Trolling Aboard the Hooked Up
Here off the coast of Fort Lauderdale we have a couple of different techniques of trolling. Trolling the reefs for kingfish and bonitos and trolling off shore for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tunas and some times a Blue Marlin.
First trolling the reef:
When trolling the reef 90% of our bites are on our deep lines, so we troll with 2 planner boards that take the bait about 45 feet down along with 3 baits skipping across the surface at about 5 to 6 knots.
Once we get a kingfish bite 9 out of 10 times both deep rods will get hit at the same time. These fish like to travel in schools so we’ll make big circles around where we got our first bite and BAM every time we circle we should get anther bite. (Well that’s how we like for it to work)
Trolling off shore:
When trolling off shore we like to troll a little faster to cover more ground. We usually troll 5 to 6 baits on the surface at 6 to 8 knots. We don’t like trolling our planners off shore due to the resistance that the planners cause, but if we find something floating like a weed patch or a piece of wood just about anything floating might hold some fish.