Troll or Cast
March 15, 2012 at 4:53pm
Don't worry about your setup if it's rodholders you're talking about. You can hold the rod if you don't mind, and it's kinda cool to feel the strike instead of grabbing the rod out of the rodholders, and you can work the bait by jerking the rod forward as far as you can, then pointing the rod quickly to the lure which lets it stop and fall a little, giving somewhat erratic movement. We caught several last week like that when the trolling slowed down. Yeah, you may get a little tired of holding the rod, but you can do it. Or go buy some rodholders that clamp on if you have rails.
If u don't wanna troll, then pick anywhere and begin casting to the pilings. search this site for some videos showing the technique - you've got to let the lure reach the bottom, and you've got to keep the line right on the fall, and you've got to watch your line for any movement, no matter how subtle. If you catch, then it's most likely you'll catch the rest of you're fish with the exact same presentation, though sometimes (rarely) you'll catch them every which way.
You've gotta troll slow with a lot of line out. 1.8 miles or slower. Good luck.