Week 9: Handline Mastery for Pinefish123 Created: Fri, 07/31/2020 - 05:48 Default: No

I was really excited about this challenge. I used to fishing with handlines all the time when I was a kid, in both freshwater and saltwater. I made 4 handlines for this challenge, 4 lb. (green line on PVC), 6 lb. (green line on saline solution bottle), 8 lb. (blue line on PVC), and 12 pound (blue line on plastic jar with red lid). I planned to use different test to match the different species I was planning to catch.

I caught the grass carp on the 12 pound handline, using a doughball as bait. I removed the weight and swivel that are shown in the pic of that handline after missing some bites. The grass carp made 7 or 8 big runs after I hooked it. I chose the containers to allow line to flow off easily when holding one end to allow for big runs like these. I learned that fishing handlines in saltwater. The grass carp wasn't big enough to take a finger off if I got it tangled in the line, but I still took extra care to avoid wrapping the line around body parts. And putting a couple patches of athletic tape on my thumb and forefinger helped to avoid line burn as it made its runs.

Then I caught the big channel cat and the common carp on the 8 pound handline. I was targeting carp with corn and caught the catfish on that before I picked up a common carp. Both also made pretty good runs, but not quite the power of the grass carp.

I caught a black bullhead and bluegill on the 6 pound handline, but chose to submit other species instead.

Then I caught the brown trout, roundtail chub, and rainbow trout from a small local river with the 4 pound line. I tried to target suckers also but with no luck. 

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Graceclaw's picture

Wow. This really demonstrates handline mastery! I would have paid good money to witness the Grass Carp catch.

FishNerd's picture

I thought my gar was impressive but you clearly have a great deal more expertise in this form of angling

2020 goals:
Greater Redhorse (x), Lake Trout (), Lake Whitefish (x), Chinook Salmon (x), Coho Salmon (x)

ebspeciesfishing73's picture

That is an insane spread of handline fish! I'm not even doing the competition but I really want to now go and catch so large fish on a hand line. Great catches!