Soft jerkbaits for tuna

Discussion in 'Tackle and Rigging' started by lite-liner, Feb 18, 2009.

  1. lite-liner

    lite-liner troll enforcement Staff Member

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    I remember a while back a thread was started on soft jerkbaits for tuna.
    I started thinking, because I already had a proven bait in mind.;)
    I wanted to make a lure that was easy to rig, easy to lose, and had
    superior action and versatility as it relates to the water column.
    after a couple trial runs, here's what I came up with:
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    the bait is a 10" Fin-S-Fish. available @ BPS for $8/3-pak.
    patterns available(w/ saltwater translations)
    Blue shad (mackerel:D )
    Arkansas shiner(pinfish:D )
    Rainbow trout (dorado:D )
    Rigging: 1 gamakatsu 7/0 live bait hook
    4" section of 140# Malin wire (haywire twist-both ends)
    1 owner 200# solid ring
    1 .5oz sliding sinker (optional)
    The blue bait is rigged w/ the sinker for sub surface & really adds to casting distance. sink rate on 65# braid is +/- 2fps
    the trout-flavored rig weighs around 2.5 oz and cast well repeatedly
    w/out damage or re-positioning of bait.
    I have used this rig sucessfully for Stripers, but upgraded from 150# mono/ crimps to 140# wire for fish with teeth.
    the action is unbeleivable!:cool:
    I won't be able to test these until the TFF trip in the fall, so tell me what you think & if you want me to make up a few for a upcoming trip, just LMK
    I need some real-world testing that's not just me. so yes your opinion matters
    thanks & tight lines
    -Brian
     
  2. rtran

    rtran Senior Member

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    looks good, dont know how they will fair after a tuna though =)
     

  3. SpecialK

    SpecialK Super Moderator

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    Brian if you want to make a couple for the trip on the scat cat next week I will give them a go. I have been wanting to get some "swim bait" or soft plastics to try. The ones I bought in the past are no where to be found now. All of the ones I see now, that are the right size, have thin hooks that would not hold up to tuna. Lemme know. I am sure a few others would try them also if they were available.
     
  4. red34

    red34 Guest

    here's how i rigged the swim baits i bought. i also have some 10" fin-s-fish and sluggos, but i like these the best. i can't wait to try them. i need to get them into a swimming pool or something so i can see how they swim and make sure i weighted them correctly.

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  5. emtfisherman

    emtfisherman Junior member

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    I will be going on a 36 hour trip with dolphin docks on the 21st... If I could get them by then, I would be more than happy to try them out. I could pay for shipping.

    Brent
     
  6. pametfisher

    pametfisher Senior Member

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    I will be going on a 36 hour trip with dolphin docks on the 21st... If I could get them by then, I would be more than happy to try them out. I could pay for shipping.

    Brent

    I had great success with the RonZ, vertically-jigged last fall.

    RonZ Engineered Soft Baits
     
  7. fish4stripers

    fish4stripers Senior Member

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    We've had good luck with various soft baits, sluggos, fin-s, white and arkansas shiner, 7 and 9 inch up north