Techniques: 4 Trolling Tips to tempt finicky tuna
By Capt. Mike Hogan
Spicing Up Trolling Lures such as a Green Machine:
10” Hogy soft baits are the way to go here. They are long enough to
emit a “natural quiver” without over powering your lure. You can either
attach the bait by hooking it simply through the nose or by using a
large “keeper” such as the new Hogy Screw Eye. I particularly like
bubble gum and chartreuse colored baits in this application as it offer
some contrast that is easily seen in boat wakes.
Simulating a Frightened Squid: blue fin tuna anglers
looking for big fish prefer 14” and 18” soft baits. Black and purple
are the most popular choices as those colors easily simulate a tuft of
ink from a distress squid. That said, I have done very well with big 18”
chartreuse colored Hogys rigged in the same manner.