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« on: August 25, 2021, 03:00:20 PM »

I put together a trotline recently and tried it out.  I was in NJ at the time, so just a short one, but I live in DE and visit MD often so I can run a longer one once I figure this out.  I've only done trotlining on other people's boats and it was years ago.  There was a stiff breeze (10-15?), so while setting the line, I just drifted downwind.  The problem was, I could not track consistently straight in either direction.  The 17T is long and higher than some other kayaks, so it catches a lot of wind, and it was constantly trying to turn broadside to the wind.  I could hold a line over the short distance if I was going fast enough, but only had a couple hours to try and work out the kinks.  There were crabs, even using necks that were freezer burnt, so this will will work, I just need to figure how to run the line consistently.  Is it better to set on an angle to the wind?  I can drop the skeg and hopefully not drift sideways too much, but that makes it harder to turn.

Any suggestions?

Thanks, Ron
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« Reply #1 on: September 02, 2021, 12:25:28 AM »

Get one of those peddle powered fishing kayaks. Steer with left, dip with right.  Consider doubling the use of your propstick as short out rigger for added stability.
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« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2021, 03:13:15 PM »

This works too.  Trolling motor on left, dip with right.   Only problem is everytime I dip one, kayak turns about 45 degrees.  It works but a boat is a whole lot easier, especially for an old guy.
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« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2021, 03:21:57 PM »

The  basket in the picture above is where I put keepers.  It's tied to anchor at end of line.   The whole job of kayak crabbing takes some getting used to and is without a doubt the tiredest I ever get crabbing.  In fact I still use that kayak fishing but haven't crabbed in it for a few years.
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