Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
cbrooks

trolling line suggestion?

Recommended Posts

Do most of you guys perfer mono for trolling or do you stick with superline and how tight do you set your drag? Do you set it super tight so it sets the hook instantly? Right now I use powerpro and I set the drag pretty tight. You have to give it a good yank to pull out line. Any suggestions?Thanks.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

100 pound power for me. And have the drag just tight enough so the lure doesnt pull out line. I get 9 out of 10 fish that way. With bucktails I have the drag a little tighter then lets say when I open water troll.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I used to troll with fast action graphite rods and 50 pound mono. It worked fine, but tying a knot with 50 lb mono in 30 degree weather is a challenge. The "give" was in the line. The rod had a fast load up and little give.

Next I switched to mod-fast rods with mono. Between the slower "load up" in the rod, and the stretch of the mono there was too much give.

I've settled on medium heavy power 8 footers with moderate fast action and 80 pound superbraid. The slower load up with the no stretch superbraid is the perfect combination.

Set the drag tight enough that it takes a hard rip to pull it... If you're trolling rocks and get snagged, you'll be alright, assuming you have good rod holders. The snug drag will result in fewer missed fish.

Paul.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kind of what Paul said. Choose your line based on the rods you're using. I run fiberglass rods and found that mono with these rods didn't work well as there was too much stretch. I switched to 80# TUFF XP and have been fine.

Mono really shines when you're shortlining and/or want to keep the bait high in the water column.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mono for me. with the correct hybrid of course. st. croix rods' e-glass is my favorite. no problems with hook ups and i think mono has got a better vibration, and because i believe that, it gives me confidence. what else do i need?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We use our Shimano Compres. 8' heavy and 8'XH, Garcia 7000, 80 lb braid, they all work fine. PP, courtland, Stren, Stealth, ect. Like brian said, back the drag off just enough so teh bait doesn't pull line and throw the rod in a good sturdy rod holder and wait.

We only troll when we need to relax and eat lunch or when we know that fish are suspending in open water and we know where they are.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

mono for me. with the correct hybrid of course. st. croix rods' e-glass is my favorite. no problems with hook ups and i think mono has got a better vibration, and because i believe that, it gives me confidence. what else do i need?

When your using mono, do you ever break it??? Which pound test do you use??? I was kind of thinking to switch for something new. How long does the line last??? Do you get all those little circles in the line if you dont use it for awhile?? Im thinking if I have a 50 some inch fish on the line I would wanna have some power pro or something on instead. Sorry for all the quick questions!!!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

i use Trilene XT, basicly built for river's with abration resistance. 30 lb. test, i back my drag off very little but a fish can still take line if it wants. break? not in a loooooong time. really i could use 20 lb. but the added girth of thirty adds to abration resistance not to mention i don't want to play a fish to death. i play them till i see there's not going to be a major boatside rukus but not till they're belly up, i think they get less injured and to date i've never had one not swim away, and all were in good health. the line lasts as long as it's still smooth without nicks. but i never go more than a season. as far as a 50 breaking off... 100-150 lb. tarpon are landed on 20 lb mono all the time, and other huge saltwater fish. line memmory is a given with mono but with trolling it really doesn't matter. any line company that claims limited memmory in my experience is blowing a lot of hot air. XT has high memmory BTW. i spool it on a Shimano Tekota 600LC and a 8' St Croix E-glass. only one heavy set up right now but who knows what the future may bring. maybe i'll sudenly want to troll more grin

side note... when trolling, especially with super lines, it's a good idea to use locking rod holders and affix a lanyard to the holder just in case it breaks. i just lanyard mine to my cleats.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Just looked up the yellow. Definitely not, no white on wings and way too yellow. And all the pictures of a cowbird on Google don't show a cowbird with the rusty colored ring on it's back.
    • Spending most of my time in Dallas these days due to my job.  Will be fishing the Otter County Area in a couple of weeks.  Can't wait!  Just wondering what you guys are seeing?  I am assuming the Bass are in and will be in their late summer patterns which to me means that you could find 'em anywhere.  One of the questions my friend had (I guess watching KVD in Elite Series and  Major League fishing -- I think his recent win on the Elite Series on St Lawrence River was mainly a drop shot) was jerk baits for this time of year.  Frankly, I use mostly jigs and plastics.  Watching KVD, I think I should give jerk baits more a try.
    •  It looks yellow in the bad picture but it's a very rusty medium brown. Definatly in the blackbird family though I think. I need a decent camera. Eye guy, you told me about a not too expensive digital camera with a good zoom lens didn't you? I don't think that's it. The ring on its back is the same rust color. 
    • Of course!  Yaller headed B bird, like the Duffster said.   https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Yellow-headed_Blackbird/id
    • Yellow headed blackbird?
    • It looks way to light brown to be a cowbird but I see nothing else in my bird book it could be??? I know this is a bad picture but it's the best I can do. The thing is so tame I can almost walk right up to it and it never goes away for long.
    • Thanks for the replies. I am going to get a box of 1 3/4 #5's and a box of 1 3/4 #6's and pattern them against what I have been shooting, Hope to get that done when I go up to mow my trails this fall, whenever I can free up some time to go. I will post some results.
    • Ya saw that yesterday, glad to have him back, should shore up that 4th line or put him up on the 3rd if Ek isn't ready. Everything I saw last year from Ek has me thinking he is ready but time will tell. Need to sign Foligno yet, probably won't like the numbers I see but maybe he can surprise us. Forward group should still look really good this year, obviously the D took a hit when we traded Scandella and let Folin walk but we could still be ok, sometimes team D can make up for it. Oloffson looked good last year too, not sure about Quincy but hopefully they can form some kind of decent bottom pair. 
    • Cullen comes back on a very cap friendly deal.  1yr 1mil.
    • Manky, I have used dog food with grease as a filler and it works great! No issue but you  don't want to add to much grease and make all the dog food to soggy. 
  • Our Sponsors