Swimbaits for Yellowtail, Tuna & Dorado...?

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  1. Dinklimit

    Dinklimit Yo Ho, Yo Ho a pirate's life for me...

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    I usually use the plastic swimbaits (Big Hammer) with jig heads for local bass and rockfish. And I always assumed that was there original intent and purpose as that's what I always see most anglers use them for on commercial boats, kayak and shore/pier fishing.

    Do swimbaits work for Tuna, Yellowtail and/or Dorado on multi species trips and/or long range...?

    I rarely see people use swimbaits/plastics on tuna, yellowtail and dorado so just a little curious as to whether I should bring them along on a multi species/multi day trip in the future.
     
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    use them all the time for albacore up here in Washington State, work great.
     
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    Great for dorado when theyre feeding on small baits. The yellowfin are picky as it is unless you get into a good bite. Yellowtail seem to eat them the most though, a lot of guys catch them when theyre targetting calicos with big hammers. The most luck youll have is on pattys for rat yellows, theyll eat anything.
     
  4. SouthBayKiller

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    Yes. They used to be very popular slide lure for tuna, back when tuna were actually caught trolling. They get tore up pretty good, especially compared to megabait style jigs though.

    For yellowtail, they will eat them. Guys catch them on them all the time as a surprise bycatch at Cedros. Getting cornholed by a 25+lb yellow on the bass gear might be fun but its not ideal that's for sure.

    Dodos at times will eat anything. No reason they wouldn't eat a swim bait if they are wide open. On sport boats generally lure fishing for them is frowned upon or flat out banned. Dorado throw hooks, which means flying lures, and fish going nuts on the deck with lures on them. It can get pretty wild, and a little hazardous.
     
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    Got many yft and yt fishing plastics on the slide. Keep the plastic in hand and drop it back off of one side as soon as there is a jig strike. Usually by the time you put the real in gear its already in a fishes mouth. Bring plenty of plastics, they get tore up really quick when they are biting on them.
     
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    Hello,

    Don't forget about halibut! Slow roll them right off the bottom in 30 to 50 feet of water off the back side of the surf line.

    Chris
     
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    Love that sinker bite on the slide. Everything eats that Big Hammer 5" any color. I use about a 1oz head, any color
     
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    I've caught YFT and YT with swimbait. On the slide, and also cast and retrieve when bait was an issue.
     
  9. Let em eat 74

    Let em eat 74 Well-Known "Member"

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    I haven't seen mention yet as to how effective they can be while chasing porpoise. I have had decent results getting ahead and then letting swimbaits sink under the oncoming pod. There is less worry of the porpoise compared to a weighted live bait.
     
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    if you use them on the Slide, you need too Super
    Glue the Tail to the Head.
     
  11. Dinklimit

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    Thanks guys for all the tips. Looks like I better stock up on big hammer Swimbaits and jig heads at Fred Hall!!!
     
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    In all honestly, I don't fish them on the slide on sport boats so I will have to take your advice there. The presentation I'm looking for is a fleeing baitfish diving away from the oncoming pod. It's very dependent on good boat position/timing and that's in reality a small boat technique.
     
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    anchovy colors for tuna, sardine or mackerel colors for yellow tail.
     
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    Trolled wayyy back down the center
     
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    The Hammer baits get bit better if you "round" the tails with a pair of scissors.
     
  16. OnoEric

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    This. Sometimes it is the only jig that gets bit. Other times, if we get bit on the short jigs, it gets bit long after we've stopped as it sinks out. I've always used the purple ones offshore.
     
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    or just use MC swimbait.
     
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    There was a time when I lived in Mexico and all we had access to was Hammers.
     

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