Anybody still fish trolly's off the piers anymore?

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  1. Baywolf

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    I was hooking up a trolly system on the NINAS pier and a couple guys seemed pretty interested in what I was doing. Just wondering if this method has fallen off the map? I would think it would be a great way to fish butts and sharks. Surprised it wasn't being used on any pier I visited so far.
     
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    I haven’t seen it since King Mackerel fishing off the piers in North Carolina. Might be good if you were trying to get bait way out there for yellows. Probably not allowed.
     
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    Just did a little research, definitely never seen that done out here. For sharks, cuda, yellows I could see it working but halibut? You'd have to be fishing pretty shallow or at least in one hell of a bait ball.
     
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    Just did a little research, definitely never seen that done out here. For sharks, cuda, yellows I could see it working but halibut? You'd have to be fishing pretty shallow or at least in one hell of a bait ball.
     
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    Yes. Usually at the end of the ocean facing piers. In the bays it's more common to use a 3 way swivel. Tides can do funny things with trolley rigs if you're set up is off.
     
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    We have heavy surf and currents here that can make using that rig problematic. Works fine on calmer, less confused days
     
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    Back in the late 50's, here I go again. LOL
    It was the go to method for catching halibut off of the pier at Huntington Beach.
    Tie on a barrel swivel, on the bottom of the swivel a leader of about 18 inches or less with a weight and cast it out. Make a leader with a snap swivel on one end, the hook of choice at that time was a tribble hook, at the other end. Add a small weight by the snap swivel to take the bait down. For bait use a small queenfish or anything similar and tail hook the bait from the top. Let everything slide down to the bottom swivel keeping the main line tight.
    I was a pre-teen then but the older fishermen would get the halibut using this method. Use a round net to bring the fish up.
    I don't believe that the trolley method would be illegal. The last 3/4 of the pier is where they used to catch them at HB.
     
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    They do it all the time in IB off the pier. I’ve done it out there. I just don’t use a downrigger clip or a clothes pin. Just a snap swivel or a lure clip. Up north (cayucas, pismo, Avila, San Simeon) they get a huge amount of juvenile (3-5ft) threshers like this. Been doin it since I was a kid.
     
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    I just have misclicked while scrolling. Sorry about that
     
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    No problem, thanks.
     
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