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19CapeHorn 07-24-2014 09:26 AM

Rigging Various Baits Trolling Lures
I fish in the Gulf (2-20 miles 30-75ft) mostly for Snapper, Trigger, Grouper, Spanish, King, Ling, and Dolphin. I have used many different ways to set my main line, leaders, and baits. Below are the set ups that I have gotten in the habit of using. I would greatly appreciate others' input regarding my set up and if there is something better out there that you would suggest.

1. Main line. I have always tied a swivel snap (flat black) to the main line using a palomar knot to allow me to change lures quickly as well as change from trolling to bottom fishing easily. This is more due to having two young children fishing with me much of the time and having multipurpose rod and reel set ups for them.

2: The leader. Mono. I always tie one end to a barrel swivel (flat black) to the leader with a snell, uni, or a palomar knot, which will attache to the main line. Sometimes I have the other end of the leader tied directly to the bait hook/s, lures, etc. with any one of the knots above. Other times I have the tied another snap swivel (flat black) which will be attached directly to the hook/s, bottom set up, or lure. I have done this for ease of changing set ups when I know that I will be using the same size and strength leader. It has never appeared to affect the action of the lures and I have never lost a hook, but I have wondered if the fish see it.
Wire. Other than using a haywire twist, I have used the same options (direct tie and swivel snap) on different occasions.

Is there something I should be doing differently? Thanks.

partyb 07-24-2014 12:11 PM

I'm always going for the bite, which means "tackling down." To that end I really do not use snap swivels much anymore, all small spro barrel swivels. The 80lb ones are tiny and plenty strong for most applications. I try and use flouro leaders, not mono, from the lure. This will involve more knot tieing of course.

I also recently began adding a topshot of clear mono on the reels which have high vis mainline. So then it's hivis to 50' 50# clear mono to barrel swivel to flouro leader on lure.

I only use a snap swivel on "top baits," like chuggers and swimming ballyhoo where the snap swivel is out of the water anyway, or when HST for wahoo (at that speed it don't matter much what you put out there)

Just my 2 cents

19CapeHorn 07-24-2014 12:46 PM

Thanks for the insight! What knots are you using and do you replace the topshot each trip?

Bigeaux20 07-25-2014 09:59 AM

What are your trolling baits?

partyb 07-25-2014 10:44 AM

Originally Posted by 19CapeHorn (Post 6937548)
Thanks for the insight! What knots are you using and do you replace the topshot each trip?

I'm using uni to uni usually for the mainline/topshot connection, otherwise I use a lot of bimini to bristol/no name knot.

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