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Stocked Trout Fishing

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 6:49 am
by tyson91
Hey everyone, I'm very new to fishing. I am trying so hard to learn everything on my own as I have had the urge to venture out and try it myself. I have done so much research on figuring out the equipment and techniques to use but I still can't seem to get the hang of it. I have been out fishing for the past 3 days and only got one bite and the fish ran off with my hook and bait.

I go to a local lake called Hicks Lake that is stocked with rainbow trout and I am fishing from the shore. I have a Ugly Stix Shakespeare GX2 Combo that is 6 ft 6 in and it is classified as a medium rod with a 6-15 lb capacity. Using the same reel it came with when I bought it.

I was initially using a Carolina rig with a 1/2 egg sinker, red glass bead, size 7 barrel swivel, 2-3 ft of leader line and size 8 hook. I was using Trilene XL 6lb mono for main line and Maxima ultra green 2lb mono for leader. I only got one bite after fishing for two days and it ran away with my hook and bait.

Today, I changed out my main line and leader. I am now using Segaur Invizx 6lb fluorocarbon for main line and Seguar Red Label 4lb fluorocarbon for leader line. No bites today.

For bait, I have tried Powerbait rainbow, Powerbait Garlic scent, Power eggs Chartruese, and Pautzke Salmon Egg Green Label.

I honestly don't know if my equipment is the problem or if my setup isn't right. I really need some help. If anyone would suggest what I may be doing wrong or have any tips, please let me know.

*One question*

For Carolina rigs, how far up should the hook float if I use Powerbait/Power Eggs? I tested a Carolina rig with like maybe 4-6 inches of leader line and tested it in shallow water just to see how it would look in water with a Power Egg. All I saw was that the hook wasn't laying on the bottom but just slightly lifted from the bottom due to the Power Egg. Is this normal or should the hook be higher than that? I just keep wondering if that may be why I'm not catching anything because it's not visible to the stocked trout.

Re: Stocked Trout Fishing

Posted: Wed May 15, 2019 3:45 pm
by noah the angler
I dont no much about fishing for trout but I have been catching stocked rainbows at my local lake using inline spinners. Way faster to rig up and throw in the water than the stuff you are using also they catch other things to, just a tip but dont give up.

Re: Stocked Trout Fishing

Posted: Mon May 20, 2019 3:42 am
by spokey9
You're bait should be floating close to leader length above the bottom when fishing powerboat or a marshmallow combo (or any floating type bait). Ditch the flouro leader and use a good light mono and you're bait will be running about right. Flouro is a heavy line that sinks which keeps your bait a lot closer to the bottom plus the extra loose line laying there makes bite detection harder. Also hook size can cause problems with how high your bait floats. I typically use size 8 or 10 baitholders with powerbait and a number 6 octopus for power eggs. Real salmon eggs are best fished under a float imo, though some situations having bait lasy on the bottom can be effective but that's the exception more then the rule.