Rigged naked or skirted natural baits on 80-to 150-pound fluorocarbon leaders and circle hooks are either trolled directly behind and adjacent to the dredges outside of the prop-wash or are dropped back to a fish once it is spotted investigating a dredge.
The hook baits are trolled behind two natural dead bait dredges usually comprised of mullet and at least two "pitch" dead bait rods are on standby in the cockpit to be dropped back to a marlin.
A 1/4-ounce weight followed by a light lure, such as a Needlefish, trolled
at the end of 100 feet of 4-pound test monofilament line is a good starting rig.
Natural baitfish such as ballyhoo can also be trolled
with good success--inshore as well as off.
Unlucky tuna feathers were trolled
while the vessel made its way through worsening weather toward an area of open water where schools of bluefin had recently been targeted by the San Diego multiday fleet - but where usually only one boat a day had landed any generous scores of the tough-fighting tuna.
The most commonly trolled
lure inshore is a lipped plug like a Mann's Stretch 25, and they are very productive.
Angling technique: Striped: trolled
marlin jigs or slow-trolled
bait - mackerel, caballito.
So we trolled
a flashy King Getter spoon just offshore of the majority of kingfish boats, where winning-size king mackerel would get a better look.
Tray baits - brined herring and sardines that don't fall apart while being trolled
- are employed in a couple of techniques.