No-non­sense Teasers

Sur­face teasers draw fish in close and spark the ac­tion.

Saltwater Sportsman - - Table Of Contents / Departments - Ge­orge Poveromo Run­ning teasers as a com­po­nent of your trolling spread at­tracts more fish and opens up the op­tions for hook­ing them.

Off­shore teasers are de­signed to at­tract big game to the boat, where an­glers pitch-bait or tease them onto a flat-line bait. If the fish fades back, there’s a chance of it strik­ing one of the baits stag­gered farther back, but that’s just one rea­son for set­ting up teasers to bring the show up close.

Teasers cre­ate the il­lu­sion of ac­tion be­hind the boat in the prop wash, such as a feed­ing frenzy. Fish hold­ing deep or hunt­ing in the up­per part of the wa­ter col­umn sense the boat and lock in on the prop wash and your strate­gi­cally placed teasers.

The rule-of-thumb start­ing point for teasers and daisy chains is to place them in clean wa­ter just out­side the prop wash, about 25 feet back, pulled off the teaser lines on the out­rig­gers, and tweak from there as the sit­u­a­tion de­mands.

The wa­ter be­hind the boat is your can­vas, and teasers are your paint and brushes. The game fish grade your artistry. Be­low, these five no-non­sense teasers ex­cel at rais­ing more sail­fish, white, blue and striped mar­lin, tuna and dol­phin.

The stan­dard squid daisy chain is a main­stay when trolling for sail­fish and white mar­lin, and works like a Pied Piper for hold­ing school dol­phin near the boat. We’ve plucked dol­phin one right af­ter an­other by pitch­ing lures and cut baits be­hind this teaser. De­ploy daisy chains off teaser rings on the out­rig­gers, and line them up to run 20 to 30 feet be­hind the boat, in the clean wa­ter out­side the prop wash. 1 Ver­sions of the squid daisy chain range from tra­di­tional in-line mod­els to dual-di­men­sional ones that swim as well as flop. “Many of the top pro boats still use tra­di­tional pink or green squid,” says Frank John­son III of Mold Craft Lures. “The trend is to­ward more col­ors. We of­fer count­less col­ors for our squid and lures, but some­times it’s not nec­es­sary to rein­vent the wheel. “I’ve al­ways been a pro­po­nent of adding a dif­fer­ent color squid at the end of the chain — the weak-link il­lu­sion, if you will,” he says. 2“Some pros add a larger lead squid, like our 18-incher, to our 9-inch squid chain. This holds the nose of the chain down when they’re trolled short and from a high an­gle. It cre­ates more com­mo­tion too.” 3

DUPED: Bluefin tuna in­spects the teasers from be­low.

2 WEAK­EST-LINK CON­FIG­U­RA­TION 1 BA­SIC SQUID DAISY-CHAIN TEASER 3 AL­PHA SQUID SETUP

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