Bet the Spread

Saltwater Sportsman - - Tactics + Tackle -

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.

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