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[Perhaps from trot.]
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(Angling) angling a long line suspended across a stream, river, etc, to which shorter hooked and baited lines are attached. Compare trawl2 See also setline
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a strong fishing line strung across a stream, or deep into a river, having individual hooks attached by smaller lines at intervals.
[1825–35; perhaps trot1 + line1]
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Noun1.trotline - a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)trotline - a long fishing line with many shorter lines and hooks attached to it (usually suspended between buoys)
fishing line - a length of cord to which the leader and float and sinker and hook are attached
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Flathead abundance, 1 based on trotline catches, showed no apparent pattern with depth.
So Zacker was dressed that day in late October as he check his deep trotline sets for one last time before settling in to trap and hunt for the remainder of the year.
It was written in 1956 and is full of useful skills--from determining true north with a leaf and needle to making shelter out of branches to catching fish with a trotline. The grocery list for a six-month British Columbia canoe trip was probably a bit impractical, but I still read the book from cover to cover probably 20 times between the ages of 10 and 20.
Denton's Trotline 2150 Congo Road, Benton (501) 315-1717
At a grow site in July, he found a fisher that had died from eating one of many poisoned hot dogs strung around the site on a trotline. A state game warden raiding a grow in 2011 discovered a black bear and her cubs convulsing on the ground, having eaten into a stash of pesticides.
When father was there he set a fixed trotline of hooks across the mouth of the strand and in the morning he often had fish--plaice, dabs, flounder, bass.
Consistent advertising for positions is a little like setting up a trotline. A trotline is a long line set with multiple hooks that does your fishing for you while you go off to do something else.
He set up camp in the swampland and built a log cabin, setting up a trotline for food.
In Tasmania striped trumpeter are taken commercially over inshore reefs (5 to 50 m), generally as a by catch of gillnetting, and are targeted with hook methods (handline, dropline, longline, and trotline) on deeper reefs (80 to 300 m).
suspending the body from the same trotline that earlier held Grinnup