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The Trolling Trick

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This topic has been touched on in several other threads recently, but I thought I would start a specific thread because it is important to me and I believe it will help every fisherman that fishes from a boat.

When I spool new line, even when it's perfect and I have no coiling or twist issues, I ALWAYS troll my line before starting to fish. It only takes a few minutes and you can troll several lines at the same time. My procedure is to begin by letting out all but about ten yards of line, don't go all the way to the knot. Troll at low speed for a couple of minutes and bring in about half the line. (I like to spray on Reel Magic as I'm going through this exercise). Troll another minute or two and reel in all but twenty yards or so and troll for another minute or two. That's it! By bringing in some of the line periodically, the line cannot retain any coil or memory. This procedure is 100% effective.

I also like to troll the line even if it's not brand new, but this isn't really necessary everytime out.

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RW,

I'm right there with you but I let almost all the line out.  It only takes about 2 minutes.

spinning reels - about every other day out, needed or not.  Never have line issues.

baitcasting reels - well, on the rare occasion I get a bunch of twist I do the same

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We're on the same page, "all but about 10 yards." I just don't want to get to the knot, I've lost the line when I've done that before!

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i've heard that before but never tried it. do you tie on a small lure or just pull the line out with nothing tied on as you are moving. i'm afraid that if i pulled off all the line (except for 10 yards or so) that it would knot up.

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No lure or weight. Let the line out gradually and you will feel the drag created by the water. Your line will not knot up.

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Boy, great tip RW.  I did a land-locked version of this over the weekend with the help of my 7 year old daugther.  Went to a park, had her hold one end of the line and walk until I was near the end of the spool.  Laid the line down, I walked a little ways and then started reeling it in, trying to keep some tension on my line.

I'm heading to Mark Twain lake this Sunday, will use your advice on the set-ups that I bring.

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