BEST Trolling SPEED | Trolling Speed Basics

welcome to South Florida saltwater

fishing I'm Heath and it's time to get

into the bite right there baby

you ever been out trolling you look

around you and you see people going

different speeds and doing different

things and you wonder to yourself man am

I going too fast am I going too slow am

i doing things right well this video

we're gonna try and help you figure that

out and answer those questions before we

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I need to start out by saying two things

number one there is no correct trolling

speed there's ranges in which you should

try to develop a practice and a habit

and number two I don't claim to know

everything I'm just going to be sharing

information with you that I have found

has worked for me throughout my years of

fishing what we're gonna talk about

trolling speed the first thing we need

to do is understand how to talk about it

and get our lingo squared away when we

talk about trolling speed we talk about

it and knots knots is a metric

measurement of speed in maritime

applications and airspace it's also they

also record wind speed in knots

two knots were developed as a form of

measurement back in the 1700s from

sailors they used to tie knots literally

in ropes and measure the distance

between the knots and that would tell

them how fast they were going so that

being said we talk about knots when

we're gonna talk about the speed at

which you want to toll you want to pay

attention to what is called your GPS

speed you cannot pay attention to your

tachometer reading or your odometer

reading if you have an odometer on your

book first off your tachometer gives you

a reading of how fast your impeller is

turning in your engine that does you no


next your honor it gives you your over

water speed so

let's say for instance your boat is

heading this way and the current is

heading this way your odometer could say

you are really booking it up 1215 miles

an hour when in reality you're probably

only really going four miles an hour

over the land so you want to pay

attention to your GPS speed on your GPS

somewhere if you have one there is a

little logo that says GPS speed and it

reads out in knots so you need to pay

attention to this in order to properly

gain some sort of clear assessment of

how fast you are traveling over the land

does believe it or not the bottom is

what you're traveling over which is land

the first form of trolling we're gonna

go over is the most basic form of

folding which is tap water flowing you

want to get out you want to go for

dolphin bonita tuna anything that may

hit something up on top you want to

throw out you know a billy bait turbo

slammer or a pink skirt you know set

them out on some spinning gear maybe a

light conventional rod and just go for

it have a good old time not trying to

get too complicated

basic basic trolling good to go so when

I am doing this I tend to set my GPS

speed between 6 and 10 knots

now that is if I'm trolling just

artificials you can really pick up your

speed if you're trolling just

artificials you do not have to worry

about outrunning the fish they will be

able to catch you at 10 knots but

typically I try to stay between the six

to eight knot range with that now let's

say for instance you have an Islander

and you've got some rope bait behind it

like a ballyhoo or a mullet and you're

trolling deck with some fresh bait or

frozen bait you don't want to go so fast

you'll wash your bait out in a very

short period of time so you're going to

want to slow it down a little bit if I'm

trolling baits such as Valley news or

mullets I will tend to slow it down and


between five and seven knots and again

you want to watch how fast you don't

because you don't want your bait to wash

out so if you're going against the

current you might want to back it down

to more of the five not era if you're

going with the current you can pick it

up a little bit to seven knots and have

the fish chase you down

remember trolling is about triggering an

impulse bite it's not about giving the

fish a chance to come up and examine

your baby alright so that's the basics

for top water hole I want to go over is

planet rolling one of my favorite to do

we've done in a bunch in the last few

episodes you can check it out I go over

in detail what you need to do so you get

set out your planer you got your sea

which with your little squirt squid and

a Bonita strip hooked up what is the

best speed control app for this I tend

to go between 6 and 8 knots with a

planner with or against the current I

try to keep it up it makes lots of times

you're going for king fish when you're

trolling a planer in my area and it's a

really booking speed and it makes the

king fish chase it down and also once

they hit it it there you're going so

fast that it ganks them right up to the

surface and it makes them swim

streamline and it makes it easier to

reel in and handline in at the same time

so six to eight knots for a plane next

we're gonna talk about high speed

trolling what you're gonna do is you're

gonna let your high speed trolling lure

out typically a nice size wahoo lure

you're gonna let it out and about you

know four to five knots and then you're

gonna pick up the speed you're gonna be

want to travel between 14 and 18 knots

you can't drop it down to twelve but you

typically want to be going higher than

fourteen what high speed trolling does

is it eliminates all bycatch so if you

are in the right depth and your high

speed trolling for wahoo which is

typically between one

in 300 feet where most of the walk would

hang out you will only be pretty much

hit tuna or walketh if you go in

shallower than 150 and you're in about

120 feet Barracuda can't chase down the

high speed trolling Lord and it will

destroy your 50 60 70 80 how much ever

dollar value your lure is so remember

high speed trolling you want to be

between 14 and 18 knots and make sure

you pay attention to that depth to when

you're doing it now I want to talk about

live bait trolling also known as bump

troll so what you've done is you've gone

out and you've called a live Bonita or

you have a live mullet or a pilchard and

you want to set them out and you want to

troll them you can put a weight on drag

them down to the bottom you can leave

them up on top you can have some sort of

spread a little bit of everything

covering the water column you don't want

to put a live bait on a planer it

doesn't really work but that's not what

we're talking about we're talking about

the speed

it's called buff trolling for a reason

you're genuinely just drifting with the

current what you want to do is you want

to put your boat in forward bump it and

forward put it back in neutral and let

it go keep your line tight don't let it

go slack because then you're not

dragging your bait through the water

enticing a bite you're your bait is on a

hook which is going to make it act like

an injured fish but bump trolling is

precisely that you're not really

trolling you're kind of drifting with

the current you bumping it forward and

you let it go back in to neutral this

you there's no real speed for it it's as

slow as you can go

you're basically drifting a live bait an

important thing to know about trolling

and trolling speed is it's it's an

involved process

trolling properly in maintaining your

speed is not a

and forget anything you don't go okay

man I'm good on that six not some troll

on a good walk away turn away to go get

a water you sandwich you turn around you

don't got weeds on their lines of

nothing you're good to go and you're

just going numb the current changes

you're behind waves you're going against

the current you're going into wait you

got to constantly monitor that and try

to maintain a constant speed now that

being said once you find the speed in

the direction or whatever you may do

that the fish are hitting you want to

repeat that process if you're going

against the current at six knots and the

fish are hitting net keep doing that if

you find that you slow it down or you

speed it up and they're doing that and

you're going you're heading straight in

fishing is about repeating the process

once you find the fish there's no reason

to change it they're right there unless

it's not the fish you're looking for and

or it's the wrong species change it up

figure it out that's you know why it's

called fishing and not catching so again

the scope of trolling is very large if I

skipped out anything I did not do it

intentionally I just wanted to get some

basic understanding and some general

knowledge out to share with everyone if

there's any questions that you have

something that you think I may have

skipped that is very important please

let me know like I said I don't claim to

know everything I'm just trying to share

this knowledge and make it so that

everyone can go off and be happy campers

fishing for this episode hope you have

fun I hope you learned a little bit

about trolling speed till next time

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