- (1) 40inch Flexi-Bar - 6inch UV Olive Sand Eel
- (1) 40inch Flexi-Bar - 6inch UV Rainbow
- (1) 40inch Flexi-Bar - 6inch UV Amber Squid
- (1) 40inch Flexi-Bar - 6inch UV Green Mack
(1) 18" Splash Bird Bar - Amber Squid
- (2) 6oz Harness Jigs
I fish the same bluewater spread anytime, anywhere. I like big, lightweight spreader bars loaded with smaller bulb squids. I’ll fish five bars to simulate the ultimate bait ball. I’ll have two weighted lures on flatline clips, where I move their placement in the spread. I rarely deviate from this spread, other than changing colors. In addition to being a highly successful spread, I like the efficiency of a dialed-in spread. I know just how it swims, I know where it goes and how fast to fish it in any sea conditions, I know how the spread does on turns, etc. This allows me to focus on finding fish, not tinkering with lures.
Side Note: This spread is ultra-light despite its massive footprint, allowing me to fish lightweight with an ultra-strong trolling outfit. I like lightweight bars capable of trolling up to 7 or 8-knots to cover the ground.
Bar Size: On my flanks, I fish 40-inch bars with 6-inch teasers and a bird bar on the center rigger.
Pocked 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!
The Harness jigs have become my ALL TIME favorite flat line clip lure and have permanently replaced cedar plugs on my boat. I fish harness jigs on each flat line clip, about 10 feet in front of each of my closest spreader bars. They swim in and out of the wake and have the appearance of a confused, lone baitfish. They can be dropped down and jigged while fighting a fish. This has resulted in dozens of hookups on my boat over the years and why I like the lightness of my rod and reel combo so much. It’s easy enough to switch gears and jig. They swim well near a spreader bar without getting tangled. I like how they swim close and further away. They are the ultimate sand eel hedge. If tuna are keyed in on sand eels, sometimes they prefer the Harness Jigs over small, olive-colored squids that likely brought the fish to the wake.
Bulb Squid Flexi-Bars
These days, I primarily fish large spreader bars rigged with small bulb squids, even in the Canyons. For starters, the 6-inch common size is perfect for matching the majority of baitfish that school tuna feed on. Secondly, as importantly, they are MUCH lighter so they can be fished on large bars for greater presentation with minimal drag and still used on lighter gear. Lastly, they can be trolled faster, allowing for more ground to be covered. I like our Hogy Flexi-Bars because the ultra-light bar pulses with wave action rather than tumble, allowing for rougher trolling or higher speeds in calm water. They are quite light in terms of drag and they can be fished on 20lb. class gear (like my outfit above).
- Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year agoBlock Island Tuna
We had a great day fishing for bluefin off of Block Island using your lures! We had 4 fish -3 of them were on the sand-eel-colored spreader bar! One was eaten by a shark on the side of the boat!JGJeff G.
- Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year ago7 rod spread kit
Took kit with me on my buddys boat Sunday. I put the bird one of his rods. It got the only bluefin of the day.JBJustin B.Verified Buyer
- Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 year agoTuna Spread
Got a chance to fish the 7 rod spread for a couple days. I was very happy with all the components. Over 2 days we landed 31 bluefin and 1 Mako. Each bar caught and the harness jig fooled the Mako. I’ll be needing a new one of those... lol. These trips saw the root beer coolers bar work best, rainbow the least. The pink bird/bar caught the biggest fish overall. Before the Mako ate our harness jig is destroyed the green bar, so I didn’t get to use that as much, but it was working prior to that unfortunate event. As a 1 stop shopping item I would very much reccomend this package. Easy to deploy, worked well in rough seas, and color assortment has something for all light conditions.
Point Judith, RIRBRick B.Verified Buyer
- Rated 5 out of 5 stars2 years ago40” flexi bar
Had an amazing trip and managed to pull in a nice football on the new 40” flexi barPTPaul T.Verified Buyer
- Rated 5 out of 5 stars1 month agoWhy I purchased 6” spreader bars X 4
I looked at what I have left in my arsenal and it is a mix of one each of rainbow, mackerel, yellow, brown. I like to pull matched sets of same color spreader bars and I needed a matching set for each. I can troll 6 bars and 2 flat lines. My bars were lost last fall when 2 giants hit simultaneously and 2 crew couldn’t run boat and chase both. Set one drag to full, fought other 5 1/2 hours, saw the giant but crotch of stinger broke at boat. The other lines (ie spreader bars) were cut at beginning of chase. Best bars are Hogy with unbendable, flexible SS bar that flexes and springs back making baits look pulsating….Titanium bars bend and are too heavy.
Steve ShoumSSSteven S.Verified Buyer