Trolling in itself is a fishing method that consists of dragging one or multiple hooked baits in the water while the boat’s moving.
The purpose of trolling is to trick the fish to think that the bait is moving. The trolling method depends on the fish species and type of water but theoretically, there’s huge versatility in trolling, there’s no limit to what this method can do.
- Why and when to use a trolling boat ?
Trolling allows you to cover bigger square footage. The fact that you can stay at slower speeds lets you focus on one task only, the direction.
There’s an important rule of thumb in trolling, the deeper the water, the more the fish.
If the water’s deep that allows you to drop your baits lower, attracting more fish without being too suspicious.
As a beginner, you might be wary of fishing, but trolling is the easiest method ever. You only need to pick a good spot to fish and decent equipment.
- What’s the equipment needed ?
Some basic equipment to buy for the best fishing outing are rods, reels, and quality bait and line. For trolling you may need multiple rods that you’re going to put in rod holders.
Riggers are important too, they allow you to lower your line by weighing it down until it reaches deeper waters.
When it comes to reels then you should know that the bigger the fish the better quality the reel has to be.
- The different types of Trolling boats’ motors
Trolling boats a generally medium-sized and have quiet motors in order to not disturb or scare away the fish. There are different types of trolling motors.
First of all, the transom mount trolling motor is installed on the back of the boat and is used for smaller types of boats like skiff boats, the bow mount is a type of motor that’s installed on the front of the boat and are mostly used on medium to big sized boats like bay boats.
These boat motors usually come in three battery voltages, a 12V, a 24V, and a 36V, each has a different thrust weight.
Controls on trolling motors also come in four variations, hand control motors, foot control motors, co-pilot control motor, and autopilot control motors.
- Lures and baits
Anglers know that in order to catch a type or a species of fish then you have to use a specific type of lure and or bait.
For saltwater, you may have to use live baits like seaworms, shrimp, pieces of fish. They’re available for sale in any fishing store. Artificial bait is definitely more fun to use for anglers. The lures are generally colored and are specifically made to give the angler the most control on it.
If you’re a beginner then it’s highly recommended to ask professionals about the matter. They will tell you that live bait in mostly used for freshwater fish. These live baits come in 4 types, worms, leeches, minnows and insects.
For saltwater though, squids are a staple of fishing, they can get you any species of fish from angelfish to the tune fish
There are plenty of other baits used by fishermen, used traditionally for specific types of fish. For example, catfish can be lured with canned meat, dog food, chicken liver, raisins, candy, hot dogs, bacon, cheese, and the weirdest yet successful is a bar of soap.
Some may say that trolling is dependent on luck but experts and beginners know that even if luck is not that important as long the water’s deep no matter it’s in saltwater or freshwater.
There are two important aspects to respect if you want a good trolling experience. First of all, your choice of area to troll in is the most crucial. The second aspect to respect is the speed.
As an angler in trolling, you want to match the speed that the fish you’re trying to fish is going, meaning it’s all theoretical. So start going slow and if you see that your bait doesn’t look real enough then you can speed up bit by bit until you catch your first fish.