Keep Line Counter Reels In Sync
Line counter reels make it a snap to determine how much line you’ve let out behind the boat when trolling. They’re a great help since, if you start catching fish on one rod that has a certain amount of line out, you can quickly set the other rods the same way, so all your lures are in the right zone.
But that accuracy goes right out the window if your reels all have different amounts of line on them. It makes sense if you think about it – a reel that’s fully loaded with line has a spool diameter that’s much larger than that of an identical reel that has 60 or 80 yards less line. And that difference can throw the counters out of sync.
Be sure to keep line counter reels fully loaded with line so that you can attain consistency from one setup to the next. That way, if all your hits are coming 130 feet behind the boat, you can set all your rods to the same distance and know that’s really where the lures are.