Posted by: old_user on Nov-12-10 11:55 AM (EST)
I agree. I mostly use the handline for jigging bottom fish. The fight is tough but different than salmon. I've been able to deal with 20+ pound bottom fish with ease. I find it easier to maintain my position in wind and current with the handline vs. rod & reel. I can use my paddle with the handline in my hand rather than having to store rod and reel. I spend more time fishing and less time juggling gear. If you want my in-depth take on handline fishing, check out http://www.oceanpaddlermagazine.com/current-issue.html
I have not caught a salmon on a handline yet but I'm trying this fall. Trolling for salmon is a bit tedious and time consuming for me, so I've put more effort into bottom fish I guess.