DIGGING FOR BILLS
Far too many anglers deploy their dredges and lines, then troll, troll, troll until the day is done. You’ll catch more billfish if you actively “prospect” next to your dredges.
Prospect with a pitch bait, usually a naked chin-weighted ballyhoo that is held just behind the transom and then freespooled so it sinks right past the dredge. With the bait about 10 feet behind the dredge, thumb the spool so water pressure forces the ballyhoo to swim back up to the surface. Let it swim there for a moment, then reel it in and begin the process again.
Although spotting fish that come in on the dredge presents the ideal opportunity, plenty of fish swim up to a dredge and are never spotted from the boat, as anyone who has watched dredge-cam footage can attest. Constantly prospecting gives you a better shot at these fish.