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Saltwater Sportsman - - Tactics + Tackle -

Dave Work­man Jr. of Strike-zone Tackle in Jack­sonville, Florida, ranks the bird among the best teasers. zz “They cre­ate the il­lu­sion of a feed­ing frenzy,” says Work­man. “Then about 20 feet be­hind that splash­ing, there’s a lure or bait with a hook, which is what the fish end up strik­ing. Birds need weight at the tail to lift their heads and max­i­mize ac­tion, and that’s where the trail­ing bait or lure comes in. I like a 20-foot leader be­tween the bird and bait.” n Work­man says a 7-inch Boone Bird with a 10-foot leader and a Clark­spoon or feather is deadly for mack­erel. o Black­fins, yellowfins and dol­phin re­spond well to lures and baits be­hind birds. He of­ten de­ploys chains of five birds rigged on 10 to 15 feet of 300-pound mono. p

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