Question about a simple Tuna troll spread.

Wild Bill

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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.
 

tunafin

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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'.
 

Wild Bill

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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?
 

RUNNOFT

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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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Wild Bill

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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’ ?
 
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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
 

wdlfbio

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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 :).
 

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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wdlfbio

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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.
 

Emzbuddy

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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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Ragin Cajun

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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
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.