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Old 07-08-2019, 12:45 PM
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Fairly new to trolling and was wondering how you would set up these up in your spread?
Distance, Spend and Location.
Trolling for Dolphin.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:50 PM
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That's how I would do it..but you'll get 100 different answers
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I'd get some bonita strips and put them on the purple and pink skirts before going out. Drop the cedar plug way the hell behind the boat. Put the pink/purple strip baits at like 75' and 125' back and fish that artificial bally short. Assuming the connections are solid you're like $9 in bait away from catching dolphin. IMO catching dolphin is way more about finding them than what you're pulling.
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Old 07-08-2019, 12:56 PM
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Thanks for the quick response.
I also have this I could sub in.
Or maybe put on a spinner somewhere in the mix.


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Far right (cedar plug) in the prop wash right behind the boat, Excellent tuna lure.
Far left way back, down the middle 75 yards
The other 2 don't matter.
If you want mahi, learn to rig ballyhoo.
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I went out a couple of weeks ago by myself.
But I only had the two skirts.
I pulled them naked and caught a 34" to the fork Dolphin on the Pink.
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Originally Posted by 2dogs1949 View Post
If you want mahi, learn to rig ballyhoo.
Definitely on my short list.
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This weekend will be my first time pulling 4 maybe 5 rigs.
From the few responses I got, it seems like the two skirts don't really matter and the cedar plug either goes way the f back or right behind the boat.
Got it.
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So when you're trolling and you get weeds hooked,
what's the best way to free the weeds?
Do you have to reel it in and pluck it off.
Or can you just kinda shake it off?
Or maybe like a quick tug and a quick release?
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Hard tug and release works sometimes if the lure is on the surface. Usually, it's a reel in. That crome/pink 'bullet' would be good in the shotgun but then....everything is. Main thing for someone just starting out is to stagger your shorts, then stagger your longs. Put your lures on the front facing wave face and adjust if you change direction or the sea state changes.
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Guy who rigged my rods, nails mahi... goes out, 2 line spread. 1 - lure, 2 - naked hoo. Have spinners ready for slayfest when you get them near the boat. Good luck out there!
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Originally Posted by panhandleslim View Post
Hard tug and release works sometimes if the lure is on the surface. Usually, it's a reel in. That crome/pink 'bullet' would be good in the shotgun but then....everything is. Main thing for someone just starting out is to stagger your shorts, then stagger your longs. Put your lures on the front facing wave face and adjust if you change direction or the sea state changes.
Thank you sir.
When you guys say "Shotgun" I'm assuming you're talking about straight out the back and way the F back
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
Thank you sir.
When you guys say "Shotgun" I'm assuming you're talking about straight out the back and way the F back
correct. makes no sense to me as a shotgun is useless at long range but it’s pretty colloquial.
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
So when you're trolling and you get weeds hooked,
what's the best way to free the weeds?
Do you have to reel it in and pluck it off.
Or can you just kinda shake it off?
Or maybe like a quick tug and a quick release?
Leave it out and shake it off.
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Originally Posted by jheiii View Post
Guy who rigged my rods, nails mahi... goes out, 2 line spread. 1 - lure, 2 - naked hoo. Have spinners ready for slayfest when you get them near the boat. Good luck out there!
I I have four spinners ready. One with a top water plug and the other three with circle hooks for chunk baits.
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
So when you're trolling and you get weeds hooked,
what's the best way to free the weeds?
Do you have to reel it in and pluck it off.
Or can you just kinda shake it off?
Or maybe like a quick tug and a quick release?
Depends on if you are fishing with other people and how much you like them. And ultimately which rod gets grassed up.

If the close rod gets wrapped up I'll jump on it to do my Civic duty.
If the shotgun gets covered I try to take a leak, rerig something, make lunch or something/anything else and once occupied make a general observation that the rod is grassed and someone should probably bring it in. And then quickly drop your head again to seem busy!
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Originally Posted by Floatingalong View Post
If the shotgun gets covered I try to take a leak, rerig something, make lunch or something/anything else and once occupied make a general observation that the rod is grassed and someone should probably bring it in. And then quickly drop your head again to seem busy!
It's a true art
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Originally Posted by TheSweetDee View Post
It's a true art
At least y'all have been nice and only recommended the cedar plug or jet for the WTHB, which while certainly inconvenient I guess isn't completely the end of the world if it has to get checked. The boat I spend most of my time offshore likes to run a squid bar back there and if the Capt is feeling really assholic will have us rig with a ballyhoo trailer. I hate reeling that God forsaken thing in with a fish on, much less just for a bait check or grass. I have contemplated falling overboard just to avoid that misery.
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Originally Posted by 95wellcraft View Post
This weekend will be my first time pulling 4 maybe 5 rigs.
From the few responses I got, it seems like the two skirts don't really matter and the cedar plug either goes way the f back or right behind the boat.
Got it.
The cedar plug is basically a stick. It needs the turbulance of the prop wash to give it action. You would be amazed how close to the boat a tuna will hit.
Eventually you want a green machine down the middle way back with a bird in front of it.
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Originally Posted by 2dogs1949 View Post
The cedar plug is basically a stick. It needs the turbulance of the prop wash to give it action. You would be amazed how close to the boat a tuna will hit.
Eventually you want a green machine down the middle way back with a bird in front of it.
I love me some Tuna.
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