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October 31, 2008

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Trick-Or-Treat Trolling

So here's a nice lake trout I took one late October afternoon while trolling in Lake Champlain. A chartreuse Rapala did the trick. The fillets are in the freezer.
Trolling is a lot of fun, I think, if you're the one driving the boat. In that case, you've set up the speed and depth, picked the lure spread, and you know to run the lures along ledges and edges where you expect the fish to be. There's a lot to this for the guy at the tiller.

If you're a passenger just sitting there waiting for a bite, trolling can be the most boring thing on earth. It can be a long time between strikes. In that case, I'd rather be casting, preferably working a lure on structure or other specific targets, if only for the sake of doing something.

The trolling versus casting argument is old and never ending. The simplest answer, of course, is to just do what works.

Oh, yeah. Happy Halloween!


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its not so boring if you have a cooler of cold ones..

Blue Ox

As long as you're out there fishing, and enjoying that fact- then it shouldn't matter if you're casting or trolling or what not.
And yea, a cooler of cold ones is a bonus!

Dr. Ralph

Beats the hell out of sitting on the couch or in front of this damn computer...


You sure that's a Champlain laker? Where are the lamprey hits?

John Merwin

That was indeed a Champlain laker that came from down around Kingsland Bay. There were no lamprey scars on the fish, oddly enough, as most Champlain lakers and salmon I get show lamprey hits. I've even caught a couple with lampreys still attached. Lampreys, as you apparently know, are a big problem here.