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hi.. it occured to me could i be to obsessed with trolling under the water..........i mean could i surface troll close in..ive not tried it..have others..?
would sword fish type teasesrs be of any use here to reaise fish up to the top of the water.........and inccreae a chance of a take....
 

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its a good way for me to catch fish..i know the marks where they are now,its clean easy and effective.also it gets me to use my boat..as its driving it ..rather than drift or anchor..i used to be carp angler i spent to many nights behind dormant rods..

i dont troll all the time as its codding time now..but its great to do under the cliffs through out the summer.i can cover lots of ground..

not everyones cup of tea..but a lot are plugs are designed for trolling use..and i just love to do it...
 

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Egg,
I guess there is no reason why you couldn't troll on top, unfortunately many surface lures require action from the angler to work properly. But a straight popper could be gurgled along behind the boat. Also I think the Flashmer plugs that MrFish mentioned the other day, could work, as they will "WTD" on top under a steady retrieve (or so I understand)
If you want to try something in shallow (poaching bass of us poor shore anglers :lol: :lol: ) My choice would be slow trolled live baits :twisted: , grab some mackerel as you head for the reef, rig then to a single hook with a brindle. And out the back they go. You will have to slow right down, if you get hits, try dropping the live bait back in free spool as the fish will often return and take the bait.

Cost of trying a couple of sets of feathers and some single hooks.
(Plus I bet the average size of the bass will increase as well :twisted: )
 

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Egg,
I guess there is no reason why you couldn't troll on top, unfortunately many surface lures require action from the angler to work properly. But a straight popper could be gurgled along behind the boat. Also I think the Flashmer plugs that MrFish mentioned the other day, could work, as they will "WTD" on top under a steady retrieve (or so I understand)
If you want to try something in shallow (poaching bass of us poor shore anglers :lol: :lol: ) My choice would be slow trolled live baits :twisted: , grab some mackerel as you head for the reef, rig then to a single hook with a brindle. And out the back they go. You will have to slow right down, if you get hits, try dropping the live bait back in free spool as the fish will often return and take the bait.

Cost of trying a couple of sets of feathers and some single hooks.
(Plus I bet the average size of the bass will increase as well :twisted: )
i hardly see anyone fishing the shore along under the cliffs towards brighton..and under seaford head its not ideal for shore anglers..but i take your point..
john darling in his book..advocates float trolling with live baits...
i have been livebaiting this summer on the wrecks..with some success....
i like pirking over them to..but is that an ofay lure technique also..
 

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Fair enough mate, each to their own and whatever, ummmm, floats your boat!
lol...i get the feeling that trolling is not in the realms of..the true art of lure fishing..but its what i do..but i do cast a lure from the boat very close in sometimes ..trolling..its still boat lure fishing..........i think
 

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No, not at all Egg C. I'm far from a plugging snob, mate. I don't know nearly enough to be a snob anyway.

What ever gets you excited when using artificials to catch bass is fine by me mate. Good luck!
 

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i was generlising that trolling could be less glamourous than other methods...as the trolling for big game fish is the pinnicle for me.ive never done it.but would love to..unless a blue marlin swims up the rottingdean shallows it will remain a dream..to be honest i dont see another boat trolling out there where i do..

i would like to maybe step up a notch on my trolling..and try out a lot further with depth aids etc..trolling over a few of the lumpy bits out at 2-3 miles..in depth of 70ft..

need to put my thinking cap on thou..
 

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Sounds superb. My only reservation would be the number of sea birds you are going to attract.

Many years ago I used to shallow troll Redgills and looking down the sharp end of a gannet or a black-backed gull was an occasional hazard (watch your eyes and your hands). And that was a mile or two offshore.
 

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egg-custard said:
hi.. it occured to me could i be to obsessed with trolling under the water..........i mean could i surface troll close in..ive not tried it..have others..?
would sword fish type teasesrs be of any use here to reaise fish up to the top of the water.........and inccreae a chance of a take....

Although next year i will be spending most of my time learning how and where to lure fish for bass from the shore,i also have a small boat and just wanted to ask what kind of water depth do you usually troll in? I did have a go a couple of times around the little orme(llandudno) n. wales, where the water even quite close to the cliffs was still showing 7-10 meters depth.is that too deep? and theres a hell of a current there as well.I Did drop the anchor and try to cast lures but the rip just took the lures away in a flash.even put on a heavy dexter wedge and even that was fishing ok by just holding the rod without having to reel in.Am i waisting my time trying to fish in such a strong current?

Trev
 
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