By Mark Romanack
Anyone who enjoys the art of trolling crankbaits and other fishing hardware has undoubtedly asked themselves…. “How deep are my lures running?” Knowing where your gear is in the water column means everything to a troller who otherwise is fishing blind and literally hoping to blunder into fish.
Enter Precision Trolling stage left. The premise of Precision Trolling is simple. Understanding that certain variables (primarily lead length, line diameter and trolling speed) control the diving depth of crankbaits and other fishing hardware becomes a powerful tool. As a fishing tool, Precision Trolling allows anglers to accurately predict the running depth of their favorite lures and diving devices by simply monitoring the “variables” and then consulting the coveted Precision Trolling Data Dive Curve Charts for specific depth information.
The Dive Curve charts produced by PTD are simple to read XY graphs that show the “feed down” a lure is achieving along the left margin and the “feet back” needed to achieve respective depths along the bottom margin. These Dive Curves shows at a glance the running depth of any lure or device based on a pre-determined lead length, line diameter and trolling speed.
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The 196 Fishmaster is about as close to “perfect” as the author has seen in fishing boats. Deep, wide, super sea worthy and with a fisherman friendly interior, the Fishmaster is just that.
Not many fishermen have owned as many boats as I have. In the past 30 something years I’ve owned and fishedfrom as many boats. Getting a new boat every year is an exciting thing but with this perk in the fishing industry comes the burden of rigging and getting comfortable with a wealth of different boats. Every boat has strengths and weaknesses and my job is to make the best of every boat. That stated, some boats have been near and dear to my heart and others…not so much! To be fair, none of the boats I’ve owned were perfect in every way. A boat that is ideally suited for trolling may not function as the worlds greatest jigging platform. Simply said, fishing boats are a compromise of function, design and value. Finding that best mix within that compromise is one of the hardest challenges a fisherman/boat owner is likely to encounter.