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  1. cletus9000
    02-24-2017 06:14 AM
    Hopefully this is just a bit in front of the longs, and you may have to shift things around a little bit. Way back line is a ballyhoo bait, hopefully off a center rigger 20 ft past the longs.(continued in other message)

    You'll notice that this spread is really tight. That's how I like it for tuna fishing at least, as I believe you'll get more cover up like that. Lots of guys spread things out more and catch so there are many ways to skin a cat. This is a yellowfin spread that will also catch dolphin and marlin. If fishing for blue fins, I would run the way back line really, really far back. Remember, your boat and prop wash is a teaser in a way that the fish are drawn to. Keeping the lures as close to that but still in clean water will get more bites while keeping the spread tight means you get more coverups when the wolf pack does come up.

    I personally wouldn't bother with cedar plugs unless you have reason to think the fish are keying on them. Run a shute with ballyhoo instead.
  2. cletus9000
    02-24-2017 06:13 AM
    Every boat is different, and you need to position things so that they are running in clean water, which changes from boat to boat. Also, it is absolutely imperative that you rig your ballyhoo correctly so that they run right. That combined with being in the right location is at least half the battle. So build your spread from the flats back. Get those clipped flat lines as close to the stern as you can but still get them running in clear water. put the spreaders 10-15 ft behind those. I have actually tripled rigged my outriggers and now run the bars off the riggers -- gets them in cleaner water and I get more bites but they'll work off the rod tips too. Short or middle rigger has a ballyhoo bait positioned 10 ft behind the spreader. This bait gets hit the most on my boat. Long riggers 15-20 ft behind the short riggers. I like a lighter bait on the longs. Shotgun bait would be a spreader bar for me, positioned just as the water starts to clear down the center. (continued in next message
  3. davpet60
    02-23-2017 05:11 PM
    Hi..was looking at spread discussions for this summer our of OCMD and saw yours from 2014.. can you help me understand a few things... I'm struggling with this offshore fishing,(have all the gear... guess I'm not doing it right) this so much for the help!!! Dave

    Build the spread around 2 spreader bars off the rod tip off the back of the boat (How far back?) .

    I like the splash bars, but many other will work. Put two flat lines close the boat, clipped, underneath the bars.(how far back.. in front of the bars?)

    One ballyhoo with a joe shute or ilander head, clipped to the stern, and another that's a cedar plug (Where off the boat? riggers?).



    Put a shotgun lure straight down the back just beyond the spreader bars, some sort of ballyhoo with head (shute, ilander, sea witch, etc). (how far?)

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