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Old 14-02-2017, 10:23   #1
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What You Trolling?

I'm down a couple lures (@#$&* barracuda!) and need to restock my supply. Mostly a cedar plug guy but looking for some recommendations. Spoons? Plastic squid?

What do you prefer?
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Depends on what your fishing for among other things, but my favorite is rigged Ballyhoo, not a lure of course but not expensive either, and I have had good luck with them over the years.
But other than that, spoons of course, cedar plugs and weighted plastic skirts, I forget the name but have been around for more than 50 years. I don't like diving plugs as we go too fast for them, more of a surface lure guy with the sailboat.
I do have a shed load of Mann stretch 30's though from my fishing days, just cant use them on the sailboat, unless I slow to three kts or so, so I guess on a bad sailing day, they would work
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Depends on what your fishing for among other things, but my favorite is rigged Ballyhoo, not a lure of course but not expensive either, and I have had good luck with them over the years.
But other than that, spoons of course, cedar plugs and weighted plastic skirts, I forget the name but have been around for more than 50 years. I don't like diving plugs as we go too fast for them, more of a surface lure guy with the sailboat.
I do have a shed load of Mann stretch 30's though from my fishing days, just cant use them on the sailboat, unless I slow to three kts or so, so I guess on a bad sailing day, they would work
I've caught lots of rock and blues at 4-5.5 knots with stretch 30s. I think they're best around 4.5 knots. I know that seems too fast, but that's my experience.

Above that I switch to hose eels.
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I can tell you at 7 kts it's like "fish on"
I quickly put them away again.
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The "Colgate" squid lure. Made from an empty toothpaste tube. Works well in the 8 - 12 knot range. Gets strikes at higher speeds, but usually the hook will break.


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What size hook do you use?
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The "Colgate" squid lure. Made from an empty toothpaste tube. Works well in the 8 - 12 knot range. Gets strikes at higher speeds, but usually the hook will break.


I have heard a coke can works great too, I think you cut the bottom off of course and use it like a skirt
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I can tell you at 7 kts it's like "fish on"
I quickly put them away again.
Yup, they get ridiculous.

But try them around 4.5 knots. There are a lot of summer days where genoa alone makes for nice fishing.
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What size hook do you use?
About an 8/0.
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Been meaning to give the "chip bag" lure a try.

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I always loved Islander lures, just expansive. I can't wait to try the junk food bag lure.
I prefer wire leader to cut down on missed fish from cut offs.
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A piece of white cloth attached with a zip tie above the eye of the hook.
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For those windy days you are moving at 6-8 knots or above these braid marauders work quite well for tuna and wahoo.
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We've done well with surface lures under sail. The Williamson pack is pretty good - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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