Lure fishing is an active form of fishing that works especially well from a boat. Casting and retrieving lures close to natural fish-holding structures like dead timber, rocky outcrops, drop-offs, weedbeds and the points of bays is a very effective way to trigger a strike from territorial native fish.
Lure casting is extremely effective when on a boat fitted with an electric outboard motor. Electric power adds a degree of stealth and allows the boat to be positioned for casting at a stretch of bank, snags protruding from the water surface, or cover from trees overhanging the shoreline. Controlling an electric motor is as easy as dabbing the motor’s foot control, or even pushing a button on a wristwatch-style remote. Many electric motors these days also have an autopilot feature, which virtually allows hands-free boat control while you fish!
For those who like to sit back while fishing, trolling is a very effective form of lure fishing that relies on boat movement to ‘work’ lures. It’s a great way to cover a lot of water and have lures targeting fish at the optimum depth for longer – all while you happily munch on a sandwich or sip a coffee.
Trolling is a particularly effective way to catch trout, especially in Snowy Mountains lakes such as Jindabyne and Eucumbene. World-class brown and rainbow trout can be effectively targeted by trolling lures at a variety of depths, depending on the time of year. A boat fitted with a quality sounder or fishfinder is also invaluable for this form of fishing.