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Little Head - This lure is primarily designed to be used with natural baits, just as you would with a typical ballyhoo rig. The leader should be about 6 feet long, mono (80# - 150#) or steel (#7 - #9); the hook size can range from 7/0 to 9/0 in Mustad styles 3412, 3407SS, 7732, 7731, or 7691S. This lure has also been rigged with just the single hook and no natural bait this has been effective with Blackfin Tuna. The lure will start to "smoke" about 3 knots, this lure can be pulled from 4 to 12 knots effectively, depending of course on the sea conditions.
Concord (Small C.B.H.L.) - This lure can be rigged in a variety of ways with natural bait or without. With natural bait, the leader should be about 6 to 8 feet long, mono (100# - 220#) or steel (#8 - #10), the hook size can range from 7/0 to 11/0 in Mustad styles 3412, 3407SS, 7732, 7731, or 7691S, depending upon the size of the bait. The speed for pulling naturals can be between 4 and 10 knots with this lure, I prefer about 8 knots. This lure has been very effective rigged with just a double hook rig, 7732, 7731, or 7691S 7/0 or 8/0, "high speed trolling", with an 18' leader, (6'-8' leaders when using a wind on leader). This set up not only works on the east side of the Gulf Stream but as well on the west side. The trolling speed with this set up should be between 8 and 12 knots. The artificial can be run in conjunction with natural baits in the spread, running both naturals and artificials together, when doing this the speed should be 4 to 9 knots.
Con-Artist (Medium C.B.H.L.) - This lure has been primarily run as an artificial, although it has been rigged with Spanish mackerel, horse ballyhoo, and mullet with success. The typical set up is with a double hook rig, 7732, 7731, or 7691S 8/0 to 10/0, 18' leader, (6'-8' leaders when using a wind on leader) to be run as an artificial. The trolling speed for this lure is between 5 and 12 knots. To be run with natural baits rig the Spanish or mullet as you typically would and slide the color of choice over the nose, this can be pulled at the same speeds.
Condor (Large C.B.H.L.) - This lure has been primarily run as an artificial, although it has been rigged with Spanish mackerel and large mullet with success. The typical set up is with a double hook rig, 7732, 7731, or 7691S 9/0 to 11/0, 18' leader, (6'-8' leaders when using a wind on leader) to be run as an artificial. The trolling speed for this lure is between 6 and 12 knots. To be run with natural baits rig the Spanish or mullet as you typically would and slide the color of choice over the nose, this can be pulled at the same speeds.

Tackle - The "Little Head" and small lures can be trolled with light tackle from 16# to heavy tackle 130#, depending on the area and target species. Typically the medium can be trolled with the same (16# to 130#), but it is recommended to use at least 20# class tackle. The large lures should be trolled with at least 50# tackle, due to their size and amount of pull they create. The leader size used will vary depending on the crew, tackle, and sea conditions.

All Lures - All lures have caught a variety of striking fish to include: Marlin- Blue, Black, Striped, Mahi Mahi, Wahoo, Tuna- Yellowfin, Bluefin, Blackfin, Bonita, Kingfish and Sailfish. They have been successfully used both as an artificial and with a variety of natural baits.

 

Offshore Trolling Lures & Riggs by Todd Tharp
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