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Old 06-26-2005, 05:23 PM
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Default Trolling Gotcha Plugs

Heard lots of people trolling Gotchas for Spanish and King. How is everyong rigging these? Heard some are reworking the hook and leader, but no details how they are doing it.

Finally, anyone been successful trolling with these rigs?
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Hmmmmmm. What are those? Maybe I need some!!
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Gotcha makes some weightes plugs that can be used for trolling. They're "OK" in my opinion, but don't seem to have the same action that their standard plugs have. There's no substitute for that side to side jerking action that you can get with a Gotcha plug used correctly with a casting rod set-up, IMO. I've caught Spanish, mahi, and bonito with Gotcha plugs. If you troll them and get a hit, i would think about stopping and casting plugs to wherever the strike came from.

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I still like the tried and true Clark Spoon. Have had some limited luck on Gotcha's. I just tied to the end of the line. You can troll em slow or cast em if you need to. Have used the Mackeral Tree by Sea Striker and am impressed.
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The trolling Gotcha is a smaller, plastic and lead version of the Ceder Plug and is not fished like the standard Gotcha. When trolled it has a small amount of action but not the side to side jerking motion of the casting model. I have rigged three of the trollers on a 50# mono leader, with only the last one having a hook and some days it would out fish the Clarks Spoons and Spanish Birds and some days it would not . If you use the casting model, snip off two hooks from each trebel Nothing worse than trying to get six hooks out of an undersized slickey Spanish or a Bluefish that is just itching to bite you.

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The trolling Gotcha is a smaller, plastic and lead version of the Ceder Plug and is not fished like the standard Gotcha. When trolled it has a small amount of action but not the side to side jerking motion of the casting model. I have rigged three of the trollers on a 50# mono leader, with only the last one having a hook and some days it would out fish the Clarks Spoons and Spanish Birds and some days it would not .

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The gotcha small version of the cedar plug also works well with a small bird in front. I agree it is either the hot lure or ignored.
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I am a true believer in the ClarkSpoon and Crocodile spoons.
Can use live bait or dead cigar minnows hooked through nose and slow trolled with spoons. I have caught nice kings doing this.
When I am looking for spanish, hardtails or bait in general, I always troll
with couple of spoons. Be sure to use top grade swivels when trolling.
The small ClarkSpoons will really twist your line.
After locating fish, mark the gps, go back and cast. Seems to work pretty well.
Lady fish will literally fight over these things too. I have landed quite a vew nice reds on the crocodile
spoons while casting. Caught 10 of these nice reds last fall. All with large Crocodile Spoon.
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