15A NCAC 10C .0206      TROTLINES, JUG HOOKS AND SET HOOKS

(a)  For purposes of this Rule, the following definitions apply:

(1)           "set hook" means a fishing device consisting of a single line having no more than three hooks that is attached at one end only to a stationary object.

(2)           "jug hook" means a fishing device consisting of a single line having no more than three hooks that is attached to a float.

(3)           "trotline" means a fishing device consisting of a horizontal common line having multiple hooks attached.

(b)  Except as otherwise prohibited in this Rule, trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may be set in the inland waters of North Carolina, provided no live bait is used.  Trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may not be set in any of the impounded waters on the Sandhills Game Land.  Trotlines, jug hooks, and set hooks may not be set in any designated public mountain trout waters except impounded waters of power reservoirs and municipally-owned water supply reservoirs open to the public for fishing. In Lake Waccamaw, trotlines, jug hooks, or set hooks may be set only from October 1 through April 30.

(c)  Each trotline, set hook, and jug hook shall bear legible and indelible identification of the user's name and address or the user's Wildlife Resources Commission customer number.  Each trotline shall be conspicuously marked at each end and each set hook conspicuously marked at one end with a flag, float, or other prominent object so that its location is readily discernible by boat operators and swimmers.  Trotlines shall be set parallel to the nearest shore in all inland fishing waters unless otherwise prohibited.  The number of jug hooks that may be fished is limited to 70 per boat. All trotlines, set hooks, and jug hooks shall be fished at least once daily and all fish removed at that time. Trotlines, set hooks, and jug hooks without bait or not labled as described in this Paragraph may be removed from the water by wildlife enforcement officers.  It is unlawful to use metal cans or glass jugs as floats.

 

History Note:        Authority G.S. 113-134; 113-272; 113-292;

Eff. February 1, 1976;

Amended Eff. July 1, 1993; May 1, 1992; July 1, 1989; January 1, 1982;

Temporary Amendment Eff. July 1, 2002;

Amended Eff. August 1, 2015; August 1, 2014; August 1, 2013; May 1, 2008; June 1, 2005; August 1, 2002.