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Spring Trolling Advice Out Of Olcott


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So I am planning to take of this coming week for our first spring trolling adventure for browns.  I heard the spring bite is hot this year and its something I have always wanted to try.  I have a 19ft Tracker with an electric and a 9.9 kicker.   I guess my questions are how concerned should I be with rocks in close 5 - 15ft near Olcott?  Also should I run  with my salmon setups with a lighter leader?  They are spooled with 25lb mono.  I was planning on pulling stick baits back about 120 and maybe one planer board,  Would the electric be best?  If so what speed?  Thanks is advance for any advice.

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Been out about a dozen times already this year out of olcott and shallow water bite has been hot almost every trip. Avg between 30-75+ bites off the water by 1030 am most days. We usually quit when all 50 release clips make it to the boards but a couple days that happened by 830 so we brought em in and re set. Been fishing between hopkins and keg with a 6-8 rod spread, 6-10 fow doing well in every color water u could imagine except pure mud pockets and gin clear stretches. Lots of doubles, triples and a few quads with browns and cohos making up most of daily catch but lakers, kings, smallies, steelies a couple nice Atlantic's and even a pike mixed in. Top baits are jr. Thundersticks, rapala f9s, j9s, challengers and just about any shallow stick that looks fishy. They definitely key in on a particular action and color most days depending on current direction and water color so it pays to vary the spread. Good luck man, it's def hot out there right now.

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Great thanks for the info.  How is the rocks situation?  Do I need to know the water well or be particularly cautious?

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Stay away from inside of broken riff raff piers just east of harbor piers and you'll be fine with rocks if u stay deeper than 6 fow between hopkins and keg. I'd use your 9.9 kicker and your electric just to steer if it's bow mount anyway. Target speeds for us out there are 2.2-2.8 depending on current direction.

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Stay away from inside of broken riff raff piers just east of harbor piers and you'll be fine with rocks if u stay deeper than 6 fow between hopkins and keg. I'd use your 9.9 kicker and your electric just to steer if it's bow mount anyway. Target speeds for us out there are 2.2-2.8 depending on current direction.

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