Offshore trolling tricks

There is a lot of bluewater out there and one of the best ways of covering the ground is by trolling but as Al McGlashan explains there are still a few tricks to getting the bites.

Strikezone carved a path through the slight chop with four lures splashing and bubbling in the wake like obedient dogs on a lead. From the helm I switched my attention between the electronics and scanning the horizon as well as keeping a visual on the lures. We had one more advantage and that was Strikecam our underwater troll camera which gave us an amazing view of anything that approached the lures.

The water was warm and blue but just as the satellite charts had shown there were with no temperature break for us to focus our efforts on. As a result we had opted to troll and search for gamefish. After two hours of trolling with the tide change approaching a dorsal suddenly emerged in the spread. The marlin paused for a moment as if deciding which lure to strike then charged forward and in a single slashing motion engulfed the short rigger.

On the Strikecam it looked awesome but what was more amazing was the second fish shadowing below. The rod loaded up and drag screamed as the hooks dug in.

Typical of striped marlin the fish launched out of the water crashing across the surface in a spectacular display before sounding. Twenty minutes of swift boat work saw the fish boat side and released. Quickly setting the spread again we headed back to the spot we had initially hooked up at and were instantly rewarded with a gang back attack. There must have been several fish in the spread but two came up tight and we suddenly found ourselves in all sorts of trouble trying to control to fish heading in different directions.