We've seen a lot of creative ways to haul in fish this season. Here are a few examples of fishing tactics that have taken in some prized catches:
- A lure out of Australia dubbed the Madmacs can be trolled at speeds of 12 to 15 knots. Bluefin love the speed of these lures. We've seen the most benefit: they run fast - about 12 knots - and are straight-tied on 80 pounds of mono or fluoro wind-on to your spectra backing, with no swivel or heavier leader. These lures have become so popular that many shops across the country were totally sold out by mid-June. You can find people reselling these at insane prices.
- The other hot bait has been the Spreader bars. These run better at slightly slower speeds than the Madmacs - at around 8 knots. Be sure to run them far enough back or off to the side (outriggers work great) so they are out of your prop wash. The best colors are purple, pink, and red-brown, and are especially effective with a bigger stinger in a brighter contrasting color.
- For smaller fish, a knife jig with a smaller grade is great. Wind through bites since these fish are not large enough to choke down the big jigs. Winding helps to get the bottom hooks to set before the jig is pulled from the fish's mouth.
- When going after big fish, switch to a big lure - something like a Madmacs Nomad 240. The color is not so important as the size. One downside is that these lures do not always hold up when going after big fish, but I guess you have to pay to play as they say! The most effective method has been trolling three lines at different lengths at about 12 knots.