Deer hair has been used in lure making since ancient times so there’s no surprise that it works fantastically well offshore when fishing for bait species. The deer hair bait rigs are un-weighted with 3 droppers and 1 tailing lure for a total of 4 lures with hooks. You can think of this rig as a supersized sabiki that you troll rather than jig.
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Each drop is terminated with a 5/0 or 4/0 Mustad circle hook. We truly feel circle hooks do less damage to the baitfish and result in a healthier, longer lasting bait. The use of circle hooks while trolling will slightly reduce your hookup ratio, but your ratio of lively healthy bait will increase. You can always re-tie the rig with the hook of your choice.
This bait catching lure rig can successfully be trolled behind a bird (on top of the water) or behind a #3 or #4 Planer or via a downrigger. All three methods can successfully catch bait.
A typical bait catching spread would have two rigs on birds running off the long riggers with one rod on each corner, down, attached to a planar or downrigger with each corner being a different depth.
- Match the hatch. If you are not catching large bait and the small baitfish in your area is smaller than these lures simply trim the skirts to the appropriate length to match the bait that your bait is feeding on.
- Vary depths until you find the happy place. When dropping the first lines in to catch bait no two lines should be the same depth. Put one up top, one at 10′, one at 25′, one at 70’…etc. until you find where the bait is eating.
- Vary the speed. While 6knts is usually the sweet spot, if you are not getting bit do not be scared to go up, or down in speed until you find the sweet spot
These bait rigs will catch Blackfin Tuna, Yellowfin Tuna, Bonito, Skipjacks, False Albaore, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish and many other species.