|Beautiful winter morning on the lake.|
I've managed to increase my catch rate from zero to 1 so I'm not focusing on figuring out exactly what changed and what to build on.
So far, I've found that the following matters:
- Speed of trolling (less than 2 mph per my Windows Phone).
- Depth of trolling (20' seems to be the consistent)
- Length of line out (currently playing with ~ 100')
- Lure (rainbow colored Luhr Jensen Needlefish seems to be the winner)
- Attractors (sticking with a Ford Fender)
Things that don't seem to matter:
- Bait (no bait, powerbait, power worm, etc)
- Noise (lure is 100' behind me, so no sense whispering)
- Fish Finder (all times I've had a fish, I didn't see jack on the fish finder prior to the hit)
- Treble, barbed or single hook. I'm using single hook no barbs. Haven't lost a fish yet. My guess is the big to-do with barbed vs non-barbed is a philosophical thing. Basically if the fish is on your hook, you got the fish. If it's going to get away, it's going to get away.
Things I'm not sure of yet:
- Length of leader from attractor to lure.
- Time of day
- Ford Fender creates a LOT of drag - makes it a chore to bring it up.
- When there is a fish on, even a small one, you can really tell. If you are wondering if there is a fish on, then there isn't one on.