Here's some more good info from Salt Walter -
Trolling: I Can't Catch A Break... or a Fish
Junior Member Join DateOct 2007Posts16
2 Sunday’s ago. East Lump. 4 king mackerel, 3 Bonito, 1 mahi (20lbs). Multiple other hook ups. I too struggled trolling these areas. That day I had 2 Clark Spoons short with 1 and 3 oz in line sinkers. The kings loved that. Mahi bit on a pink feather on one of the short riggers. Bonito bit on the far riggers 1 a black feather, the other a green machine. I trolled at 6.5-7 knots. I am convinced it was the speed that made a difference. Typically I troll 4-5 knots. That speed works inshore for blues and strippers, but Pelagics are like bullets going through the water so the extra couple of knots isn’t even a challenge for them to catch and eat. Going to try it again this Sunday. We’ll see if my theory works.
The Pelagics are like Race Cars, they need clear, clean blue water to not clog their filters so they can swim faster... Wahoo swim up to 6o miles an hour in that big Blue water. 6~7 mph
Slow your Troll inshore 4~5 mph and keep all eyes on the water looking for signs of life. Don't troll in a straight line point A to point B... troll towards anything that may show life or bottom contour changes, lumps, holes, drop-offs, wrecks, bait balls, flat water (where fish oil from a feeding frenzy may have occurred - a trail of no ripples on the water - flat water) or anything floating, birds, chum slick... I know this is always mentioned and ya'll know it but I threw it in here anyway.
Get those lures away from the prop wash and the wake of the Boat. Make it look like a big school of Fish coming through.
One BIG problem I see with fishing in the inshore areas that I go to is this...
There is NO bottom contour from all the Beach replenishment and Draggers. And, you've got to go out mile and miles to get another 20 feet of water under the Boat or find any contour changes, Ooooff!
By the Way, do you see that DARK BLUE dot on the Map off of Ocean City... It's pretty much right out in front of the Ferris wheel. Great place to fish and drift across. Go find it some time.
And last but not least >>>>>>>>>>> USE YOUR GPS >>> Mark every and all of the contour changes or bottom features you find including depth changes like 120 ft., 140 ft.!!!! Label them while your trolling to the next spot. It's very Important to increase your odds of catching. The labels don't have to be very long. OC Wheel, OC1S, OC1E.... 28 Mile Wreck, 28 1N, 28SE2 or 28MW 4MNE
Those are Ocean City Wheel, Ocean City Wheel 1 spot South from Original Wheel Waypoint, Ocean City Wheel 1 spot East of original waypoint... 28 Mile Wreck, 28 1N is 28 mile wreck 1 spot North of 28 mile wreck, 28SE2 is 28 mile wreck 2nd spot South East of the wreck or 28MW 4MNE is 28 mile wreck 4 miles North East of Wreck and so on... Lumps... Mark the heck outta that Map!
Ya can always check out a couple of the Dive Maps out there for bottom structure and Wreck maps for more places to check out to find Fish.