Trolling strategies

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geofish
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Trolling strategies

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Here's a question. I'm trolling alone with a deep diving plug for gags and I get one on.
I kick it in neutral and pick up the rod, and the fish is off. Happened 3 times today. Do y'all pop it into neutral or leave it in gear, or doesn't it matter?
What did work was to put on a big planer with 20 feet of mono and a 6 inch soft swimbait, so at least I came home with one good one. Public reef, 45 foot depth.Image

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I continue on my way and fight the fish at the same speed he bit on. About halfway to the boat i will back of the throttle once i am sure he is clear of the structure I caught him on.
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Thanks. I've heard what you're suggesting for keeping them out of the rocks, but I was putting it in neutral before I grabbed the rod, and it seemed like the sudden slowdown might have given these gronks some slack to get off the hook.
I'll try it your way next time, just have to make sure I don't fall out of the moving boat

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It almost sounds like you might need to apply the same tactics as the Bass anglers use for crank baits. Maybe a little more flex in the rod or a little less drag, so as not to pull the hooks loose.
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Aah, good thought.
I'll try that

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Good advice so far. I’d add keep
boat in gear when the hit comes and a tight line. Also make sure if you are using braid to have a maybe 10’ mono leader for shock and only apply enough drag to just prevent line coming off at troll
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I’d say the best strategy is to find someone to go with you.


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I have a good fishing buddy, but he works lots of weekend & holiday shifts in law enforcement. And I must confess, time on the water alone is good for my soul.

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