Here off the coast of Fort Lauderdale we have a couple of different techniques of trolling. Trolling the reefs for kingfish and bonitos and trolling off shore for Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tunas and some times a Blue Marlin.
First trolling the reef:
When trolling the reef 90% of our bites are on our deep lines, so we troll with 2 planner boards that take the bait about 45 feet down along with 3 baits skipping across the surface at about 5 to 6 knots.
Once we get a kingfish bite 9 out of 10 times both deep rods will get hit at the same time. These fish like to travel in schools so we’ll make big circles around where we got our first bite and BAM every time we circle we should get anther bite. (Well that’s how we like for it to work)
Trolling off shore:
When trolling off shore we like to troll a little faster to cover more ground. We usually troll 5 to 6 baits on the surface at 6 to 8 knots. We don’t like trolling our planners off shore due to the resistance that the planners cause, but if we find something floating like a weed patch or a piece of wood just about anything floating might hold some fish.
When trolling off shore we are always ready for the mother load! We like to have spinner rods ready for casting to a school of Mahi Mahi.
Usually when there is 1 Mahi Mahi there will be more with him. (They like to travel in schools)
If we see the tunas busting on the surface we drop our baits way back and making BIG wide circles around the school trying no to scare the school down deep.
The bottom line to having a productive day of off shore trolling is to keep calm and organized and always keep at least one fish in the water till another is hooked. This helps keep the school of fish around the boat. It’s all about keeping control of the chaos and making sure our customers and crew are safe. It can get pretty crazy when every rod has a fish on and everyone is yelling and having a ball!!