Are you bored at home? Here’s how to prepare fishing gear for light trolling

Three moderately sized specimens of skipjack tuna

Boredom is an ugly beast, and we sea and sailing enthusiasts suffer it in no small measure away from our passion during this coronavirus emergency. But indulging in mumbling or social outbursts doesn’t do much good, rather we can spend our time on something constructive and fun. For example, if we also enjoy fishing on the boat, we can devote ourselves to preparingequipment. You may wonder how to do it if you left everything in the boat and do not have the necessary materials and accessories at home? Don’t worry, online fishing stores exist and are many. Shipments are active and we can purchase what we need online to devote a few hours to our passion and have our “weapons” ready for when we can return to the sea.

Online stores such as Pesca Planet, Piscor, Fisherlandia, Sergio Pesca, Pesca l’Occasione, may be right for us, but these are just a few we can browse, with a simple Google search we can find many. In these online stores we can find all the major brands of equipment on the market, at any price range from the cheapest to the top of the range.


By light trolling we mean the technique that we can practice all along our coasts from late August until late winter, but actually no one forbids us to practice it all year round, but during the indicated period the presence of predators makes it more fruitful. The prey we are going to go after will be dolphinfish, setters, mackerel, mackerel, garfish, starfish, walleye, and the small red tuna whose fishing is strictly regulated and prohibited in most cases.

What is needed? It depends on whether we intend to fish with a rod or a more rudimentary hand line. In the first case, let’s assume that you are already in possession of a light trolling rod (okay with 4-8 lb. power) and a reel, even a pit reel of size 5000. The reel should be spooled with 0.08 or 0.10 braid, a very strong and ultra-thin type of wire.

To this thread will be tied, by means of a knot called an “albright,” a 6-8 meter piece of fluorocarbon of 0.25-0.30, at the end of which there will be a small snap-hook swivel that will be hooked to our artificial. The choice of fluorocarbon is mandatory if we want to have a truly invisible terminal that is resistant to pulling, twisting and rubbing. This is a simple and basic mount that is durable and capable of bringing even significant fish on board if we use quality materials.

The Albright Knot

In case we opt for a hand line it will be necessary to obtain a cork board around which to wrap at least 120-150 meters of 0.60 nylon. The terminal will be connected to the main line by a swivel without a snap hook, and it will be no smaller than 0.40 otherwise we risk cutting ourselves trying to catch the fish, and in any case we recommend having gloves on hand at all times.


A similar coloring for late summer can be very effective, alternatively also one with green hues

For dolphinfish and tombarelli, the choice may fall on small minnows, particularly recommended are those with a silver-blue or silver-green coloration that resemble the liveries of the forage fish on which these predators feed.

One of the examples of silicon artificials

If, on the other hand, we are trolling close to harbors or reefs, a viable solution may be silicon artificials, which are very catchy for saddled bream and starfish, but beware that in the inshore, the surprise of the big bass or the important greenhouse fish may be just around the corner.

If you would like to share your “work” or photos of your past catches with us, please send photos and questions to the Sailing Newspaper facebook page or email we will be happy to answer and chat with you.


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