Trolling is a method in which a baited lure is drawn through the water either by a boat or by slowly winding in the line from a stationary location. Some anglers even utilize trolling lures by sweeping the line from side to side when fishing from a jetty.
Trolling specifically targets blue water pelagic fish or bottom fish such as pike, blue fish, salmon, sea bass, Muskie, trout, walleye, black bass, and striped bass. However, successfully utilizing the trolling method isn’t guaranteed success as the right trolling lure still needs to be used.
Strike Pro Belly Buster
One lure that is very effective is the Strike Pro Belly Buster and it is one of the premier walleye trolling lures. Additionally, smallmouth and largemouth bass love this bait. It vibrates wildly and emits a sound that is sure to draw fish in. This bait is both efficient in freshwater and saltwater and is also great for casting when trolling is not an option. The VMC 9650BN hooks and split rings crafted from stainless steel are sure to hook the fish and keep him hooked. Top everything off with the world renowned finish, and you have a bait that it very versatile and efficient.
The Salmo Hornet is considered to be one of the best freshwater trolling lures and is the number one selling lure in Europe. In fact, demand was so high for this bait in the 2006 season that Salmon USA began limiting their supply so that every angler had a chance to use this lure. The Salmo Hornet is efficient when fishing for walleye, crappie, bass, and trout as the monumental shaking action drives those big lunkers crazy. This lure is making a splash in tournaments as more and more anglers turn to it as their bait of choice.
Rapala Shad Rap
Anglers also prefer the Rapala Shad Rap as its design closely resembles a baitfish and it features an intense wobbling action that many fish cannot resist. Rapala is known for its legendary balsa wood designs and the Shad Rap is no exception. It can be used as a high speed trolling lure without giving way to negative side effects. Many other crank types of bait are gauged on their performance when compared to the Shad Rap making it a true legendary lure. This bait is good for fishing at different depths as each model has its own range.
Bomber Deep Long A
Another useful trolling lure is the Bomber Deep Long A. This lure offers a tight wiggling and wobbling action when trolled and sends out a highly audible rattle which attracts nearby fish. The lifelike motion really stands out and the sound can draw fish from over long distances. The ability to draw fish from a distance makes this great for trolling.
Rapala Clackin Rap
Finally, many anglers consider the Rapala Clackin Rap to be their “go to” bait. The distinctive sound and high level of vibration entices fish in to investigate and they then witness a trolling lure that they must strike. The secret lies within the sound chamber as a large BB hits the side which produces low frequency clicks. The Rapala Clackin Rap is used best when trolling for pike, bass, and even the elusive catfish.