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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Ed View Post
    A 4 stroke troll motor would be nice to have..... but

    a new battery for that Electric troll motor would be a lot cheaper way to get down to .9 to 1.7 mph for kok's.

    Down riggers are also nice to have but as mentioned.........
    leadcore and regular old lead weights from 3/8oz up to 3 oz. will get your gear to the fish.

    The "Fish Finder" is the #1 unit that you will need to locate and catch kokanee.
    anything else is just improvements..............

    Good fishing.

    True True... I was thinking about the trolling motor battery as well... might be another option at some point.
    The wife gave me a Simrad Go7XSR for my birthday last year so the one new thing on the boat is the fish finder.

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Reels--the 4600 Abu Garcia with clicker is one many koke fishermen use. For multi-specie, get the slightly larger Abu 5500. Both are around $60-100, if you get them on sale. If you don't like or want a reel with a clicker, a standard bait casting reel used for bass fishing will work great (I have four Daiwa Lexa 100's). Decent ones start around $70-80. Might try looking on craigslist or ebay for used reels, might be surprised what you can find while also saving money.

    Rods--the rod of choice seems to be a 7-7'6" ultralight/light powered rod with a moderate action. Price varies from about $40 (Shakespeare) to over a hundred depending on brand. Fisherman's Warehouse will usually have a nice selection at different price points. Might want to look on craigslist or ebay too.

    You will get many different opinions on rods and reels. Just have to figure out what you really need/want and how much you are willing to spend, then have fun buying and trying.

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    A 4 stroke troll motor would be nice to have..... but

    a new battery for that Electric troll motor would be a lot cheaper way to get down to .9 to 1.7 mph for kok's.

    Down riggers are also nice to have but as mentioned.........
    leadcore and regular old lead weights from 3/8oz up to 3 oz. will get your gear to the fish.

    The "Fish Finder" is the #1 unit that you will need to locate and catch kokanee.
    anything else is just improvements..............

    Good fishing.

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Thank you all for your awesome advice! For another question what would be your go to budget rod/reel for someone wanting to get into trolling for trout/koke?

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Consider going out to the lake with an experienced troller who would be willing to show you the techniques. Much like going out with a guide, the experienced troller can shorten your learning period (though we all keep learning even after 60+ years of fishing). The veteran troller can demo the equipment he uses and explain why he prefers such and you can make a more informed choice. I started trolling in the early 70's with leadcore line spooled on a Penn 209MS and my 8' striper rod (a Garcia conolon 4 star.. wish I still had that rod). Trout fished Folsom, Caples, Berryessa, Ice House and Koke fished Bullard's Bar. My 12' Valco had a M. Wards 7.5 hp 2 stroke with a plate. My electronics consisted of a Lowrance flasher. Not the most efficient combination but it got me enough fish to keep me interested.

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Chamberlian downrigger release.
    That's all I have to say about that!
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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    When the money is available get yourself a 4 stroke kicker and some electric down riggers. In the mean time you can troll with lead core line. At least this time of year the lakes will be turning over and the fish will be in the top 20 feet. You can also use lures that like to trolled faster such as speedy shiners, needle fish and rapalas. They like to be trolled from 3 - 4 mph.

    Good luck and congrats on fixing up the old boat for some family fun.
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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    We produce a ton of trolling content on our YouTube channel. There are literally hours of info on every aspect of trolling all of the waters of California for all species.


    https://www.youtube.com/user/KelloggOutdoors


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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Maybe look into some leadcore .. You can get down 20-30' with lead core no problem and the trout will start coming up in the top 10' pretty soon when the cold water down below makes its way to the top. Each color of lead core is 5' depth so you just let out 2 or 3 different colors of the line and you will be down 10-15'
    Or use an egg sinker before your leader and that will get you down some also. I used leadcore yesterday in the afterbay at about 20 ft down and we landed 4 fat steelhead. Love lead core, I leave my downriggers at home as much as possible. Kokanee tho you can catch them shallow also but they seem to be always under 40' somewhere .

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    Re: Need advice on how to get into the trolling game...

    Thank you guys so much! Really appreciate all the feedback! When its time for a kicker I will definitely be going with a 4 stroke. At some point id like to upgrade the old 2 stroke as well. When it runs, it runs great... when it decides to play tricks its a real pain! Ill start looking for some downriggers and go from there I suppose! Im sure ill have alot more questions when I actually get to the fishing part! Thanks again everyone.

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