cool rig i am going to fabricate somethin similar. i use big hooks 8/0,9/0 and 10/0 for troutlineing and tie them snag. i was tought to use a tight line with a lot of weight. my lines are dangerous for one man to run . your device woulb be a saftey net for me while baiting and re baiting.
Slabmaster, I was once told by an old catfisherman that running a trotline by yourself was one of the most dangerous things a man could do!
However, a solo fisherman doesn't have any choice except to be very very careful.
I’ll tell you a story about one of stupid mistakes I made while running a trotline!
My wife and I were going to check a long trotline that we had tied running West to East between two tree stumps, in a cove full of dead tree stumps. It was difficult to pass through all the underwater stumps in our pontoon boat.
That day the wind was blowing very strong from the South side of the trotline, and for some reason, my mind wasn't working at all, and I approached the trotline upwind on the South side of the line.
As you know a pontoon boat’s side draws a lot of windage. No sooner had we lifted the trotline to check for fish, then the wind started blowing us under the trotline! The line with all the hooks passed over the top of boat, breaking one fishing rod held in a holder, as both my wife and I fell to the floor…as the line with all those hooks passed over our heads!
Thank God for the side rails and the console that deflected the trotline and hooks!
That was the end of any trotline fishing for my wife! Nowadays I mostly jug line fish with quick disconnect leaders on the upper hooks!
I hope the line holder will make it safer for you.