trotline

noun
trot·line | \ˈträt-ˌlīn \

Definition of trotline 

: setline especially : a comparatively short setline used near shore or along streams

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While fishing on the Choctawhatchee River, Joel Singletary snagged the fish on his trotline. Madeline Farber, Fox News, "Florida fisherman catches 120-pound ‘granddaddy of all catfish'," 25 Apr. 2018 Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Catfish good on cut bait using jug lines and trotlines; smallmouth and Kentucky bass excellent early on topwater baits off points, also on spinnerbaits 8 to 10 feet down while casting from slightly deeper water. Bruce Janssen, kansascity, "Fishing report for Oct. 19," 18 Oct. 2017 Outlook: Don and Tom’s Bait and Tackle reports: Crappies good on jigs and minnows in the trees in 10 to 15 feet of water; walleyes fair to good on leeches and worm rigs over humps; catfish good on cut bait and goldfish on trotlines. Bruce Janssen, kansascity.com, "Fishing report for June 1," 31 May 2017 Outlook: 125 Marina reports: Walleyes good trolling 23 feet down with stickbaits or nightcrawlers; smallmouth bass good on shallowing-running baits near tree lines; catfish good on cut bait and live bait using limb lines and trotlines. Bruce Janssen, kansascity.com, "Fishing report for June 22," 28 June 2017

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First Known Use of trotline

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trotline

probably from trot entry 1

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troth

trothless

trothplight

trotline

trot out

Trotsky

Trotskyism

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