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When I move from spot to spot in my yak, I'll troll and I keep my "speed" at 1 mph. Is this too slow?

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If you are catching fish, it’s just right. The correct trolling speed changes with the lure you are using and the mood of the fish. Some lures have better action at slower speeds, some faster. Go too fast, and the lure will roll. If you have a trolling motor on your ‘yak, try different speeds until you find the one where the lure runs true and the fish are biting it.

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Often I fish as I slowly move from spot to spot.  Based on this post I think I need to add trolling something while I'm moving longer distance to my next spot!

I never really thought of that before.

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Well depending on the time of year and type of lure I would say .8-2 mph would be good.  I fish shadraps on the slow end during winter and early spring.  Some lures like spoons and spinners might need faster to get the correct action 

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I've never tried trolling when moving from spot to spot in my Yak....On the other hand I've trolled a few of those bass boating spot jockeys by catching a nice sized bass behind them as they blast thru my spot! 5 lbr's!

 

I'm with the depends on the lure your using crowd. I guess the easy way to figure it out would be to cast out the lure and find the correct retrieve and pay attention to the bend of the rod and the tips action. Just cast out behind you and start trolling and try to duplicate the bend of the rod and tips action with your speed. Probably won't take long to figure out the correct speed.

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Thanks guys! I have been trolling when I moved to another spot, figuring that dragging a large worm or creature behind me might not be optimal, but at least I've got a line in the water. I do miss strikes and when I do, I stop, turn around and fan cast the area. A great many times I'm able to successfully hook up. I have been able to land some sizable bass this way. This year I'm going to try and drag a glide bait with a leading teaser and see what happens......

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I'm thinking a paddletail on an underspin or a glide bait.........hmmmmm.......

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