CHECK YOUR LINES DAILY
Lines must be checked daily. Sometimes I check my lines a couple of times per day when I have the time. When I first started going after turtles more than two decades ago, I didn’t check my lines but once a day. Then, one day I set a line at a small farm pond. By the time I’d walked halfway around the 1-acre pond, I noticed my first set had a turtle. Only 10 minutes had passed since I’d put the line in the water.
Turtles are very active in warm weather. I’ve found that I catch more turtles now that I check my lines more often throughout the day. The sooner I can get a turtle out and remake my set, the sooner I can catch another turtle.
Another reason to check your lines daily is to re-bait your hooks. Because of those pesky little snappers and painted turtles, you’ll have plenty of bare hooks. Un-baited hooks don’t catch turtles.