People who troll for trout, salmon and togue represent a small minority of Maine’s anglers. And yet, these select few routinely catch the largest fish of all.
Fly fishing, a hugely popular sport, does not necessarily target large fish. In fact, most fly-fishers content themselves with catching and releasing mostly stocked trout. And for that, people congregate in huge numbers around places where freshly stocked trout are available.
Even those who cast spinning lures for salmonids mostly fish to smaller trout, usually recently stocked ones. The reason most fly and spin-fishers rarely take big fish is because their tackle does not permit them to put their offerings down deep where the biggest fish await. Trolling solves that problem.
Fully versed trollers use a combination of techniques both old and new. Tackle, though, falls in the category of new and improved, at least when compared to the trolling gear of yesteryear. Lines, rods and reels are thinner, lighter and stronger than ever before. Whereas most people associate trolling as a sedentary sport using heavy and often unwieldy tackle, today’s trollers are constantly working the water in ways our ancestors could not have imagined.
Fish locators help to not only locate fish, but also give an idea of what the bottom looks like, a big help any time. And downriggers, devices that allow anglers to use light tackle while trolling deep for the biggest fish, have turned the trolling world upside down.
And yet, the traditional lead-core line has its place too. New, ultra-thin lines make catching even medium-sized fish a joy, especially when coupled with light and powerful modern rods and reels.
Lure manufacturers cater to those who troll and like auto manufacturers, these companies strive to introduce hot, new offerings each year. These often brilliantly-colored lures lie side-by-side with old tried-and-true fish slayers in angler’s tackle boxes.
Given all this, the age-old practice of lake trolling has now become the wave of the future. Getting Your Big Fish by Tom Seymour will help anglers to catch that wave.