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Also do you run the blades off the rigger or on the line with the lure?
the Sexy Smelt is a color of spoon. I run vertical trolls or spacer from the ball to the release. On that day, i just had spacers- esentially Stack of Smelt veritcals with no blades. This gives me 3 vertical feet from where the release stops and the ball with the horizontals begin.
We picked up two over by Wellington, the ledges, and the islands later in the morning. There was much more fish though on the opposite side of the launch.
I am sure if you were there you would have caught plenty of fish with your existing setup.
Rule #1 of lake fishing is find the fish - location and depth. Rule #2 is everything else; including setup, lures, speed, etc and that is a confidence thing.
Although it is a pain sometimes to pick up lines after setting them, if I have gotten nothing by 1 hour of trolling and see marginal activity on the sonar, I will pick up and reset lines as little at 500 yards away. As to slow troll to that new spot will take much more time then to pull up, motor, and reset.
I usually have a 3 location strategy when going into any lake.
It just so happened my 3 locations pleasantly turned into 1. I would have then tried the point on the opposite side going into the large opening, and then off the ledges and the island.
The risk with this strategy is that you might be leaving the spot where there are fish and the bite is not on, or the fish move to where you have left.
I remember one WinniDerby where the bite turned on late afternoon. Who new? At that point I was working new area and missed all the action. I think it was a few years back on Friday afternoon.
But this is fishing after all. Not an exact science.
Do you have a picture of the blades or no blades you are using? Thanks again for all the help. I was using everything from thinfish spoons to top gun winni smelt with not luck. I was running two lines on one rigger about 10 feet apart. I didnt have any blades but dont usually. Should I always be using some sort of attractor off the ball?