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Catching Trout From Shore
Author: Trevor Kugler
A favorite activity of many anglers is fishing for trout from
the shore of a lake, especially in the spring of the year when
rivers can become much too high to fish effectively. Many of
these same anglers don't realize some simple techniques that
will enable them to catch more trout while fishing from shore.
Many times the simplest things are the most effective, and in
this case that rule most certainly holds true.
The first thing that needs to be discussed is your gear. You're
not using fishing line that's larger than 6 lb. test are you? I
certainly hope not. My rule is that for trout, line should be no
larger than 6 lb. test. I personally use 4 lb. test, but that's
just my preference. The bottom line is that six pound test
should be the maximum. Trout have very keen senses, including
vision. As your line gets heavier, it becomes much more visible
to the trout.
Next is your fishing rod. With what was just said about fishing
line, obviously light action rods are the heaviest that should
be used for trout fishing. I prefer ultra light, but again,
that's a judgment call. The important thing to know is that
longer rods are usually a better choice for fishing from the
shore. I personally use a six foot six inch ultra light rood for
all of my trout fishing from shore, as opposed to a 5 foot
ultralight rod for my river fishing. In most situations a longer
rod is better for fishing from shore.
Now for the bait. There are many types of bait that can be used
while fishing for trout from shore. Some of these would include:
worms, marshmallows, salmon eggs, dough baits, cheese, and corn.
When fishing for trout from shore, my personal favorite is
Powerbait. You see Powerbait floats, so when rigged properly,
your offering will be floating off the bottom above any
underwater debris. This is a huge advantage to you the angler,
plus the fact that I've always said that they must feed trout
Powerbait in hatcheries, because stocked trout love the stuff.
Seeing as how this is true, Powerbait rigged on a set of gang
hooks is a deadly combination for catching trout from
Now for rigging up. The first things that you need are some egg
sinkers. The size will depend on the conditions. The rule is
that you want just enough weight to keep your bait on the
bottom, but not too much. In normal wind conditions, start with
a 3/8 ounce egg sinker and slip it onto the end of your line.
Now tie a small barrel swivel into your line. This barrel swivel
acts as a stopper for the egg sinker. If the sinker slips over
the swivel, simply attach a small split shot to act as a
stopper. Now tie a set of # gang hooks(#8 or #10) onto
the other end of the barrel swivel. Now add two balls of
Powerbait to each hook. Enough to completely cover the
You're now rigged up. Cast this rig out into the lake and let it
sink. Once it's on bottom, slowly reel in the slack line until
it's tight. Now simply wait for the rod tip to start bouncing.
If nothing happens within 45 minutes or so, reel in and check
your Powerbait. If all is well with your bait, now would be the
time to change colors if you so desire, or stay the course. As
you begin to get bites, you'll notice why the use of gang hooks
is emphasized. Since there are two hooks, you'll hook more fish,
it's as simple as that.
About the author:
Trevor Kugler is co-founder of JRWfishing.com. He has more than
15 years of business experience and 25 years of fishing
experience. He currently raises his 3 year old daughter in the
heart of trout fishing country.....Montana.
Gang Hooks Tied & Ready To Go!