Trolling Fishing, Tips And Tricks To Practice Trolling

What is trolling and how to do it?

Curry fishing, cacea , or in English, trolling , is one of the most practiced sport fishing modalities by sea fishermen, basically the trolling technique of throwing the fishing line into the water from a boat that drags the tackle after Yes. It is also carried out in fluvial waters, in reservoirs, lakes or wide rivers. For the lure, the so-called trolling exciters are usually used , they are artificial baits of a lot of color, very showy and sometimes they are accompanied by feathers, what is sought is to draw as much attention as possible to predatory fish, these lures imitate swimming to the prey of these predators, many fishermen prefer natural baits due to the smell they give off.

The trolling has possible alternatives, the surface, mid-bottom or great depth trolling , being able to choose different catches depending on which bottom this type of sport fishing is carried out .

Types of trolling

If we talk about curry fishing at great depths, we refer to fishing with a more commercial nature and if we do it on the surface or a few meters from it, trolling is more sporting and recreational.

coastal trolling

This type of fishing is called surface curry fishing, we must bear in mind that coastal trolling is practiced at a maximum distance of 12 miles from the coast . The most common catches are of medium or small sizes, although this will depend on the fishing area, although normally the fish that inhabit the areas near the coast looking for food are medium-sized. The bait is a very important factor since success in curry fishing will largely depend on it . From my own experience, using natural baits in this type of fishing tends to attract more generous catches in size, although glider-type lures for trolling should not be neglected., in many cases really effective. The species of fish that we will fish near the coast may be:

  • golden
  • Serviolas
  • Melvas
  • Palometas
  • lilies

Background troll

As we have seen, this fishing specialty is more predisposed to being carried out for commercial purposes, although there are many sports fishermen who like to carry out the curry at relatively greater depths, from 10 to even 50 meters deep . In bottom trolling what we are going to be able to choose is to capture large pieces, of great size and weight. It is important to use suitable sinkers to be able to access the required depths, although there is the alternative of using downriggers , both electric and manual, to bring our gear much more precisely to the depths of the sea, in search of the great sea monsters. The most characteristic species of this modality are:

  • breams
  • crappie
  • Pargos
  • large fish

Tips and tricks for trolling

  • Use vinyl octopus lures with raffia, these trolling are very effective
  • Use various types of length and depth in your fishing lines , with this you will be able to choose different species that live at different depths
  • Adapt the speed of your boat depending on the type of catch you want to fish, up to 7 knots for tuna fishing , no more than 3 knots for horse mackerel fishing
  • Keep in mind the meters of distance between the lure and the boat , there are many fish such as sea bass, which are more skittish and bite about 100 meters away, while some tuna do it at just 10 meters
  • Practice and practice , especially if you fish deep or medium deep, to know with certainty at what depths our lure navigates, only experience will be what gives us information and we can act accordingly
  • If you want to make your lure go down faster, use lead filled thread, the so-called leaded Dacron , another alternative is to use steel cable called monel , also the use of gliders or parbanes will make the bait go down to the bottom at high speed
  • So that you have reference data, trolling fishermen do not usually sail at more than 4 knots and the recommended distances from the boat to the lure varies between 10 and 500 meters

What is the best material for curry fishing?


Fishing equipment must be used according to the type of fish species that we are looking for , it is useless to use ultra-powerful fishing equipment and material when we are going to fish a few meters from the surface where the potential catches will be small and the demand that will give the team will be minimal, with the loss of sensitivity in the dive that it entails. Using provided material is the key to success.

trolling rods

Regarding trolling rods , the ideal is that their resistance ranges between 12 and 30 pounds maximum, it is possible to use up to 4 rods on our boat, although this will also depend on the space we have on deck. We will use light fishing rods for surface fishing, with roller rings if possible to detect the bite quickly and be able to keep an eye on the collection of the line as soon as possible. To fish thoroughly, we will have to give a little more power and resistance as well as length to be able to sustain the large prey that we will have to battle. A cheaper alternative, although somewhat less advisable, is the use of using a simple nylon thread held by hand., it can be an option as long as the species are very small since you could get hurt if we catch fish of a larger size.

Trolley reels

The best are the spinning reel multiplier reels , this type of fishing reels are the strongest and most resistant, ideal for bottom curry when we are looking for those large marine predators, we cannot risk using medium or small size reels since they It is safer that they are not able to withstand the onslaught of large tuna , another thing is if we are fishing curry on the surface, in this case any reel with a fixed spool will be worth it, as you have seen, the fishing equipment should always be in line with the type of fish that we are going to catch. Trolling reels have large spoolswith a capacity for many meters of line since fishing distances can reach up to 500 meters, many fishermen opt for the use of electric reels for better and faster line collection.

thread and line

The thread must be thick and very resistant for the bottom curry , a good option is to choose braided thread to gain greater resistance, although to be able to reach faster and gain depth in a short time, the use of leaded Dacron is an excellent option.

curry lures

It is convenient to adapt our lures to the type of curry fishing that we are going to do, since the inappropriate use of these gear will result in either the loss of catches or, worse, loss or breakage of the material.

Mostly we can distinguish two types of lures:

  • Hooks with natural bait
  • Artificial baits or lures

For fans who choose natural bait, the use of triple or jig fishing hooks is recommended , since in this way the bait will hold more firmly to our hook and we will not have the problem of losing it along the way. In artificial lures there are many options, from vinyl octopuses with very bright colors, exciters with feathers to attract the attention of predators, in any case, it is best to use lures with striking colors that act as a claim to the different types Of fishes.

What dates are the best for fish curry?

It is possible to do it throughout the year in places where there are no big storms, but perhaps the best time in Spain is in Spring and Autumn , but without a doubt, where the best results are obtained are the months of low temperatures in Winter .

What kind of species can I fish?

This will depend on the area, season of the year, meters away from the coast and other factors that influence trolling, but in general terms these are the most representative species of this type of fishing.

  • Bonito
  • Palometa
  • Serviola
  • palometón
  • Lubin
  • Lightning
  • Bacoreta
  • Mackerel
  • Meros
  • Dentones
  • At the same time
  • Corvinas
  • lemon fish