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boat: one to operate the oars or motor, and one to take off the rod or rods.) If you're fishing more than one rod, use a rod holdera device that clamps onto the side of the boat, with rings into which you insert the butt of the rod to hold the entire rod upright. This allows you to troll without having to hold the rods in your hands. If the lure or bait rises to the surface, let out more line, or reel in and add more weight.

A rod holder, such as this clamp-on type, attaches to the side of the boat and allows you to troll without holding onto the rod.

If you're fishing two lines, have one rod at the left side of the boat and one rod at the right. To prevent the lines from tangling when making a turn, make sure one lure or bait is at least 10 feet behind the other one.

It pays to fish two different types of lures or baits, which will help you figure out where the fish are that day and what they want to eat. For instance, if you're trolling for smallmouth bass in a large lake, you might fish a crankbait that dives to 10 feet on one rod, and a crankbait that dives to 15 feet on the other rod. The latter crankbait will pass through the deeper sections, while the former will remain closer to the surface. If you get a hit on, say, the deeper diver, remove the more shallow diver from the

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other rod and tie on a crankbait matching the one that took a fish. Also take note of where and how you caught the fishthe depth, any structures present, and your trolling speedand duplicate your efforts in similar areas.

Most times, fish will hook themselves when they hit a trolled bait or lure. Just be sure your drag is set properly before you begin trolling.

Again, start shallow, and troll in progressively deeper water. As you go farther away from shore, you'll probably have to switch to heavier lures and/or add more weight to your line. Alternate your speed, zig-zag the boat, and try different lures or baits. If you catch a fish, consider anchoring there and casting with the same lure or bait.

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All fish relate to structure. When fishing in still waters, focus on weeds, trees, points, dropoffs, tributaries, boat docks, and submerged humps.

When fishing in moving waters, cast baits and lures to holes, undercut banks, current obstructions, seams, bars, shoals, riffles, and dams.

When fishing with bait, you should keep enough slack in the line to allow the bait to appear natural, but not too much so that you'd miss a strike.

When fishing with lures, you should always keep a tight line, so you can set the hook before the fish has a chance to spit out the lure.


If possible, troll with two rods using different lures or baits. If you catch a fish on one of them, use that style of bait or lure and concentrate your efforts in similar areas.

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