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DreamWeaver

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Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« on: February 07, 2021, 07:27:58 pm »
My last outings in the past 2 years, I have noticed in my logs that when troll west, north or south at speeds
between, 2.2 to 2.9 mph (GPS) I catch fish,  however none when heading east.

Are the subsurface currents strong enough that I should troll above 3.0 mph heading east ?

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2021, 08:01:16 pm »
All depends on the wind directions that set up currents from days prior.  Do you have a probe to measure down speed?  That will tell you all that you need (or the angle of your rigger cables).

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2021, 07:23:38 pm »
Thanks HBC, don't have a probe and have not taken the decision to invest.
I will pay more attention to my rigger cables.

I was assuming, as Lake Ontario drains into the St-Lawrence river, the dominant current would easterly.

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2021, 07:59:44 pm »
If I recall the current runs west in that area. Common sense would say yes it drains east so the current should go that way. So you might need to drop down ti 1.8 mph (gps) . I don't have a probe either but watch my rigger cables and keep them at roughly the same angle I have been catching fish.

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2021, 10:12:21 pm »
This is a link to monthly averages but you can get daily current readings by searching around the site (and temperatures)
https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/currents/glcfs-currents-month.php?mon=08&year=2013

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2021, 09:35:55 am »
https://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/glcfs.php?lake=o&ext=sfcur&type=N&hr=00

Another site that can be referenced for current and forecast surface currents.

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2021, 10:52:14 am »
Thanks for the feedback and the website references, I will do my homework.

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2021, 03:43:22 pm »
Is it fair to say the surface currents are more wind driven?  I dont know how far down they would consider surface but likely top 20 feet.  Would the current below be doing the opposite since the water being moved at surface has to be replaced with water?

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Re: Trolling Direction & Speed in the Cobourg area
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2021, 07:28:58 am »
I live and fish out of cobourg had the same amount of luck going any direction speed and temp probe helps alot i mostly watch for Temps not current so much

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