Depending on your local and targeted species, these three trolling rigs can increase your ability to catch fish of many species. I use mono leader when dolphin or tuna are the most likely and wire leader for wahoo and kingfish or just a more broad spectrum approach. Match the hardware in your rigging to the line class and pressures you will be using. I often use these rigs on the East Coast, but have used them in Bahamas, Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. The hardware may vary for a specific area, but the principle rigs are the same. Give it a try on your coast!
Chin-Weighted Mono Ballyhoo
Here is a go-to rig for a swimming ballyhoo that will catch anything without teeth, like dolphin, tuna and sailfish.
Double Hook Strip Rig
Trolling strip baits offshore is one of my favorites. They are durable, easy to rig and will catch everything that swims. I rig belly strips in a variety of ways and this double hook rig is the one of the simplest, yet very effective.
Circle Hook Ballyhoo Rig
Circle hooks for trolling have become a standard fixture amongst avid and tournament anglers. Part because it is required for many tournaments due to the improved health benefits of hooking the fish in the corner of the mouth and greatly reducing gut-hooked fish. The other part is due to the fact that they work so well at keeping the fish hooked up once the battle is on. Here is one way to rig them.
Of course these are just a few of the many ways to rig for offshore trolling.
No matter which method you use, be sure to keep your baits cold, fresh and out of the reach of any fresh water source like melted ice (open the cooler drain plug!)