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Offline TexasDon

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Please share your trolling techniques
« on: August 02, 2018, 07:43:34 PM »
I, and others I believe, would appreciate the info.

Thanks very much~


Offline Ravyak

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2018, 09:35:07 PM »
Trolling techniques for what?

My basic trolling technique is cast, peddle, hold the rod and set the hook when a fish bites.

Obviously much more complicated then that once you start talking about species and lure choice though.

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2018, 05:09:52 PM »
Stripers and lake trout, Ravyak

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2018, 08:54:41 PM »
I fish lakers, no stripers here.

Key for lakers is to find them. Once you are marking fish target their depth or slightly higher(fish look up). Have a variety of lures in different colours, actions and speeds. Sometimes they will want it slow, sometimes you need to make them chase to get the bite. Colour and lure action can be important and like speed sometimes they want something erratic like a plug and sometimes a slowly fluttering spoon. If I am marking fish and not getting bites I know they are seeing my lure and just aren't interested so I switch up every 15 min or so, eventually you figure out what they want or you run out of time or lures.

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2018, 01:03:42 PM »
They usually are deep in the summer, right?
So you use a downrigger setup, combined with a fishfinder?
What weight?
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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2018, 01:40:19 PM »
Depends on the lake but at most lakes yes(they do stay shallower in really far north lakes like in NWT). What they feed on will also affect where to catch them as does time of year. There is no easy way to know exactly where to target since each lake is a little bit different.

Most of the time I am fishing in 50+ feet of water to as deep as 120. The key is to move around till you find them.

Fish finder is key to know where they are then use downrigger to target that depth. I use a 4 lb ball on a Scotty laketroller downrigger. 4 lb works ok but you get lots of blow back, 8+ is better for that but too heavy for a laketroller and creates a ton of drag etc so doesn't work well with a kayak.

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #6 on: August 12, 2018, 09:19:54 AM »
Thanks, friend

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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2018, 11:23:46 AM »
Fish really stand out on Fish Finders over deep water. For suspended lakers and walleye have had lots of success using leadcore and deep diving crankbaits. Reef Runner deep divers and Rapala TDD-11s will get down below 50 ft with 4-5 colours out. Often deadly.
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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #8 on: September 04, 2018, 11:59:32 AM »
I found that using a downrigger really pulled my Hobie to one side, and was difficult to quickly crank up to get it out of the way when fighting a laker. I've switched over to lead-core line - one less thing to worry about a fish wrapping my line around!
It also works well in the spring when the lakers are in less than 30 fow and hanging out right on the bottom of a flat with minimal weeds. Using a small floating fly and a short leader, pay out a lot of lead line so that you're sure it's laying on the bottom, then just twitch it along as you're drifting. Often a laker that's too lazy to chase a lure, will mosey over to suck in a tiny fly just above the bottom. Micro-leeches with a foam body tied 'zonker style' work well on this slow-motion troll! I'd expect a small zonker, with a pearl mylar body over foam and white rabbit fur would make a nice representation of wounded minnow that would work too - but I haven't tried that one yet!
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Re: Please share your trolling techniques
« Reply #9 on: September 07, 2018, 01:26:17 AM »
I point my downrigger so the line almost touches side of the kayak(not straight out) that reduces pull on the side. I never reel in downrigger ball when fighting a fish, I just try to keep them away from the line when fighting them and I only get the very odd fish that gets tangled. An electric downrigger would be nice to avoid tangles and cranking though lol.

In short I am not a big fan of using a downrigger on a kayak, it does create a bunch of extra drag and tires a guy out. I still think it is the most effective way to target lakers or salmon etc when trolling though. On my trip to BC last weekend I was fishing as deep as 150 feet with my downriggers(dropping ball to 200 feet then trolling). It was a lot of work but paid off with some fish.


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