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Old 01-27-2009, 06:36 PM   #1
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Seeing I may have lots of free time on my hands soon, I was wondering about making a Sluggo daisy chain or bar. Has anyone here done it and have any suggestions?

Matt have you tried it? I guess the hardest part would be feeding the heavy duty mono right down the middle of the Sluggo. Also, what hook would you recommend?

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Old 01-27-2009, 06:55 PM   #2
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No, but I want to talk to Bob from Surfhog about some charturuse or white to run as singles WAY back in the canyons, after hearing about the success in cape cod bay!

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:14 PM   #3
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I'm going to ask around at the RISAA show and see what I can find out. If not, we may have to organize a rigging demo before the tuna show up. I'll bring some beer!

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Old 01-27-2009, 07:48 PM   #4
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Matt,
I have made them by running a main line and then running a tag forward 6 " connected with a crimp to the sluggo. The tag folds backwards pulling the sluggo. I'm not a big fan of it and they dont present as well as squid bars do.

Ig you wanted to run the line through the middle a 12" rigging needle would do the trick.

IMHO alot of work no return on investment.

There are other "tricks " with sluggos/softplastics that really boost catch rates.



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Old 01-28-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Was at FO this weekend. If your interested, they are going to sell a sluggo bar this year. We had luck with singles last year. They are not hard to rig. Use a good quality tuna hook. We crimped or tied to 130 mono leader and push the connection into the sluggo to help with weeds.
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Old 01-28-2009, 08:37 AM   #6
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There are other "tricks " with sluggos/softplastics that really boost catch rates.
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when you guys are trolling them, I kept hearing way-back and slow (~4kt).. right?

I'm still trying to figure a way to rig them w/ enough weight to keep them in the water (even in the shotgun) at 7+kts. I still think out in the deep it will be a good way to pick off fish on slow days...

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Old 01-28-2009, 08:45 AM   #7
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ROCK,

Our best luck has been way back on an outrigger,even slower 2-3kts. When rough we added an egg infront but even w/o skippin on the surface seemed to entice strikes. We got one yellow on them in the canyon trip we did also. One thing to note the shearwaters are a pain with them thou. They peck the tails off.
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Old 01-28-2009, 05:56 PM   #8
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2.8-3.4 is usually the magical mark when pulling the plastic. Way way back has had the best success as well as putting them on a jig head sub surface. As stated above the birds can be a pain in the balls.



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Old 01-28-2009, 06:12 PM   #9
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Every boat has its own sweet spot for trolling. Out in the canyons fishing for yellowfin, marlin, albacore, bigeye etc, typical trolling speeds are between 5 and 7 knots.

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Old 01-28-2009, 06:42 PM   #10
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Matt - What are you using for jigheads?

I've got some of those owner 1 1/2 oz, that I know are popular, but they just seem suspect to me.
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For the deep plastics either a Ronz head with the big Got Stryper baits or put an inline weight rubber core up ahead on the leader. Alans (Got Stryper has a new jig head that everyone will be using next year. 330lb Spro swivel with a owner 8/0 hook. Beefy and perfect for this application). The standard jig hooks open after a prolonged fight or a big fish pulling on it.



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Old 01-29-2009, 06:04 AM   #12
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Thanks. I was using the Ron-Z's heads last season with his tails, but couldn't fit the heads on a sluggo.

I messaged Alan already about the rubber, I'll ask about the jigheads too.
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The sluggo chains / bars are already in the fishermansoutfitter online catalog. I went up there this weekend for a rigging seminar. They also went over how to build a sluggo bar. Pretty informative. They sell some pretty cool "springs" for attaching the teaser sluggos to the bar. I would head up there if you are interested in building one......They are super helpful..

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Old 01-29-2009, 04:59 PM   #14
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We were running a a 3oz. through holed trolling sinker about 4' infront of the sluggo. Worked well and the sluggo action isn't impaired by the jig head. We run 2 on the riggers onweighted and long and 2 weighted off rubber bands on the corners
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:20 AM   #15
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We caught 2 birds last season, they are a real pain at times.

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Making a bar of sluggos should be easy but keeping the blues off them won't.
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Old 01-30-2009, 01:19 PM   #17
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I'm not sure you need more then one. We tried one that my son Jeff made. It swam fine, just don't think you need it. K.I.S.S. seems to work fine
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