On the LR boat I usually have a 25 yard wind-on mono leader and I set the drag below my 'Strike' drag and stay nearby. Initially the line is straight from the reel thru a mostly horizontal rod, so I keep the drag enough for hook-up but lower than once I am hooked up and holding the rod.I always run about 25 yards of 100# to my harness. Not too much stretch and I haven’t burned anyone off yet. Being by your rod and grabbing it right away has always been key for me. I’ve been burned off but it’s from guys not being by there troller and moving quick enough when a fish is hot.
Spirit of Adventure has a funky set up that goes through the rail and all trollers are straight up. I do exactly what you do, tight enough for the strike and loosen a tad when I start fighting the fish. I’ve had good results that way.On the LR boat I usually have a 25 yard wind-on mono leader and I set the drag below my 'Strike' drag and stay nearby. Initially the line is straight from the reel thru a mostly horizontal rod, so I keep the drag enough for hook-up but lower than once I am hooked up and holding the rod.
I just always err on the side of caution when fishing for cows.....I will change out my topshot that i used all day at the end of the day even if I didn't get bit.....I like starting out the day with a fresh topshot and fresh connections.....one never knows when the next bite isI have used spectra straight to the wire leader but normally use 25ft of flouro to the wire because I use the set up in other applications ,fly line baits/ chunk...Paul
If you troll during travel days, I would stick with the 50 just for the line capacity.......Just in case the boat doesn't stop when you yell "hook up"! the first time. Or the second time.I've been thinking about setting up a dedicated troller. I've got an old Shimano 50 LRS that would fit the bill and a couple of 114H's if I decide to use Mike L's idea. I have total faith in anything Capt Mike says but I'd like to try a cowbell on travel days and that opens the door for hooking something besides a 'hoo.
Not sure about the rod either, but I'm leaning toward buying a used shorty (cheap + maneuverability).
This may not relate to trolling, but when I use straight Spectra on my surface iron jig stick, I seem to lose more fish during the initial strike. The hooks don't seem to stick well as compared to straight mono. I've even replaced the stock hooks with "designer" hooks and it's a little better, but not much. I'm thinking maybe I should go back to mono.Your question of personally preferred trolling set up. For me.... I still believe that trolling with High Quality mono has it's benefits over the other options. It's ALL about the "stretch and recovery"... Both of which are beneficial to schooled anglers.
The mono "stretch".... gives the fish an opportunity to slow down the plug, ie "off angle" strike. (reposition the lure in its mouth). The mono "recovery" SNAPS that hook into the jaw. Stretch and recover. It hooks fish better than any "stiff" flouro.