To take these fish, you need lures that are proven the world
over. They have to be rigged correctly and placed in the sweet spot
of your trolling pattern. When I leave the dock, I am armed with only
the best lures available. I have fished them all and I know these
I had only one set of lures to take, I would take only those listed
here. Of all these listed, I would depend
on my Bullet or Cedar Daisy Chain.
your Cedar Daisy Chain no more than 40 feet behind the transom on the
part of your standing wave. They should have a tight head
shake. Tuna find these Cedars hard to resist. If you can see
Tuna deep on your scope, keep trolling over them and
watch them come up and up and finally crash your setup. It's heart
stopping action to see huge eyeballs and and their sickle tails
crashing thru your setup crunching on these lures.
Add Bullets and Cedars to your spread and "YOU ARE THE MAN".
lures are put together with only the finest double skirts, weighted
forward to undulate and flash and shimmy to imitate predators chasing
the main school of escaping bait (your hull and engines).
use single hooks 9/0 or 10/0 placed in the back of the lure. I
believe that two hook rigs tend to make the lures plane up towards
the surface and lose effectiveness. I place these lures in the 2nd
and 3rd and 4th standing wave. They must ride in the middle of each
wave to be effective.
pull in Yellowfin that your chine wake has
brought to your spread, I put out the bullet shaped lures in the 3rd
thru 6th wake. Each of these lures should be run so they run a few
inches deep in the middle of the wave. Yellowfin
just love to whack them there.
last place for me is the shotgun position (way down the center),
back about 100 feet or longer. I always put a big bird teaser and a
lure (pick one of the above) on a 8 foot leader behind the bird. Jet
heads, Brute Buster lures work here. I put the biggest hook I can fit
into these lures, at least a 9/0. All
hooks are the southern style Tuna hook. They rarely let you down.
your boat hull/engine draws the fish. You have to put your lures in
where they look like hurt bait trying to get back to the school. They
know that there is safety in numbers.
capitalize on the behavior of these pelagics, you need to put out as
many lures as possible back behind the boat. You can put a 3 T'Zer chains on each rod with a chase bait actively
running behind the T'Zers.
trolling lures for what I recommend for this type of fishing:
always have a least one Bullet and Cedar out at all times and I always
use daisy chains on them. I have fished these all
over and THEY WORK. For inshore trolling, blue/white is the
color cedar daisy chain is THE
COLOR combination to start with.
My Bullet provides a tight head shake, and the
right sound. SOUND in the 500 kz range that attracts all Tunas. Why use anything
else? I can't build a better lure and neither can you! Look at it
this way. Calculate the cost of your boat, insurance, fuel, fishing
equipment and not least, your limited time on the water. Buy the lure
setups that works the best!
A 3 T'Zer rig attached to my Cedar or Bullet will
catch anything on the inshore grounds. I had 100 + Bluefin on this
setup just 5 miles off the beach in 20 fathoms of water in one year!
Bullets and Cedars can be run alone. With or without T'Zers, they
should be no further back from your transom than 35 to 30 feet. I
have had Yellowfin climb all over these5 lures. Mahi even fight for
this lure. I also had 2 White Marlin try and impale themselves on
this rig (bill wrapped both of them).
Albcore and Bonita
like a little different presentation. I use a T'Zer setup (matching
color) followed by my chase
bait in white/pink or a green/orange or a
blue/green over yellow combination. These should undulate over your
standing wake. This rig will drive the Albacore or Bonita crazy. You
will actually see more than one trying to eat the T'Zers and the
chase bait. Take your camera along! All of the above chase baits should be
1/2 inch size.
are great attractors. You don't need big birds. What you should use
is a 5 inch bird followed by a chase lure. I use the T'Zer set up
followed by a Bullet or Cedar chase
lure. REMEMBER, you are presenting a
picture of a school of bait being hounded by predators. EASY PICKINGS
to be had! The more commotion, the better. On bright sunny days put a
bird chase bait combination way back 50 to 75 yards. Sometimes it
also use Tuna clones in any color running just next
to my T'Zers or as a predator lure chasing the T'Zers.
Machines in both sizes will work for you. They are especially great
by themselves or behind a bird teaser. These should be placed in the
4th thru 7th standing wake behind your boat. I put these on the O/Riggers.
If you don't have any, then place the lures closer to the transom
and work them directly off the rod tips.
you want to target Bluefin, use a Cedar Plug Daisy Chain. For the inshore
grounds, I use three 4 1/2 inch Cedar Plug Daisy Chains are a killer combination. Yellowfin and
Mahi will jump on this too. Place this just off the corners of your
transom about 20-50 feet back.