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Old 04-22-2014, 05:49 AM
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When trolling for bass been a wire line guy all my life. Friend of mine gave me some new Mann's stretch 25's and 30's.

I know I can troll these on braid as they will dive but what is the best speed/ line amount out to get these lures down deep?

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I use them, but I don't catch many fish with them. But I will give you this advice....when you're reeling them in at trolling speed, reel slowly when they get close to the surface!
If you're reeling them in fast and they break the surface, they fly pretty fast....right at you!
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Run them on the flat lines around 5-6 knots. They will pull fine with wire.
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Have many of them, not overly productive for us, but I think most of it is related to not matching the hatch, as they don't look like bunker or sand eels.

Jus Teasing tip is a very good one!
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Originally Posted by Willyk9 View Post
When trolling for bass been a wire line guy all my life. Friend of mine gave me some new Mann's stretch 25's and 30's.

I know I can troll these on braid as they will dive but what is the best speed/ line amount out to get these lures down deep?

Thanks in advance!
Don't waste Your Time & Gas....
IMO,
Mann's are more of a Florida Grouper, Lure.....
pull them over Patch Reef,
for Blacks & Gags,
in Your Waters....
I would want to be pulling a 2 Hooked Diving EEL, Jig Rig....
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I actually have had pretty good success with trolling stretches for bass. Landed my PB on a Chartreusse 30.

I troll just fast enough that they dig in. If the bass are hugging the bottom, stretch's don't seem to produce as well but when the bass are up in the water column, they will hammer them. Biggest problem with Stretch's are if Bluefish are around, bass will never have a chance to get at the lure.

I troll them on braided line and use a mono leader. As stated above, if you are bringing them in while on gear, watch out when it gets to service.

I have caught everything with Stretch plugs, bass, blues, weakfish, bonito, bluefin, yellowfin and Mahi.
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I've been using them for years, troll them on braid or mono, with a 40 lb mono leader. Customers like reeling them in better than umbrella rigs on wire, both have their time and place. One thing I have noticed, about 4-5 years ago Mann changed their production line and went from a square case to a blister pack. At the same time the lure was slightly changed, the surface texture is different. I found that the old lures caught more fish. When I am stalking old tackle shops or flea markets and can find the old style Stretch's I grab them up.
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If you run more than one at a time make sure they are well staggered. Even a "straight running" one wanders some. I suggest your bigger deeper running one be the closer one to the boat and go from there.

And X3 on MarlinMike's X2 of Jus Teasin's warning.
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I use them in the Ocean when we get our winter run of stripers. Caught a pile of fish on them last year. Outfished umbrellas, tandems, and mojos 4 to 1. I haven't had a lot of luck in the Chesapeake bay with them tho.

I rig mine with 15' of 80# leader and a surgeons loop on the tag end. Hook them to either my 6/0 Penns rigged with 65# braid or my TLD 20 2-speeds loaded with 40# Momoi mono.

I set mine back. WAYYYYY back. I'll stagger them by about 50' or so. Generally stetting the longest at about 300-350' or so. I know that sounds long, but I had the best luck on them the further out they got.

Troll at about 2.8-3.4 knots.
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They work well in the spring in NJ. Braid is fine and run maximum of three knots. Raritan Bay and North Jersey Coast all good places. Stretch 25 Chartreuse and blue and white are good colors.
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Use them in the Ocean ... trolling speed +/- 3 knots and set them waaaaaaay back ..... just be careful when reeling them back in without a fish ...cause once they break the surface they will rocket straight back at you ...hooks looking for something to dig into .....
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Use them sometimes out of oc md as well. Prefer a parachute/spoon combo if for no other reason than less opportunity for tangles. I use 30lb mono to a heavy (don't recall weight) leader. All my stretch lures are pre-leadered.
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Keep in mind however I am the worlds worst rockfish catcher.
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Originally Posted by Skookaloop View Post
IMO,
Mann's are more of a Florida Grouper, Lure.....
pull them over Patch Reef,
for Blacks & Gags,
Yup ... the lips on mine are all banged up from hitting the reef when it comes up a little, but it is pretty easy fishing and works well on grouper. Just hit the gas when you get a bite so it doesn't rock you up :-)

I don't use them in NH or MA. I do use X Raps, rigged special, for tuna trolling sometimes. I don't use my X Raps in FL because they are too pretty to be subjected to a cuda or king mac...
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I have had good sucess with the strecth 30s on the patch reefs here in the keys, I always pull them using braid and a mono leader. I have never used them for bass in NJ but good luck and let us know how they work for you.

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