Bank Line - Where to get it?

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  1. Tank

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    Hi All,

    Looking for some advice on bank line. I have been watching some vids about a pocket fishing kit and looking to make one myself.

    Where can you get bank line from as i have searched the net and cant find what i am looking for. is it know by something else?

    I am in the UK and unsure if its available in the UK.

    Thanks

    Tim
     
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    Here where I live a bank line is simply a length of fishing line tied off to a tree limb with a weight and baited hook on the other end. Tossed out into the water to await a passing fish. If this is what you are referring to then all the items are generic fishing supplies.

    We assemble them ourselves and I usually press the hooks into a piece of foam and wind the strings around that to keep them all from getting tangled.

    I don't watch a lot of vids so I'm not familiar with the exact setup you're looking for. HTH
     
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    bank line isn't an item, it's a technique....

    bank line fishing is using a pole or a branch tied to something on the bank for passive fishing.

    trot line is a similar technique, just strung in a different way.

    this website explains this very well:

    http://www.catfishbaitsoap.com/catfish-bait-how-to.html

    not trying to be a smart ass, just trying to clear up what seemed to be a bit of confusion...

    oh, and for an answer to your question, any line strong enough to hold what you're trying to catch can work. i prefer a homemade trot line made from mason twine. strong enough for most fish, pretty cheap.

    if you google trot line you should be able to find something on amazon i imagine...
     
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    I forgot to add. There are members on the forum here that have made "Hobo fishing" kits. Try a search on that too.
     
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    Check your local regs too - trotlines/banklines are banned in some counties, and frowned upon in nearly all.
     
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    They sell it as trot line here. I get it at my local bait store.
     
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    What he is referring to in the vids is a tarred nylon line. I have bought from Dicks sporting goods here in the states, and I have seen it on the Cabelas website.

    You can get it at http://www.canteenshop.com/id74.html second item down.


    I am not sure about most countries, but here in the southern US trotlines, banklines and juglines are very popular, especially for catfishing. There are regulations to be sure, but these techniques is not outlawed or frowned upon at all.
     
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    Most mason line I have seen has a tensile strength much lower than bank line.

    BTW, as most cordage, it has much more use than just as bank line
     
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    Thanks, i had a feeling it was more of a technique than a item.



    I will take a search for mason twine and trot line Thanks

    I have a feeling it is banded in the UK, but will find out.

    thanks this is the info i am looking for.



    Thanks for the info guys, i think i am heading on the right track for what i am looking for. and will also take alook at people hobo fishing kits.

    Cheers
     
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    I found the link for the brand of the line I have right now http://www.houla.com/tarred.htm It is quite a bit stronger than mason line, and the tarring helps waterproof it.
     
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    In my state you can get a trot line license for certain waters. I have always used paracord for the bank to anchor line, and tip-up line (from the ice fishing section) from the sporting goods store for the droppers. The impotant thing is the spacing of the droppers. You don't want them to tangle.

    For a bank line just tie the tip-up line to a tree or limb. I would check to see if a license is required, or if a trot line license would apply.

    Note - in the Midwest I believe tip-ups are called traps.
     
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    Thats much higher than the mason line I have seen in Ace Hardware and Home Depot around here. They run around 10-30#.

    I like to use the (black) tarred line to build traps because it is harder to see. I know most animals are color blind, but you never know.
     
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    Tarred line is used exstensivly in the commercial fishing trade also. The new stuff is not nearly as stiff as the lines we have used in my family for decoy lines for the past 50-60 years. It is some tuff stuff.
     
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    canteenshop.com has em too
     
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    If you are in the south - or anywhere catfishing is big - just head to walmart or a tackle shop for it.

    Bank line is labeled as such
    Drop line is also labeled as such

    couple bucks for a few hundred feet - right next to some one ounce sinkers and some version of pool noodle jug fishing set ups. :)
     
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    yup..that too.
     
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    I couldn't find any bankline but I did find 300lb test kite line at the flea market and it seems to work well enough.
     
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    Most tackle shops will have braided line in 90-120 lb. test, and that has always worked fine for trot lines and jug lines around here.
     
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    I use spyderwire for my bank lines. I put it on a bobbin or two in my kits and use it when needed.

    I don't worry about the legality of drop lines. Were I to be written up for dropping trot lines while in a SHTF situation - I would gladly ask them for a ride back to civilization. ;)

    TF
     
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    Wal-Mart in the fishing section...trot line...seen some the other day
     
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    I found a spool of nylon Duck Decoy Line that is similar to Bank Line and much cheaper than using Paracord to tie up things in the bush. In the local hardware store and the discount Dollar inexpensive spools of nylon Mason Line (about 120Lb strength) can be found in dull or bright colours.
     
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    walmart sells the #36 tarred bank line that he refers to in his videos.
     
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    Bank line fishing is definitely a technique. Bank line itself, if you are looking for the tarred stuff, is a thing. I recently moved from Reno, NV to central KY. In Reno, you could only get it at Cabela's, and it was expensive. Here in KY, it's in every Wal-Mart, and is cheap. My educated guess is that there are no catfish in NV, and, therefore, no need for tarred bank-line, except for duck hunting. You might want to try walmart.com.
     
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    What I think some people are missing here that it is a "tarred" nylon cord. This allows it to not slip with even the simplest knot. It is tacky to itself, waterproof and very strong for its size. This allows you tie very tight knots when lashing things together. It is used extensively in the aircraft industry to tie up wire bundle, hold shielding on, and tightly hold parts together. I am assuming it goes by other names nowadays because 30 years ago we called it tar-line or tar-string. It is related to a similar product used in the same capacity called Wax-string (beeswax coated cotton cordage).
     
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    The brand is Catahoula out of Louisiana. Theynonly sell it wholesale, min.1000$ per order. Find a retailer.I find that theirs is of a better quality than Walmarts (go figure) , and they have a guarantee. Tough stuff.
     
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    I have seen it in the fishing section of China-Mart. I think it is marked as catfish line. They had several weights of it also. As others have stated, don't get tied up ( hehe ) on the name, its tarred nylon line.
     
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    Walmart is where I get mine, & Walmart.com
     
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    I used to get my tarred line at Walmart. However, recent months they have been selling real junk. It hardly has any tar in it, thus taking the good qualities of being rigid and sticking together out of the equation. If you get a spool that is tarred well, the stuff has a ton of uses. I've even sewn gear with it after splitting it into three pieces, then further splitting it some more. It's all I carry now days, as it is a lot cheaper and just as effective as paracord.
     
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    the quality of products at wallmart is not always consistent? why I'm shocked!
     
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    A lot of Wal Mart stores in rural locations usually carry it. Just make sure it is the "tarred" bank line as it is superior as a multipurpose cordage to mason line (knots hold better and usually of higher tensile strength).
     
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    Also commonly referred to as tarred bank line look on ebay, Good Luck
     

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