How to Catch More Fish: Seasonal Trolling tips

Of course you know about the usual winter-time tackle maintenance chores. Your line is fresh, your reels are cleaned and lubricated, and your leaders are prepped. But savvy anglers know that you can increase your odds of success next season by going the extra mile and prepping up right with these five additional trolling tips—they’ll help you put more fish into your boat, every time you leave the dock.

If you want to learn how to catch more fish, here are 5 seasonal trolling tips you can do today to help you put more fish in the boat.

Squeaky Clean

Take out all your umbrella, tandem, and spreader rigs, and inspect them closely. Do the whites look white? Does the chartreuse look chartreuse? Or, do the whites look gray and the chartreuses look limey? During winter lay-up plastic shad bodies collect dust and grime, and they usually look pretty dingy the first time you take them out. Make them look like new with a damp cloth and some warm water, plus a squirt of dish soap. Soak the shad body in the soapy water for a minute or two, then rub it with the cloth. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

Bucktails, parachutes and other haired lures may also collect dirt over the winter, and will benefit from a cleaning. To get grime out of the filaments, hold the lure in a bowl of soapy water and run an old comb through them.

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Lengthy Debate

Ninety percent of all anglers set the length of their lines by making their best guess—and that’s a huge mistake. Boost your catch rate this spring by ending this guesswork today. Measure off 100’, 125’ and 150’ distances on your reels, and mark the line with a permanent marker, vinyl tape, or by bending a short piece of colored wire around it.

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True Temp

You already know that the water temperature plays a huge role in the way the fish will act, but do you know if your temperature gauge is correct? Many units are shipped from the factory without being calibrated, and most need an adjustment after a few seasons of use anyway—so calibrate it today.

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Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

Have you lubed your roller guides this winter? The chances are great that rollers are the most under-maintained item in your arsenal. Change that, today: give ‘em a spritz of a good spray lube like Boeshield T-9, then saw a rubber band back and forth across the rollers to distribute the lubricant evenly.

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Eye Grabber

The whole idea of umbrella and spreader lures is to attract the fish’s attention with your teasers and hope they hit the trailing lure, which has a hook in it. The more attention you can attract with that gang rig, the better. Increase your fish-attracting ability by turning the wire part of your rig into a teaser, too. Buy a roll of waterproof reflective tape and wrap the wires with it.

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