An exciting adventure for young and old, trout fishing can be an extremely enjoyable pastime. A freshwater fish, there are many different types of trout. They range from the rainbow trout to the brown trout and they all have very different colorations and patterns according to their environment.
No matter what type of trout you are fishing for, they are all wonderful game and are also quite delicious. But before we jump ahead to cooking up that freshly caught trout, we’ll focus on how to go about catching them first using the spin-cast method.
Rod and Reel
Equipment is very important when trout fishing. You will want to have a light weight rod with rapid action that is no longer than six feet and no shorter than four. This is important to support a light line with lightweight lures that are excellent for spin-cast trout fishing.
The line should be of a light weight monofilament that is no heavier than a six pound test. Four pound test or lighter is ideal as the keen-eyed trout don’t always spot it right away, but five or six will do. As for the reel, any spinning reel will do as long as the rod is balanced with it.
Hooks and Bait
The hooks used will depend on the local fishing regulations, which you will certainly want to check with. A split shank hook #10 is ideal for live bait such as nightcrawlers or crickets. For nightcrawlers specifically, a tandem hook rig can be used. In this double hook rig, the placement of the hooks within the nightcrawler should be as such that the points of the hooks are facing away from each other.
Small and lightweight lure can also be used in combination with prepared baits. This can be an excellent way to lure the strong senses of a trout. The prepared bait can be purchased or made at home. Home bait ranges from processed cheese to marshmallows.
The commercial varieties come in many different colors and many have a cheese base. Commercially prepared bait is best used on a #16 treble hook. It is best to try and conceal the hook entirely with the bait. You will find out what combination works best for you with experience.
Technique and Adventure
While fishing in a lake, use a two to three pound leader line that is about two feet in length. You will also need a sinker placed on the main line above the swivel that is no more than a number eight. Perhaps the most important thing is to have fun! Following these guidelines, you will be well on your way to enjoying freshly caught trout for dinner.