Bet the Spread
Marcel Israel out of Shinnecock Inlet on Long Island, New York, fabricates his spread around squid spreader bars when searching for yellowfins, bigeyes and albacore, with hook baits positioned around each gang of squid. “In the canyons, I pull two spreader bars, each with 14 13-inch squids,” he says. “These run 80 feet back, in the middle. I set at least four bars — either 40-inch spans with 12 9-inch squids, or 48-inch spans with 15 9-inch squids — farther back to the outside, in the center, behind the spread. I use three center riggers to place these spreader bars down the middle.” On small and midsize boats, they’re simply trolled as a pair, one off each outrigger, between 10 and 20 feet behind the boat.