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Growing up, we had access to a lake where we did a great deal of fishing. In the summer months, we would spend weeks camping and one of the daily activities was to check the trotlines in the hopes a huge Blue Catfish was waiting for us that would make for a tasty dinner.

The problem is, you never know what you have until you work your way along the line. So, you start at one end and, hand over hand, work your way down the line. Every pull along the line, you’re looking and feeling for movement – any indication of what’s taken the bait.

On several occasions, we pulled up on a huge snapping turtle and they were pissed. An angry snapping turtle is quite dangerous and the best method for dealing with an angry turtle is to cut the line and let him be on his merry way.