Some trout fishermen spend tons of cash buying PowerBait. Others try their luck with salmon eggs or expensive lures. On occasion, these methods can work, but there is a much, much cheaper and more effective method to catching trout.
In the following, I’ll highlight the “secrets” most fishing pros use to consistently catch trout.
Most trout fishermen already know this, but you really need to have thin line if you want to catch trout. The reason why is because trout can see thicker line, and this scares them away.
As long as your pole has adjustable “drag,” you’ll be good to go. The rest is just personal preference. All the drag does is let you choose how much you want the fish to be able to fight with you. Depending on how you adjust your drag, the fish will either be able to fight you for a long time, or you’ll be able to reel them right in. The tricky part for this, though, is finding that magic amount of drag that lets the fish fight you without winning the fight! It’s important to have some drag-and let the fish fight-because you don’t want to accidentally unhook the fish while he’s still in the water!
Trout need small hooks primarily because they have small mouths. I personally use a No. 6 hook or smaller. Anything bigger will be too big for the trout to be able to swallow it.
Here’s where I save tons of money and am still just as successful-if not more successful-than most fisherman. Most fishermen will tell you to use PowerBait, a fancy jig, or any variety of methods. I, on the other hand, will tell you to spend less than $1 on a back or about six neon worms. The worms aren’t very long at all- just a few inches. Neon orange worms tend to work best, but pink can also get the job done. Any other colors may work, but you’ll be rolling the dice.
How to bait the book
To bait the hook, just slide the plastic work long-ways up the hook so you cover all of the long part of the hook- including the eye-and just have the pointy part showing. If done right, you work’s tail will extent a couple of inches past the bottom of the book.
Where the lead sinker goes
About a foot past the hook, go ahead and put one or two small-sized lead sinkers. You’ll adjust the weights depending on the current and water level. The faster the current, the more weights you’ll need. The lower the water level, the less distance you’ll have between the weight and hook.
How to catch the trout
After you have everything set up, cast out and let the current take your work. The weight will keep the work toward the bottom of the water, which is what you want. Basically, the higher up you have the weights, the farther from the bottom you’ll be. This is just something folks have to play with to get just right. Regardless, all you do after you cast is just wait. That’s it. Just let the current take your worm, hold the pole (and make sure no line is coming out of the reel), and wait until your line goes as far as the current will let it. Before too long, you should have a fish hit your work. When this happens, you’ll know it! When the fish hits, just jerk your pole up to set the hook, and start reeling in your prize.
If you’re not having any luck in your spot, just move to a new spot. A few feet can make a huge difference. In my experiences, you’ll have the most luck if you’re in a spot with relatively fast-moving water, but this method should work well just about anywhere! If you’re in a spot where the water is completely still, just cast out like normal, wait for a bit like normal, and then start slowly reeling in.
Before you know it, with this method, you should be a successful trout fisherman!