Trolling prawns?? On a loch?

Mr Ferox

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Just a quick question. Salmon can be caught on lures, sprats, rapalas etc trolling Scottish lochs. Can an application of trolling prawns be used? Any suggestions or info would be appreciated.
 

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Never heard of it and its difficult to trial because if you troll for a week and dont catch anything, you will be none the wiser!
Certainly a prawn can elicit a huge response from fish in a pool. Maybe a drifter float would be an idea because I dont fancy the prawn's chances of staying in one piece after 10 mins trolling.
 

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Never heard of it and its difficult to trial because if you troll for a week and dont catch anything, you will be none the wiser!
Certainly a prawn can elicit a huge response from fish in a pool. Maybe a drifter float would be an idea because I dont fancy the prawn's chances of staying in one piece after 10 mins trolling.
I suspect nobody does it for a reason. I agree, not sure a prawn would last 10 minutes let alone a 10 mile trolling session.
 

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I thought prawns were banned in Scotland? certainly are in the rivers! But if ok on the lochs i am sure they could be rigged to troll, maybe slowly, but should be fine, even if you have to change every so often, they are cheap, and a bit of pre-rigging allows instant changes.
 

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I encountered a poacher on Loch Ness once who used a bubble float and a shrimp /prawn. Didn't see him catch but he did have a take.
 

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They can be used as the same method as a devon minnow but a big prawn trolled slow

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It was all done years ago. You can troll a worm slowly as well. Osgood McKenzie caught hundreds of trout trolling worms on small lochs with a boat and oars. A Rapala , Toby or Sprat are deadly killers for Salmon trolling. You can still troll for weeks with them on our Salmon Lochs and catch nowt. So if you trolled with a prawn you could do likewise.
 

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My dad tried trolling some unusual stuff in Loch Lomond in the 1980's. He did try a preserved prawn on a sprat mount, a natural sand eel and an artificial sand eel at different times all without any success.

We caught nothing on tobies either so maybe it wasn't the bait that was at fault.

John
 

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It was all done years ago. You can troll a worm slowly as well. Osgood McKenzie caught hundreds of trout trolling worms on small lochs with a boat and oars. A Rapala , Toby or Sprat are deadly killers for Salmon trolling. You can still troll for weeks with them on our Salmon Lochs and catch nowt. So if you trolled with a prawn you could do likewise.
i have done it with a team of three spinners many years ago (similar to vibro spoons) About a foot apart and a worm dangling on the end, still very popular in Scandinavia.
 
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