accident. Im not argueing or anything but it seems as if some guys make their own laws as they go. ;\)
 Originally Posted By: scn
 Originally Posted By: Wells Taxidermy
You cant use panty hose on livers legaly, If a fish hits the bait and you lose him, he's good as dead. Go down to the bait shop and buy the biggest minnows they have, keep them alive.


Could you point me towards the regulation that makes the pantyhose part illegal?


Edited by Wells Taxidermy (10/22/12 09:01 PM)

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#2994288 - 10/22/12 10:26 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Wells Taxidermy]
scn
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The blaze orange is correct, but I don't think I know of a reg on the pantyhose.
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#2994352 - 10/22/12 11:38 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
Wells Taxidermy
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I figured a boat would be in the same catagory as 4 wheelers, and started wearing mine in the boat. I dont know exactly how the law is written but i never figured that I must have it on since I technically wasn't hunting in any way.
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#2994377 - 10/23/12 12:54 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Wells Taxidermy]
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If you are walking to your stand you need your orange on same if you are in a boat you are hunting as you can shoot out of the boat. Now yes if Yoruba under a gas motor I would hope no one mistakes you for a deer but most laws are written in blood.
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#2994519 - 10/23/12 07:38 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Wells Taxidermy]
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 Originally Posted By: Wells Taxidermy
I figured a boat would be in the same catagory as 4 wheelers, and started wearing mine in the boat. I dont know exactly how the law is written but i never figured that I must have it on since I technically wasn't hunting in any way.


If you read the legal definition of hunting, you are technically hunting. That is why it is required once you exit your vehicle.
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#2995147 - 10/23/12 12:47 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
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Hot dogs have always yielded us some 'cooking sized' catfish.
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#2998965 - 10/25/12 04:05 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: Pic IN the Casa]
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#3008621 - 10/31/12 06:53 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
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i use bluegill
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#3008643 - 10/31/12 06:59 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: ROUGH COUNTRY HUNTER]
fishboy1
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We used what was easily available.
Chicken livers and some small shad.
Seemed that the chicken livers came off to easy and we caught most on the shad. 6 bull head cats and 1 channel/yellow cat.

I think we would have done better with a tougher bait and setting the line closer to dark. That would have given the bluegills less time to pick it off the hooks.

Lot of work but fun!

Thanks for all the suggestions.
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#3008828 - 10/31/12 08:57 AM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: fishboy1]
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I want to go run some lines some time. I never had any success this summer the few times i tried. the only thing i caught is turtles. That was fun watching my buddy deal with those \:\)
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#3034688 - 11/15/12 12:54 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: scn]
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Ivory Soap, no joke, works wonders
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#3088947 - 12/20/12 05:20 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: htnseymour]
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Chicken breast. Just as good as chicken livers but stays on the hook. Usually catch channels with that.
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#3090370 - 12/21/12 02:32 PM Re: Trot line bait? [Re: cbcs1987]
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I just use minnows, and some of the larger ones you can cut in half. Anything will hit a minnow: from bass, sauger, catfish, and one time I went and some gar must have came in and got caught (do not net the gar, those teeth get caught and is a pain to get out lol)....trot line and jug fishing is a blast..good luck
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