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Unread 10-17-2019, 03:47 PM   #1
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Put out a few hooks yesterday trying to get the last bite before the cold front. Rolling along checking lines and FWC came rolling like gang busters. Asked how many hooks I had out and told them 120 or so. They grinned at each other and told me I was way over the limit. Asked for fishing lic and I gave them mine and the wife also. Then I gave him my commercial Lic and everything was good from there on. Nice guys, sorry I disappointed them. Any way here are the pics. Done for awhile. freezer is full. Flat head weighed 30 lbs even
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Unread 10-17-2019, 09:02 PM   #2
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I bought my commercial license for the same reason. Never set 120 bush hooks though. That would be too much work for me. I usually set 25.
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We used to set out 1k on a single line on yellow river back in the 70's, until we got caught. Back then Rollo's was buying cleaned catfish for $1 a pound, not sure what the commercial guys were getting, but not sure if they were even cleaning theirs?
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You set 120 hooks and thats all you got? That's a lot of work for such a small return. You should be getting at least a 50% catch ratio. Curious, what kind of hooks are you running? I may be able to suggest one that will increase your catch significantly.
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Circle octopus size 7. Its my bait that's the problem Glen. I use a homemade recipe and bait 120 hooks for about $2. Have the time just aint buying minnows or chasing done suckers and such. Freezer full for awhile and it took 4 hrs to put them out and 2 to pick up. Didn't go 1/2 mile from the ramp. Wish I could use blue gill. Have millions in the lake here.
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I bought my commercial license for the same reason. Never set 120 bush hooks though. That would be too much work for me. I usually set 25.
4 trot lines 25 hooks each.
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Unread 10-18-2019, 02:37 PM   #9
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For the uninformed among us, how many hooks is a rec fisherman allowed to put out?
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Unread 10-18-2019, 02:47 PM   #10
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25 hooks total. 25 bush hooks or 1 trotline with 25 hooks. I have never had a 50% catch ratio and have never heard of anyone who has on a consistent basis. I caught 12 on 25 bush hooks once that I can remember and that was checking them several times during the night not baiting and coming back the next morning.
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