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Old 04-29-2019, 05:55 AM
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Default Trolling spread with just 4 lines

If the weather cooperates I'm looking at taking a wife's friend and her 14 y.o. son out mahi fishing. With an experienced crew we'll usually run 7 lines plus teasers and/or a dredge, but I'll be looking to keep it much simpler with this crew.

My outriggers are double-rigged. I was thinking I'd run baits off the long and short riggers and teasers where the flat lines would usually go. Crappy drawing below. What do you guys think?

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Old 04-29-2019, 06:00 AM
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I think it is a crappy drawing also. Lol. Naw, it should work fine, just have to keep your catches away from the teasers when nearing the boat or pull them out of the way.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:02 AM
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With an inexperienced crew I would ditch the teasers instead of ditching hook lines. That way don't have to worry about trying to switch fish off them, or getting them out of the way when a fish hits.

Surface lines on the riggers, then diving baits off the corners. Something like a Yo-Zuri Bonita off one and a lipped bait or a big resin head plug off the other. These bigger baits will function as teasers while still having hooks and not being nearly as hard to clear as a dredge or a squid chain.

Can run either traditional meat or a resin head spread.
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:05 AM
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For simplicity I would put the teasers on the outside so you don't have to bring them in when you hook up.
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In my honest opinion you cannot have enough "stuff" behind an outboard. I think you are "spot on" with the approach. Keep the teasers in the clean water. Do not forget a "pitch bait". Never know what will come up on the teaser
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Old 04-29-2019, 06:21 AM
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Run your teasers on your riggers so you don't have to clear them as often. They'll be in the way of every fish in your flat lines.

Looking at some reports down your way... have yourself some wahoo stuff ready too.
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Old 04-29-2019, 08:12 AM
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With only six lines in the water, I would want hooks in all of them, If you want a teaser, I would run a small squid chain with a rigged bait hooked to it off the rod in short rigger position. Try a Drone Spoon on a squid chain off the rod tip, at least two good ball bearing swivels between chain and spoon.
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I'd run sea witch or islander with 'hoos off the outside riggers, teasers/chains no hooks off the shorts, jets or chains off the flat lines, and put a WWWWWB down the middle out of the way of everything so you don't clear it all the time. Our #1 spot for mahi is off the flat lines with little jets. I'd hate to see you not run a lure off a flat line. Can't wait to try the Mahi Madness lures/chains off the flat line.
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I'd run the 2 long riggers, 2 short riggers a WWWB cedar plug and then 2 "baitshowers" off your flatlines with a chugger (with hook) chasing them as part of that bait shower/teaser rig. Just let the 14 YO reel in the WWWB every time.
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
Just let the 14 YO reel in the WWWB every time.
Maybe the best advice I've ever seen on THT.
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