Just curious if anyone uses handling for fish other than Walleye? I've wondered about situations where rather than messing with downriggers a person could handline. thanks,
Happens all the time. One of the reasons some of us use finger tabs or wear a glove. I have caught plenty of muskie and so have others. I have not caught a sturgeon but did get a nice sized king salmon one Sunday. Was a fight but not a problem.I immediately thought of the wire line ripping through your fingers with a (pick one): decent musky, sturgeon (on a harness maybe), salmon, etc.
I doubt that a steelhead could toss the sinker back at you unless it was under a foot of two away from the sinker like it would be on the kicker. On a long leader like a 15 foot or longer leader it will not be a problem. Might be something if the steelhead was on a short kicker like a 2 or 3 footer but even then I doubt that would pose much of a problem.Then it occured to me that a steelhead, whipping a 1 to 2 1/2 lb hunk of lead through the air could do a lot of damage. No thanks, I think I'll stick with my downriggers ...