Rigging A Pitch Bait Ballyhoo For Marlin

“Fly” Navarro and Arturo show you how to rig a circle hook pitch bait ballyhoo for marlin and other big game species.

pitch bait ballyhooThe key is to make the ballyhoo totally secure so it cannot be stripped off of the hook.  This is done by securing a mono loop behind the gills with copper wire.  A small chugger is added to create maximum bubbles when being deployed in the commotion of the prop wash.  The hook rides in front of the chugger so the entire bait needs to be eaten.  That’s why it needs to be secured so well.

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A pitch bait ballyhoo is the perfect gumdrop for a hungry marlin!

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Fly Navarro will take us to the “Fly Zone” with his vast knowledge and list of fishing connections.  Visit his Fly Zone Fishing site or Facebook to learn more or to ask Fly a question.

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Known by most on the docks as “Fly,” you can pretty much expect to see Robert "Fly" Navarro at the sport's largest tournaments and hot spots. Fly began the life of a traveling deckhand in his early 20's. He took a childhood passion and turned it into a career that took him around the world working on the top offshore fishing boats. Then he leveraged his reputation as a mate to launch a magazine (In the Bite), a marketing agency (Fly Zone Fishing) and several tournaments (The Sailfish Tournament, King of the Hill, and the Gulf Cup Blue Marlin Shootout). He was also recently named the new Tournament Director for the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship. In 2016 he was appointed to the National Marine Fisheries Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel in DC. Fly is an open book. Catch him on Instagram – @thefly100 or @flyzonefishing, Facebook – @flynavarro or on Twitter – @flynavarro. Feel welcome to reach out and ask questions.