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Old 13-11-2010, 18:11   #1
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Utility Fishing Gear ?

What is a good source for utility trolling fishing gear ? By utility I mean gear that is not intended to be sportsmanlike in the sense of fighting the poor fish, but rather designed to simply hook and reel in dinner.

We're currently trolling with a couple of light weight poles and 30# line and fortunately we usually catch only kelp but even that is a struggle with the lightweight gear at 4-5 kts. I'm thinking something like a short pole with 60-70# line and a small winch would be better

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Old 13-11-2010, 18:36   #2
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Just get a Cuban yoyo and some surgical tubing (better than bungee cord), 100 pound test line and a good pair of gloves. For a lure I've found cedar plugs to be cheap and good.





If you're going to use a pole get a good sturdy one but the most important part will be a good reel. They are not cheap. The cheap ones are useless.
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There was a good thread about similar a while ago..,, http://www.cruisersforum.com/forums/f61/fishing-reel-44794.html

You really can’t go wrong with a decent quality overhead reel with 10-15kg line and a matching trolling rod. There are some great suggestions in the above thread.
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Second yo-yo gear for trolling from a sailboat.

Sail Delmarva: Yo-Yo Fishing

We carry 5 cuban yo-yos, each with a different rig, depending on conditions. We generally set 2-3 at a time.

We also carry a variety of fishing poles for other uses, but all of the trolling is with the yo-yos.

Basically, the yo-yo works as a poor mans winch and for lure/leader/weight storage. Simple, compact, dependable, and cheap too.
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Second yo-yo gear for trolling from a sailboat.
Excellent answers.

Many thanks to all. I wish there was a button to do that thanks to all

A yo-yo or two or three are in our future.



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I troll up to eight lines at a time behind Exit Only using the yo-yos. I use a very large lure just behind the stern to create turbulence to excite the fish. Then I have a couple of rows of lures at two different distances off the stern.
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