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Here is a Kink that’s as old as the hills. Maybe you have seen or used it yourself in your time, but it’s good enough to report any how on the chance that some brother may not be familiar with it. I used it every year for from three to five weeks out at the Heads (Golden Gate) trolling for salmon. Used light tackle and No. 21 Cutty Hunk line believe me you can have all the fun you want with salmon that weigh from 8 to 40 pounds. I have also used the “Deep Water Troller” on lakes where big pickerel and big-mouth bass are caught on those days when the fish run deep. The troller does away with the heavy sinker while fighting the fish. You can imagine the sinker you would have to use to reach a depth of 20 feet, using light tackle. Take a piece of No. 9 brass wire 6 inches long. Slip a generous sized washer over each end and then form an eye at each end.

This wire is labeled “D” in the diagram. A swivel should be attached to each of these eyes (C-C) and the lower swivel cast directly into a good generous lead sinker shaped much like a sash- weight, but much smaller, of course.

The rudder piece (A) is made out of a piece of No. 21 sheet brass, 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. A half inch at one end is bent so as to form a free working hinge around the rod D. The other end is rounded and a quarter-inch hole pierced through it.

Next comes the spring B. This is made out of No. 18 spring brass wire and bent as shown. The forks should be given enough tension so that when they are run through the hole in A it will take a pull about equal to that made by the strike of a three-pound fish, in order to dislodge them. In using this device the fish line is run from the tip of the rod through the middle or inside coil of the spring B, which is then slipped into the rudder plate. The troller (which is suspended on any piece of heavy hand line) is lowered to the depth at which you want the bait to travel. The boat is then started and line paid out from the reel until the bait is as far astern as desired.

When the fish strikes the spring B pulls out of the rudder plate at once and soon runs down the line until it is stopped by the hook. You are therefore fighting your fish unhampered by any heavy sinkers on the line. This leads to a great deal better sport, as it enables one to troll with lighter tackle than otherwise.

Katz, Harry N. Kinks A Book of 250 Helpful Hints for Hunters, Anglers and Outers. Chicago: Outers, 1917. Print.

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