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Old 04-21-2019, 04:35 PM
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Has anyone run them here in New England? How well do they troll on the far rigger? Are 36" wide trackers too heavy for outriggers?
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Several here have and use them. I'm probably going to pick up a set of the 18". Carlson or Sterling.
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Go Sterling, great bars and really expand your trolling pattern.
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Old 04-22-2019, 06:56 AM
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x2 for Sterling- top quality and they raise fish. I added an extra clip 16" inboard from the original one on my long outrigger so now I can run wide trackers outboard and a standard bar on the 16" inboard clip (plus a plug on my short outrigger) without fouling and really maximize the spread when the conditions are right.
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My friends and I have caught more tunas on Sterling Wide Trackers the past few years than all our other lures combined! even ballyhoo...……….
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I've used both Carlson and Sterling, and they both produce. The Carlson bar has a more durable keel material and in my opinion swims better. He is using American made squid skirts which are a little nicer than the Chinese ones Sterling uses. Can't go wrong either way.
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Do you have a link for the carlson one? I can't find it online.

Originally Posted by pmart30856 View Post
I've used both Carlson and Sterling, and they both produce. The Carlson bar has a more durable keel material and in my opinion swims better. He is using American made squid skirts which are a little nicer than the Chinese ones Sterling uses. Can't go wrong either way.
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Do they use the same angle planer?
Will 1 brand drift out further is what I'm getting after...
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Does anyone actually know the angle they are at?
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Give him a call in the shop
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Originally Posted by Hepatitis Sea View Post
Do you have a link for the carlson one? I can't find it online.

I noticed that as well, Keith. I know he has them as he was selling them at the Castafari show. FWIW, Falmouth Bait and Tackle has them and Christian is running a sale starting this weekend.
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They work great.. check out chatter lures. We caught some really nice BFT on then last year.
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I suggest Chatter lures side tracker. They have them in 19 inches and 36 inches, I run them in my long riggers and they are fantastic.
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I have fished sterling, carlson, and chatter lures wide trackers. The sterlings blew up after 2 fish, the carlsons in my opinion did not track as wide as the other 2, the chatters have had quite a few fish on them and are still going strong.
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I haven’t had any problems using the 36” on the short outrigger line and the 18” on the long outrigger line.
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Been running the chatter wide trackers all season they’ve been great
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Chatter side trackers are by far the best! You can switch them from port to starboard, much better materials. The sterlings blow up after a couple of fish.
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Originally Posted by Reaper View Post
Chatter side trackers are by far the best! You can switch them from port to starboard, much better materials. The sterlings blow up after a couple of fish.
What do you guys mean by "blow up"? Do the birds come apart, the bars, or just lose the whole rig?
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I haven't experienced a "blow up" with the Sterling's, my guess is the angled planer probably breaks off, it's a piece of acrylic or polycarbonate glued into the belly of the bird. Again I haven't personally seen it. I've used Sterling's and caught BF and big falsies, no issues, I have 2 sets of chatters that I haven't run yet so we'll see how they hold up
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
What do you guys mean by "blow up"? Do the birds come apart, the bars, or just lose the whole rig?
I've never personally had a Sterling wide tracker blow up. However, no matter what anyone tells you, you can get a group of fish that all hit the bar at one time. Then dropper arms get ripped off, bar gets bent, and you can break the bird. Only happened to me twice in the last 5-6 years.
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