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Tackle & Technique

When trolling with live bait, the reel drag must be set as soft as possible so that the predators can take the bait without getting suspicious. Not a problem using bonitos, but try it with forearm length tuna. The angler has to sit next to his equipment until the marlin bites, additionally braking the reel with one hand to keep the reel from emptying completely. Those that find this method too tiring choose to set the baitfish out, attaching the main line to an Outrigger with a rubber ring (see page 59). Now the angler pulls out several meters of line from the reel, which then sag loosely between the rubber ring and the tip of the rod. The rubber ring will break during a strike and the drop back affords the angler sufficient time to get to the reel to control the line run. Trolling with dead baitfish Dead baitfish can also be attached to the hook using a Dacron loop. The loop is first drawn through the tip of the mouth, which had previously been sewn shut, however (Image 5). © J. Oeder Natural Bait 5


Tackle & Technique
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