Question about a simple Tuna troll spread.

Discussion in 'Washington Fishing Reports' started by Wild Bill, Aug 6, 2019.

  1. KimH

    KimH Someday I'll live the dream.

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    Yeah that stack of xraps that I haven't used
     
  2. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

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    Oh I have been slipping down it for awhile but as long as I have friends in albie places I will resist the full on conversion at least until I retire.
     
  3. QueenAnnesRevenge

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    Yes that'll put tuna in your cupboard
     
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  4. Fish_on!

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    I would make that center a cedar plug.
     
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  5. tunafin

    tunafin I've been fishing since Noah built the Arc.

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    Run a meat line off the rear tie down on each side. Just your basic boat line. Parachute chord about 25-30', 2 rubber bungees, 1 1/2 lb torpedo or heavy chain, 500lb barrel swivel, and 10-15' of 200lb test and a 7/0 double hook to a feather. I run 1 purple and black and green and yellow on the other. Chain sinks it down well below surface so no tangles. If you stop it can sink, clear it when you can or before you take off again. it always gets bit, you gotta have eyes on it when bungee loads up and straightens out the loop. Then run 2 corner rods at 35' and 2 center at 50'.
     
  6. RazorJack

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    Fuck Xraps.

    Cedars, Zuch Clones, Pink and White Zukers... Go fishing
     
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  7. liltrouble

    liltrouble Well-Known "Member"

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    Not all cedar plugs are created equal!
     
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  8. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

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    So I have most of my gear sorted out and it is either here or on its way. I have 8 clones 4 pink/ white and 4 black/ purple, 2 jetheads for the corner meatlines and a couple cedar plugs. How short should I rig the meat lines on both edges? I have seen recommendations from 25-65’. I was thinking maybe 50’ for meatlines with jetheads and 65’ for center and forward side rods if running clones on all of them.If I put a cedar down the center maybe back another 10-15’ on it. What say you?
     
  9. RUNNOFT

    RUNNOFT Word of the Day: IceMelter

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    Steve - fish in a W pattern, just like we did last year. Meatlines should be short on the corners just on the edge of the prop wash (this was the xraps on Chucka's Parka. The outside lines should be around the 3rd-4th wake which will be ~10'-15' past your meatlines. Then run the shotgun longer past all of them in the clear water. Cedar plug or swim bait kills them on the shotgun.
     
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  10. Wild Bill

    Wild Bill Drinking the Suzuki Kool-aid and liking it!

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    So 50’ is too long for meatlines? Trying to visualize where my propwash would subside and I am guessing 20-30’ ?
     
  11. QueenAnnesRevenge

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    Distance depends on your boat. I have an outboard so I run
    60' meatlines
    85' out the corners and shotgun
    110' out the sides
    If I know I'm in fish but not getting bit I'll bring everything closer into more turbulent water
     
  12. RUNNOFT

    RUNNOFT Word of the Day: IceMelter

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  13. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Once you go Cat, you never go back

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    If you run them all close, you may come back empty handed. If you run them all too far back, you may come back empty handed. I’ve had days where they needed to be near the boat and other days where they needed to be way back. Be flexible, adjust if you’re not getting bit. You’d be fooling to just set your gear, leave it, and drive around for hours and hours...

    And, trolling sucks :).
     
  14. Wild Bill

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    Lol, sounds like different length 200# mono top shots are in order for Meatlines. Or, on second thought; maybe several different loops in tuna cord to anchor to cleats to vary length. I fear I am getting too close to that slippery slope!
     
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  15. wdlfbio

    wdlfbio Once you go Cat, you never go back

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    Keep the mono short. It’s a bitch to hand pull mono without burning your hands. A couple loops in the tuna cord will be easier.
     
  16. punted coho

    punted coho Well-Known "Member"

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    Better start packing around a scoop of chovies and 1,000lbs of ice just in case.
     
  17. Emzbuddy

    Emzbuddy Is a Yacht in my future? Why Knot!

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    next trip I'll be running (4) of these, various colors - 45-60 feet back.
    Was my top producer WTC week, by a huge ratio.
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  18. Ragin Cajun

    Ragin Cajun There's no better place than on the water!

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    We ran this similar setup with all the same color clones and a cedar plug down the middle. 6.5-7 knot seemed to work the best. Doubles,triples and several quad hookups over the 4 days we fished tuna. I put some fly fishing backing on my braid with those distances so they would be easy set every time. Worked great.
     
  19. Swede

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    After reading everyone’s spread it’s obvious everyone is doing something different and still catching fish. Doesn't matters as long as you’re over fish and have an attractive spread for conditions.
     
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2019
  20. liltrouble

    liltrouble Well-Known "Member"

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    I just got 8 of those dodo patterened daisy chains. glad i pulled the trigger ov them when they were on sale!
     

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