How do I know my lure depth?


There are two ways you can determine the exact depth/lure/speed relationship of a specific rig. The first is to deploy it to a specific distance, then troll up a gradual shelf or edge until it starts dragging bottom. Note the depth, and try to crank it in before it snags.

Does trolling speed affect lure depth?

The slower these devices are trolled, the deeper they run. In the same token, the faster these devices are trolled, the higher in the water column they run. So in the case of sinking devices, trolling speed is critically important to controlling the ultimate depth these devices achieve.

How do I make my lures deeper when trolling?

There are two general methods of getting your bait down to the fish while trolling. You can add lead weights to the line or use a diving device. In both cases, the weight or diver is attached to the main line with the lure or bait tied to the terminal end using a leader that is lighter than the main line.

How deep do deep diver lures go?

Deep diving crankbaits This lure will dive 10-15ft. A deep diving crankbait typically has a bill of 1” or larger, depending on the overall lure size.

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How much line should you let out when trolling?

A surface lure in the center of the spread is likely close to the boat and only requires about 25-30 feet of line let out. A spoon lowered with a downrigger for a long bottom line may require hundreds of feet. Read more below to learn how to estimate how much line to let out for a troll.

How fast should you go when trolling?

The best trolling speed depends on several factors including the type of fish, water conditions and lure choice. In general, trolling speeds between 1.5 and 2.5 mph, as measured by GPS, are a good starting place for most species like walleye, trout and salmon.

How far behind the boat should you troll?

Do you use a sinker with lures?

There are several reasons why you might need to add weight to your lure or get your hands on a fishing sinker: Weights enhance your lure’s anchoring ability. You can cast your line to greater distances with sinkers. It reinforces the sinking rate and ability of your lure and line.

What is the deepest diving lure?

Freediver 9 Super Deep Runner $12.99 Capable of diving over 40′ while trolling, the Salmo Freediver is the deepest diving lure available on the market today. Every Salmo Freediver is individually hand-crafted, tank tested and tuned to ensure absolutely perfect balance.

How fast do you go when trolling for fish?

Baits and lures are typically trolled at speeds up to 9 knots (17 km/h), though speeds up to 15 knots (28 km/h) can be used, particularly when boats are travelling to different fishing areas. The speed at which the lure is pulled through the water impacts on the fishing success.

How far behind the boat should you troll?

How fast do you troll with a Rapala?

“We troll at two miles-per-hour and all we catch is white bass and sheephead,” Holst explains. “We throw a little speed at these fish, and all we catch is walleyes.”

How fast do you troll for kingfish?

When targeting kingfish, we always troll a little bit slower than usual. For many species, 6-8 knots is fine. For kings, 3-5 knots seems to be the sweet spot.

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How do you use deep water lures?

To get your lures down deep in these situations (while still keeping them weedless), you can Texas rig them with a weighted swimbait hook and a heavy bullet weight. You can either use a bobber stop to pin the weight to the nose of the lure, or you can let the weight slide free on the leader.

How fast should a stripper troll be?

I deal striper trolling speed is as low as you can go, preferably under 3.5 kts through the water. Don’t worry about speed over ground while trolling with the tide.

Is braid or mono better for trolling?

Mono holds knots better and costs less than braid. It also works better on smaller bait-casting reels because light braid can dig into itself. Florida sailfish and dolphin anglers still use a lot of mono on the troll, and some use it for kite lines because it runs through the clips better.

Should you troll with or against the current?

When in an area with current, troll crosscurrent as opposed to with and/or against the current. Going crosscurrent, you don’t have to worry about how the current is affecting your lure’s or bait’s speed through the water. Plus, fish generally swim into the current.

How far offshore do you need to catch tuna?

You don’t have to travel very far to catch them – your fishing charter will take you about 50 miles offshore you will find schools of them swimming there, but if you want an even bigger catch you can travel about 75 miles offshore because this is where the real winners are to be found.

Should you troll with or against the wind?

Trolling with the wind is the most important. You are able to maintain your speed better when motoring downwind than if you were bucking waves head on. Also, when heading into the wind, gusts of wind will grab the nose of your boat, whether it’s aluminum or fiberglass, and spin you off course.

Can you fish while boat is moving?

Trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water. This may be behind a moving boat, or by slowly winding the line in when fishing from a static position, or even sweeping the line from side-to-side, e.g. when fishing from a jetty.

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How deep is a 10XD?

How deep do thin fins dive?

The Original Thin Fin’s flat sides and deep body give it an erratic, darting action with a whole lot of flash. The 2-1/2” size is perfect for 3-8 feet of water, the 3” size runs in 4-10 feet.

How deep do square bill crankbaits dive?

Square bill crankbaits are best for running in the shallows from 1 to 4 feet, while a plug with a 1-inch bill will dive to about 10 feet deep. Some crankbaits with even longer bills have the ability to reach depths down to 25 or 30 feet. Another factor for choosing the right style of crankbait is the time of year.

How fast should you reel in lures?

The best reel speed for crankbait lures is 21 inches per turn of the handle.

How far should the weight be from the hook?

Tie a hook on the end of your fishing line with one of your fishing knots. Pinch one or two small split shot sinkers to your main line about 6-12 inches from the hook to add a bit of weight to your line (this will keep your bait suspended vertically).

How do I choose lure weight?

The bigger the fish and/or the bigger or heavier the lure, the heavier the Fishing Rod you need. So a heavy action rod would probably have a lure weight range from 1oz and up, while an Ultra-Light may have a lure range from 1/32 oz and up to approximately 1/8oz.

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