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Old 03-24-2009, 10:45 PM   #1
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What's your ideal trolling speed when you are pulling artificials or dead bait like ballyhoo/ illander combo. Not highspeed wahoo trolling at 14 or 15 knots. Conditions are ideally flat or close to it. Do ya'll like to mix it up or keep it constant?
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:14 AM   #2
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we run whatever speed makes the lures run right anywhere from 5 knots to 9 knots. but i like 6.5-7 knots is a good speed not to fast for deadbait and not to slow for lures
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:22 AM   #3
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What Jeff said, 7 knots will give lures enough action and is still slow enough to keep your natural baits from washing out. You can pull them faster but there really isn't any need to. We usually make on the fly adjustments to our spread when regarding what to put out and how long to leave it out. If you haven't gotten a strike in a couple hours then perhaps its time to put something new out. I always leave time tested favorites in longer but sometimes they just won't eat. Just remember, if you drag a spread long enough, something will get bit.
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Old 03-25-2009, 09:53 AM   #4
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Yea, I have pulled them around 7 knots or so in the past but I read an old article in Florida Sportsman from last summer where George Poveromo was talking about switching trolling speeds around while out on the water...just wanted to see what yall thought.


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Old 03-25-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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Dempsetc (3/25/2009)Yea, I have pulled them around 7 knots or so in the past but I read an old article in Florida Sportsman from last summer where George Poveromo was talking about switching trolling speeds around while out on the water...just wanted to see what yall thought.
lure action decided speed.Itshouldchange throughout the day depending on wave action, current, lures, etc. Between 6-8 kts most of the time.

most commonly between 6.5 - 7.5 with naturals invloved. When everything looks good and has that perfect wiggle and action, you're going the right speed.
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:11 AM   #6
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For lure/bait combonation spread I would say somewhere in the 6-7knot range. With lures only, we usually kept it around 8.5 knots for 2 reasons. One, at the slightly higher speed, we cuold cover a little more ground, but more importantly, that's about where we had the Detroits making the most beautiful purr...
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Old 03-25-2009, 11:49 AM   #7
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depends on you boat, the spread your pulling, and about 100 more factors.... if you're pulling plugs thru open water "scouting" for fish- pull baits that you can haul ass with (8+ knots). this way you can cover a bunch of territory. if you're trollin a well defined weedline that has bait jumping everywhere-deploy the naturals and slow it down.... but for the most part just use common sense. every boat and every spread is different.
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SUNDAY-FUNDAY (3/25/2009)depends on you boat, the spread your pulling, and about 100 more factors.... if you're pulling plugs thru open water "scouting" for fish- pull baits that you can haul ass with (8+ knots). this way you can cover a bunch of territory. if you're trollin a well defined weedline that has bait jumping everywhere-deploy the naturals and slow it down.... but for the most part just use common sense. every boat and every spread is different.
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Old 03-28-2009, 10:34 AM   #9
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Midnight,



Do you ever troll the Mann's Stretch 25's/30's?

I 'm wanting to learn what the optimal drop back distance is

on these,as affected by trolling speed, maybe for wahoo..

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Old 03-28-2009, 11:29 AM   #10
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Ive never really draged the stretch 25's but i have draged the yozuri bonitas all over the gulf, and i think everybody will agree that they get more wahoo bites than almost anything. you can put them anywhere in the spread even as close as the second wave and troll them at any speed u like, from 6 to 14+ knots weve got bites.
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