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How To Use Powerbait To Catch Trout

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

In this article I’m going to explain exactly how to use Powerbait to catch trout. You know what I’m referring to, right? Powerbait, that extruded stuff in little jars that seems to be available in more colors that a box of crayons. There are some specific tips and techniques that can be employed when this stuff is used as bait and catch more trout. These tips and techniques are simple and can be employed by even the most novice angler.

The first thing to keep in mind when fishing for trout is that trout have very keen eyesight, which means that they can see your fishing line under the water if it’s too heavy. And if they can see your fishing line, what do you suppose your chances are that they will bite your bait? Not very good. This is why the weight of your fishing line is so important to trout fishing (whether you’re using Powerbait as bait or not). I personally use nothing heavier than four-pound test for trout fishing, but anything up to six pound test is passable. Just make sure that you don’t use fishing line heavier than six-pound test for trout fishing.

Now that we know that the proper line is being employed, let get down to the business of how to use Powerbait to catch trout. The first thing to understand is that the Powerbait we use (or any other synthetic bait that comes on a jar) should float. Most all of it does, but make sure that the variety that you’re using is a floating trout bait. The floating aspect is critical, because we want our offering to be floating off of the bottom, above any underwater debris.

The next thing to consider is the body of water that we’re going to be fishing in. The synthetic baits that come in a jar, also known as Powerbait, are best employed in lake fishing situations. Not only lake fishing situations, but also still fishing situations. Which means casting your offering out, and waiting for a trout to bite. Is this the most exciting form of fishing? Nope, but it can nonetheless be quite fun. So locate your favorite lake (which contains trout) and let’s get down to business.


Another great tip is to make sure that you’re fishing at the proper times. What do I mean by this? Simple. I just want you to pay attention to the weather and moon so that you always know that you’re fishing at the most opportune times. Now, lets assume that your fishing when you should be fishing, and are at the lake that you picked out. Begin by taking the end of your line and slipping on an egg sinker (1/4 to 1/2 an ounce). Now tie on a small barrel swivel (size 10 or 12) to act as a “stopper”. On the opposite end of the barrel swivel, tie on a set of pre-tied gang hooks (preferably size 8 or 10). This is your Powerbait rig. Now simply ad enough synthetic bait to each hook to completely cover the hook. You should now have 2 balls of Powerbait hanging from the end of your rod.

Now simply cast it out and let it sink. Slowly reel in the slack, until the line is completely taught, and set you rod against a stationary object. Now you wait for a trout to bite (the rod tip will begin bouncing when a trout bites). My general rule of thumb is to wait a half an hour to forty five minutes and if nothing happens, I reel in, check my bait, and cast to a different spot. The point is that this rig and technique will result in the catching of a trout or three. You now know how to use Powerbait to catch trout.

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