Fishing a Trot Line
Then there is the trot line method. A long, heavy line is fastened at the bank and a heavy stone is tied securely to the other end, then the line is taken into a boat and paid out as the boat is rowed across the stream. Where there is a current of any strength the boat is held at an angle against the current and rowed upstream, in a quartering direction, and the wash of the current against the side carries it straight across. When the end of the line is reached the stone is dropped overboard and the line is in position to receive the hooks. Returning to the shore the fishermen then takes the line in hand and attaches first one baited hook and then another, several yards apart, by short lines, one and a half or two feet long. The hooks are always large, as big fish are caught this way. The fisherman pulls the boat along by means of the line and does not use the oars until he reaches the end of the line, when he rows back to shore. In looking at the hooks and removing the catch he simply raises the line near the bank, throws it across the bow of the boat, and draws the boat along hand over hand from one hook to the next. Nearly all of the large catfish are caught this way, as well as eels, and many other bottom feeding fish.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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