High Speed Trolling…..Fishing On Steroids
It’s understood that slow trolling is the most widely used form of trolling off the Carolina coast. However a growing number of offshore and nearshore anglers are started to add high speed trolling to their agenda. It is though that high speed trolling was first utilized when offshore fishermen would be heading offshore on days with sloppy conditions. Only being able to run at 12 to 18 knots they rigged up and pulled baits on the way on their desire target area. That’s when high speed trolling was born.
It allows the angler to cover more ground and attract more species. It can be a useful tactic for King Mackerel, Wahoo, Mahi and other species. However, it does require a number of significant changes to your set up and approach. First you have to increase the size of your tackle. The increased speed also increases the shock of the impact. With a heavy fish like a King or Wahoo combined with the faster speed will quickly snap the line used on slow trolling. This means moving up to 50 to 80 pound test. Braid line is not recommended due to its lack of stretch. Using fluorocarbon with provide a great amount of shock when that big fish hits. The same also applies to the rods and reels. Reels like the 6/0 PENN Senator or Shimano TLD 25 are better suited for the task. You’ll also need to beef up your reels to meet the demand.
You need to keep the speed around 14 to 16 knots. Moving faster will increase you chances of a breakoff and causing your spread to move erratically. Maintain the right speed in that narrow margin is key to your success. An effective spread consist of lines 150, 250 and 350 feet on the port side, and 200, 300 and 450 feet on starboard. Using any number of baits like ballyhoo with skirts is your best bet. You can also use the local favorites like King and Bonito belly with skirts. Some anglers use spoons as well.
It’s important to remember to keep a close check on your speed and your baits. The increased speed can also increase your tendency to have baits that become tangled or not swimming correctly.
So, speed up and hang on. High speed trolling is great fun.