Spinners and Minnows
Baits such as spinners and minnows are best when trolling for trout during spring and fall. This is especially true for rainbow trout in still waters, according to In-Fisherman. Use these baits for catching trout in their normal running depth. Trout often hold just below the deep water during spring and fall, when trolling can produce a lot more fish than still fishing.
Trolling spoons are effective for a variety of game fish, including kingfish, Spanish mackerel, blackfin tuna and bluefish. "Florida Sportsman Magazine" recommends trolling spoons because their wobbling characteristic attracts fish effectively. Spoons used for trolling require special rigging. When wire trolling, hang the spoons on a reinforce wire loop by weaving the wire through its eye. This loop wiring increases the lure's movement, which increases your number of strikes. An 80- or 100-pound test monofilament leader with the use of planer boards is an effective tactic for wire trolling. The Clarkspoon is a good bait for fishes like Spanish mackerel and bluefish; it has reflective silver body that attracts well.
Deeper-running lures such as plugs are best for summer trolling. Plugs work well on catching trout during the warmer months, especially with three-way rigs or clip-on weights. If the water is stained or when the trout are scattered, trolling plugs behind cowbells is a good strategy . Cowbells are a series of small spinner blades attached on a 12- to 24-inch braided wire leader.
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Rona Aquino began writing professionally in 2008. As an avid marathon runner and outdoor enthusiast, she writes on topics of running, fitness and outdoor recreation for various publications. Aquino holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and English from the University of Maryland College Park.