you've built your trot line and you are ready to catch
some fish! Good luck. It used to be that your could
put a line out and catch lots of catfish and turtle,
maybe a brim, crappie or the occasional bass. It's kind
of slim pickings now.
is a lot of agricultural land around us and the pesticides
and fertilizer they use run off and poisen the water. Drought
has dropped the water levels to a point where garfish and
mudfish are the fittest survivors and the catfish taste
muddy. Development in the city has consumed vital marshlands
that are no longer working as filters.
are still fish out there, but there aren't so many of them.
Judy and I have gotten too lazy to go to all the trouble
anymore, but I recently went with a friend as he pulled
in his line.
The line was put
out the night before, so early in the morning the guys
went out to pull in their catch.
untying the line from the tree where it was secured, they
pulled the boat along by pulling in the taut line, feeding
it into a bucket where it could later be dumped out, cleaned
the line in one hook at a time, the day's catch was hauled
A Mudfish. |
are big, but no good to eat (no doubt someone
has a recipe -
send it along).
along the length of the line kept our hopes up
that there would be something worth keeping.
We did start
seeing a little more variety...
A Tree-Bass. |
didn't actually catch the alligator, but he was hanging
around ready to take our cast-offs. This time we
didn't get anything worth keeping, but a few days later
we went out again and got quite a few catfish - both
channel cats and yellow-bellied cats. That's just the
way it goes!
to Make a Trot Line