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Old 09-24-2019, 07:44 AM
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No affiliation here to any dredge manufacturer...................................... .i've had good luck with Strike Point strip dredges. They are cheap, they hold up, they are easy to pull. I've raised plenty of marlin on them.

If you buy one today are you going to will it to your first born 70 years from now...............probably not - but they are less than $200 (less than $100 for smaller ones) and some of the big squid dredges are 400 and 500 bucks.

If you got it, spend it ........................if you don't - those strike point strip dredges are a great way to add to your spread, raise some billfish, and do it without spending a fortune.
Old 09-24-2019, 08:07 AM
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Damn make your own dredge. Only takes a hour.
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Old 09-24-2019, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Kendall View Post
Cobraarvey, sounds like three people on this thread have had failures with collapsible dredges! This is the great benefit of the Hulltruth forum in that everyone can share their honest experience and can warn folks about wasting money on collapsible dredges.
Call Chuck and tell him about your issue. I'm sure he would stand behind his product. That is just the kind of guy he is. We also tournament fish. I'd be pissed too if we lost a dredge due to breakdown during a tournament. Lost several arms this year on one of our fixed arm squid dredge made by another well known company. Into the trash it went. 5 years of use and abuse. No biggie, as I figure we got all we could expect out of it.. Bought an EZ-6 triple tier mud flap dredge to replace it. Never lost an arm yet in 14years on our EZ-6's. But if I do, I can repair it. Guess we will have to agree to disagree.
Old 09-24-2019, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike3765 View Post
A lot to think about here. Basically what I am getting is that for my Tuna Spread I should be looking at a Squid Dredge instead of a Stickbait version. Since two of my most productive lures have been a Green Machine behind a bird on the WWB and a Blue/White Islander over a hoo on the long rigger I am torn between Blue and Green for the squid color. Can anyone help me off the fence here?

Now about where to pull it and what weight to use.... I am thinking about using my Downrigger and pulling the dredge back just in front of my flatlines, about 30 or 40 yards back. If that sounds about right what weight should I use in front of it? I am seeing 6, 8, and 10 pound Fish Weights and 24 to 64 Oz Trolling weights. My most productive trolling speed has been 5 to 7 knots in my 25 foot Carolina Classic.
I run mine off the stern cleat, 30' back with 4lbs of lead. Flats line are just behind it at about 35' at the farthest.
Old 09-24-2019, 05:42 PM
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FishRAZR.COM

They have all options listed above for reasonable prices, also premade dredges for smaller center consoles. I run their fish stick dredge and its amazing how great it looks it the water.
Old 09-26-2019, 01:14 PM
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Originally Posted by Flybull View Post
For the non-salt water fisherman in the group...

What's a dredge and how does it work?

Thanks.

At its most basic, a dredge is a dense string of baits that mimic a small group of fleeing baitfish. Very generally, these bait don't have a hooked bait but instead are used to raise fish into your spread of hooked baits. It creates the illusion of fish or birds feeding on baitfish where some specimens of targeted fish will be more interested in the intermediate predators (your Black Bart lure, for instance) rather than the smaller bait on the dredge.

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Old 09-26-2019, 08:10 PM
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if you are just getting into dredges mylar strip dredges or squid dredges are a good place to start

mylar are least expensive, light weight and easy to pull, give allot of flash

squid dredges a a bit heavier, and pull harder (require more lead and have more drag, making them a bit more difficult to pull in) but very durable and low maintainence and very popular and proven to work
for targeting tunas a natural squid dredge would likely be best.

mudflap dredges are also easy to pull, very durable

I love shad dredges and /or natural bait dredges but require more effort and maintenance rigging , or making sure you don't have spinners from baits being out of balance or having tails broken off.
fishdownsea makes some great shads with lead and pin built in the shad ready to go , but all shades lose tails eventually and need replacement from time to time, (where as rubber squids can last for a year of heavy use if you don't lose the dredge first.

if you fish enough you will lose dredges from time to time, and definitely lose arms here and there, I like the swivel hub style dredges like srikepoint and some other manufactures make but put a safety loop around the hub so if the hub breaks you can save most of your arms and baits.

the poured lead hub dredges (non swivel hub) are cheaper but don't last as long
I also shackle the lead straight to the hub - no dropper from lead to hub- to reduce connections and possible failure points
Old 09-27-2019, 06:49 AM
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Originally Posted by La Vida CR View Post
I also shackle the lead straight to the hub - no dropper from lead to hub- to reduce connections and possible failure points
Thanks Captain Alligood, you must be a mind reader, that was my next question here, how far behind the weight should I run the dredge? I have settled on a non-collapsible pink squid dredge and a 6 pound fish weight.
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Originally Posted by Mike3765 View Post
Thanks Captain Alligood, you must be a mind reader, that was my next question here, how far behind the weight should I run the dredge? I have settled on a non-collapsible pink squid dredge and a 6 pound fish weight.
we run our weight about 6-8” in front of the dredge.
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Originally Posted by Mike3765 View Post
Thanks Captain Alligood, you must be a mind reader, that was my next question here, how far behind the weight should I run the dredge? I have settled on a non-collapsible pink squid dredge and a 6 pound fish weight.
I shackle my fish lead to the dredge with nothing else between them , no dropper at all

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