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Fish trolling is arguably the most productive way to catch a large variety of saltwater fish. Trolling could be broken down into many categories, but to simplify the technique it could be split into four simple factories: Trolling Line, Hooks, Speed, and Depth. Lastly, having the right gear for the job is important to bring in your fish. From rods, lures, and other accessories troll fishing requires the correct equipment.
Setting Up The Trolling Line
A wire leader is a key component when troll fishing. The wire leader prevents any cutting of your line from either a fish's mouth or their strong kicks from their tails. About five to six feet of wire leader starting from the hook and connected to about ten feet of a stronger double line. Then to follow up the line using a Bimini twist knot for the double line and then tie to a strong Sampo snap swivel. The snap swivel will give the ability to change the leaders out quickly. The benefit of being able to switch out leaders is so when a fish damages your set-up you could quickly change the leaders without taking too much time.
Using the Correct Hooks
The size of the hook you use needs to match the bait you are planning on using. Using a hook that is too small or too large will not be effective but simply will not catch fish. With that being said, to help reduce time rigging up different hooks and set-ups, it is recommended to have a couple premade to have ready to replace ones that are damaged.
Fish Trolling Speed
When it comes to trolling, speed is crucial when fishing for a specific game fish. Before going out on the water, it goes without saying to research the types of fish you plan on catching. When researching, it is important to look into the patterns of where these fish commonly swim but more importantly the average speed they travel. Using the speed of the game fish you are trying to catch, you will want to match it with your boat.
Using Depth when Troll FIshing
In addition to speed, the depth of where you are fishing is just as important. When fishing at a certain depth, be sure to fluctuate slightly up and down the average line to account for any possible changes in the fish may be swimming.