Build a Fishing Speed Guage

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Correct trolling speed can often be a critical factor in fishing success. The speed at which a lure travels through the water has much to do with the action of the particular lure and the response from a fish. Gamefish are usually predators that capture their food by pursuing it. There are times when a fast-moving lure will trigger a strike and times when it is difficult to throttle a fishing craft down slow enough for the presentation of lure preferred by the fish under prevailing conditions. By experimenting with lures known to be productive and trolling them at different speeds, the captain can determine the boat speed that works best for his craft. Maintaining this speed can present some problems, however, especially if you must cope with strong wind and currents. While the revolutions per minute (rpm) of the engine may remain constant, the boat—and lure being trolled—will travel faster heading downwind than when moving upwind. The same applies when the boat is going with a current rather than against it. A boat may have a speedometer or rpm gauge but the accuracy of these instruments at slow, trolling speeds is not very reliable. So, there is a need for a fishing speed gauge to guide the skipper in maintaining the proper trolling speed once it has been determined under all conditions. To construct a fishing speed gauge, follow these steps.

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