trolling too fast

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  1. brad gustafson

    brad gustafson New Member

    Good morning Wondering if anyone has any ideas on how to slow trolling speed for my 42 ft X Fish boat.
    im running a Scotty electric downrigger 15 lbs ball.
    D333 Cat
  2. Big Green Machine

    Big Green Machine Well-Known Member

  3. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    Less than $4 each buy two make your own rope handle and hang one off each side of the boat doesn't need to be behind to slow you down.


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  4. ryanb

    ryanb Well-Known Member

    Not so sure that a 5 gallon bucket or two is going to make much difference to the speed of a 42ft. If you can get down to 4mph that's probably slow enough to catch fish. Blow back on your riggers will be the problem. 20lb ball will help, also fish gear that works better at higher speeds like conventional (not tubby) plugs, hoochies etc.

    Why don't you tell us how slow you can go?
  5. cuttlefish

    cuttlefish Well-Known Member

    I used to tow two 32” diam. sea anchors/drift socks/drogues when fishing sockeye from my 42’ troller. One from each pole. Didn’t need them for Chinook or coho. Also, towing six lines instead of two downriggers would help to slow The boat down. My target speed over ground used to be 2.4 kn for Chinook and 2.7 kn for coho. Target speed for sockeye was much slower due to fleet congestion...
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  6. Brando

    Brando Active Member

    Ideally a Yamaha f25ht center mounted.

    Used the bucket technique in the past it works but you may need 4 of them.
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  7. TheHurtLocker

    TheHurtLocker Crew Member

    Just troll 6" plugs all good!
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  8. Dogbreath

    Dogbreath Well-Known Member

    ^ this
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  9. walleyes

    walleyes Crew Member

    This here is the ticket, we use them for Walleye fishing often, and they store away easy.
  10. Nitroholic

    Nitroholic Member

    trolling valve
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  11. lemmy

    lemmy Member

    Hi , I've used one of those drift socks on my friends 42' trawler. It got us slowed down just enough for fishing flashers. Bit of a pain in the ass to he honest .Need 5o be quite far back to "catch and open " , bit of interference on turns with rigger lines , etc. . I made a bridle up thru scuppers to get it centered . Did this to see if I could get the boat slowed down enough for sockeye . He'll be catching the fast ones... lol. I'd just fish spoons and plugs if I were fishing coho and springs. More fun without the flasher too. If you plan on fishing alot off the big boat, a 25hp kicker like mentioned above would be the ticket.
  12. SpringVelocity

    SpringVelocity Well-Known Member

    The drift sock good option as you can use as safety device also.
  13. Ian wagner

    Ian wagner Active Member

    Possibly install outrigger poles with stablizers thats how commercial trollers do it and making your boat much more stable in bouncy seas
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