Just wanted to know if anyone uses there kayak to set and run limblines
I am a big fan of limb lining from the yak. I do all of mine in local bayous. At times when the water is up from rain there is some REAL heavy current. We still set our line in this current and like Maulwalker said this is dangerous. When I first started to limb line, I made my lines on site. In current this was a pain in the butt. The hooks I use are so sharp you just need to look at them wrong and the will catch you (in the packs even
). Not to mention it takes up valuable time.
Also like Maulwalker said have a buddy with you cause you never know what can happen.
So with all that said I will give you a few extra pointers. Sorry its long I am bored with day off and nothing to do
Me and Goose use our limb lining trips for a pleasure paddle with benifits. We make our lines using a 6 to 7ft piece of cheap 100lb to 150lb mono using 6/0 or 7/0 gamakatsu octopus hooks. To attach the line to the tree we use colored survey string to help us see them when we are gathering fish.
We pre make everything to cut down on how long it takes to set up each hook and I feel it is much safer this way. Each leader/line is coiled up and placed in ziploc sandwhich bag along with a 12" -18" piece of hot pink (stands out better and easier to see) with a BIG snap swivel on one end and loop on the other. The cheap mono usually holds it memory pretty good and is easily coiled up and vary rarely get tangled up. Each one already has the hook, weight and loop (to attach to tie down) on it. We put 1 to 2 oz of weight on each one and carry extra weights incase the current is heavy.
In current I always set my lines on the down stream side of a brush pile or fallen tree. I do this for a few reasons. This biggest being if something happens on to you on the upstream side and you come out of your yak you could be pinned against what ever is under the water and even then a buddy may not be able to help you much. Also your line will be swept into the brush pile.
Step by Step (what we do)
1. When you find a spot you like take pink tie down out of bag.
2. Approach your chosen spot keeping your bow into the current. Paddle up to limb and wrap tie down around branch and drop snap through loop. Remove and bait line and attach to swivel and drop the bait in the desired location and move on to the next spot. I will generally drift backwards away from the line holding onto the line until I am sure nothing is wrapped and the hook and bait are already in the water.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until all your lines are set.
4. Paddle another mile or so to enjoy nature and give your lines some soak time, find a nice spot you can get out of your yak and stretch your legs and have a bite to eat for lunch.
5. Start heading back down stream to gather lines and fish.
6. When you come upon your first line, look for signs of life. Sometimes you will have a "tree shaker"
7. Approach line from the same way you set it.
8.Grab the line first then the branch.
9. Slowly pull on line to gauge the size of the fish before taking death grip on line (another reason for the heavy gauge mono its easy to hold onto and not have to worry about it cutting you like braid can).
10. HANG ON. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3EpI9ssjD4
11. Remove the hook from the fish once it is under control coil up and place back in bag and retrieve tie down. ALWAYS Remove your lines.
13. Repeat steps 7 thru 11 until all your lines are gathered.
Safety tips as I see them.
1. I set all of my lines as close to the water as possible. I do not want fellow yakkers or people in canoes to accidentally run under my lines and getting hooked.
2. Watch for other lines that were left. These are easy to over look when you are looking for spots to set yours. I have come across several that had the hooks out of the water and are head level. No longer limb lines but yakker catchers.
3. No your limits and the limits of your yak when attempting to do in heavy current.
4. Try to see the "what could happen" in every situation and have a plan.
5. Knife (straight blade) that you have easy access to.
6. PFD on when handling line.
7. Do it with a buddy.
Here are a few other things to keep in mind. We generally will only limb line in the colder months. The areas we go to are prone to have big gators. A cat fish on the line is easy pickens for gators and I would not want to pull one up. We have done it a few times when they have been active and I have had fish that have been shredded and BIG teeth marks left in them. If you do limb lime when gators are active do not hang the fish from a stringer. Again easy pickens and a hungry gator might be enticed.
I am sure there are a few things to add but this has been long enough.
A few pictures.