Trolling Open Water:
Trolling is a great way to cover a lot of water and find
fish concentrations of Crappie, Largemouth Bass, Stripers and Sunshine Bass.
As always when trying to locate fish in open water look
for changes in the bottom, such as submerged points, depth changes and structure
such as brush piles, fish attractors or any abrupt change in bottom. Weed lines
such as the edges of hydrilla patches are also good.
What You will Need:
Light Spinning tackle
Lure and Line
such as the Rat-L-Trap are excellent trolling lures for Crappie, Bass or
A light line of 6 to
8 # test will give the lure good action and allow it to run deep. Boat speed is
important. The slower your trolling speed the deeper the lure will run. (Just
the opposite of a lipped lure). When fishing water deeper than 8-10 ft. go with
a 1/2 oz. lure.
If your lure
drags bottom speed up a little.
A good slow
speed lure is a Jig-Spinner such as the 1/8 or 1/4 oz. Beetle-Spin. Heaver
Jig-Spinners can be made with bigger blades to get deeper. One that works well
is a 1/4 to 1/2 oz. Jig Head with a 4 to 6 in. plastic worm or Sassy-Shad.
Jig-Spinner requires light line of no more than 6 # test.
How To Do IT:
As with drifting, eliminate featureless flat
bottom. Troll along depth changes , across submerged points or along weed
and grass lines.
marker bouys to mark where you get strikes and run a figure 8 pattern around the
no need to set the hook as the speed of the lure should cause the hook to
Make sure Rods are securely in rod holders to avoid losing them over the side.
Good Fishing !