There are two main types of methods used for offshore fishing- trolling and
chumming. Both of these methods are effective, though weather, time of year, and
fish feeding habits usually determine which one we choose to use each day.
Trolling lures bouncing on the surface in the Mataura's
wake at sunset
TROLLING- When trolling, we use anywhere from four to twelve rods, and
cruise between three and twelve mph. While doing this, we use either actual fish
rigged with hooks or lures. In some cases, lures are made to mimic actual fish
in their motion and appearance. Other times, though, their unusual shapes and
bright colors don't look like anything alive in the ocean. However, we use them
for their productivity and not their looks. This method can be very
exciting, for a fish hitting trolling lure creates an image not
unlike an explosion in the water. Furthermore, it is
common to have several fish jump on at once- this can create quite a fire drill.