Monday, March 1, 2010

Quick And Easy Lake Trout Tips

Best Secrets for Catching More Fish                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      When you set out to catch Lake Trout you’re sure to have a great time if you bring a few tricks along to get things going. On my reels I use Cabela’s 18Lb. Test Lead Core line. This line will get you down where you need to be. At a slow troll you want your bait between 25 to 40 feet; this is where the fish will be most active. The smaller fish will hit hard and fast, the large Lakers tend to play with the bait. If your rod tip starts twitching about every two or three seconds, slow your troll down until you almost stop. This is when you want to pull your rod tip up, then let it down and reel fast. Wait a moment to let the bait sink, then tip up, down and reel fast. You won’t do this more than a couple of times and your rod tip should smack straight down in the water. At first you might want to pull up hard, but don’t do it. Your fish is hooked, relax, loosen your drag a little and let him take line. The best way to lose a Lake Trout is to over react and pull hard. Just about every time I’ve tried to “set the hook” I end up with a slack line and no fish. When you troll use some type of Lake Troll reflector like cowbells or willow leaf. The best combinations are silver and gold, or gold and red. At the end of your troll your bait wants to be about 18 inches back. Lake Trout almost always attack from behind and they tend to hit and turn so the hook will set itself. When it comes to bait, you’ll have to check out the restrictions on which ever lake you’re fishing, I like to use small minnows or anchovies when ever I can. Pick up some black electrical tape and keep it in your tackle box. When you’re trolling with 70 or 80 feet of line out, and you get a hit mark you’re line with tape about a foot from the reel. After you catch your fish, you can put your line back in at about the same depth and distance where you just hooked up. Remember 70 feet out with lead core means about 25 to 35 feet deep, so once you catch one just match your speed and the amount of line out and chances are you’ll hook up again. When you’re fighting a Lake Trout try to keep the line tight. They will fight and turn straight back at you so you have to reel up quick when they come and get ready to give line when they take. This give and take fight will continue right up until you get him to the surface of the water so try to stay on top of it. I’ve lost a lot of these guys by turning my attention away for a split second, the line goes slack and it’s over.


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