I've noticed quite a few lines being tied to trees that overhang the water with ribbons tied on the tree to mark them. There were atleast 1/2 dozen or more in the cove south of the 3 islands near the S curve in the Blackwater. Most of them had catfish on them so whoever's doing it needs to pick up their catch. Not very sporting if you ask me but I guess if you have to do it to feed your family, I can understand...
Post by CorneliaGale on Oct 10, 2013 21:40:56 GMT -5
My best bet they are catfishing. They are all over the lake seen them for years up towards Hardy, bunch below the Hales Ford in the coves. I always though that you had to have your name and address on them but none I have found have any thing on them. Have told DGIF guys about them, they don't seem to mind.
Bush bobs, that's what we call them. I remember camping out on the islands of the Potomac river where we would set our bush bobs then go back to camp and fish from shore and drink beer half the night. We always had breakfast waiting the next morning when we checked them. Good times back in the day!
Post by mytoyzfishing on Oct 29, 2013 19:05:12 GMT -5
Here is the only thing I could find on DGIF's Fishing handbook on it. I for one dont like them. In my opinion its not very sporting. It also pose's problems with catching fish that might be illeagle to keep. If you are going to set your stuff out you shold have to watch it. With them set up all over the lake, and most of the lake shore line being someone's property and not public land, does who ever is setting them out aquire permision from each land owner before using that land owners property to fish?
From DGIF website: Trot Lines, juglines or set polesmay be used to take nongame fish and turtles provided they are not baited with live bait (worms are permissible), except on designated stocked trout waters, Department-owned or controlled lakes, and within 600 feet of any dam. Live bait other than game fish may be used on trot lines to take catfish in Carroll, Dickenson, Giles, Grayson, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties, and in the Clinch River in Russell, Scott, and Wise counties. (See page 9 for South Holston Reservoir.) Any person setting or possessing the above equipment shall have it clearly marked by permanent means with his or her name, address, and telephone number, and is required to check all lines and remove all fish and animals caught each day. Additional requirements for juglines (also called “noodles”): Defined as a single hook, including one treble hook, and line attached to a float. Jugline/noodle sets on public waters shall be restricted to 20 per angler and must be attended (within sight) by anglers at all times. Also, in addition to being labeled with the angler’s name, address and telephone number, jugs/noodles shall also be labeled with a reflective marker that encircles the jugs/noodles to allow for visibility at night.
Two weeks ago I casted a jig&pig to a dock and hung a trout line w 15 blue gills at least! No markers what so ever! Tangled my jig up and I went to untangle it and trying to leave got the boat prop tangled! Talking about hot! My temper meter was threw the roof! I was nice enough to leave the guys trout line there! I sure hope his family needed the fish if they caught any! Grrrrrrr!