Jerry's Tips: the Perfect Trolling Speed, Catching Fish Deep and More...

FIND THE OPTIMUMTROLLING SPEED
Current and boatspeed can alter the action of a lure when you are trolling. To check whetheryours is running at its best, drag it on a tight line beside the boat andadjust the throttle until you find the speed that makes the lure most enticing.Set the throttle there, or note the engine rpm on your tachometer, and hold itas long as you troll that particular lure.

SAVE WETELECTRONICS
If your handheldGPS, digital camera, radio, or other electronic equipment gets an accidentalsoaking, try packing it in a zip-seal bag full of dry, uncooked rice for 24hours. The grains will absorb moisture without applying heat, which can causeparts to warp. More often than not, your valuable gear will be back inoperating condition after this treatment.

CALL AND CATCHNIGHTCRAWLERS
To catchnightcrawlers easily, hose down a patch of lawn for 10 minutes at sunset. Onceit's dark out, rubbing a "grunt" stick will drive them to the surface.Pound a 24-inch wooden stake halfway into the wet soil, and saw a 2-foot metalbar against it for a minute. Worms mistake the vibrations for the sounds ofpredatory moles. Use a flashlight with a red lens to spot the crawlers withoutalarming them.

CATCH FISH INDEEP WATER
When fish move todeeper water as the days grow hot, change your lure selection. Match thesilhouette to that of the local forage, and remember that in the dim light ofdeeper water, fish can see dark baits better than brightly colored ones. Mostfish feed less aggressively as it gets hotter, so make your lure easy for fishto take by reeling slowly with a stop-and-go action.

READER TIP

FOGPROOF YOUR GLASSES
To prevent your glasses from fogging up, rinse thelenses thoroughly with water. While they're still wet, apply two drops ofliquid dishwashing detergent front and back. Dry them with a clean lens cloth.Polish the lenses until all the streaks are gone. --PETER MATHEWS, St. Louis, Mo.