After reading your posts, do you have a system or rotation of lure leads/colors when you are trolling? Do you have a set that you prefer in low light conditions vs mid day/ or water clarity? I have been a stick to whats worked on the last trip or that day guy (partly because my fishing buddies give me grief for trying to change out a lure that has caught a fish)!! I do target most baits at the fish highest on the FF but am guilty of a tacklebox that 50% of the cranks have never been wet.. Thanks Tom
Tom, No system other that start a little spread out both depth and color wise, and let the fish tell you what & where. Maybe go to more Naked or prism or chrome if it gets bright, or to more painted & white based if it gets cloudy. But I've seem that gold Rouge (which is more coppery color) work in all conditions and I've seen Pearl Ghost work at the same time. In fact I at first thought the nakeds were best in murky water, but they just seem to work.... no matter what.
We all have our confidence colors ....someone said that Cheap sunglasses was going, and I just hven't even thought about that color, and it's a great choice. I may start with it on today.
Dark lures in dark conditions and brighter (flashier) as the light goes up is as good a system as I know. But don't be afraid to vary from that. I like spots (or dots) and I like some violet on a lure, so Barbie, Spotted sunset, Wonderbreads, all are regulars for me. But I know I should run gold w/ a black back more than I do, and Eriedescent and Rainbow trout, and emerald shiner.
Thanks,, I see so many colors posted on your recent trips i didn't know if you clear one side of boards and change all lures every 20-30 minutes or how long will you run a color that doesnt get any takers before trying another? Tom
Tom, I seldom change more than 3 or 4 lures a day, and most often it's because a color is working on the other side.
All thumbs, somewhere between 45 minutes and all day (depending on how many fish are being caught). I'll probably change depth 4 or 5 times before I switch it.Color is usually not nearly as important as depth.
Shortening learning curves is the whole point. But I might add, reading about it is one thing, but seeing it happen or participating in making it happen is much better. Going out on a learning charter is the best way.
I have started tying my own worm harnesses & I am looking for input on what lead length I should use.
If possible I would like to find a standard "all-purpose" lead length so I can use the same harness on bottom bouncers, snap-wts, in-line wts, jets and dipseys. But can I use the same harness lead length for all these various depth control techniques & if so what would that lead length be?
I am trying to keep my life simple but I still want to catch fish