We hooked up on TINKNOCKER with a Yummee Flyer under a helium balloon trolled 100 yards back at 3 knots. The fish crashed the bait 3 or 4 times and finally got the hook. Came tight quickly on a 25 foot FC topshot and he was ours.
Yes the fliers, squid, ballyhoo, GULP crabs, and rubber skipjack all work...trolled, under a balloon and under a kite...sunk out on weights, flylined etc...sometimes they work better than live bait...just like poppers...
As far as trolling goes we ran the flyers at trolling speed (around 8 knots) and it did a little to much flying but at lower speed it looked pretty good...I was realy impressed at the Williamson tuna...We have to give it a go when the the fish are really here but that tuna ran awsome at trolling speed...Stayed below the surface well and will for sure bring up some fish...Maybe only a one shot deal considering how soft the rubber is though...Oh well,you could spend that much in fuel just trying to catch bait in some places.
Bullshipper posted on here about an article one of the LR captains wrote on how they use them... one method I found interesting and plan on using next time I am down there and we are drifting with kites or balloons... is to put the flyer on a balloon and let it out, and then retrieve it back slowly, skipping it over the water....working it back and forth from the boat....like casting the rangers except no thumb burning or having to worry about backlash...I just may give it a try if the captain allows me to... go to the front away from the kite or balloons flown in the back and see how it goes.... or maybe I'll climb the tuna tower and work it from there... be fun to hook up to a monster from the tuna tower and see the hit from up there...doubt the captain will like that though