I have 2 of them riged with a hook in the last bait. It has worked great on tuna and dolphin. One is made up of green, 6" mold craft squid with a dark colored sevenstrand bullet headed lure in the center. The other one I have is a ballyhoo spreader bar and we alternate pulling it as a teaser and a rigged lure with a hook. I would never think about putting hooks in all the baits unless you are pulling it on a 130. We've watched that thing get demolished 15ft from the back of the boat by tunas and I don't think I'd like reeling in 7 or 8, 50lb YFT's at once on a 50W.
If you talk to a lot of the guys in the NE they almost feel like they are wasting their time if there isn't a couple of rigged spreader bars in the spread.
It's a teaser. No hooks. Think about fighting a fish on that rig. It's made to imitate a school. Then pitch a bait and drop back, mostly used for fin fish, but not always. Try running a rigged bait behind it.
Like scott stated above, drag the teaser and put another line out just behind the teaser? i can imagine it, just how to keep it all from getting tangled up is messing with me. i am thinking the Tuna and bonita schools would mug that thing.
Another option is to connect a baited hook or lure to the end of the dredge with a break away trolling clip. Big fish throw trolled lures and baited hooks by jumping and shaking their heads, imagine what that dredge would be like. What I do is troll either a lure or a daisy chain behind the dredge, the last bait on the daisy chain has hooks. The most productive way I've used the dredges is on a down rigger with birds on the surface and my trolling set up behind that. As mentioned earlier, it's a good idea to have a pitch bait ready to go in case something crashes your teaser set up. Tight lines to you.
that isnt a dredge it is a spreader bar and it is not intended to be ran off a cleat. They are designed to run off the short riggers for tuna which helps run them high enough to get all the commotion out of them they work great off a sportfisher cause you can get them pinned up high. I use smaller ones (single bird in front) out of my CC boat with success. Yes they do tangle and make a mess but they produce so trade offs
I don't have much of a problem with them tangling. Then again, I'm not running 40 baits on each one. I generally have about 12-20 baits on a spreader bar and rig them closer to each other to prevent tangles. When I fish them as a teaser I put the spreader in close and have a naked ballyhoo positioned about 8ft behind it. This setup is a killer and yes, the spreader gets annihilated by the school of tunas but holds up time after time.
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