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Trolling Lure Maintenance

Old 03-14-2018, 08:17 AM
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Did a little maintenance on my most active trolling lures.

I like to switch out the stock Treble Hooks to Inline Single hooks. I find that I have a better hook up / landing ratio than with the treble hooks.

Top two are Mann's Stretch 30. I seem to always have to "tune" them to get them to swim straight.

Third one down is my most active Rapala X-Rap 30. This Dorado color has caught a metric ass load of fish, and to date, has nailed my largest kingfish yet. It has been highly abused, but still keeps swimming.

Fourth and Fifth are my Nomad DTX 165 minnows. The silver one is called "Bleeding Mullet" and really works wonders on Kingfish. The pink one, can't remember what it is called, but Gag Groupers LOVE it!

The bottom is a Mann's Stretch 40. I have yet to hook up on anything with it yet. But, it's always in my spread when I am 40' or deeper.

I just ordered some Nomad DTX 200s (Gen 2) to try. They arrive Friday!
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The 5th lure is called purple phantom and it’s one of our best selling lures. Here are a few shots of the purple phantom in action in Venice, La.
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Old 03-15-2018, 04:20 AM
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I have done the same with mine a few years back and they work great
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Old 03-15-2018, 06:33 AM
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I like to remove the trebles from my divers as well. They tend to swim better and I agree the hookup ratio is higher with single hooks.
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Was just thinking about the hooks on my trolling lures the other, so glad to see I'm not the only one thinking about this. I've got the X-Raps, the 4th and 5th color patterns have been my best producers. I'll be picking up a Dorado colored one for this season.
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I have done the same with mine a few years back and they work great

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What style hook are you changing the trebles out to? Something different / better than what I've used in the past. Looks like short shank, big gap, heavy duty on heavy duty split rings.

Edit: I've done super good before on Gags on the Stretch 40's, so keep pullin em!
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What style hook are you changing the trebles out to? Something different / better than what I've used in the past. Looks like short shank, big gap, heavy duty on heavy duty split rings.

Edit: I've done super good before on Gags on the Stretch 40's, so keep pullin em!
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I've been thinking about removing the forward hook and only pulling the lures with the rear hook.

Anybody tried this and have a pirep?
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I’ve never heard of changing the trebles out, I always have great hook sets with the trebles I would thing with two single hooks that you would lose more fish off the hook? What hooks do you recommend using?
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I don't like trebles on my boat. They catch fish but I think they are an accident waiting to happen on an offshore boat.
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One thing some of our pro staff captains have been doing with the Nomad Dtx Minnows, and this will work for any diving lures with inline single hooks. They have been adding a ball bearing swivel between the hook and the lure, so the the fish will not have the leverage to twist off.
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Originally Posted by fla904 View Post
I’ve never heard of changing the trebles out, I always have great hook sets with the trebles I would thing with two single hooks that you would lose more fish off the hook? What hooks do you recommend using?

VMC also makes an inline hook
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:50 AM
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Also Checkout BKK Inline Hooks
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We do have OWNER inline single hooks if anyone needs them at Striker Offshore Tackle
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What is your normal set up for pulling deep diving lures?
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Good thread
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What is your normal set up for pulling deep diving lures?
I usually pull them on a TLD25 with a medium heavy rod 30-40lb mono and usually either a 2 ft length of 7 strand cable or a 4 ft length of #9 wire. I get more strikes on the wire but have to swap out the leader after pretty much every fish of any size. Those plugs work well, but can get $$ if you have leader failures often.
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