Lures are great but there are times when going natural pays dividends.
When it comes to marlin, especially stripes and sailfish, lures offer a terrible hookup rate but skipbaits are deadly.
Smaller baits like salmon work well while up in Far North Queensland, which is home to the biggest marlin in the world, they use baits as big as 20kg! Skipbaits are usually trolled at three to five knots with the reel just in gear.
When a fish bites it is allowed to swallow the bait before the angler strikes. The only hook to use is a circle hook, which offers a better hookup rate and, most importantly, is better for the fish. Livebaits work for absolutely everything. They are versatile too so you can slow troll, which is deadly for marlin or drift them for tuna.