With favorable weather patterns and calm sea conditions now prevailing, an increased number of midsize boaters will venture offshore into the Gulf Stream currents in search of a grueling brawl. While their chances of finding a fight under the cover of darkness are currently greater here in southeast Florida than anywhere else we know of, crucial elements to their success will still be careful preparation and proper execution, not to mention being well equipped with adequate tackle, accessories, and essential terminal gear.
In the shallow water world of backcountry angling where artificial lures reign supreme, proper presentation is everything! We all know that even a perfectly placed cast can quickly deteriorate from something as severe as an untimely flick of the wrist, or as subtle as a tiny blade of turtle grass clinging to the side of the lure. Either can deter an already shy fish from ever considering a serious commitment.
Perfecting the motions of proper casting and retrieval techniques when stalking the shallows while always keeping a close eye of your lure may in-fact take years to master, but even something as non-monumental as the knot you employ to connect your terminal gear can have a noticeable effect on your overall success.
Throughout south Florida and the Bahamas, high speed trolling is recognized as one of the most productive methods for catching lightening fast wahoo. A swift trolling speed of over 12 knots helps avoid annoying strikes from lure destroying barracuda, which is definitely an added benefit when you’re dragging $100 or more in terminal tackle.
Whether you are a novice angler just getting your feet wet or a
seasoned veteran with saltwater running through your veins, everyone
who buys offshore tackle must eventually face the daunting task of
trolling lure selection. It does not matter if you buy your gear at
your local tackle shop or from your favorite catalog or online
retailer; undoubtedly, you will be overwhelmed with the endless variety
of trolling lure shapes, sizes and colors.
Dragging daisy chains as teasers to attract billfish and tuna when
trolling is no big breakthrough. Neither is the idea of adding a lure
or natural bait to the end of the daisy chain to give the teaser an
even greater level of appeal. And while the practice of pulling daisy
chains is certainly employed around the globe, it is, in fact, more
popular in certain geographic regions.
When it comes to enticing trolling lures, nothing beats a seductive set of eyes!
With pleasant seas and summer-like conditions directly ahead of
us, blue water battlers all around Florida's 1200 miles of coastline
are gearing up. We're strategizing and planning our upcoming searches
for rod-bending, drag-screaming action farther offshore. We'll be
looking for weed lines, floating debris, bird life, current rips, color
changes, temperature breaks, concentrations of baitfish- any form of
structure or life that could potentially attract and hold gaffer-size
dolphin, powerful tuna, super fast wahoo and, of course, the always
welcome surprise of a blue or white marlin.