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Old 04-29-2020, 06:59 PM
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Anyone still using these? Man those things swim a naked ballyhoo better than anything.

Any of you ever tried trolling squid with them?
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They are the ticket!
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Never pulled a squid but have pulled whole Spanish Mack with them. Will definitely keep even big baits from spinning. Great for pulling Horse 'Hoo for bluefin.
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Just hook the squid through the top of the mantle and let the stinger trail?
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I've always rigged squid with a trolling sinker inserted into the body, behind a wire trace through the head. Keep everything as inline as possible. Use a Tactical Angler clip to the back of the trolling sinker to attach your hook directly to the back of the weight (you could use a double hook or even a treble). And a Seawitch snugged up to the mantle of the squid to keep from washing out. This way all the hardware is hidden.

When you make your wire trace you make sure you use just enough for the hook to protrude just behind the tentacle base.

I imagine you could replace the trolling sinker with the Barefoot chin weight.

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What size barefoot are y'all running? Looking to use on small/medium ballyhoo. Meant to buy some a few years back, but never got around to it.
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do you guys wrap the mouth of the ballyhoo with monel or a rubberband to keep it closed, or is that unnecessary?

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Tim has a few videos out there:
https://barefootcatsandtackle.com/

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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
What size barefoot are y'all running? Looking to use on small/medium ballyhoo. Meant to buy some a few years back, but never got around to it.
I use the 11/0 for pulling the Spanish and the 7/0 for ballyhoo.
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Originally Posted by Striperk9 View Post
Tim has a few videos out there:
https://barefootcatsandtackle.com/
didn't scroll far enough down the page. he uses monel, I wonder if a rubberband would work. just easier and a little quicker overall
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
didn't scroll far enough down the page. he uses monel, I wonder if a rubberband would work. just easier and a little quicker overall

I like wire...fish comes and slaps a hoo with a rubberband and it has a chance to do weird things. Not sure about with these the way they are hooked, but...
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I rigged these over the weekend. Critique appreciated
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They look sexy as hell.... but I gotta ask, what do you plan to pull with um? Ballyhoo?
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Looks like a lot of hardware for a ballyhoo.
can you take a underwater video of one swimming please?
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They will work fine and make a ballyhoo swim like a snake! But in a few trips you will have to re-rig them all because of corrosion/rust due to all of the metal-to-metal connections between wire and hooks.
Some people enjoy/have time to work on their rigs between trips so they will work fine for that demographic.

I do enjoy making my own rigs, but I donít have time to do it every few trips.

For this reason Iíve found that the tried and true pin rig works best for my money. Iíve honed my bait rigging skills with the pin rig until Iím confident that I can rig a dozen and have them all swim the way I want...and they catch fish.
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Originally Posted by Weekend-Hooker View Post
They look sexy as hell.... but I gotta ask, what do you plan to pull with um? Ballyhoo?
see link. rigging starts at 7 min mark. Tim Barefoot is about the fishiest guy I've ever seen


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Originally Posted by big bass View Post
Looks like a lot of hardware for a ballyhoo.
can you take a underwater video of one swimming please?
maybe if I got an invite now and again I could show you live
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Originally Posted by Bigwayne17 View Post
They will work fine and make a ballyhoo swim like a snake! But in a few trips you will have to re-rig them all because of corrosion/rust due to all of the metal-to-metal connections between wire and hooks.
Some people enjoy/have time to work on their rigs between trips so they will work fine for that demographic.

I do enjoy making my own rigs, but I donít have time to do it every few trips.

For this reason Iíve found that the tried and true pin rig works best for my money. Iíve honed my bait rigging skills with the pin rig until Iím confident that I can rig a dozen and have them all swim the way I want...and they catch fish.
I use downrigger cable for my rigging. good rinse after fishing, quick hit with a wire brush if needed and I think it will be fine for a season
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[QUOTE=cfarmd;13662248]maybe if I got an invite now and again I could show you live[/QUOTE

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