It was recently brought to my attention that what i considered to be trolling is something completely different. You see... trolling is a method of fishing where one or more fishing lines, baited with lures or bait fish, are drawn through the water. This may be behind a moving boat, or by slowly winding the line in when fishing from a static position, or even sweeping the line from side-to-side, e.g. when fishing from a jetty. So grab your fishing lines cause it's about to get wet.
Apparently all this time we've been doing it wrong so i've prepared a quick start guide. CAUTION: proper equipment is a must!
Accodrding to The People's Communist Republic of Wikipedia trolling speed is one of the most important aspects to consider while trolling:
Baits and lures are typically trolled at speeds up to 9 knots, though speeds up to 15 knots can be used, particularly when trolls are travelling to different trolling areas. The speed at which the lure is pulled through the water impacts on the fishing success. The optimum trolling speed varies with different species of fish, with weather conditions and the time of year, and other conditions. Chinook salmon can be successfully trolled at higher speeds than more docile lake trout. For these reasons fishermen use devices that accurately track speed. Trolling motors calibrate speed more accurately than large outboard motors. Trolling plates are also used with larger motors to slow the boat to the desired speed, although some anglers experience mixed results with plates.
Trolling can be effective at surprisingly low speeds.
Tips up and tight lines ;)