Rural Lifestyle

Life in Rural America

Stockpiling trotline supplies

Stockpiling trotline supplies
Please Rate This Article

Weldbilt boat on the Angelina RiverYesterday evening I started working on some trotlines to be put out Friday evening.  The first thing that I realized was how much supplies its going to take to deploy 2 trotlines about 150 long.

The line being used for the main beam comes in spools 300 feet long, and has a tensile strength rating of 330 pounds.  When you start running a line across a slew, 100 – 150 feet can go pretty quick.  One trotline I saw awhile back must have been close to 200 feet long.

Lets talk about running the main beam line of a trotline.  With the spools having 300 of line, your probably going to need 3, 4, 5 or even 6 spools of line for a SHTF stockpile.  This of course depends on how many trotlines your going to be running.  Some of the slews that I fish in are probably 75 – 100 feet wide.  With 300 feet per spool, I would only be able to run 2 or 3 lines across a slew.  If I was running a trotline across the main river, 300 feet would probably only get me 1 trip across the river.

About every 6 – 8 feet on the main beam I tied a loop knot.  In the loop knot I put a barrel swivel.  The first 8 – 10 feet of line is for tying around a tree.  From the first loop knot to the end of the line, I probably put about a dozen swivels on the trot line.  To put this into perspective, for each 300 foot spool of main line, your going to need about 2 dozen heavy duty swivels.

For the drop lines going from the swivel to the hook, I cut a section of line about 28 – 30 inches long, doubled it over, tied a loop knot at the end of the string, another loop knot about 2 inches down from the first knot.  About 2 – 3 inches up from the hook, I tied another loop knot.

Insert a section of line through the eye of the swivel, run the hook through the loop inserted through the eye and pull tight.

If you did everything right, you should have a drop line going from the main beam about 12 – 14 inches long.

For the drop lines, you use a smaller weight trotline string then what was used for the main  beam.  The line I am using is #36, which has a rating of 235 pounds and has 580 feet per spool.

Since the spools used for the drop lines have 580 feet on them, your only going to need a couple of spools.  The line used for the drop lines can also be used on jug lines.

Supplies I am looking at stockpiling:
3 or 4 spools of 330 pound line for the main beam
2 or 3 spools of 235 pound line for drop lines and jug lines
Several dozen heavy duty barrel swivels
Several dozen hooks

Now that we have talked about buying fishing and trotline supplies, lets go out on the river and do some fishing. In this video we head out friday evening, put out a trotline and 8 juglines. For the full story about fishing on the river, follow this link – running trotlines and juglines.

Related Post

Surviving a Long Term Disaster As Hank Williams Jr. said in the song "A Country Boy Can Survive", I have a shotgun, a rifle, a 4 wheel drive and country boy can survive. I can plow ...
Human innovation after a collapse If there is something about humans that has ensured the survival of the human race, it has to be our level of creativity and our level of innovation. ...
Stockpiling SHTF food ammo and fishing supplies Lets talk about stockpiling food, ammo and fishing supplies for SHTF. These are the supplies that will be used to feed and protect your family if, or ...
Organizing preparedness plans Your SHTF survival plans can be organized in a couple of ways. The plans can be written down on pieces of paper, tossed into a hat and drawn at random...
Buying and Stockpiling More Survival Gear Let's take a few minutes and talk about stockpiling more survival gear for fishing and hunting after SHTF. This past weekend my wife and I made...
The following two tabs change content below.
Kevin Felts was born and raised in southeast Texas, graduated from Bridge City high school Bridge City Texas, and attended Lamar College in Port Arthur Texas. Hobbies include fishing, hiking, hunting, blogging, sharing his politically incorrect opinion, video blogging on youtube, survivalism and spending time with his family. In his free time you may find Kevin working around the farm, building something, or tending to the livestock
Kevin Felts © 2008 - 2018