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Neil McCauley

Dumb Question -- Why Does No One Troll Deep Crankbaits In Tournaments?

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Is my lake just unusually inclined for this presentation, or am I just a hack who can't catch fish by other methods (been doing this 25 years, I promise I can)? Do tournament participants have too much pride for it, is it banned, are other methods really still somehow better? what is the deal? Or do people actually do it and just not admit it? Definitely would never see it done by pros...and yet sometimes they still get skunked.

I have had way too much success lately with this tactic. It is, 9 times out of 10 where I fish, "the" pattern. Just no way around it. I have been doing everything else for years, and I could continue to slow down and throw jigs and texas rigs and catch some of the same big fish, but just not with this kind of efficiency and predictability. It's a difference between a solid fish every half hour vs every 2 hours. There really just isn't any other way to keep lures at the target depth for so long. When I need to catch fish I admit it- I troll. Not multiple rods either, just one.

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I have never heard of or been in a tourney where trolling was allowed. This brings us to another topic of "strolling". First, lets clarify trolling as using your motor to move your bait. Strolling on the other hand, is making a cast, leaving your bail open or your spool free, using your trolling motor to move your boat a distance from your cast while pulling line off your reel, then reeling in the "long" cast. I haven't recently heard whether this is still legal in the Elites or FLW so someone may chime in and add some info on strolling.

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Against the rules

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trolling is just about always illegal in organized tournaments.

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Trolling is against the rules and strolling is still legal, last time I checked.

 

I forget who I was watching video on earlier this year on Kentucky Lake, perhaps Davy Hite, fishing those ledges by deep cranking and pretty sure he would find the edge and stroll. 

 

I fish for salmon and trout a bit on down riggers so trolling doesn't bother me. This whole strolling though, can't ever say  I thought about giving it a go. 

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My 150 doesn't like going trolling speeds  :eyebrows:

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It is illegal in every tournament I participated in . 

 

I like to troll crankbaits too. One rod , make a long cast  , let out a little bit more line and simply follow the contours. I catch as many channel cats with this presentation as I do bass .   A lure retriever is almost mandatory . Dont you hate it when you get tangled in some 50 lb test fishing line . LOL

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The tournaments I have fished in the southeast, trolling is not allowed but strolling is allowed. I watched the Elite series on Douglas lake and many were strolling.

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My 150 doesn't like going trolling speeds  :eyebrows:

 

 

It would be alright for musky! They like 5-10 mph.

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It would be alright for musky! They like 5-10 mph.

Can you really troll 10mph for musky? That's nuts, I thought 7mph for Spanish mackerel was fast. Wahoo trolling on plane is probably the craziest though

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