LITTLE ROCK, Ar (AFGC) - Mention trotlining in a fishing conversation, and you may get some frowns. But it is an effective method of getting good catfish on the dinner table - and an occasional crappie, bass or something else.
A problem for some trotliners is keeping liver on a hook. Liver catches catfish, but they have a tendency to get it off without being hooked. The bait gets mushy too.
The trick is to find a discarded pair of panty hose or nylon stockings. Cut a supply of pieces about three inches square. Cut your pieces of liver, put each in the center of a mesh square, then pull all four corners together and slip them over the hook, either a single hook or a treble hook.