Trolling for trout basics

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Trolling is one of the easiest, yet most effective ways to catch trout  (bass too). You cover a lot of water and your chances of locating the fish are much better.

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  • A lure is cast behind the boat while the boat is moving, at a very slow speed. Ideally the lure should be 75 to 100 feet behind the boat. The rod should be out to one side of the boat or the other. It is not a bad idea to twitch the rod every minute or so. Quite often this will produce a strike.

    One hand should always be on the rod to prevent the rod from being pulled overboard when the fish strikes. Turn off the motor as soon the fish strikes and is hooked. The next step is to enjoy bringing the fish in. Net the fish to bring him into boat.

    NOTE: If you try to lift fish into boat with your rod, 3 things are likely to happen;

    1. the fish will wiggle off
    2. when the fish wiggles off, the hooks go flying, sometimes into parts of your body causing pain, discomfort or even serious injury
    3. you break your fishing rod.

    IMPORTANT: When you catch a fish, note the spot where you found it and troll through the same spot. A general rule is “find one fish and you’ll find a bunch of fish.”

    If you troll around the lake without success then change to another lure. Every turn of the lake change your lure until you find one that works. Sometimes just changing the color will make the difference.

    Trolling for trout diagram

    Our favorite setup is a snap swivel tied to 4 to 6 lb. test line and one of the following lures: # 5 orange, clown or firetiger Rapala, gold Little Cleo or Kastmaster, gold Panther Martin or a green, orange or brown Roostertail. These lures are ranked with our favorites first. USE A SCENT.

    Trolling is useful in keeping kids occupied, who might otherwise get bored waiting for the trout to eat bait.

    During  May, June and July pinch on a large split shot 4 ft. from your lure BECAUSE THE FISH MOVE TO DEEPER WATER.

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    Hugh Marx

    Lake Jennings is an 85 acre lake in Lakeside, 26 miles east of downtown San Diego. This deep clearwater reservoir is known for producing big largemouth bass and blue catfish.

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