Capt. Mike's 5-Rod No Outrigger Tuna Spread Kit (5pc)
(1) 18" Port Splash Bird Bar - Green Mackerel
- (1) 18" Port Splash Bird Bar - Olive Sand Eel
- (1) 18" Starboard Splash Bird Bar - Olive Sand Eel
- (1) 18" Starboard Splash Bird Bar - Green Mackerel
- (1) 18" Centerline Splash Bird Bar - Rainbow
- (1) 6oz Harness Jigs
Lightweight and full of splashing action, the Hogy Splash Bird Bar has quickly become one of the most popular light tackle spreader bars for tuna trolling. Imitative UV infused squid bodies offer irresistible action paired with our stainless spring steel bars. Designed for offshore trolling at four to twelve-knot speeds, these lightweight spreader bars can be trolled on much lighter tackle than traditional titanium rigs. A staff favorite for targeting school Bluefin and Yellowfin tuna along the Northeast Coast and Canyons.
How To: This 5 rod spread features (4) 18inch Squid Pocket Splash Bars. Generally, we mix up colors to see what fish are responding to on a given day.
Recommended colors: Amber Squid, Olive Sand Eel, Green Mack, Rainbow. They are fished from the rod holders first and second set of rod holders. Stagger the birds in a "W" Pattern, starting at 75' behind the boat. Place the second bar about 50' further back.
Optional Recommendation: When possible, run one or two 6oz Harness Jigs just off the stern using flat line clips. These can be run 30' - 60' off the transom.
Tips: This spread can be trolled from 4.5knts - 8.5knts depending on sea state. Generally, the smoother conditions are, the faster we troll. Minor spacing adjustments to bird placement may be needed to adjust for individual boat wakes and sea conditions.
Directional Squid Bird Bar
I like to fish the bird bar way, way back for a variety of reasons. The bird function of the bar allows the bar to swim well without outriggers, which is important when fished further back. The commotion can add attraction because it is far away from the boat's wake, also an attraction. The bird bar will float, so if you back off, you can leave the further back bar out while you fish the fish and avoid tangles. You can see where the bird is. It is so far back, it may be difficult for other boats to know where your lure is, including you!