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Old 10-08-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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I just was wondering what do you pull for baits when trolling the GOM, what do you prefer ? Lures , lure ballyhoo combos , live baits , naked natural bait?

My personal selection changes of course where i'm at by that i mean if i'm on the edge 30-40 fathoms i like islander or jetheads with ballyhoo or a mullet pulled around 6-7 knots with a cedar plug or small feather on the shotgun.

When in open water i run moldcraft chuggers and wide ranges in standard sizes in blues/blacks or purples and a ocassional green and yellow black barts make up the big lures on the flats i like the big boys up front behind the teasers, never had much luck with jetheads or mylures around here i have a mixed bag of diffrent heads i brought back from hawaii with me and they usally make up the shotgun or long riggers. And of couse head types and sizes are based on sea conditions but this is a base spread for me these are usally pulled between 7.5 and 8.5 knots

If we locate a lively area or see a great rip we put out the live baits they are usually diffrent sized blue runners from 6 inches to 12inches we try to always carry live bait that we catch the night before ,large cigar minnows , threadfin herrings and the ocasional spanish sardines all are rigged with 7/0 to 9/0 owner inline circle hooks on 80pound flourocarbon and up to 200 pound flouro on the bigger baits . we run alot bigger baits if we are in the water to do so live chicken dolphin{which don't last to long} the skipjack tuna is at the top of the list but can't always get them and the ocasional rainbow runner. but out of all the diffrent ways to troll i would say live bait is hard to beat, it acounts for more larger fish than the others for us plus you get to feed each fish that bites and you always see the strikes which is the coolest.

This is what we do and it always changes with weedlines and diffrent breaks in the water and how the bite is going {if any} . What do you use ?

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Old 10-08-2009, 08:30 PM   #2
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<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%"><TBODY><TR><TD class=smalltxt vAlign=top><SPAN id=_ctl1_ctlTopic_ctlPanelBar_ctlTopicsRepeater__c tl3_lblFullMessage>STBD short rigger gets a pink white seawitch with pin rigged ballyhoo, PORT short rigger gets a blue white seawitch with another pin rigged ballyhoo.


Port Flat, gets a red white cedar plug just outside the prop wash

On the Starboard Flat,Blue and White seawitch/ballyhoo

NOW, the long riggers I like Blue and white chugger on the port, and a Rainbow or Blue White Spreader Bar with chase bait on the STBD

Substitute a islander (pink/wht blue/wht) in any of the above.....im really starting to like the moldcrafts and bully hoods!

when all else fails slow troll livies and RELAX listening to some R&amp;B</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>

OR send a chicken dolphin out to look for the lady in BLUE!
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recess, i have never tried a live rainbow runner. what likes them?
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Trolling? Trolling? What's that???
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something youll be doing in NO TIME.........CMON Wade tell us your favorite spread!
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hahaha...give it time big guy...one day at a time...hope to see many more posts of your escapades out there wade... invaluable info you have experienced out there...i have no clue as to trolling but, you sir have a wealth of knowledge...
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SC... Caveman (Polu Kai) Fender teaser

LC... SR. Reel Tight (Moldcraft) Witch Doctor

SR Teasers... Pink squid chain stbd, natural port side

Long rigger... Sea Star (Ilander) or Med Plunger JP (Polu Kai)

Long rigger... Tiny Ruckus (Marlin Magic) or Apollo (Joe Yee)

Mouse Trap.. Super Chugger(Moldcraft) or Standard Ruckus (marlin Magic)

Way back... Small Beauty (Aloha)or Regular Ilander.......

All subject to change at any moment.......
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Downtime2 (10/8/2009)SC... Caveman (Polu Kai) Fender teaser

LC... SR. Reel Tight (Moldcraft) Witch Doctor

SR Teasers... Pink squid chain stbd, natural port side

Long rigger... Sea Star (Ilander) or Med Plunger JP (Polu Kai)

Long rigger... Tiny Rucus (Marlin Magic) or Apollo (Joe Yee)

Mouse Trap.. Super Chugger(Moldcraft) or Standard Rucus (marlin Magic)

Way back... Small Beauty (Aloha)or Regular Ilander.......

All subject to change at any moment.......


:clap thank you Sir!......Ill have to give it a try!...."along with Recess,s too"
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thats my favorite part on the whole spread.every day is different.i think motor harmonics and teasers bring or get the fishes attention.if they are hungry they will eat a tennis shoe.`something has to attract the fish and bring them to the boat.

a good bluewater fisherman can troll all of the same shit.a perfected bluewater fisherman will drop a lure and know what its going to do as soon as it swims for 10 seconds.
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-=Desperado=- (10/8/2009).a perfected bluewater fisherman will drop a lure and know what its going to do as soon as it swims for 10 seconds.
Huh? Can you break that one down? Had me up until there. Sorry...
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