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Old 02-20-2011, 06:37 AM
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hey guys, I am getting ready to make up a daisy chain out of 9in squid and would like to know how far apart some of you put them and what do you like to pull the hook in behind it? Weather yall use a lure rigged behind the squid or seawitch or just put a hook in the last squid? Thanks!
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Originally Posted by carolina triton View Post
hey guys, I am getting ready to make up a daisy chain out of 9in squid and would like to know how far apart some of you put them and what do you like to pull the hook in behind it? Weather yall use a lure rigged behind the squid or seawitch or just put a hook in the last squid? Thanks!
I rig them 2 feet apart and add a lure at the end.
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You can go either way on the hook. I set mine about 16" apart with snap to change out the chase bait and the squid covers it all up when you pull it back down and weight the stinger also Set it up on the floor so you can see how you want it.
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Thanks for the info so far! If anybody else has any advice let me know.
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I just rigged up 30 of these.

I start with 12ft of 200lb mono, all squids are about 20 inches apart (Crimp to crimp) except for the last which is 3 feet from the last squid. (crimp to crimp)
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I rig them just like the spreader bars I make. If the squid is a 9" squid I space them 9" apart from the back of the squid to the tip of the next. That would be 18" between crimps.
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The spacing above is for the teaser portion only. The stinger gets placed further back. I like it to be about 2 1/2 times the squid size.
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Originally Posted by makoexpress View Post
I rig them just like the spreader bars I make. If the squid is a 9" squid I space them 9" apart from the back of the squid to the tip of the next. That would be 18" between crimps.

This is how I do mine. 2 times the length of the squid.
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I like the squids LESS than one "squid length" apart if I'm going to run an armed chain. About 6" space between 9" squids makes for an awesome "fleeing bait" tight pattern, and make the chains easier to use and deploy in the spread.

I also like about 2X the length of the squids as an armed lure distance, but that's pretty flexible at the 9" length.

I've bought chains made 1-2' apart and my homemade ones with a close packed formation would catch 3 or 4 to 1. Something about having them close together makes them more attractive, especially if you use them behind (even WAYYY behind) a bar.
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I space them twice the length of the squid also. Read that number in saltwater sportsman magazine a while back and it stuck with me.
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Where do you buy the squid from?
Old 02-22-2011, 06:14 PM
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I can get you all the squid or green machines you want. Just tell me what size
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About 16' apart. I like to rig with a 1/2 egg sinker in each squid head
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Many years ago we were trolling for Tuna in the Hudson Canyon. I was up on the bridge running the boat, we were marking bait and large fish 50 to 75 feet under the boat. Their had been some Big Eyes landed in the area so I worked the area hard. I was concentrating on staying over the bait and hadn't been looking at the lures. I marked bait and fish close to the surface so I took a look back into the wash. What I thougt I was looking at was a spreader bar, but it turned out to be a school of squid that a Big Eye chased to the surface (I spotted him when he cleared the water). What surprised me about the squid was they were all lined up, not all bunched up like you see baitfish. I suspect they were keeping some distance between each other to give them some room to manuver. So whenever I rig up a spreader bar or chain I really think it's important to keep them spaced evenly, and not too close because that's how they seem to behave in the wild. Just my 2 cents.
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I rig mine with more spacing than others: for 12" squid, it is 16" tail to head, for 9" squid that becomes 12" and for 6" squid, that becomes 8" - but I usuallly run the last squid as a trailer, so I add 4" to the above spacings for that one.

I have been using both the Moldcrafts and Sea-Strikers - the Moldcrafts are bulkier and more expensive, if that matters.
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Carolina Triton, why screw around making your own. Just have Joe at Terminator custom make them. I ordered some form him recently and was impressed. Solid components, well put together, and priced fairly. Just not worth the headaches of DIY. And it helps the economy man!
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How deep do you all run them (Dolphin)?
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I run two, one off each transom cleat, and they're on the surface. 4 moldcraft squids on each, last one is bigger. spacing is about 12"-18". one is green color and one is orange. The white marlin will literally come up and chew on them.
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Originally Posted by BottomPicker View Post
Carolina Triton, why screw around making your own. Just have Joe at Terminator custom make them. I ordered some form him recently and was impressed. Solid components, well put together, and priced fairly. Just not worth the headaches of DIY. And it helps the economy man!
Its just something I enjoy doing, Just wanted to see how other people made theirs.
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Originally Posted by DWCurry View Post
How deep do you all run them (Dolphin)?
I put corks in mine and run them on the surface.

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