Effective Offshore Trolling Lures for Saltwater Fishing
Trolling is a relatively simple process where a lure is dropped behind a vessel, and you can then cover a large amount of water looking to intersect with feeding fish. It can be a relaxing way of passing the time because, once the lines are out, there’s nothing to do but wait until they snag a fish. It’s an occupation that can also be undertaken from a variety of vessels of different sizes. Read More
If relaxation is mainly what you want, then this type of passive trolling is perfect. But, if you want to be really successful, then there’s a lot more to it and that includes using the best saltwater trolling lures.
Mastering Trolling Techniques for Successful Saltwater Fishing
Trolling, an art of authenticity, revolves around motion, particularly when pursuing fast-moving, near-surface fish species. Crafting effective saltwater trolling lures demands a meticulous focus on mimicking the natural movement of prey. To engage your target species, lure stability is paramount. Authenticity and allure are key; lures must resemble genuine prey to trigger a strike. Unrecognizable, erratic bait won't deceive fish. It might provoke curiosity or even a retreat, but to truly entice and convince a fish that a delectable meal has presented itself, lifelike authenticity is crucial.
Fish rely less on acute vision and more on primal instincts, seeking a familiar and dependable food source. This perspective predates human fishing endeavors, highlighting the significance of imitating timeless prey behavior. As novices observe seasoned anglers, they glean valuable insights. Yet, as they refine their own approaches, nailing down effective saltwater tackle forms the foundation for fishing triumphs.
Using the Correct Equipment and Techniques
You can troll from large boats or small ones, but this will affect the equipment you need to catch saltwater fish. At its most basic, you need a fishing rod, reel, line, and offshore trolling lures. For a larger boat, you may also need a downrigger to lower the lure into the water and an outrigger to spread out and prevent your lines from becoming tangled. You’ll also need heavier tackle rigs because larger boats operate at higher speeds and cover longer distances.
Most saltwater fish are found at depths of fifty feet or less so you need lures that will target those depths. Choose a lure that stays close to the surface if trolling in shallow water or one that dives further down if the water is deeper. Some lures are designed for slow trolling speeds while others are effective at faster speeds, so choose carefully for the best results. Trolling is typically at speeds from 3 knots to 7 knots (17 km/h) although you can go up to fifteen knots (28 km/h) if you want to cover greater distances. A faster speed may, however, reduce your catch.
Choose the appropriate lure for the type of fish you intend to catch. Popular lures include swimbaits, spoons and crankbaits, while you can also use live bait such as cut bait and squid. You’ll normally trail your lure anywhere between twenty feet and 150 feet behind the boat. Vertical jigs are suitable when the lure moves through the water quickly but require the rod to be jerked up and down for best results. These jigs normally have a single hook that’s light, strong and sharp with good buoyancy and little resistance.
Helping You Choose the Best Saltwater Trolling Lures
Offshore trolling can be very relaxing but can also be very exciting as well as effective. But that will only be really true if you have the correct equipment, particularly the most appropriate trolling lures for saltwater.
We at Nomad Tackle do supply a large number of offshore trolling lures amongst our wide range of equipment. Choosing carefully can mean your next fishing trip is the most successful and will allow you to catch various types of fish, including marlin, wahoo and tuna.
Choosing your lures can be complicated because there’s a lot to think about and plenty to choose from. But it’s important you have the correct lures to attract the fish you want to catch. If you’re not sure what you need, we can help you to choose so get in touch and we’ll be glad to give you advice.Read Less