Trolling is a popular technique used by anglers to catch a variety of fish species. One of the key elements of trolling is getting your lures to swim at the right depth. Depending on the species you're targeting, you may need to get your lures deeper in the water column. We'll cover multiple ways to get your fishing lures deeper when trolling.
Explanation of Dive Depth
First, it's important to understand the concept of "diving depth." Diving depth refers to the depth at which a lure will swim when trolled behind a boat. Some lures are designed to dive deeper than others, and the diving depth can be affected by factors such as the speed of the boat and the length of the line behind the boat.
One way to get your lures deeper when trolling is to use a downrigger. A downrigger is a device that attaches to the boat and has a weight on a line that can be lowered to a specific depth. The lure is then attached to a release clip on the downrigger, which allows it to swim at the desired depth. Downriggers are especially useful for targeting fish that are found at specific depths.
Another way to get your lures deeper is to use lead core line. Lead core line is a type of fishing line that has a lead center and is wrapped with a braided or monofilament outer layer. Lead core line is heavier than regular fishing line and will sink deeper in the water column. The length of lead core line used behind the boat will determine the depth at which the lure will swim.
You can also use diving planers to get your lures deeper. Diving planers are small devices that attach to the line behind the boat and have a lip that causes them to dive when the boat is moving. The depth at which the diving planer will dive will depend on the size and design of the planer. Diving planers can be adjusted to dive at different depths and are a great way to target fish that are found at different depths.
Another option is using a trolling sinker. Trolling sinkers are fishing weights that are used to sink lures and baits deeper into the water. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be attached to the line behind the boat. Trolling sinkers can be adjusted to change the depth at which the lure will swim.
Lastly, you can change the speed of the boat to get your lures deeper. The speed of the boat will affect the diving depth of the lure. A faster boat speed will cause the lure to dive deeper, while a slower boat speed will cause the lure to swim shallower. You can experiment with different boat speeds to find the optimal speed for getting your lures to the desired depth.
There are a wide variety of options available when it comes to get your lures deeper when trolling. By using one of the methods mentioned, you can target fish at specific depths and increase your chances of catching them. It's important to understand the concept of diving depth and experiment with different techniques to find what works best for the species you're targeting (Marlin, Tuna, Etc.).
As noted, it will take trial and error to get a specific lure depth method working, all based on your fish type, environment, boat speed, etc.
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