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Trolling Squid Bars and Spreader Rigs

03/01/07
By: Greg Sears of Mass Bay Guides.
 

Trolling Rubber!


Trolling rubber squid or any other top water spreader bar is some of the most exciting fishing you can do. Watching the fish hit the lures is awesome. I have been using this method of fishing for many years for all types of species of fish. My son Taylor Sears is the founder, owner and chief cook and bottle washer of Squid Bars Co. He manufactures some of the best quality spreader bars and bait rigs. His rigs are used by many charter boat captains all over the world. His bars have been used in the Marlin World Cup and The Oak Bluffs Monster Shark tournament and many other famous saltwater fishing tournaments.

The Rigs?

To start off the most important thing to know about trolling squidbars or any other top water fishing is make sure your rig is not tangled and free of weeds. Take a close look at your rig before you place it in the water. Check for fouled hooks or unsnapped swivels, also make sure your teaser lines are not flipped over the bar they should hang straight down from the bar. Check to make sure your main line is not fouled (this is the center line with the stinger).

The Spread?

Another major thing to know is how to create a realistic spread behind the boat. Start by figuring out where you are going to place your fishing rods and how many rod holders you have. This is important because this will determine the shape of your spread. Four rod spreads should be either a straight line spread or a staggered close quarter spread. A six rod spread should be two sets of Close quartered Delta V shapes. More rods than that are not recommended unless you have one person for each rod hookups are like a Chinese fire drill!
 
The Straight Line Spread should be equally spaced bars or daisy chains with the first one right at the stern of the boat riding on the first wake of the prop wash. The last bar should be about 50 yards (150 ft) behind the boat. While straight line trolling you should make big circles about ½ mile radius. Turn your boat towards the side of the boat that has the furthest out bar. Over lap your circles by ½ and go in the direction of the current and or wind and waves unless you see the fish and then follow them!
 
The Close Quartered Delta V is probably the best spread you can use. Start by placing three bars or daisy chains about 50 yards back with the center rod being about ten feet in front of the left and right rods. Both the left and the right rigs should be equal in distance and about 30 feet apart side by side. The close Delta V should be set up the same way except the center rig should be riding on the V of the wake with the other two rigs riding on the wake on either side. This is also a good way to troll just three rods and rigs.

The Staggered Close Quarter Spread is also a great spread. Keep two rigs together with one rig about ten feet in front of the other one on each side of the boat spread about 20ft apart side to side. Place two bars about 50yds behind the boat and another set with one rig on the V of the wake and the other riding just behind the wake on either side. Place your rods so the closest rigs are in the closest to the stern rod holders. Place you furthest rigs in the rod holders closest to the bow. You may alternate side to side on the two rod close quarter rigs.

Match the Hatch!
Use colors and sizes that resemble local fish schools. Also you will want to use colors reflective of light conditions. On dark days or night fishing use bright colors with lots of flash or glow. On bright days use dark colors so your rigs will show up against the sky when the fish look up.

Trolling for Sharks!
What you say? Trolling for sharks is a really good way to hookup with that monster of the sea. Use a wire leader rig with about 6ft off twisted wire connected to 4ft of solid wire with a 400 pound swivel. Haywire a bait hook on the solid end and crimp a swivel on the stranded end. Place a bright colored rubber squid above the hook I use orange and green colors. Troll just faster than the current and chum while you are trolling.

How Fast?
Many different species of fish can be caught with this method of fishing from Striped Bass to Marlin. This can help determine how fast you want to troll. Although it is not recommended to troll faster than eight knots or you are risking tackle failure. For Striped Bass you want to troll under four knots, preferably around three knots. For Bluefish you want to be slightly over four knots. Bluefin Tuna or other species of Tuna seem to bite the best around five knots but I have caught them at eight knots. Average and include the speed of the current in your calculations. With a head to current slow down. And with a following sea speed the boat up. Fish do not count ground speed they drift with the current just like you or I would if we where swimming in a current, we would go the easy way. Who says fish are stupid?
 
Sea conditions will determine how fast to troll in large sea you will have to slow down going head to the sea. And in following sea you will also have to slow down. The pressure on the line becomes heavy and your riggers and rods will strain and tackle failure is common. In extremely calm seas you may want to speed up to create some turbulence fish are attracted to your wake and your rigs should be on the wake close to the boat. A one to two foot chop seems to be the best sea conditions for top water trolling on the ocean. So try to plan your spreads and fishing depending on current and sea conditions.
 
The Author:

Greg Sears is a well known Charter fisherman who runs Mass Bay Guides from Scituate Mass. He is available to teach you to saltwater fish in your own boat or He can take you out on a charter with him on his new Tuna fishing boat “FORTUNA” custom built for charter fishing. He is available seven days a week from April to November. Check out his website at www.massbayguides.com or call him at 1-781-545-6516.

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School tuna taken on a squid bar A pair of stripers taken on a squid bar
Tuna on a squid bar Bass on a squid bar
 
Copyright 2007@ Greg Sears and Mass Bay Guides
 
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