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« on: July 25, 2011, 11:34:49 AM »

So I understand it is illegal to run a trotline with out a rec licesne.. With a license 2 150 feet lines are legal.. Do these same laws apply if I am in the water with the line? Walking the shallows in 2-5 feet of water with a submurged line..

Went out yesterday and tried this with a 225 foot line, tied the ends to a small float weighted down with old iron window weights.. I doubt anyone would bother me but could I actually be fined?
I might just get the license and run 2 150 ft lines.. Another 2 with a buddy of mine who had a blast.. We got about a half bushel on just the 225 feet.. 600 feet could produce some solid numbers Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: July 25, 2011, 12:00:19 PM »

nice catch WTG.  Wink
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« Reply #2 on: July 25, 2011, 01:27:05 PM »

That's a great catch.  I agree that no one would likely bother you, especially walking the line.  Maybe on a boat but even then it is done so little in NJ I doubt anyone would be upset.  Might just get a pick up that line comment. 

As for the license, may just be a good idea to send the $2.00 check to NJDEP.  Really is worth it for the price. Get a clamming one for $10.00 while your at it.  If you are walking a line maybe you can pick up a limit and really add to the feast  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 25, 2011, 02:56:08 PM »

So I understand it is illegal to run a trotline with out a rec licesne.. With a license 2 150 feet lines are legal.. Do these same laws apply if I am in the water with the line? Walking the shallows in 2-5 feet of water with a submurged line..

Went out yesterday and tried this with a 225 foot line, tied the ends to a small float weighted down with old iron window weights.. I doubt anyone would bother me but could I actually be fined?
I might just get the license and run 2 150 ft lines.. Another 2 with a buddy of mine who had a blast.. We got about a half bushel on just the 225 feet.. 600 feet could produce some solid numbers Smiley

225 linear feet is an illegal trotline licensed or not.    The law may stink, but the rule is 150 linear feet and 25 baits per line.   
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« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2011, 07:13:53 PM »

Trust me you wouldnt get away with it around absecon. Do youself a favor and pay the 2 bucks  im on the water alot in absecon and im glad to see the CO checking people. Im no angel but some of the stuff i see at the bulkhead in buckets makes me sick.
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« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2011, 04:44:22 AM »

Yea I'm gonna send in for a license and I'll have my buddy do the same.. This was more of an experiment to see if I could catch any crabs with this method in this area.. Thanks for the feed back guys
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« Reply #6 on: July 26, 2011, 04:27:27 PM »

If you got stopped, telling the officer it was only an "experiment" wouldn't have gotten you out of a fine.  And what if the "experiment" really went well?


"But officer, it was only an experiment"

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« Reply #7 on: July 26, 2011, 05:23:06 PM »

Well Just printed out my license  Grin I am now one of the few trotliners of jersey!!  Cool Who wants to walk the line with me?? Who's comin with me man??
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« Reply #8 on: July 26, 2011, 05:27:12 PM »

If you got stopped, telling the officer it was only an "experiment" wouldn't have gotten you out of a fine.  And what if the "experiment" really went well?


"But officer, it was only an experiment"

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 laugh laugh If I got stopped I'd just drop below water line.. I could hold by breath for a while...
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« Reply #9 on: July 26, 2011, 06:06:46 PM »

laugh laugh If I got stopped I'd just drop below water line.. I could hold by breath for a while...


You can never trust a crab. One of them would have ratted you out!   laugh laugh laugh
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« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2011, 10:44:29 PM »


You can never trust a crab. One of them would have ratted you out!   laugh laugh laugh

Floating inner tube and bushel basket tied to my waist may have given it away Grin
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« Reply #11 on: July 27, 2011, 05:07:41 PM »

Probably, and there was an eye witness:    laugh
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