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Old 04-06-2004, 08:42 AM
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Any tips on rigging up a daisy chain with plastic squid? I have rigged spreader bars but have never rigged a daisy chain. How long of a daisy chain,How many squid, space inbetween squid, is there a trailer with a hook? I have never rigged one before.THANKS
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Old 04-06-2004, 08:50 AM
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I am by no mean an expert, quite the opposite actually. I have stumbled on a rig that I made up that works nicely. I start with 4 1oz seawitch heads. Not a sea witch mind you, just the lead head. To the heads I add a 4" hoochie body. trailing the squid I run a small jet head with a 8/0 hook. Total leader length is 8ft of 100lb mono. first squid from the hooked bait is 24" above each squid above that is 18". You can run this as an artifical or you can add a medium bally. Due to the weight this chain runs just under the surface. It skips only occationally. Color matches throughout. Tuna & Mahi
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Old 04-06-2004, 12:22 PM
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Chilli,
Thats the type of info I was looking for. Do you put a lead in each of the squid?
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Old 04-06-2004, 01:19 PM
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I don't use squid as teasers what I use instead is what I always called hoochies. Similar to a squid but with a shorter bulb and longer skirt. They usuall come in a 5 pack for a couple of bucks. I use a sea witch head to weight them. I cut the nose section off the plastic bait and thread them onto the back of the sea witch head hold in place with small rubber band or waxed tread. Each teaser in the chain weights about an ounce. Don't know the name of the jet head I use but it is the light plastic variety with a rubber and flash skirt.
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Old 04-06-2004, 06:58 PM
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A simple squid chain I use 4 squids 18" apart use lg beads or 1/4 oz egg sinkers in front of stop crimps on 1st three,last one gets 2-3 1/4 oz egg sinkers stop crimp and a 8-0 hook.Works well cheap and easy to make.
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ps cedar plug chain are great as well 3 ,6'' cedar plugs 18'' apart the 1st two get stop crimps in em' the last gets a9-0 or 10/0 needle eye,fish them in tight on the flat lines ...
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Old 04-07-2004, 03:49 PM
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Looks like you've found some tips on the hardware and basic style and construction of how to build a daisy chain, now let me add my $.02.

Consider, that 99 out of 100 strikes occur on the last bait (the one with the hook). Mother nature at work here, survival of the fittest, the weak one goes down nearly every time, you don't have to be first, you just don't want to be last.... I think you get the idea.

Here's a couple of tips that may make your daisy chain just a bit more attractive...

If you place your squids 18" apart, place the target bait back 36" from the last teaser, makes him look even weaker and may draw a strike from a fish that was otherwise not interested. Make your bait stand out from the teasers, change color, size, head design, anything else you can think of to make it stand out and in need of eating. I make some with green squid, and place a red squid at the end. I hear squid turn red when frightened... I've found that baits made this way usually out produce others. It's all a game, and fun to play. Best of luck.
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Old 04-07-2004, 04:08 PM
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Thanks for the great ideas everyone! Grandx I like the sound of a different color,shape and size pulling up the rear and lagging behind!! Great tips everyone
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Old 04-07-2004, 04:11 PM
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You can rig a snap swivel or a snap inside the the second to last squid so that you can make up short leaders with various styles of squids or lures as the "chase" squid and swap them around as required. Does that make sense?

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Old 04-07-2004, 05:06 PM
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When trolling for tuna I never fish a single bait. The exception is a faithful cedar plug and maybe single ballyhoo. All my baits are daisy chains, spreadder bars or bait/bird combos. The trailer is always farther back, different color, different size (sometimes larger) sometimes all three. I have great luck with a much bigger bait behind a smaller bait. I think it gets the competitive juices flowing with school Bfins. I also have bags ( these are bags with 6 trolling baits ready to go) for bright days, overcast days and partly cloudy days. We start with the openning spread and adjust to what the fish want. I will usually pull the opening spread for two hours before starting to swap baits out. If a certain bait combo or color gets action we put more of that size and color in the spread. Two baits I always pull are a green/yellow Zuker 6" with a soft Boone Bird 4" long port rigger and a 6 squid daisy 6" green, with last bait pink short port flatline, with first squid out of the water most of the time. These two baits get the crap knocked out of them by school Bfins, and yellowfins.
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Old 04-07-2004, 07:08 PM
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Spike I know exactly what your sayingabout the swivel great idea. CBhaws when I was in So.Cal all we used were Zukers, large metal jigs, and feathers and I have quite a few they were great there and in Fla.Keys, but have never tried them here. I have mostly livebaited in NC.
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Old 04-07-2004, 07:29 PM
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Another thing to think about. When crimping the teasers in place, put a nother piece of mono inside the crimp, and don't crimp as tightly as you would for the hooks. That way you you dont weaken the leader by crimping tightly. Also you could slide the teasers to different distances.....Steve
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Old 04-08-2004, 10:18 AM
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A lot of good ideas here...question: when you guys are pulling the daisy chains or single lures...what are your favorite hooks to rig with for small(4-6") and medium(6-9") lures?
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Old 04-08-2004, 01:21 PM
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I use 6/0 to 9/0 SS Mustad 7732. 7/0 is a good choice. I rig all hooks stiff. That is I pull a piece of shrink tube over the eye to keep it alinged.
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Old 04-08-2004, 09:53 PM
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thanks CB
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Old 04-08-2004, 10:14 PM
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I also use 6/0 or 7/0 mustads (7732). I rig with ballyhoo so I don't like using stiff rigs. I think even if I ran just skirts I wouldn't use the a stiff rig due to personal preference and philosophy.
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