Live Bait Trolling (Bump Trolling)

Florida Sportsman’s Rick Ryals gives advice on how-to most effectively slow troll live baits while offshore fishing.

It’s important to note that trolling live bait is not the same as trolling dead baits and lures. Live baits would quickly die if pulled at similar speeds. Not to mention, look very unnatural. The trick to pulling live baits is only going as fast as the baits can keep up to the boat. This may require “bumping” the throttle in and out of gear. As Ryals explains, there should be enough in your lines to where the baits can take evasive action from predator fish, as they would in a natural environment.