Author Topic: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1  (Read 15901 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Capt. Hook

  • Simple Fisherman
  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 3134
  • Cred: 338
  • Gender: Male
  • www.bluewatercharters.co.za
  • Location: Durban, KZN
Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« on: August 19, 2010, 10:21:28 PM »
Hard Plastic lures with lips like Rapala and Halco

In my previous article called “Trolling Dynamics for small Ski-Boats” I discussed the various lures and how they work, in this article I want to cover the rigging of these lures and how to set them up in your spread.

These types of lures work best when pulled as fast as you can, but in many cases they are always popping out of the water which means that they are not swimming correctly.
When rigging up these lures I have found that heavy leaders simply do not work with these lures as the drag created by these heavy lines upsets the movement of the lure and does not allow them to get to their designed depth and they keep on “losing their balance” and come popping up out of the water. The smaller the lure; the bigger the problem.
The method that I now use is working well and I can pull these lures as fast as 8 knots without any problems, the smaller lures (Under 10cm) may be limited to 6 or 7 knots.
I use a No. 7 stainless trace wire (No. 5 wire for lures under 10cm) and I prefer wire with a brown colour to it. I use a haywire twist to join the wire to the lure with a large loop so the wire does not interfere with the lures movement, and then make the wire 300-400mm long and with a haywire twist and a very small loop tie on a small swivel, I like the Centro size 14 swivel which is rated 80lbs and is really small.
When tying your haywire twist ensure you doe this properly with 3-4 loose twists of both sides around each other and then 4-5 tight wraps of the tag wire, a all times make sure there is no kink.
From there I tie my main line 20-30lb’s directly to the swivel using a figure of eight knot and use no leader at all, so far even for toothy fish like Wahoo and King Mackerel I have had no problems and the longer steel wire compensates more than sufficient for this.

Ensure that your lures are tracking straight by running them next to the boat and if needed you can tune them by ever so slightly bending the wire loop from the lure that the ring attaches to the nose of the lure in the opposite direction.

These lipped lures can be classed into two main categories:
•   Shallow Runners
•   Deep Runners

Shallow Runners
These are lures that run between 1-3m below the surface of the water, the two I use most are the Rapala X-Rap Splash Baits and the Halco Laser Pro’s and I prefer these two brands because I have found that they swim the best compared to other types I have tried.
Shallow runners are the most difficult to keep from popping out and so it is important that you set them up properly.
I use the Rapala X-Rap Splash Bait from size 10 up to size 14, the size 14’s are very easy to set up and get going whilst the size 10’s need to be properly tweaked to getting performing at their peak. The size 10 is my favourite and has accounted for many a fine fish on my boat but they do need to be modified before you use them. The hooks are not strong enough but the lure does have a wire going all the way through the body and so I beef up the split rings to a heavier gauge and I fit thicker hooks like 2X or even 3X of the same size or you can go one size up, and I tie my wire directly to the lure without the split ring. Doing this will ensure that you land the big one when you hook him up without the hook opening out.
Halco Laser Pro’s come with a pair of interchangeable lips and I prefer to use the deeper lip as here you can attach your wire directly to the nose of the lure and not risk losing a fish because the lip came off.

The best position for the shallow runners in your spread is just on the edges of your prop wash in your wake line 5 – 25m behind your boat with closer having produced more fish than those placed further back and 15m being an optimum distance. In fact I have run them 3m behind the boat and had hook ups on several occasions. You also need to set your drag reasonable loose.

Deep Runners
These are lures that run from 3m to 10m below the surface of the water.
There are many to choose from and although these are easier to pull at a high speed compared to the shallow runners they also need to be tuned to track straight. Most of these lures come with a solid ring, but for those that have a split ring remove it and tie your wire directly leaving a large loop. On the smaller X-Raps I also like to change the hooks and split rigs to heavier ones.

With these lures the more line you let out the deeper they run and so you can run them from 5m to 50m behind your boat. When running them close they work best right in your prop wash and also under your prop wash.

You can enhance the depth that these lure run by adding weight into your line, I do this by adding a 16 or even 24 ounce trolling sinker 2,5m ahead of the lure and then I use 80lb line from sinker to lure with 300mm of No. 10 wire and tie my main line to the trolling sinker. Not only does this get your lure swimming deeper but it also allows you to run them faster up to 15 knots which means that you can use these with your Feathers, Bullet Heads,  Jet heads and Kona’s.

Rod Position
The best angle for your rod when trolling these lures is as flat as possible, bearing in mind that you cannot run all your rods at the same angle and so will work with +5 degrees to a maximum of +30 degrees depending on your position with the rods closest to the centre of your boat being the flattest and those lures running the closest to the boat and the rods on the sides of the boat and a larger angle and the lures running further back. This is done to allow you to do turns without your lines crossing and causing tangles.

With these lures I can easily run a spread of 5 – 6 lures without them getting tangles or you can mix them with Kona’s, Feathers etc. and run up to 9 lines although I do not like pulling that many lines and often run 4 of these and 2 feathers or bullet heads on my out riggers to cover the surface action. Expect many, many multiple hook ups when trolling like this and take note that when the first line goes not to slow down and wait a few seconds for the others to go, then start tightening the drags a little before you take the rod out the holder and only start slowing down when the anglers are already fighting their fish, do not stop just slow down to 2 – 3 knots fighting the fish hooked on the lures that where running closest to the boat first, this will mostly keep the lines directly behind the boat and keep the fish from tangling up with each other.

BLUE WATER CHARTERS DURBAN - Marlin, Tuna and Big Game Fishing - www.bluewatercharters.co.za

DURBAN CRUISE BOAT - Harbour and Sea Cruises in Durban - www.durbancruiseboat.co.za

Offline jaenswart

  • Retired
  • *
  • Posts: 0
  • Cred: 0
  • Gender: Male
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 05:56:54 AM »
great post Mike. Lekker cred man

Offline John F

  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 6512
  • Cred: 520
  • Gender: Male
  • Virtus et Honos
  • Location: Maputo - Mozambique
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #2 on: August 20, 2010, 08:11:31 AM »
Great stuff, thanks FA!
Acecraft 660 DV (Work in progress)
Yeld cat 19 (Sold)
Gemini 520 Crusader (Sold)

Offline REEFMAN

  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 9688
  • Cred: 765
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Jozi
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #3 on: August 20, 2010, 08:17:10 AM »
Nice Mike! Thanks!  (clap)
#TheGreatAwakening

Offline WalkersKiller

  • Fish The Sea | Fish The Fly | Gareth Roocroft
  • Moderator
  • *****
  • Posts: 7418
  • Cred: 366
  • Gender: Male
  • Conservation First!
  • Location: Edenvale, Gauteng
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #4 on: August 20, 2010, 10:10:23 AM »
Great article FA  (clap)

Offline fedu

  • Senior Member
  • **
  • Posts: 530
  • Cred: 70
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Luanda, Angola
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2010, 12:34:59 PM »
Hi Mike,

Very good info.


May I add that with deep diving lures if you want to explore it's diving capacity braid main line is a must.

Offline Capt. Hook

  • Simple Fisherman
  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 3134
  • Cred: 338
  • Gender: Male
  • www.bluewatercharters.co.za
  • Location: Durban, KZN
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2010, 04:14:00 PM »
Hi Mike,

Very good info.


May I add that with deep diving lures if you want to explore it's diving capacity braid main line is a must.

Yes braid does work for deep divers, BUT set you drag lower
BLUE WATER CHARTERS DURBAN - Marlin, Tuna and Big Game Fishing - www.bluewatercharters.co.za

DURBAN CRUISE BOAT - Harbour and Sea Cruises in Durban - www.durbancruiseboat.co.za

Offline fedu

  • Senior Member
  • **
  • Posts: 530
  • Cred: 70
  • Gender: Male
  • Location: Luanda, Angola
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2010, 04:33:44 PM »
Striking drag mainly has got to be way lower than usual, but you learn how to deal with it after some lost fish :-)


I use braid and wire.

On rocky areas where I place my deep divers almost harvesting the ground I rig :

Lure - Wire - up to 8m Spectra Leader of 150/200lb - braid main line

When fighting 30lb IGFA I use mono and spectra like this

Lure - Wire - up to 8m spectra 150/200lb - main 30lb mono line

This last one deep dives nicely, has got the mono strecht and near the boat I can put a lot of pressure on the fish the moment my spectra is inside the reel.

And of course it's within IGFA rules for 30lb certification:

"  There are no regulations regarding the material or strength of the leader....
....The leader on all classes of tackle over 20 lb (10 kg) shall be limited to 30 feet (9.14 meters)."

I know you don't like using braid but in some situations is a big advantage in others it's a complete no no.
One thing I really like in braid is the "figh feeling", you really feel you are fighting the fish sensing all the fish movements.


A sample pic of the deep diving  lure-wire-spectra-braid rigging at work




Offline Capt. Hook

  • Simple Fisherman
  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 3134
  • Cred: 338
  • Gender: Male
  • www.bluewatercharters.co.za
  • Location: Durban, KZN
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2010, 06:08:46 PM »
Welcome Fernando.  :welc:
BLUE WATER CHARTERS DURBAN - Marlin, Tuna and Big Game Fishing - www.bluewatercharters.co.za

DURBAN CRUISE BOAT - Harbour and Sea Cruises in Durban - www.durbancruiseboat.co.za

Offline 1309sg

  • Senior Member
  • **
  • Posts: 141
  • Cred: 2
  • Location: Jacobsbaai/Citrusdal Western Cape
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2010, 04:33:20 PM »
Thanx FA, just got a boat a coupla days back and will be bugging you with questions pretty soon! :tkx:

benniejordaan

  • Guest
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2010, 09:22:52 PM »
Thanx FA, just got a boat a coupla days back and will be bugging you with questions pretty soon! :tkx:

Hey, welcome to UA! Not sure how you found us, but welcome none the less!  w;k

Stokstyf!

  • Guest
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2010, 10:06:11 PM »
Great post,some very usefull info you gave there :thmsup"

Offline 1309sg

  • Senior Member
  • **
  • Posts: 141
  • Cred: 2
  • Location: Jacobsbaai/Citrusdal Western Cape
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2010, 06:58:45 AM »
Hey, welcome to UA! Not sure how you found us, but welcome none the less!  w;k

 w;k Ja Bennie, by pure chance my man! Looks a very nice site and hope it grows into what the designer/owner had in mind!

Offline Capt. Hook

  • Simple Fisherman
  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 3134
  • Cred: 338
  • Gender: Male
  • www.bluewatercharters.co.za
  • Location: Durban, KZN
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2010, 11:14:22 AM »
Thanx FA, just got a boat a coupla days back and will be bugging you with questions pretty soon! :tkx:

Anytime bud, welcome
BLUE WATER CHARTERS DURBAN - Marlin, Tuna and Big Game Fishing - www.bluewatercharters.co.za

DURBAN CRUISE BOAT - Harbour and Sea Cruises in Durban - www.durbancruiseboat.co.za

Offline jaenswart

  • Retired
  • *
  • Posts: 0
  • Cred: 0
  • Gender: Male
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #14 on: September 29, 2010, 11:18:11 AM »
w;k Ja Bennie, by pure chance my man! Looks a very nice site and hope it grows into what the designer/owner had in mind!

welcome welcome...I've gotta ask why and how you came to your username?

Offline 1309sg

  • Senior Member
  • **
  • Posts: 141
  • Cred: 2
  • Location: Jacobsbaai/Citrusdal Western Cape
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2010, 11:23:23 AM »
welcome welcome...I've gotta ask why and how you came to your username?
Thanx Jaen! No rocket science there: born 13 Sep and initials are sg! How come?

Offline jaenswart

  • Retired
  • *
  • Posts: 0
  • Cred: 0
  • Gender: Male
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2010, 11:32:32 AM »
Thanx Jaen! No rocket science there: born 13 Sep and initials are sg! How come?

just curious

benniejordaan

  • Guest
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #17 on: September 29, 2010, 11:55:39 AM »
OK, where is part 2?

Offline Capt. Hook

  • Simple Fisherman
  • Ultimate Champ
  • ****
  • Posts: 3134
  • Cred: 338
  • Gender: Male
  • www.bluewatercharters.co.za
  • Location: Durban, KZN
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #18 on: September 29, 2010, 02:46:43 PM »
OK, where is part 2?
Good things take time
Patience was a virtue
BLUE WATER CHARTERS DURBAN - Marlin, Tuna and Big Game Fishing - www.bluewatercharters.co.za

DURBAN CRUISE BOAT - Harbour and Sea Cruises in Durban - www.durbancruiseboat.co.za

benniejordaan

  • Guest
Re: Rigging up for Trolling – Part 1
« Reply #19 on: September 29, 2010, 04:36:06 PM »
Good things take time
Patience was a virtue

Better be good then! I keen to read it! Can't wait!

 

SimplePortal 2.3.7 © 2008-2021, SimplePortal