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Old 01-24-2014, 11:01 AM
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Default live bait trolling speed

What speed would you guys recommend as best for trolling skippys for striped marlin, and how much drop back do you normally allow when they first take the bait?
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Old 01-26-2014, 08:20 PM
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Default Re: live bait trolling speed

Hey mate, how's the sunny BOP going? I'm originally from there but now living in Exmouth, WA.I haven't done too much trolling with live baits but in the past we have just towed them along at idle speed prob 3-5 kts and as for drop back if your using bridle rigged Skippys with circle hooks let the fish run with it for 30-60 seconds tighten the drag up a bit to set the hook then get some line in the water by speeding the boat up.
Once there is a good amount of line in the water crank up the drag and fight the fish as you usually would. The line in the water acts as a drag and helps to set the hook also.
I don't class myself as an expert but that's what I would do, hopefully you get more replies and we will both find out more!!
Anyway all the best for you season and keep in touch let me know how you go!


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Old 07-13-2014, 05:33 PM
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Default Re: live bait trolling speed

I use rapala x-rap size 10 and 12 off of Hillsboro almost every time i go out. They have really produced well on BLACKFINS and DOLPHIN. Best color for me is olive green trolling anywhere between 3 and 4 knots.
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