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Old 03-12-2018, 04:18 PM
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Default early season bluefin spread

Bluefin season is creeping up and I'm putting together my tackle for some 20 fathom trolling. I had some issues last year with bluefish tearing up my hoo rigs so what do you guys usually pull when bluefish are in the area? I've got a cedar plug daisy chain, green machine daisy chain and and going to rig a squid chain w/ zuker feather stinger.

What else do you pull?

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btw, saw another 50 at same place forsale today

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Get ya a few sterling machine bars, the bulb squid might get torn up by the bluefish but the machines hold up better and you can always change out the skirts
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Islanders, Joe Shutes, Squid bars
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I pull daisy chains, spreader bars, cedar plugs, etc. However, over the years, I have caught more on a plain old Ballyhoo than anything else.
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Sterling tackle black/purple spreader bar with green machine stinger
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Old 03-13-2018, 05:02 AM
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So, you guys pulling skirted ballyhoos, did you have trouble with bluefish early in the season? I had my ilander/hoos shredded by bluefish May last year. I still want to pull medium hoos with blue/white ilanders and shute/medium hoos on my wwb and outriggers.
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
So, you guys pulling skirted ballyhoos, did you have trouble with bluefish early in the season? I had my ilander/hoos shredded by bluefish May last year. I still want to pull medium hoos with blue/white ilanders and shute/medium hoos on my wwb and outriggers.
Looking at your sig Iím assuming you are out of Delaware, did you catch any bluefin inshore in May last year??
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No bars. Only ballyhoo way back
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Old 03-13-2018, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Seacraft25 View Post
Looking at your sig Iím assuming you are out of Delaware, did you catch any bluefin inshore in May last year??
Yes, DE. we had one hook up which had to be a bluefin but lost it. we kept getting gator blues around lightship and 20 line.
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
Yes, DE. we had one hook up which had to be a bluefin but lost it. we kept getting gator blues around lightship and 20 line.
Reason I ask is beacause usually the bluefin donít show up on the inshore lumps until sometime in June through July
They can be found offshore in April May
Not saying they arenít there, depends on water temp and bait
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It was memorial day weekend last year. Like I said, I presumed it was a bluefin but we never got to find out. Could have been a shark, maybe?
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You never know, but as others have mentioned the BFTs show up inshore late June / July. I usually try around 4th of July. I bet you had a mako.

As for baits, my go it is way back ballyhoo shotgun bait on a blue and white 8 oz Joe Shute. By way back I mean 1/2 an 80 wide.
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
Yes, DE. we had one hook up which had to be a bluefin but lost it. we kept getting gator blues around lightship and 20 line.
I have read here that went the blues are heavy in the areas here, Mako are also..
( could have been cletus9000 )
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Yes Bluefish are one of a mako's favorite foods and Iv Cought mako's by bridaling a Bluefish & slow trolling

you just have to deel with the Bluefish & bring some home for the smoker.
also I'd definitely include a plainer with either a blue-white islander or a blue-silver drone spoon.
keep in mind that ocean run Bluefish are not the same as the old bunker stuffed blues you used to catch in the bay. There actually not bad table fare if you like eating fish that taste like fish

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Here is a few we have been working on for the season. They are 6oz Predators!! They are all keel weighted.








Here is a few of the 6oz Supra Dart also keel weighted!!

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Thanks all. I always rigged my shutes and ilanders with hoo. Looks like you guys do alright with out them.

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I think everyone rigs them with a bally
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Originally Posted by ermill99 View Post
Thanks all. I always rigged my shutes and ilanders with hoo. Looks like you guys do alright with out them.

Thanks again!
If you are fishing Masseys,19 Fathom Lump ect..
Wait until around the last week of June to go for Bluefin

Bluefish will be all over before then
What you hooked was most likely a Mako
I have caught a few trolling
Do you run out of Indian River Inlet Marina??
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Thanks again everyone! Captain, yesI trailer up and down NJ and DE.
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