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Favorite Trolling Lures for Kings, Mahi and Wahoo

Old 06-04-2017, 12:29 PM
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Default Favorite Trolling Lures for Kings, Mahi and Wahoo

I have done a lot of live bait slow trolling. Ready to learn something different. What lures do you like to pull offshore? Any particular spreads or speeds?
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Old 06-04-2017, 07:11 PM
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I am getting the hang of bluewater trolling. By far my best lures so far are billy baits mini turbo slammers with a ballyhoo. They are just a small Mylar skirt with a jet head, but I have caught most of my fish on them. I also like a red and white yo Zuri crystal minnow and a chartreuse sea witch wth ballyhoo somehwere in the spread
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I use a lot of Blue Water Candy ballyhoo rigs. Blue/white and Green/Pink/Chartreuse are my go to dolphin rigs. I also like to run a small green rubber squid with a jet head. I can't think of the brand name, but they are cheap at around $5 a pop and I have caught dolphin and yellowfin on them. I bought a pile of expensive crap when I started doing this, but the cheap baits seem to produce more fish. I haven't caught too many wahoo, but a co-worker swears by a plain silver 3-1/2" drone spoon off a planer. I would say that a planer setup would be your best investment for producing offshore fish. They catch everything. Not cheap, though... I have about $900 invested in mine.

Speeds for me are around 7 knots. Once the wahoo show back up in numbers I'm going to try HST, which requires about 15 knots. I'm still fairly new at this, so take my advice with a grain of salt.

I would love to learn more about live bait trolling sometime, especially when it comes to locating said bait and throwing a cast net for them. Got a couple of nets, but I suck at throwing.
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Fathoms, stretch 25s and 30s, sea vixens, dolphin weenies, tuna feathers, there's a bunch of stuff that works.

Vitamin_Sea - this video shows the two easiest methods for throwing a big net.

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Just tried Sea Vixen lures 2 weeks ago and tore the Mahi and Blackfin Tuna up.
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Old 06-05-2017, 09:15 AM
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I' ve got a dozen or so Stretch 30's and about 2 dozen Stretch 25's I have been planning on putting on Craig List if anyone is interested. Shoot me a PM and I can email pictures. Various colors, some new, some used. Thinking 50% off retail. Don't need them as I am all inshore now.
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Naked ballyhoo is my all time favorite
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:40 PM
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Mac a hoos--you can find them at BigNicfishing.com
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Old 06-05-2017, 08:49 PM
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X2 for the Mac-A-Hoos. They work great for many species.
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Old 06-05-2017, 10:20 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
Fathoms, stretch 25s and 30s, sea vixens, dolphin weenies, tuna feathers, there's a bunch of stuff that works.

Vitamin_Sea - this video shows the two easiest methods for throwing a big net.


Thank you. How do Stretches handle being trolled at 7 knots? I have a bunch of them from striper fishing back when it was actually worth targeting them along the coast. Never thought of using them offshore.
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Old 06-06-2017, 03:58 AM
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They tend to pull out that fast unless they are absolutely perfectly tuned. They like it better about 5.5 knots
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Old 06-06-2017, 04:54 AM
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My problem with the mackahoos, and similar plugs, is that is a lot of money when you get cut off. I can buy a 1 oz jighead and a king duster for $4-5 and get a bunch of bites
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Pirate Plug
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Old 06-07-2017, 07:57 PM
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Originally Posted by YadkinPackGuy View Post
I have done a lot of live bait slow trolling. Ready to learn something different. What lures do you like to pull offshore? Any particular spreads or speeds?
This topic has been covered repeatedly here on THT so a few searches should provide you with a lot of info.

For us, A trolling speed of 6.5 to 7mph seems to be the best "catch all" on a 23'r out of OI. When specifically targeting dolphin, seems we've had better success at times running slower, around 5.5 - 6mph for bailers.

In regards to lures, we've pulled just about everything at one time or another, but the most consistent producer is skirted or naked ballyhoo. You can buy 2 or 3 of each color for a small investment and that will put you in business. Blue & white, pink & white, green & yellow and purple & black are popular colors. Dolphin seem to prefer the brighter colors in my experience, but blue & white is probably the best general purpose color. You can then add a few tried & true lures for variety (more for your interest than the fish's) such as a cedar plug, a bird / green machine (my personal favorite on the wfb), a bomber or x-rap diving plug (make sure they're through wired - offers the fish something deep without cost of a down rigger) and some kind of chain such as a daisy or bait shower as a teaser. Ultimately, your spread is supposed to imitate a school of bait and be in the general shape of an arrow head with the boat as the "point".
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Sea witch....
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Sea witch....


all day long
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Best I've used specifically for dolphin is a Monk A Lure.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:53 PM
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High Speed Trolling to me means big Wahoo in the fall where I pull larger specialty lures meant for speeds to 14 knots or better. We pull at 12 and go faster as necessary, Bigger lures take bigger fish and the speed eliminates some of the smaller Hoos. When they are hit at that speed, hookups are very solid, Anything hitting the large lures at that speed is either a big Hoo or a Blue if you can stand that combination without the normal smaller meat fish take.
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Try koolures hoo ya 14 inch high speed lure. The blue and white is known to get great hookups.
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I use big Nic's mackahoos for all 3 of those fish when dead bait trolling. They swim real good and have great hookup ratios due to the j hook and trebles. He has 2 different sizes and the larger I use for wahoo since it's beefed up terminal wise. Check him out, he's in the commercial sales threads
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