Q&A — Trolling

Q&A: Best Lures for LI Sound Striper Jigging and Trolling

Posted by Ross Gallagher on

Q: I’m a big fan of your products but would like to get a better focus on what to use. I fish the Western Long Island Sound from a boat in water depths from 12’ to 60’ or more. I target stripers and blues most of the season, though occasionally look for fluke and flounder. Most of the forage here is bunker, both full size, and peanut. What size, style, and rigging do you recommend for this? I would appreciate recommendations for both surface and deeper water, and occasional trolling. A: Thank you for reaching out to us. We appreciate...

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Q&A: Offshore Florida Spreader Bar Trolling

Posted by Ross Gallagher on

Q: I’m in Boynton Beach Florida now moves here from Long Island. Would my spreader would my spreader bars and green machines be effective here trolling for tuna and mahi?

A: We’ve had the best success trolling the 30” and 40” squid bars around south Florida. The 6” squids on the lures are a good fit for local Blackfin tuna and Mahi. We normally deploy at least 2 spreader bars, then run two rods with skirted ballyhoo on a Hootie Head. Great spread for trolling at 6-8 knots. 

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Q&A: Best Trolling Speed For Perfect Squid Striper

Posted by Ross Gallagher on

Q: I just purchased a variety of your plastic trolling squid. I have a 24 ft boat, what is optimal trolling speed or range of speed targeting strippers in LI sound?

A: The best trolling speed for these squids is around 2-3.5knts. They can be trolled a little faster than tube trolling speeds, so it’s a good way to cover ground looking for active fish. It’s also best to work the rod in a jigging motion while on the troll, you can also drop out of gear when fish are marked to drop back the squid and try to get bit.

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Q&A: When to use Weighted or Standard Perfect Tube and Worms

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

QUESTION: I'm new to T&W, was going to get lead core line. How should I choose between weighted and non weighted perfect tube? I live in NJ and would be trolling for stripers. Also what are good lengths to start with? ANSWER: You’ve got an excellent question about when and where to use the regular Perfect Tube or the Dual-Weighted version.  The regular Perfect Tubes still offer a fair amount of weight from the stainless frame and rigging. Our 19inch Regular Perfect tube is 2.5oz total weight and the 24inch is right about 3oz. When we add the dual weighting...

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Q&A: Best Rod & Reel Combo for Lead Core

Posted by Capt. Michael Hogan on

QUESTION: Hey Mike, I have seen a few of your video’s where you are using lead core line braid backing. I am just wondering what set up you recommend and what lead core you are using. I really like the idea of a lighter tackle like set up. Also your reports and web site it fabulous. Checking it every day. Learn a lot and try to always fish Hogy’s. Thanks,Rob S ANSWER: Thanks for emailing Rob. Here’s an article I wrote for Hogy Lures breaking down my light tackle lead core outfit. I am also writing a story soon about...

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