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    Re: trolling speed

    Look for the pulse mentioned by Frankm. It has a pattern that repeats. And doing the "One one thousand, two one thousand" is right. I can't remember if there are two or three pulses in that sequence but you will see the pattern.

    Telling someone speed on a river (or moving body of water) is useless unless their speed is given by a paddle wheel sensor. Water speed (NOT GPS) is the only speed that counts. Your lure only cares about the speed the "water" moves over it. So GPS speed means nothing unless the water is still like in most lakes.

    If you have a 3 mph current and that happens to be the speed your lure likes you would throw out an anchor and the lure would work perfect. But at this point your water speed is 3 mph and your GPS (ground) speed is 0 mph. So if you headed against the current so your GPS showed 3 mph and the water is going the opposite at the still 3 mph your lure's water speed is now 6 mph cause of the opposite directions of water and your speed.

    Anyway, the best thing to do is get that pulse every second as described above and look at your engine's RPM or trolling motor setting. Look at how fast water bubbles and such pass your hull. That will be the proper speed in any direction of current. So going up current you could hardly move at all but if you give more RPM to your motor then you will see your "pulse speed" of your flasher increase greatly.

    Sorry for the long post. You are likely fully aware of this but many aren't. If you ever have an airplane pilot that doesn't understand the difference between Air speed (like water) and ground speed you will DIE in that flight. haha!

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    Last edited by RideNfish; 10-08-2019 at 04:49 PM.

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    Re: trolling speed

    Lure speed are very different:
    Kwikfish/Flatfish=slow
    Spinners=medium
    Cut-plug=fast (disclaimer: from what I have seen and been told, so don't see this as law)

    Spinners can run with either a Kwikfish or a cut-plug at a medium speed, but a Kwikfish can't run very well with a cut-plug at a fast speed just as a cut-plug will not work very well at a slow Kwikfish speed.

    As for trolling speed, it is dependent on what part of the river you are fishing and if tides are a factor. Speeds used around Vierra's will be different than a speed used north of Sac due to incoming/outgoing and river flow current.

    So what area are you planning on trolling to get a more specific answer?

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    Re: trolling speed

    If using pro troll be sure to use enough weight 8- 10 oz min on the Rogue with spinner or brads

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    Re: trolling speed

    3-3.5 mph downstream. Look for the rod pulse of 1001, 1002 etc. If that goes away, lure is dirty or on the bottom.

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    Re: trolling speed

    People say 3.5 down river and up river depends on current

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    Re: trolling speed

    The protroll takes considerably more speed than a kwik, and a bit more than a spinner. Not sure the exact speed as I don't run them.
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    trolling speed

    Would like to know what speed is everyone trolling at? Want to try trolling a cut plug 11" pro troll rig on one rod and spinner or flat fish on another

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