How to make limb lines for catfishing
Limb lining is a laid-back activity that you can do with your friends while you sit around and drink your favorite sodas. It is like fishing, but simpler. Many people are under the impression that limb lining can be tedious or challenging, but it is all a game of strategy. Strategically placing your limb line can get you all the catfish you want without doing much work.
It is a well-known fact that limb lines are like swings hanging from a tree. You must have seen them in movies, where a swing dangles from a green limb. Limb lines operate similarly and are pretty simple to make.
The most basic form of a limb line consists of a catfish hook, line, and sinker.
Get a trotline and cut it into lengths that will suit your requirements. Generally, 6-foot length on each side works perfectly fine. Once you’ve adjusted the trotline, make a loop at one end that you can use to hook the line up to a limb. The other end will go through weight and then be suspended through a hook. The weight should always be above the hook.
This is the final step of setting up your limb line. All you need to do is get your bait and a limb to suspend your line from. Pick an ideal location – one that’s not too high to hang your line and has rocks nearby for support. Get the bait of your choice. Mostly worms are the classic bait for catfishing, but you can go with several other options as well. These include shad, minnows, and stinkbait which specifically cater to catfishing.
For finding the right tree branch, look for green trees with twigs that are at least 1 inch in diameter. The distance between the tree limb and the water surface should be at least 3 feet. Besides that, it will also be beneficial to note that catfish come up at night to hunt. Therefore, if you go catfishing at night, you can find catfish near the surface of the water. However, you have to be very careful of large catfish, as they might cause the limb line to get tangled in rocks or snap in the middle. Make sure the area you’re covering is free of large catfish.
If you’re interested in large catfish, all you need to do is slightly revamp your limb line. Instead of using a trotline, use a heavy cord with a strong hook. Check the strength and flexibility of the cord, and hook before settling on. You must also know that large catfish are mostly attracted to live bait. So, if you’re using dead bait or cut bait, you might have to make some changes there. When using live bait, the optimal hook to use is a circle hook.
That’s because the circle hook is meant to keep the fish on the hook without letting it swallow the hook or unhinging it; it does so by making the ends circular so that fish can not consume them. They also keep the fish from shaking up the hook. While fishing for large catfish, circle hooks also help by keeping the bait on the hook and not letting it slip off at any moment.
With the perfect limb line set up at the right step, you can get a delicious snack for the evening. Like always, it pays to have a medical kit on hand for these adventures. Be it small catfish or a large one, it’s always fun catching a few and then cooking them over a bonfire with your friends while you reminisce over the old days.