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Old 05-22-2020, 03:32 AM
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Iíve never trolled bait strips, not because I didnít like them, just havenít gotten around to trying them. Recently I watch a couple of videos that said trolling bonito strips can be just as good and maybe better than trolling whole bonito. Iím looking at this from an ease of use and cost factor. Does anyone have experience with strips and can comment? Thanks.
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Strips work very well. Proper rigging is necessary to insure they "swim" properly.
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I assume you meant a bonito strip vs. trolling whole ballyhoo. .
Everyone has been using bonito strips around here for decades. Standard procedure.
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Strips last longer. If a fish strikes and misses, it still swims and can get another strike. Strips are also fast to switch out. Lots of advantages.
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I know it's more a Florida thing ,but stated using them off the Virginia coast last year with very good results .
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Originally Posted by md makomyday View Post
I know it's more a Florida thing ,but stated using them off the Virginia coast last year with very good results .

Same over here in Texas. Tried them for the first time last year with great result.
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So whatís going on in south Florida, there are no Bonita strips anywhere. I went to a half dozen stores, called some more, no luck, even called Baitmaster, all out. Looks like more Corvid-19 hording! Are we out of season or something else?
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I also fish mostly from va & have used strip baits with success but for whatever reason ballyhoo is almost exclusively used in this region. It's interesting you'd think a tuna is a tuna but productive methods lures - baits vary from region sometimes in a short distance. For instance the oi fleet pulls hoos with sea witches move north to VA beach - oc md & still some sea witches but also bars & bigger lures like Islanders - zukers & then further north to new England & some boats pull nothing but artificial squid bars & chains
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Originally Posted by splais View Post
So whatís going on in south Florida, there are no Bonita strips anywhere. I went to a half dozen stores, called some more, no luck, even called Baitmaster, all out. Looks like more Corvid-19 hording! Are we out of season or something else?
Catch a bonito and make your own
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Make your own strips. Catch some Bonitas or buy a ticket on a drift boat and ask the Capt if you can take some Bonita’s home for bait. I’m sure they’ll oblige, even more so with a nice tip (they got hit pretty hard with the closures).

make a template for what you want your strips to look like. Cut the fillets off, leaving 1/8 inch of meat on the skin (herein called the slab). You can cube the meat and save for dolphin chunks or whatever.

kosher salt the slabs, patting them dry as they sit in a rack in a cooler. Pull the slabs out the next day and cut them with your little strip template, making sure you cut them so the grain of the meat goes in the same direction as water flow while trolling, or else the meat will blow up while trolling. Generally the tail of the slab will be the front of your strip. Cut them with a bevel on the edges so they don’t roll up like a taco. Cut them on a piece of plywood so you get cleanly through the skin on the first shot, so the edges aren’t ragged.

once you do a few dozen, youll get the feel of it and won’t need the template.

good luck.
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Originally Posted by splais View Post
So whatís going on in south Florida, there are no Bonita strips anywhere. I went to a half dozen stores, called some more, no luck, even called Baitmaster, all out. Looks like more Corvid-19 hording! Are we out of season or something else?
We are actually in season technically. Must be the big weekend or something. I will tell you a follower of mine caught a wahoo on a piece of silver duct tape rigged up like a bonito strip. So...............
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Try some of the Mylar bait strip brand.

They work well, got a nice black fin today on one when I ran out of strips

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