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Old 04-19-2006, 10:17 AM
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Does anyone have any experience trolling Manns Stretch 20+, 25+ or 30+ lures? These are made to be trolled with braided line. Do they really dive as deep as they advertise? Do they catch bass? These seem pretty fool proof and much cheaper to start out with than a wire line setup. Thanks.

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Old 04-19-2006, 10:33 AM
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The question should really be "Who doesn't troll Mann's Stretch series?" Yeah, they're good but I've never heard of them used for Bass.
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:35 AM
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What do you guys usually use them for? Offshore?

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Old 04-19-2006, 10:41 AM
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Killers for bass, bigger the better,always use mono no braided here. They perform great.
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prokats - 4/19/2006 10:41 AM

Killers for bass, bigger the better,always use mono no braided here. They perform great.
How do you know how deep they’re diving? Does it depend how much line is out? Do you think these are good for a beginner? Thanks. Dom
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Old 04-19-2006, 10:58 AM
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Yes, the work...but usually prefer a little faster trolling speed especially if you want to see them get deep as advertised. 4 knots or so seems to be the ticket for Stretches.

And yes, if you are only trolling 2 or 3 rods, they are easy to use. Just be sure to stagger them in your spread or you'll end up with a huge mess...trust me.

I prefer parachutes, mojos and spoons over stretches but that's just me. Some of my buddies troll the hell out of them and do very well, I'm just not a huge proponent of them due to their tendency to foul other lines and that 4 knot speed is not the best speed for pulling my other baits.

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Old 04-19-2006, 11:13 AM
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I was planning on starting with 1 or 2 rods until I get some experience. So 4 knots should be okay for bass? Glenn, what colors do you recommend? Also, do you use the 20, 25 or 30? I usually fish in 15-40 feet of water. Should I just get a few of each?

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Old 04-19-2006, 11:16 AM
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Great choice in the Raritan. I troll them on braid, sometimes only using plugs. Also troll one down the middle when trolling spoons or umbrellas. 150 feet out gets them down on braid, the way you know if they are getting down is the rods should bounce alittle when the lips drags the bottom. When you pull the rod in the lip of the plug usually looks like it was drud across sandpaper.
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Old 04-19-2006, 11:47 AM
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I started offshore fishing pulling 25's around platforms for snapper, jacks, mackerel and barracuda. They are excellent lures. As Glenn says you'd better stagger them well to prevent foulups. My favorite colors are chartreuse (dorado) and black/chrome. If I were to choose one it would be black/chrome since it's produced the best for me. The 25's are the best compromise in terms of size and performanceimho.I've since started using the 50+'s,Halco's and Yozuri's since they tend to troll better at the higher speeds you need for topwater lures.

The lighter the line you use the deeper they will go, just like the instructions say.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:24 PM
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-Braid & lighter #test mono helps them dive deeper.
-Stripers tear them up, I pull them slow for srtipers
-Just about everthing else in the Ocean eats them. Bluefish, Mahi, King's, Bonita...

I always have one in the offshore spread & it's usually a producer. There heve been times when the blues were so thick off of O.C. MD that we couldn't even turn the clickers on before the stretches were hooked up.

Pull more than 2 of them in the spread & you are asking for trouble, they will wander from side to side...
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:27 PM
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Dom lots of great observations. Very true to stagger them and only use up to three. When you purchase one there is a chart to tell you what pound test and how many feet of line to use. The 18 n's and 30 are great run them together to cover the water collum. Good luck see you out there I go out of Mamaroneck.
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Old 04-19-2006, 02:00 PM
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Wow. Lot's of great info in this thread. Thanks for all the help guys. I'm ordering a few of them now. Hope to test them out this weekeend and catch some striped ones. See you out there!

BTW, I'm out of Mill Basin, Brooklyn. My boat's name is "Anna Bella".

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Old 04-19-2006, 02:18 PM
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One more thing. I was running four at a time with a saltwater rattletrap down the center in the wash about 20 ft back. Now that sucker was nailed constantly.
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Great lure, many folks use them in the Chesapeake for rockfish. However, I hate treble hooks. If I like a lure with trebles I will take trebles off and use singles or clip the trebles. I believe trebles cause too much damage for the fish and the fisherman.
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Old 04-19-2006, 04:40 PM
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Chartruese in any flavor/size is a good bet as is Red/White...it depends on what they are eating and the water clarity. Some of the chrome ones (chrome/black, chrome/gold, chrome/blue) are solid as well. I pull 25's and 30's again depending on the size of bait they are eating. Some of my buds had some success with all Pink as well this past year. This one was caught on a chatruese/green stretch 25 off VA BEach.



You can definitely troll them slower but I've seen Stripers nail them at up to 4.5 knots. I think 3 knots would be a good place to start depending on the tide...then slow down or speed up and see what happens. Oh, and whoever brought up bluefish is right on...damn blues LOVE stretches and will destroy em for sure.
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I almost exclusively troll Stretch 25+ Gold/BlackBack. However, I troll on wire line. With the wire line you can get the lure deep at very slow speeds. Since the lure floats, it will bob up and swim down in the water column as the wire goes slack and tight with the pitching of the boat. I ussually never go more than 2-3 mph.
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Old 04-20-2006, 09:05 AM
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I have been removing the lead treble on my Stretch 25's without a problem. Makes handling those unavoidable slammer blues much easier, as you can generally just grab the plug to assist the landing.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:08 AM
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I use the Chartruese 25's as well for bass. I picked up a bunch of shi&%y colors on ebay and painted them with neon spray paint, they work great.
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Old 04-20-2006, 10:18 AM
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I just ordered a few of these. These should be okay to start out. Thanks for the help everyone.

Stretch 20+
Blue Back Mylar

Stretch 25+
Splatter Holograpic (Chartreuse)
Redhead Holoegraphic
Chartreuse

Stretch 30+
Chome/Blue
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What hooks do you guys replace the trebles with??? Model # would be great, thanks
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