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Lake Berryessa Trout Trolling: Avoid These 3 Mistakes

Lake Berryessa offered a valuable lesson on my recent trout trolling trip. Three key mistakes, although seemingly minor, turned a potentially successful outing into a learning experience.


Mistake #1: Inappropriate Drag Setting

I love fishing for striped bass. I would say 7 out of 10 trips I take are striped bass-focused. As such eager for aggressive Striped Bass strikes, I neglected to adjust the drag for Trout. This loose setting allowed them to take the bait and run, escaping before I could set the hook. Takeaway: Always set the drag for appropriate resistance to avoid breakoffs.


Mistake #2: Underestimating Tackle Strength

Another oversight was underestimating the strength needed, particularly in the leader line. Opting for a 4-pound leader proved insufficient for the powerful spring Trout. The leader snapped under pressure, leading to missed opportunities. Going forward, I'll use 6-8 pound leader for trout trolling.


Mistake #3: Not Enough Colors

Perhaps the biggest misstep was relying on limited lure options. Pre-trip intel suggested Speedy Shiners were the hot ticket. However, the store was nearly out due to the red-hot bite. Stuck with my tackle box's four color options, I missed out on a friend's tip about a particularly effective color. This likely cost me several bites. Lesson learned: Always have a diverse lure selection to maximize success.

Every fishing trip, successful or not, offers a chance to grow. This humbling experience highlighted areas for improvement and left me eager to apply these lessons on future adventures.

Let's Go Fishing

Come and celebrate spring with Sweeney's Sports Outdoor Festival in Napa!

Gear up for the season with our Storewide Sale. Sell or trade extra fishing gear at the Gear Swap, learn new fishing and firearm skills with our free classes, and enter to win awesome prizes! Plus, enjoy free food, refreshments, and fun kids' games all day long. Don't miss out on the perfect way to kick off your outdoor adventures!

7 Reasons to Attend Sweeney's Spring Outdoor Festival:

-Gear Swap

-Free Classes

-Storewide Sale

-Prizes and Giveaways

-Free Food/Drinks

-Kids Games

-Mingle with Favorite Brands (Okuma, Phenix, Crappie Closet, and more) -Storewide sale

Catch Happy!

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