Urban Fishing Bulletin: Trout catching tips part 1
Everybody can fish, but not everybody can catch fish. Why is it that some anglers seem to always have luck and others just drown worms? Often, the difference is in the equipment, the bait, and the way the bait is rigged and presented. For trout, the best equipment is a light to medium-light action rod from 5½ to 6½ feet in length coupled with a bait-casting (push button) reel or spinning reel.
Next is the line. Successful trout anglers will use 2, 4 or 6 pound test line, never heavier. The lighter the line, the more invisible it is to the sight-dependent trout. Many anglers are now using 2- to 4-pound fluorocarbon lines to avoid any chance of arousing suspicion in an interested fish.
The bait that is responsible for more urban trout caught than any other is the scented dough bait, such as Power Bait. Available in many color options, a small ball of Power Bait formed carefully to barely cover a #10 baitholder hook or #14 treble hook is very effective. Top colors that work in urban waters include chartreuse, orange, rainbow, and white.
Also important when fishing with Power Bait is to use minimal weight—either a small split shot or a sliding egg sinker positioned 16-24 inches above the hook. Power Bait floats. This property means that the bite-size, colorful, scented morsel is suspended off the bottom directly in the path of trout that love cruising near the lake bottom.
A smooth cast to deeper water will get your bait out to where the trout are. Once the weight has settled on the bottom, hold the rod still in your hand or set it on the ground or in a rod holder. Slowly reel in the slack line until you can feel the sinker resistance. Now keep the rod very still and wait and watch carefully for a bite.
Trout will hit Power Bait in one of three ways: a hard strike (rare), a soft pick-up away from you (line pulls slightly or with just a tic), or a soft pick-up towards you (line suddenly goes limp). Most often it is best to set the hook immediately at the first indication of a strike. Sweep the rod up quickly and begin to reel. However, there are times when the trout like to pick at the bait for awhile before fully taking it into their mouths. On these occasions, the angler will need to be patient and wait for a second bite, or pause for 2-3 seconds before setting the hook.