Slow trolled macs or Rapalas and why? 3 2 1 GO!

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  1. Secutor54

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    heading out to La Jolla Friday and was wondering if you guys could chime in on recommended fresh Mac rigs to slow troll outside of the kelp line.

    Do you guys typically troll them on the surface? Sinker to 10’ under the surface? Jaw hooked up towards nose? Double hook set up?

    How do you guys rig the macs when slow trolling?

    Also, do you guys find the fresh macs to work better than Rapalas? Etc...
     
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    I nose hook the macs and troll on the surface.

    Catalina live bait seems to work the best the only downside is you have to troll real slow and dont cover much distance
     
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    The down side is you may only catch dogs!
    Rapalas do not catch fish at low speeds.
     
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    what ?
     
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    Run at 5 Knts or more if you want to get bit
     
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    That's not been my experience, but it probably depends a lot on the size of the Rapala. The smaller ones work just fine at 2-3 knots. Slow trolled just outside the kelp line on the front side of Catalina has produced yellowtail, calicos, bonito, and barracuda for me.
     
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  7. Secutor54

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    Wooooooord!
     
  8. stairman

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    20 years ago before the dogs learned to check 40 yards behind any slow moving but that was a hot hot ticket.. it still works...just now you need 40 Mack's for a couple guys instead of a dozen
    4/0 hook side ways through the nose 1.5 to 2 knots...clicker in freespool...listen for the music
     
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    :rockin::rockin::rockin::rockin:
     
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    I also disagree..slower will work just fine
     
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    I agree
     
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    Anyone use a swivel for slow troll?
     
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    I always use a swivel with a lure...rarely when slow trolling bait
     
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    if your bait is spinning you wont get bit unless its wfo....then you won't have time to have the bait die anyway
     

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