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I'm bored so I made a screen cast of "tricks" we use pulling multiple wide trackers to minimize chaos and tangles offshore.

When we first started pulling them in 2016 we ran into our fair share of issues we had to troubleshoot by trial and error.

This "vlog" is basically how we have modified things over the last 4 seasons since we were first introduced to them by Sterling.

The big thing to pay attention too is the fact that they swim wide but when a fish takes it and sounds they will pull inward and cross over other lines if not properly set out. This will lead to a mess.

Hopefully this is informative to some of you. Plus I shared our most lethal yellowfin spread from 2019.

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Great breakdown as always Doug!
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nice !
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Good tutorial...👍
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Interesting how you stagger flats to the long riggers from bow to corners. Thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, that's sure to save me from a possible headache in my first year running offshore!
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Great video Doug. We run very similar spreads except I don’t have my long rigger double clipped. So in my case the long wide tracker is run from the short rigger position underneath the long rigger bally. Maybe this year I’ll double clip the long rigger and get everything out wider.
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Thanks!!

There are two mistakes I noticed I made and I am not going to be able to go back to fix.

1. They are AFTCO Roller Trollers we use not RUPP - sorry about that
2. I said "diamond pattern" in the back but am pointing to a triangle. What I didn't clearly say is we also pull a shotgut center rigger too. This is almost always a Sterling Chaos bar that is in line with the outside wide trackers. My belief is that excites the fish and then the ballyhoo are all out the back of that bar creating the diamond pattern. This is our standard 8 rod spread. 4 Wide Trackers, 3 Hoos, 1 Chaos.

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Thanks!!

There are two mistakes I noticed I made and I am not going to be able to go back to fix.

1. They are AFTCO Roller Trollers we use not RUPP - sorry about that
2. I said "diamond pattern" in the back but am pointing to a triangle. What I didn't clearly say is we also pull a shotgut center rigger too. This is almost always a Sterling Chaos bar that is in line with the outside wide trackers. My belief is that excites the fish and then the ballyhoo are all out the back of that bar creating the diamond pattern. This is our standard 8 rod spread. 4 Wide Trackers, 3 Hoos, 1 Chaos.
Thanks for doing this, the chaos bar you are referring to is the sterling 36", right? If that is the case, 5 bars out there would be a lot for my boat. Considering the success with these trackers and chains the thought has occurred to me to not even pull a hoo rig. I have not made myself do it yet but it seems the idea has merit. thanks
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Originally Posted by TripleCrownNC View Post
Thanks for doing this, the chaos bar you are referring to is the sterling 36", right? If that is the case, 5 bars out there would be a lot for my boat. Considering the success with these trackers and chains the thought has occurred to me to not even pull a hoo rig. I have not made myself do it yet but it seems the idea has merit. thanks
Yes the Chaos Bar is a 36" bar and it is Sterling's most underrated bar.

Best bet is to always put out hoos. If the fish let you know they want artificial baits they will and then you can pull the hoos and set out the other stuff.
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I started running a green chaos bar two seasons ago with the advice from Steve..... there have been days where it out fished the trackers....We also run it in the short shotgun position. Basically smack in the middle of the spread.

we run a very similar pattern. Hoos on the longs and wwb, then trackers, then more hoos. Then chains or regular 18 inch Sterling bars.....With the chaos down the middle we will adjust colors and lures as the days go on but usually everything is shades of greens and purples on the plastics and pinks and blues on the hoos.

I am a firm believer that the bars bring the fish into the spread but a properly rigged hoo will out fish the bars. Also the bigger fish almost always come on bait.

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We have also run an Ilander/hoo or Hoo/witch behind the chaos bars/chains in matching color in the stinger position with good luck
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nice job thank you
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Fished the chaos in the wwb position this past season, not only out fished the bally and wide tracks but also got me personal best bluefin and yellowfin. Swellhunter, do you know what rattles Steve uses in them? He sent me replacement squids but I want rattle to replace exactly. One of mine got ripped up on the last trip last season.
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Originally Posted by StellaMaris2 View Post
Fished the chaos in the wwb position this past season, not only out fished the bally and wide tracks but also got me personal best bluefin and yellowfin. Swellhunter, do you know what rattles Steve uses in them? He sent me replacement squids but I want rattle to replace exactly. One of mine got ripped up on the last trip last season.
Unfortunately I do not. I’ve never had to replace.

Give a call to the shop.

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Originally Posted by StellaMaris2 View Post
Fished the chaos in the wwb position this past season, not only out fished the bally and wide tracks but also got me personal best bluefin and yellowfin. Swellhunter, do you know what rattles Steve uses in them? He sent me replacement squids but I want rattle to replace exactly. One of mine got ripped up on the last trip last season.

Hey SM.........I had the same results with the chaos trackers......outifished everything..by far. One of my Chaos bars got ripped apart by a heated battle with a large YFT.....I sent it back to Justin at Chaos......he fixed it and sent it back to me..... no charge....... what a great vendor they are......
I ordered two more of theirs for this Summer......
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Is there a way to get the video back?
Thanks
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Originally Posted by diad View Post
Is there a way to get the video back?
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Vid is dead for me too. Would love to take a look.
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Originally Posted by Panabal View Post
Vid is dead for me too. Would love to take a look.
Same here
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