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Discussion in 'Warm Water Species Fishing' started by tcfishes, Jan 17, 2018.
With the occasional big crappie mixed in your pictures, I would guess that you are using box traps somewhere down south for these hauls. Am I close?
No box traps, mostly trot line and rod & reel fishing. We run limb lines in the brush when the water gets high in the spring and occasionally jug fish. My father is a MudBum pro staffer and uses their Hawg Lawgs also. We exclusively use live bait. Every farm pond in the South is full of green sunfish and are easily caught in clover traps. Those big crappie love those sunnies and occasionally will get hooked too deep to release. We use the biggest bait we can catch and fish submerged structure along the river channel in a big flood control reservoir.
That is some good eating right there and loads of it!
I used to do a good bit of trot lining and limb lining in Indiana and Tennessee, but always just used cut bait. It would catch plenty of channel cats and bullheads, along with occasional the bowfin or turtle. Never did try live bait as in those states you can't use traps to catch gamefish (unless you have a commercial license), and catching a couple bluegills to cut up for initial bait took a lot less time than catching live fish for every hook. Plus, after you get a couple of cats on the first set, I would cut up the belly meat for later sets.
That Hawg Lawg is really cool. If I ever move to a state that allows unattended fishing methods, I'm sure I'll pick up a couple of those. It can be hard to find a good limb in the best limb lining spots on the water.
We eat alot of catfish and thoroughly enjoy it. I've changed numerous opinions of people who had eaten improperly prepared catfish in the past and didn't like it. Catfish needs to be trimmed and processed properly and it'll be a homerun for even the biggest naysayers.