Lake Trout Tackle

Lake Trout Tackle


We’ve got a couple hours
to sit here at the lodge. And we just want to show
you guys some of the things that we’re using chasing these
big lake trout around the lake. Yeah. So we got a big selection
here of lake trout gear. We have rods, reels, different
types of line, lures. And we have a couple
of accessories that I think are key to reaching
these lake trout down 100 feet. Yeah, 100 feet or deeper even. Start off with, we’ve got
the Fenwick Elite Tech. These are Predator series rods. They are really, really
good trolling rods. And we’ve got a couple of
them, 8 and 1/2 feet long. They are heavy action. Yeah. Which you need, especially
fishing down deep. To get the good hook set,
you need that really, really, sturdy backbone. Yeah. And we’re getting into
fish that are huge. Yeah. Right? So you need that sturdy. They’ve also got a fairly
fast tip for a rod this size. Yeah, they do. Yeah, which is actually great. Well, and when the lake
trout are fighting too, especially when you got
them vertical and they do a lot of head
shaking and having that flexibility in the
tip gives you some buffer. Yeah, yeah right? And you don’t want too
stiff a tip on that. So the reels that
we’ve got, today we’re using ABU Garcia reels. We’ve got a couple of different
kinds of Ambassador reels. This one is a
record 6600 series. It’s a high capacity,
which is the main thing. Yep. We’re using 60 pound, 50 pound,
sorry, Zilla Braid Spiderwire. Yeah. Which is great heavy
line for these trout. But it takes up a lot
of space on the reel. Yeah. So having a high capacity
reel, there were times today when we were trolling where we
got over 100 yards of line– Yes. Let out. Yeah. Just to get down
to the right depth. So make sure you’ve got
a high capacity round reel with a good drag system. We’ve also got another one here,
too, that has a line counter. Yeah. Which is also handy. We’ll get more into
that in a little bit. The next thing to talk about
here is the lure selection. We have a plethora
of lures that we’re using for these lake trout. Most of them are
big, flashy lures. They create a lot of
ruckus in the water to bring those big lake
trout from the bottom. And we’re fishing in upwards
to 100 feet of water. And you can see these
hooks 30 feet down. Yeah. So our main hooks of
choice for this trip, and I would say, main choice
of hooks for the lodge, we have the red and yellow 5
of diamonds from Len Thompson and number four. That’s a– That’s a crowd favorite. Yeah. I think the world record
lake trout was on a– Yeah. Red and yellow 5 of diamonds. Yeah. Next thing we’ve got
here, blue and silver. Just kind of trying
to match the hatch. It’s really clear water. So the silver
really, really shines nice in that clear water. And– Real good bait fish pattern. It is, definitely. Yeah. And the action on
these Len Thompson spoons, they’re awesome. The other one here is, it’s
kind of new the last couple of years, a glow in the dark
pattern five of diamonds. Just threw a brand new
Berkeley swimbait hook on here just because we didn’t
have any extra single hooks this big with us. So we picked up some of
these Barkley swimbait hooks before we came here. And man, are they sticky sharp. Yeah. So just to add–
because we actually saw that the trout were coming
in and hammering the spoon. But they would miss the treble. So– Yeah. With this single
hook, it gives them more of an opportunity to– Yeah. Get a mouthful. It seems like we were getting
a better hook up percentage with a single look. It’s also a little bit
better for the fish, too, when you’re
catching on a treble, sometimes on the
retrieve, you’ll get them when they’re
flopping around. They’ll get extra hooks into
them, which is unnecessary. You only need one
hook to hit’em. Now, really
important, when you’re trolling long line
as far as we are, make sure you’ve got a
barrel swivel on your spoon. Some of the spoons come
with them attached, right? If it doesn’t, make sure you
tie a swivel, a stout swivel, or a swivel on your line. Yeah, definitely. Speaking of Len Thompson,
we’ve got a new series of hooks that we just got
some prototypes for. This is called
Northern King Lures. And Len Thompson is
now going to be making these in Lacombe, Alberta. These are actually specially
designed for trolling. They’re not as heavy as
your standard Len Thompson. They’re a little bit lighter,
a little bit thinner. But they’re great behind
downriggers and trolling divers like we’re using. Yeah, and also they’re so light
that you can use them as kind of like an inline flasher. And that seems to be
very effective for us. Yeah. Nice little attractor
for the trout. Yeah. And it makes some nice flash
in the water, definitely. Yeah, no, yeah, the
hammered pattern especially. It reflects a lot of light. Yeah, definitely. We’ve got some other
classic lake trout patterns that we’ve been using. Flatfish has been a favorite for
lake trout fishermen for years. We’ve got a few different
colors that we’re using. The nice thing about
these is they dive deep. They’ve got a lot action, the
lake trouts in the lake got. If you’re looking to
get a little bit deeper, don’t be afraid to experiment. We’ve got a couple of
deep diving crank baits. This is a new one that we
had some success on today. Bigger profile, bigger fish. These are the only size
that we had with us today. But if you can get deep diving
crank baits with a big profile, don’t be afraid
to throw that out. You get good action
for the lake trout. Another thing we
need to talk to you about is just some
accessories that we have here. We’ve had to tweak
our game a little bit here over the
last couple of days. But one thing that has
remained constant is this here. This is a deep-six diver. And what this does is you
hook your hook obviously to the back of this. And this thing, once it starts
trolling through the water. It dives deep, and it takes
that hook down 60 feet depending on how much
land you have on. You could run lead
core line on here too. And it’ll little drop
it a lot quicker. Yeah. But we’ve been running them
behind the boat 120, 130 feet. And it seems to be getting
down about 60, 70 feet down. Yeah. These ones, they all
come with a chart. When you pick one of
these up at the store, it’ll have a chart included. It’ll tell you, based on
the length of your line and the size of your lure
and various other factors, how deep it is going to dive. Right, or where
you got it hooked. So– I think maybe we
should talk about what happened to us on day one? Yeah, absolutely. Day one, had a big fish
on, just hammered it. Peeled line right away. It went straight to the bottom. We were fishing a big shelf. It came up to 30 feet,
dropped down to about 80. And the fish went
right over that ledge. And these things,
when the fish hits, this is supposed to snap out so
that you can just reel it back straight. Yeah. But there is a little
screw here that– me being the rookie
using these things, I had no idea you have
to adjust this screw. Because they come pretty tight. Yeah. And that was– And I mean you adjust the
tension on your ball bearing. Because you want it to pop
out when you’re reeling back or when a fish hits it. But if you’re using
a flatfish and that’s compared to, say, a
Len Thompson spoon, this is going to
have a lot more pull. So you’ll need to
get the tension up. Or you’ll be constantly
popping out of that clip. Yeah, definitely. So, definitely set the tension
according to the type of lure that you’re using. So what happened with that
big fish, went over the ledge. I started reeling it back in. And I was reeling
against this deep-six. Yeah, so it was just
pulling it deeper. It’s just pulling it
deeper and deeper deeper. And then it got
hooked on a rock, line went slack, fish was gone. Getting down to the
depth where the fish are, that’s the biggest thing
that we gotta talk about. And when you’re using these, I
mean, you’re downrigger ball, it’ll tell you basically the
depth that you’re fishing at. But with these,
there’s a little bit of experimentation
involved to figure out how much line you need to
let out to get down deep. Yeah. There’s a couple of ways
to keep track of that. Now, if you have a
line counter real, that’s obviously
the easiest way. The line counter reel
tells you right here basically how much
line you’ve let out. Yeah. Right, even you run through,
reset it every time, and it’ll tell you
how much you got out. That’s the easiest way. If you don’t have one
of those, Berkeley makes a handy clip-on line
counter, which basically you can attach to any rod. You can clip on like that,
drop your line in it, set it, and it works the same
as a line counter reel. It gives you the length
that you’ve got out. Now, we didn’t have either of
these two things the first day. One of the things that
you can do to figure out how much line you’re actually
letting off your real, when you’re using a big round
reel like this, you can see, as we pull it, you’ve
got your line guide moving back and forth. Well, what we did
is, Neal, you want to grab that and just pull out. We kept pointing it out until we
found one pass of a line guide equals 15 feet. And when you’re
releasing your lure, you just watch that and count
how many times it goes past. And you get 10 passes,
you’re down 150 feet, or you’ve let out
150 feet a line. Yeah. Take your diver
conversion chart, and you can figure out
how deep you’re fishing. Yeah. Well, I think that’s just
about it for all the lake trout tackle and gear that we brought
up with us to try out here at Cree Lake. And if you guys have
any questions about any of these tactics, techniques,
or just anything in general about what we just talked about,
just please visit our forum. Just ask some
questions on there. We’re all active on there. And we’ll do our best to
help you out and point you in the right direction. Yeah, or find us on
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back to you as soon as we can. Yeah, definitely. Right on.

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