Yo-Zuri trolling speed and skipping issues need help.

fv1500

Fishn' Frank
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I was trolling a 5" Yo-Zuri.S last week on a friends boat last week and the lure would pop out of the out of the water every 30-45 seconds and skip on the surface. We were trolling at 6-7 knots and the lure was direct tied to the mainline with a San Diego jam knot. The rod was in the far port side rod holder. We tried running it in the 2 and 3 wake all the way back 5-6 wake and still had the same issue. We were not using a flat line clip. Would this help? What else can we do help keep the lure in the water?
 

PCH

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Your buddies gauge is off. You were prob moving too fast. That or lure is jacked.
 
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surfgoose

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It is possible that the lure was bad. It is rare but it happens. A flat line clip certainly would have helped, if not solved the problem. You also might have tried a trolling weight several feet ahead of the lure. I usually run a chrome eight ounce or twelve ounce weight ahead of four feet of fluoro to the lure, which gets the lure down another foot or two depending on the trolling speed.
 

Carl

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The smaller lures/diving bills are harder to get to run true even assuming they are "tuned" correctly.. Lighter lines and slower speeds can help. If the lure consistently runs to one side before surfacing the loop that the line tie ring is on is probably bent to that side. They can be straightened to run true. First try sticking your rod tip down into or towards the water and yanking, this can be enough to do it,
Bending with needle nose is the next step, don't over do it.....

If that still fails, quit wasting fishing time screwing with the pos and put on something that works.
Take it home and bundle it with some light irons that don't swim and sell it on BD....
 

gonzo25

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Note to self.... never eat any fish at Carl's and don't buy any jigs from him.
 
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reel man

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I was trolling a 5" Yo-Zuri.S last week on a friends boat last week and the lure would pop out of the out of the water every 30-45 seconds and skip on the surface. We were trolling at 6-7 knots and the lure was direct tied to the mainline with a San Diego jam knot. The rod was in the far port side rod holder. We tried running it in the 2 and 3 wake all the way back 5-6 wake and still had the same issue. We were not using a flat line clip. Would this help? What else can we do help keep the lure in the water?
Try this, put the lure out and move across the stern to look for the sweet spot that will keep it from jumping. Often times the turbulance from the motor will affect a lures action. By slowly moving across the stern you'll be putting it in different water action.
 

hucklongfin

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Is that YoZuri one of the ones with the plastic bill? I don't think there's any way to tune them. Beter just sell it to Carl.

The tuna really seem to like cedar plugs and I've never had one skip!
 

jerryl

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If you notice any twisting of the line, you can try putting a ball bearing swivel in line. I love the yozuris! Have outfished other lures on trolling rotations for YFT and BFT.
 
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fv1500

Fishn' Frank
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Thanks for the ideas. Yes it's the one with the plastic bill. I too have caught many a fish on those. I just have to adjust the trolling speed on my friends boat and find the sweet spot on the stern.
 

ninj

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The plastic bill yo zuri needs a snap or ring on the eye, then it should track fine.

I just talked to the reps for yo zuri a few weeks ago and they said a snap swivel snapped directly to the lure is needed for that lure to stay down at troll speed.
 

titos334

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Is it one of the Crystal Minnow ones? I've had a tough time running it on 60# but they've worked great on lighter 30# or 40#