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Lazy-Ike peb
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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 08:47 PM 04/04/07 (CST)
I have backed trolled for wallies and front trolled. I have done real goodtrolling front wards but my question is Why do you guy's troll backwards ? I have fished for many years but this has me stumped ooo smiley ooo smiley ooo smiley catch you on the flip side dang I do not how this got posted twice sorry ooo smiley

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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 09:04 PM 04/04/07 (CST)
Okay...

I backtroll a lot. In fact, I catch more eyes by drifting over structure then backtrolling against the wind, then drifting over the structure, etc. etc.

A couple of things I've noticed. I get more bites backtrolling when the wind is up. I get more bites drifting when the wind is down. I've talked to buddies about this and I have a theory, might be wacky, but here it is. I think it has to do with a combination of movement and noise. Yep, you heard me... noise. Have you ever noticed fishing by a bridge, when a boat goes by, you might get a bite, or a few people up on shore might get a bite? Not sure why, but when we are in the doledrums, I sometimes HOPE a boat will come by. It has happened to me many times on a river or parked by a bridge.

Now, when I am out on the water, and the wind is up, the waves are hitting the transom and the boat is naturally going slower then your drift and the motor is making noise... WHAM, I'll get a hit on those types of days. The drift may still produce a bite or two, but it seems the more aggresive hits and just more hits, period, are on the backtroll.

However, I have found that when things are calm, and there is not a lot of noise, and fishing might be tough, a slow drift just bumping a jig off of rocks, will be a better bet. And the backtroll may seem too fast and noisy. Once again, you may still get a hit on the backtroll, and sometimes they may still be more aggresive, but a majority of my bites will happen with the drift.

One last reason for backtrolling is if you got 3 or more in the boat, it's a lot easier to control everyone's lines off the bow. It's a bummer chewing up lines with your prop!

Just my 2 cents worth.



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 06:08 AM 04/05/07 (CST)
It's a great question. Backtrolling is a great way to finesse fish with live bait for walleyes that are tightly grouped. In walleye fishing, boat control is really as much a part of your presentation as your rod and lure or bait are. Backtroling against the wind allows you precision control in following structure. For example: Let's say the walleyes are along a weed edge at 14 fow. You can follow that 14 foot depth by concentrating on your depth finder and keeping the transom facing the wind. If you try trolling forward the wind will take the bow and put you off course. When the bite is tough, any deviation of a couple of feet can take you out of "the zone" and then your Bass fishing. smile smiley It also allows you to present your bait much slower because when your Lindy rigging live bait you want the bait swimming as naturally as possible. You don't want to be "towing" your bait.

The other reason for back trolling is not talked about as much but is just as important. When you're running the motor, your bait is "in the zone" first. grin smiley









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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 07:51 AM 04/05/07 (CST)
Good question Lazy-Ike peb like the guys said you go slower when back trolling ..
but that's not the only reason i like to back Trol ..
the guy in back of the boat needs a shower smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley smile smiley
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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 08:16 AM 04/05/07 (CST)
Lazy Ike,
These guys summed it up perfectly. Interesting theory WebDude. Never thought of that but it kinda makes sense now that I think of it.



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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 08:41 AM 04/05/07 (CST)
yep, same reasons, slow speed, easier to control the boat in wind, and 3 people fishing. Never thought about the sound of the waves hitting the back of the transom.....
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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 04:54 PM 04/05/07 (CST)
thanks guys I will do more back trolling now when I go after wallies most of the time I thought noise from the boat would spook the fish but I guess in some instances a little noise may be good catch you on the flip side


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Daily Subscription Msg 8 Posted: 09:36 PM 04/05/07 (CST)
Never heard of the sound thing, but have noticed an uptick in bites when there is a commotion on the water. Primarily for walleyes, though. Not sure about other fish.

Of course, I wouldn't be sitting on shore throwing rocks in the water trying to get them to bite smile smiley


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Daily Subscription Msg 9 Posted: 11:35 AM 04/06/07 (CST)
It all makes sense why Web Dude has loved it when I come racing up on him in the boat on a calm day. smile smiley

I can think an awefull lot in the boat by myself but I think someone is a new champion! shocked smiley

I strictly used it for speed and control. I rarely have had to backtroll but will be using it more to see if Webdudes thoughts will prove to be true.



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