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Vari­a­tions on Trolled Bal­ly­hoo

En­ter time on the wa­ter and evo­lu­tion. Those dual-hook trolling bal­ly­hoos on sin­gle-strand wire lead­ers scored plenty of king­fish and Span­ish and cero mack­erels, along with some dol­phin and the oc­ca­sional wa­hoo, but the ac­tion was on par with a pen­cil: stick-straight and bor­ing. None­the­less, the rig re­mains pop­u­lar for foil­ing short-strik­ers, or fish that sever a bait and then cir­cle back for its re­mains.

There are nu­mer­ous ways to rig bal­ly­hoo for hook­ing spe­cific game fish. Here’s a se­lec­tion of fine-tuned hook and rig­ging con­fig­u­ra­tions for trolling bal­ly­hoo, each tai­lored to spe­cific sit­u­a­tions and par­tic­u­lar species.

es­pe­cially when it is lim­bered up by break­ing the backbone, and is well-suited for fish that en­gulf the en­tire bait, such as tuna, bill­fish and dol­phin. The long-shank hook also of­fers some chance of suc­cess with wa­hoo; but if this species is your pri­mary tar­get, opt for sin­gle-strand wire in­stead of mono or fluoro­car­bon leader.

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