Trolling is a technique I employ for just about every fish I target - even for fish typically not associated with this technique, like halibut. My primary target for trolling is salmon. I fish the waters of Alaska, and though not everyone will be targeting salmon or halibut I believe these techniques can be modified for a wide variety of species.
During the annual frenzy of the spring trophy striper season when the tactics are mainly deep-water motorboat trolling with heavy gear, anglers can be rewarded with a fish of a lifetime. As spring nears an end and summertime temps start to creep up, the focus moves to other tactics and gear. Trolling stays in play, while jigging, chumming/chunking, and live-lining get in on the act. For me, the fast-paced action of light tackle along the shallow shores and marsh banks is the ticket!
Few people have experienced the stillness of the Northern Pacific under a fog. The silence of the water. Air with a slight chill. And what seems to be all the Pacific Rockfish rockfish in the world just a few feet under the surface.
So it’s time to get a new ride to the launch ramp. Maybe your old trusty steed has let you down, or it’s just long in the tooth. Maybe you just can’t take another summer of that rotten smell from that GULP® container leaking two years ago. Whatever the reasons, here are a few things to consider when going to purchase a new ride. Thinking through these questions beforehand can help you avoid a mistake at the car lot.
I run an outdoor youth group through my church. We try to introduce the youth in our community to the outdoors and get them to unplug and engage with events such as fishing trips, camping, sporting clays, and archery. Some of them come and go, and some of them stay in the program for years and we make a real connection. It's those that I personally mentor in all things outdoors.
Ever fished with someone who took silence to another level? Who would look at you like they’d beat you up when you’d try to make conversation, or believed any little noise would scare the fish? Maybe you’re like that? I don’t know that I am, but I do believe that stealthiness on the water is important. I don’t know that a little conversation will scare fish, but I do believe that a paddle not being put down gently enough will.
I am a big fan of topwater, especially the “Skitterwalk” by Rapala. A while back, a friend asked what techniques I used other than changing the retrieve speed of walk-the-dog type lures. I immediately chimed in, “Don’t be scared to let it pause.”
For many kayak anglers around the country, water temps are quickly on the rise, and they have one thing on their minds - springtime bass! Most bass in the southern states have completed their spawn, and other northern states have just started to see them bed down. Here are eight lures that will help you catch those springtime bass.