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SOFT BAITING FOR TROUT
By Mike Davis
Hunting & Fishing New Zealand, Rotorua
or many of us, myself included, our first taste of
freshwater fishing was when we were kids armed with a
spinning rod and reel, casting lures out into rivers and lakes,speed from fast to slow, employ a
eagerly anticipating a bite.
By using spinning gear we could cover more water and the depth at which you retrieve your lure through.
subtle twitch into the action of the lure and change
ultimately cover more fish. We got fewer tangles spin fishing and could cast
further than we could with a fly rod.
As we grow older, we progress and seek new challenges in our fishing
techniques and preferences.
Many fresh water anglers end up fly fishing exclusively and sadly never
venture near the spinning rod again. Unfortunately, for many years the flythey're down in the thermocline, I willjig for them.
hing purists have almost looked down on the spin fisherman as a less
skilled angler, but in recent times those attitudes have been changing, and in are in for a shock. The good rods are ultra-light, yet powerful The reels stick
particular with the popularity of soft baiting for trout.
For example, the past five years or so have seen a major increase in
people targeting the massive canal trout of the McKenzie country with soft season. If you fish a wide range of environments for trout that include
baits, with huge success. By swapping out the traditional hard metleslakes, spillways, deep lakes and larger rivers, make sure that you give soft
for more lifelike plastic and rubber baits, by using a variety of differently
weighted jig heads, these monster trout that grow to 40lb have been caught will help you to become a very versatile angler who can turn his or her hand
The North Islanders have been a little slower on the uptake with soft
baiting in freshwater, which is surprising, especially when so many of them
target snapper in the ocean this way. However, over the past little while, a
few of my mates have been using soft baits more regularly on the different
Rotorua lakes and have been enjoying success. The more that we have
embraced soft baiting in different freshwater situations, the more skilful we
have found that we have become when fishing a variety of environments.
Most of all, we have found that different water lends itself better to
Essentially, the same principles are used as you do when you fly fish.
I have been amazed at just how much I have enjoyed soft baiting in the
fresh water. Now, depending on where l am fishing, but especially on the
lakes in the earty morning when the fish are up in the shallows, I will fly fish.
Then, as the fish drop back, Iwill soft bait for them, and then, when
If you haven't picked up a modern spinning combo in recent years, you
with smooth drags, and as for the line-braid is a revolution in itself
How about challenging yourself to diversifying your approach this
baiting a go-l am sure you will find it thoroughly rewarding. Most of all it
to all situations.
ON THE FLX
arying forms or techniques of fishing. In other words, some of the angling
challenges that make fly fishing the great sport it is now have similar
challenges for the spin fisherman, particularly when using soft baits.
In the shallows, whether it is on a lake or small river, fly fishing is king
but as the body of water gets bigger and or deeper, soft baiting comes into
its own. Often when fish are down deep they clearly see the large silhouette
of the soft bait and literally rise up to attack them. With soft baits the angler
can cover much more water, which ultimately means more fish are covered
when in the right zone. Wind also becomes less of a limiting factor.
To cast a spinning rod wel takes as much skill as casting a fly rod ever
did. Having the ability to cast in and under trees and around weed banks is so
important. It isn'tjust a matter of cast out into the open and hope for
Remember, fish are going to
always favour the best lies or
spots where the food IS
Remember, fish are going to always favour the best lies or spots where
the food is. Much the same as fly fishing, vary your retrieval rates. Change