Our derbies were originally designed to be trolling derbies. Most of our participants prefer to troll for kokanee, which is, at least in California, the more popular method of catching kokanee. When a situation arises in which you have several anglers trolling and several anglers jigging for kokanee which are concentrated in a particular area, problems can arise. Anglers who are jigging will attempt to maintain a fixed position over the concentrations of kokanee. Anglers who are trolling, will attempt to run their presentations through the concentrations of kokanee. With both in the mix, trollers will have a disadvantage trying to navigate through the anglers jigging and avoiding a collision. Such was the case at couple of our past derbies. Jigging is a productive and legal method of fishing for kokanee. However, it doesn’t mean we have to allow it during our derbies. Trolling is a productive and legal method of fishing also, but bass tournaments don’t allow it. So the argument can be reversed with regards to bass tournaments and bass derby officials can be questioned as to why trolling isn’t allowed during bass derbies. In the end, it comes down to maintaining a level playing field for participants practicing the more preferred method of fishing during the derby. If the day arrives when a majority of our participants prefer to jig for kokanee, then we will re-align our derby rules to accommodate the practice. But for now, the rules will be there to accommodate for trolling.
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Capt. Al Millan
Vice President, Kokanee Power
Skipper of the "Stimulus Package"