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  • How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

    New to boats, and very new to trolling. Got something on the way to figure out my speed. I have a 28lb trolling motor (old one) and a 7.5 hp honda 4 stroke. I am fishing in a 12 foot aluminum boat.

    Not sure if different lures need different speeds to get to different depths or what depth I want to be at anyways.

    I'm trolling the Napa River for striper. Gets about 20-25 ft in the middle of the trench in most places where we go on a high tide. 8-15 along the sides.

    So how fast?

    anything special about setting up different lures?

    any tips?

    How far should a lure be behind the boat?

    Can i use the 4 stroke and just let it go as slow as it can?

    thanks

    (sorry if anything in here is a stupid question, I'm new, lol)


  • #2
    Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

    Go to your local bait / tackle store and ask about specific lures for the type of fish you are going for.
    The fishin' is always good. Sometimes the catchin' is better.

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    • #3
      Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

      How big of fish are you chasing?

      We fish differently for schoolies than we do for the big fish. We'll use boat rods for schoolies but break out the planer boards when the big fish make an appearance.

      The way we fish is a little over the top from most people's perspective but we put fish in the boat and we put big fish in the boat. Around here a 40" Striper does not even raise an eyebrow.
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      • #4
        Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

        ps

        Can't be to new with 70 posts.
        The fishin' is always good. Sometimes the catchin' is better.

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        • #5
          Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

          Originally posted by thurps View Post
          ps

          Can't be to new with 70 posts.
          ...I believe he was referring to the SW Fishing forum!!
          Most of his posts are over on the Restoration and IB/OB forums.

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          • #6
            Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

            Originally posted by ngt View Post
            New to boats, and very new to trolling. Got something on the way to figure out my speed. I have a 28lb trolling motor (old one) and a 7.5 hp honda 4 stroke. I am fishing in a 12 foot aluminum boat.

            Not sure if different lures need different speeds to get to different depths or what depth I want to be at anyways.

            I'm trolling the Napa River for striper. Gets about 20-25 ft in the middle of the trench in most places where we go on a high tide. 8-15 along the sides.

            So how fast? depends on what your fishing for and what your fishing with. Alot of your diving lures will tell you what speeds they are good up too, live bait is very slow like 1 knot, I have never fished for stripers but my guess would be about 4 to 6 knots. It would be a good Idea to subscribe to a local fishing magazine and learn the local tatics.

            anything special about setting up different lures? There are alot of ways to fish the same lures. Some lures you can run ontop, add weight to go just below the surface or use a planner or a down rigger to get it down deep.

            any tips?It would be a good Idea to subscribe to a local fishing magazine and learn the local tatics.

            How far should a lure be behind the boat?This depends on what you are targeting and what you are using. You will learn by trying different distances. Try one just behind the prop wash and another 100 feet past that. When you get a strike then you will know.

            Can i use the 4 stroke and just let it go as slow as it can?Yes, if it goes to fast bump it in and out of gear or throw out a drift sock behind the boat to create drag.

            thanks

            (sorry if anything in here is a stupid question, I'm new, lol)
            I hope this helps. Alot of local forums, clubs and magazine articals will be a good starting place for knowledge. GOOD LUCK
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            • #7
              Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

              So how fast?
              Stripers are lazy fish. We typically troll between 2-3 kt. Some days they want it a little faster. Have caught them trolling as fast as 4 kts.

              How far should a lure be behind the boat?
              My short, deep rods are staggered 50-85 feet back from the boat. Run a "shot gun" line back 300 feet. The lines fished off the planer boards are staggered 50 -125' off the board.
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              • #8
                Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                thanks for all of the tips everyone.

                I'm going after striper. I'd take anything over 18 inches, lol. Biggest I've ever caught was 23 inches. A 40 inch striper would be just about the best thing since I brought in a keeper sturgeon.

                What about the tide...should I be going with it or against it? Does it matter?

                I was talking to the fish and game guy who was checking my tags and stuff about fishing and he said trolling here is the way to go. I didn't get to ask him many questions, but he mentioned people pulling 30+ pound striper out of this river while trolling. We ended up talking about live bait traps and some other stuff and he had to go before I could ask him about trolling.

                I am new to boats. Got my first boat in the beginning of the summer this year and have been out 10-12 times tops. I'm new to trolling. Tried it twice and didn't get a thing either time. I've only been fishing period for about 2 years. Most of my posts here were about towing loads for cars, hitches, and ground issues with my trailer.

                Again, thanks for all of your help! Any other tips or pointers anyone can give me about trolling would be really appreciated! I will check into local magazines and forums too, but I haven't had luck finding that stuff so far.

                The local bait shop lady seems to know a ton about fishing the area. I'll have to hit her up about trolling next time we go out. She is mostly all about live bait though, since it's what she's selling, lol.

                there's the bell, off to work.

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                • #9
                  Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                  We all have our own opinon on speed and what works for one may not work for another. Striped bass fishing starts around the middle of May here and that is when the mackerel show up. Some of us troll 1 1/2 knots. Sometimes we put a live mac or pogie on a bobber either in deep water or cast it towards the shore. We also use live eels.

                  Always look at your speed when you get a strike, notice if that strike occured while going over structure and depth. You do not have to be down deep.

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                  • #10
                    Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                    If you get a big hit or splash, but no fish on the line, cut the engine and don't do anything for a few minutes.

                    Big striper likes to "stun" his meal with a hit, then circle and gulp & swallow.
                    Ohh, It's Killin' Me!!!

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                    • #11
                      Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                      ngt,

                      edited (to many advertisements in the link)

                      Fish
                      "When All Else Fails, Go Fishing"

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                      • #12
                        Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                        Originally posted by FishyFish View Post
                        ngt,

                        edited (to many advertisements in the link)

                        Fish
                        It's ok. I got the link anyways. Thanks


                        Looks like a good place for local info. If it wasn't supposed to rain all weekend, I'd be out using these tips on Saturday. My speed meter thing comes on Friday so I was ready to go. After next week I get 2 weeks off, so hopefully I'll be out 3-4 times during that vacation.

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                        • #13
                          Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                          I have had that link for years, it was always full of good info, I didn't realize how commercial it had become until after I posted.

                          Yea, it looks kinda cold and ugly today, this week-end the rain is coming. Be safe out there.

                          Fish
                          "When All Else Fails, Go Fishing"

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                          • #14
                            Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                            Originally posted by FishyFish View Post
                            I have had that link for years, it was always full of good info, I didn't realize how commercial it had become until after I posted.

                            Yea, it looks kinda cold and ugly today, this week-end the rain is coming. Be safe out there.

                            Fish

                            Thanks! and yeah, it does look bad this weekend. I think I might hit the shore under the 29 bridge so I can stay somewhat dry. Trolling will start on the 19th when vacation begins My speed meter thing is "out for delivery" via ups, so I can spend this weekend mounting it on my little boat so I'll be ready to try out all of the good advice I've been getting

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                            • #15
                              Re: How do you know how fast to go when trolling?

                              Are you referring to Napa river California? Forgive my ignorance.

                              You mentioned tides earlier, are you close to the coast?

                              You can try trolling spoons and jigs with soft plastics behind trolling weights and planers. This is more of a spanish technique, but it works. I prefer to cast to stripers, but trolling allows you to cover some ground and find the fish. When you do it's on!

                              While using my trolling motor, I cast from the deck while pulling a corked rig with a 4/0 circle hook and cut bait behind the boat. Sometimes I switch it up and put some live mullet or menhaden on (also known as pogies and bunker). Good luck and keep us posted!

                              Hey Dingbat, we are getting geared up for the winter migration. We are already seeing some nice ones. Fairly scattered though.
                              You don't know unless you go!

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