Trolling for Wahoo - Long Range History

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  1. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    For those who fished Long Range in the early 1980s or even the late 1970s, if you're still around, would you care to share what you used when trolling for wahoo?

    Tady BCL, Salas TNT, Dynatroll, ............"Guppies"? By "Guppies", I am referring to any Marauder Type lure such as Mako, Yo-Zuri, Braid,

    The most popular Guppy back then was the "Marauder by Mako", but the very first one, as I have been told by a friend who used to fish long range back then, was made by a Australian company and he called it a Mekonoke, McKonokee, or something like that. It was first introduced by Captain John Grabowski on the Qualifer 105. He said it was made from wood. Then Mako copied their lure, and a copyright lawsuit pursued. Does anyone know anything about this Guppy?
     
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  2. Workplacesafety

    Workplacesafety Reducing workplace injuries and illnesses

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    My Dad took me on my first long range trip back in 1975, a 7-day on the Q, I was 19 at the time and pretty stoked, the boat was brand new. I got my first wahoo on a Salas TNT, with trap hooks rigged by my pal Monte Schantz.

    We only fished for wahoo one afternoon. I didn't get a chance to troll it, so I dropped it back on a jig stop and got bit 2 straight stops.

    The hot trolling jigs back then were big feathers I think one was called the executive? Salas made a banana head that was pretty good as well I saw one one on here a while back. Fishdoggary has my TNT's in the paint shop, he's going to paint them up, and re-trap hook them. They are the light version and swim remarkably well. I'll post a picture of them when I get them back. Might be awhile, Gary's had them for the last couple years.

    And yes Kub, I'm still around.

    Here you go, the 3rd one down is a Spoofer VIP. I was close. Everybody was using them on the above trip. Photo courtesy of Panchovilla of these boards. Notice how it's wired with some heavy ass coated wire, that's how my TNT's were done.

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  3. shellback

    shellback Well-Known "Member"

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    be great to see a comeback of the dynatroll
     
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  4. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    I still use them, especially on the slide, and they work.

    I collected a ridiculous number of them; if anyone wants some, send me a pm with what you are looking for and there's a pretty good chance that I'll have what you want. :jig:
     
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  5. eric perez

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    used to troll the black/orange black/purple Marauders... and we used to build our own lures electrical taping the long Newell skirts on chrome torpedo heads... layer the skirts for color combos... easy on... easy off... when they got sliced in half...
     
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  6. NaplesJohn

    NaplesJohn Never Forget 343

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    And we still had the short boatline...that was fun pulling as we didn't stop when that got bit. Wahoo for the galley! Seems that we were pulling a big skirted head, maybe the Newell product that was mentioned.
     
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  7. Bill W

    Bill W tunaholic

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    Banana head and very heavy jap head feathers. The large Dynatrol lures were trolled back for tuna. 1975 era, no Mako Marauders yet.
     
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  8. Anglewood

    Anglewood Up to no good...

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    Here is what I understand to be the original Makonakee, I have two of them and they do get bit. Makonakee.png

    -Connor
     
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  9. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    This same lure was mentioned in another post. But from what I was told, this is not a Makonakee. I have several of these lures. Can someone shed additional light on these lures?
     
  10. Tom Honaker

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    I caught a cow yellowfin ( a 213) on a dynatrol trolling for wahoo at socorro on a single speed penn senator back in the day.
     
  11. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Is that another one of those things that you should try once?
     
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    speyman Iron Chucker

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    I used big Spoofer feathers. They were one of the original banana heads, a feather that spins around the wire. They worked very well in those days on the 105. Here's a pic of one on ebay
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    $norkle Well-Known "Member"

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    Yes---that's the one. I also have two of them. One just like yours that was chewed up badly by over 20 wahoo. It was restored perfectly by Fishdoggary. They weren't made of wood, but were a solid acrylic of some kind.
     
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    That Dynatrol took more than it's share of wahoo too!
     
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    HARD bite
     
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    jig swallowed
     
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    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Cool dad... I can see he ruined you for life.
     
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  18. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What size are you using? Color?
     
  19. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    I think Brad prefers a Pecan color. (Private joke) ;)
     
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    swami 805 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    My 1st LR trip was on the RR3 in the early 80's the 1st year it was in the water. A big purple and black japhead feather at the rocks was on fire. After a few fish wire on a few Newell skirts but worked best with feathers. I had a widen 6/0 with 100 for trolling. A good wahoo trip and some decent tuna too.
     
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