On the cruise we try trolling to procure dinner


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Summer vacation is also the time to get out our trolling gear and try our luck, perhaps while transferring from one destination to another on our cruise. With what technique can we catch fish with which to enjoy a delicious dinner in the roadstead? The absolute easiest method is trolling. This is done with the boat moving, and is therefore perfect for cruising since it will not force us to make any schedule changes but we can follow our course and fish at the same time.


It is carried out at speeds from 4-5 knots and up, but even above 7 some fish may be perfectly capable of following our lures. We will use these, i.e., imitations of cephalopods or small fish, to bait our prey. in the summer, typical trolling fish can be tuna, mackerel, dolphinfish, amberjack, sea bream, starfish, and many other fish that populate the inshore in the warm season.

Trolling – the technique

It will be sufficient to spin a few dozen meters of line, about 30-40, toward the stern to be in the fishery. Artificials will need to work just beyond, or at the edge of, the boat’s wake. Often in summer, predators such as small tuna, dolphinfish and the like are intrigued by the silhouette of the boat and its shadow. They will not infrequently follow it, so bait should not be dropped too far from our wake. Once the line is cast, we can store the fishing rod in a rod holder and calibrate the reel clutch so that it signals a possible bite. In the meantime we can devote ourselves to navigation or relaxation.

Trolling – equipment and bait

Artificials that usually do not exceed 10 cm in length are used for summer trine. Minnows, silicone lures, teaspoons or metal jigs, there are many solutions that we will find in our trusted store. The trolling rod for this season will have to be light as an action, the reel can also be a classic vertical reel of size not exceeding 5000. For the spooled line we could use a 0.20 braid, terminal a 0.40 fluoro carbon connected by micro-rope or, better, just with a knot between braid and nylon (or fluorocarbon).



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