recently gave a talk at the Kitsap Poggie Club. The subject for
the evening was this summer's upcoming Chinook season. When we
covered downrigger fishing methods, one thing that really surprised
me was how many anglers in attendance hadn't seen or used the
Pro-Troll Roto Chip. The Poggie Club members are ardent bait fisherman,
so I was unusually surprised.
is a Pro-Troll Roto Chip?
It's a bait holder, that is extremely easy to use and very effectively
gives your bait a tight roll that mimics a wounded baitfish. The
Roto Chip can be used with either herring or anchovy.
Roto Chip comes in 2 sizes and 11 colors. Size 5A is for bait
or strip 4" to 5" long. Size 5B (The Big Fin Model) is for bait
6" to 7" long. Each has a fin that imparts a tight rolling action
to your baitfish or strip. Each is equipped with tandem barbless
hooks and an Echip that triggers harder strikes and results in
how do we use them? Simply slide the wire clamp to the forward
end, allowing the bait holder to open. Put the head of the bait
or strip into the head as straight as possible (you don't have
to be perfect). Slide the wire clamp to the rear and the teeth
inside the Roto Chip will hold the bait in place.
Roto Chip comes with 7 feet of 40 lb monofilament leader. When
trolling bait by itself, this leader length is fine. When used
behind an 11-inch flasher, reduce this length to 48 - 52 inches
for the best action. If you are using an 8-inch flasher, you should
use a 36 - 40 inch leader length.
the Roto Chip 5A and 5B have tandem barbless hooks. Don't put
a hook into the bait. Let them run free. This will result in a
more erratic action and better hook-ups. Keep your hooks sharp
and sharpen them often.