High Speed Salmon Trolling
Speed: An even side-to-side swimming action is best. The plug or spoon should not roll and if it does roll, it’s going too fast. It’s generally believed that plugs or spoons work best when trolled faster than you might troll when bait fishing. They’ll still work at a slow troll, but they’ll work better going faster (2.5 to 5 mph). If you’re trolling with the current, you’ll be going faster to get the right action, then when you turn around against the current, you’ll be trolling slower. If you’re using a downrigger the angle of the downrigger line is what you should note. Often a 45 degree angle is a good speed to aim for. Do note the angle of your downrigger line when you get a strike so you can aim for that speed again. If you’re using steel cable for downrigger line, it should be “singing”. Faster is generally better as long as the plug is not rolling over. If you’re familiar with salmon – they can swim really fast – so they have no trouble catching a fast lure. With a fast lure, we believe the fish is more likely to act on instinct and strike, but if the lure is ambling by, the fish won’t feel the urgency to catch it while he can.
Note if you do want to troll really fast (perhaps for tuna) and your plug is rolling over, you can change the hook to a bigger one, and that will act like a keel to allow for faster troll speed.
as for lures....
spoons would run fine, not sure they would be effective. flashers i would think would spin too tightly.
brad's cut plugs would run ok.