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How To Effectively Fish With Powerbait

by Pursue The Outdoors on November 30th, 1999 in Trout Fishing

Do you know how to effectively fish with Powerbait? I realize that fishing with Powerbait isn’t highly difficult, but there are some simple things that can be done to tip the odds in your favor. In this article I’m going to explain exactly how to effectively fish with Powerbait. Is it difficult? No it’s not. And how am I so sure that this works? Because I’ve been using these techniques for more than 10 years, and I know they work, that’s how.

The first thing to keep in mind is that Powerbait floats, and for this technique that simple fact is very important. No matter which type of synthetic bait you choose to use, just make sure that it floats. When I use the word “Powerbait” that’s what I’m referring to. Synthetic bait that is sold in some manifestation of a little jar. These synthetic baits are mainly made for trout fishing. And not just trout fishing, but still fishing for trout. To effectively fish with Powerbait, it needs to be used while still fishing (at least with the technique I’m explaining in this article).

The next thing to keep in mind is your fishing line. When still fishing for trout it’s normally done in clear cold water, because that’s the kind of water trout prefer. Trout have very keen eyesight and in this clear water, they can easily see your line if it’s too heavy. If they see your line, they are much less apt to bite, it’s that simple. That’s why I personally use fishing line no heavier than four-pound test. Six-pound test is passable, but anything heavier than six-pound test is not allowed. It’s simply overkill and will cost you bites.

The third thing to keep in mind is that you’re fishing at the most opportune times. This means fishing when the weather and moon are in your favor, rather than working against you. The information is easy to learn, and once you start planning your fishing trips around the weather and moon, you’ll wonder how you ever fished without doing it. These two factors have as much to do with catching trout as anything.


Now down to the business of rigging up. Begin by grabbing the end of your line and slipping on an egg sinker (1/4 to1/2 ounce). You want enough weight to keep your offering on the bottom and no more. The amount of weight will vary with depth, wind conditions, and current. Now tie on a small barrel swivel (size 10 or 12). This will act as a “stopper” for the weight. At this point tie on a set of pre-tied 8 or 10 gang hooks. Gang hooks allow you to present twice as much Powerbait, which is an advantage. Simply caver each hook with enough Powerbait to completely cover the hook. This is your rig.

Now simply cast this rig out, let it sink, and slowly reel in the slack line. You want your line to be completely taught. You’re going to want to have something to set your rod against, so that it doesn’t move. Now you wait. I usually wait for a thirty to forty five minutes before reeling in to check my bait. You’ll know you have a bite when your rod tip begins to bounce. Art this point, pick up your rod, feel for the bite, and set the hook!

That’s it. Now you know how to effectively fish with Powerbait. This rig works and works well. All you need is this article and a little patience. The rest is up to you (and the trout of course). Have fun.

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