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Old 06-25-2008, 05:14 PM   #1
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Default What is the best "starter" all-purpose trolling spread?

Newbie here looking to get into the trolling scene. I know enough that I don't want too many lines out to start with as I learn how to handle the tackle, placement and trolling speeds, boat etc., but figure there is probably a good utility spread that I should be using. So probably 4-5 lines...could run a teaser or dredge but not sure if that is a good idea till I get some experience?

I need to know lures and leader materials, lengths and positions to set the spread. My boat has 15' outriggers and a single manual downrigger with 10lb ball. My reels are TLD 25's (till i get some "spare" cash...like that will happen :crying).
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:52 PM   #2
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take away any of these to make the spread you want....ill post up lenght and lures that we run in a few..

btw i stole this from a buddy

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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 get creative. Blue and white chugger on the port, and a Rainbow or Blue White Spreader Bar with chase bait on the STBD

it will take a while but with testing what gets knockdowns and hook ups you figure out whats best working for you....
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Old 06-26-2008, 01:17 PM   #4
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I'd do it completely in reverse. Chuggers on the short flats, islanders on the riggers, maybe a naked ballyhoo on a rigger, etc.

Throw a couple of teasers in the mix and you are all set.

MAYBE a cedar plug way out back down center
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atlantacapt.....where you run your teasers?????just off your 1st wake or how??

you thrown a bird out there any??
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No way you shuld run 7 lines when you are just getting started.

Throw a teaser in the first wave. I like at least one real big artificial onone short flat (big orange and blacksofthead maybe) and a Yozuri bonita opposite a wave closer.

balyyoo combos or small lures (Ahi P maybe) on the outriggers and a bird plug combo or jet head on the shotgun.

Starting out, 5 lines will be plenty to keep up with. Just my .02
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gator thats why i said "take away any of these you want" to make your spread.....the photo was illistrational only....i couldnt remove the lines or i would have....i agree 4 or 5 is max i would start out with......you running daisey chains??
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bluffman2 (6/26/2008)gator thats why i said "take away any of these you want" to make your spread.....the photo was illistrational only....i couldnt remove the lines or i would have....i agree 4 or 5 is max i would start out with......you running daisey chains??
no. Iprefer monster loud obnoxious teasers. I'm by no means an expert, though.
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cool...thanks..
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:19 PM   #10
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Inotice in the diagram you show baits at both corners running approximately the same distance from the boat but all other baits are staggered. Is that intentional?

The general formation is an inverted V pattern with a long line down (or two) down the center. So for a start I would try one outrigger bait per side and one on each corner and possibly one way back cedar plug down the middle. So that's 5 lines out. Should I run a staggered pattern for those 4?

So one vote for chuggers on the outriggers and one for ilander (or similar). Both of those are essentially a surface baits.Do you think I shouldput one of those 4 down deeper with a trolling weight? Or is that just more trouble than it is worth?
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