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I am debating on which I should make -
My research tells me juglines will be the easiest to make and fish, but I have no experience with either.
Response by Jackie Kennedy
NO question to it, juglines.
I've fish for a few years, oh well a long time, and I can outfish a trot line with ten juglines any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
Response by East Texas Johney Cash
Well, You know it's hard for me not to put my $.02 in. I'm kind of like Jackie, I've done most all of it, one time or the other in my 50 years +.
If i'm using a trotline I don't like to have more than 20 hooks per line. That will give you 5 places to find the fish. When you find the area their in, then you can move the other 4 lines, so they will be catching fish also. Then,it's a matter of keeping them baited and run regularly. Don't make the mistake of putting a throwline in a lake, with 5 hooks on a 40ft. line. If you get a big fish on, he will most likely get your line hung on something. Not only that, every time you rebait your line, you will be picking it up in one place and putting it out in another. Man, you talk about a mess, you'll have one.
Limb lines are Ok in a lake or river, if you don't have but one hook on. they catch a lot of fish. Don't ever put a trotline across a river, from side to the other. Every log,limb,stick, leave or trash will hang up on your line. The right kind of log comming down the river, will take you out of business. Run your trotlines up and down the river or in some eddie water. They will work for you. that way.
Response by Phillip Parrish
The only time I run a trotline is from the bank in the
summer and fall
Response by Thumper
I gave up trot lines 6 years ago. Juglines are easier and produce more overall. I am older that Jackie (better lookin too) and have 48 yrs doin em'. Juglines only for me!!
Response by B Fish
I've never done either but have seen them both done. And seeing it done sure made it look easy. I'm sure my first few experiences will grant me greater experience than reading up on them, so I just need to go and do it....and I bet it isn't as easy for me as watching someone else do it.
Response by Rick
Well now jug lines are easier to fish in deep water for sure and you will catch more fish on a per hook basis. I use trotlines in shallow water 2-3 feet deep and get out of my small boat pulling it along behind me as I rebait and throw fish into the boat which works out to be pretty easy. I fish juglines a lot and pulling in a 20-30 foot long jugline with a pound and a half weight on the end,baiting three hooks, taking fish off then chunking it back in begins to be work around line 6 to me. Not to mention cruising up slowly and having someone net the jug, throwing the tiller to the left or right to avoid the line after putting the motor in neutral ain't all roses. Easiest is rod and reel using cutbait or punch bait. Jug lines and trotlines become a form of baiting hooks work and if you are hard at it it is work either way
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