A couple weeks ago there was a thread on here about "Jug Fishing" and it went from jug fishing to Trotlines. I noticed almost 100% of the people were against trotline fishing. I also noticed some of the people knew what ther talking about and some were just blowing smoke. 1 person even admited to being a thief. Seems the thought is that a guy sets a trotline and 12 hours later comes back and has 50 stressed out fish on the line. I am going to get the flame thrower turned on me for this, but which stresses a fish out more, 2-3 hours on a trotline (most trotlines ARE ran every 2-3 hrs) and released.Or at one of the tournaments taking an all night boat ride in a livewell or tied up to the boat all night, then hauled out of the water, carried around for several minutes, weighed, several minutes more out of water while people look at it etc. I have fished with trotlines a few times a year for over 60 years, never killed a fish with one, never sold a fish in my life, and 99.5% of the fish I catch (rod & reel or trotline) are returned to the water in seconds. I won't fish for $$$ and have never been around a catfish tournament but I have launched at ramps in mid late summer after a Bass tournament and many times I have saw dead bass around the place where they weigh in. Most people on that Jug Line thread was for laws against trotline fishing, seems today the younger people have the attitude of "If I don't do it lets stop everyone else from doing it". or "To Hell with them even though they are doing a legal activity I'll just steal there equiptment.