Spreader Bars with lots of birds make tuna go crazy! The purpose of a spreader bar rig is to look like a "bait ball" that is being attacked by fish in a feeding frenzy. This draws other fish to the "easy meal". The hook bait trailing the "bait ball" may have the illusion of a weaker member of the school that has become separated from the school. For that illusion I like the 7 inch weighted octopus skirt as the hook bait, just a bit smaller than the teaser skirts that make up the bait ball. I also sometimes pull a weighted skirt that matches the rest of the teasers. Another illusion that has been very productive on my boat, and for many customers in the NE is the larger lure that emulates another predator fish feeding on the bait ball, but providing the tuna with an easy meal, because the predator is busy feeding, not escaping from the tuna (such as my Green Missile, or my 'Hoo Runner lure) both in my eBay store. When trolling for tuna I have 2 spreader bars (off each corner) and 2 bird/daisy chain baits off the outriggers, all the same color combination, to create the illusion of a sizeable school of bait, being actively fed upon. The spreader bar may be deployed directly off a rod (use a 50 or 80 pound outfit) or the bar may be positioned and "tied off to a corner cleat" at the transom of the boat, or deployed off the first ring of the outriggers using a bridge reel. When using the "tied off" method of deployment you would position your hook bait off the rod tip close to the spreader bar teasers, about 3 to 5 ft of separation, or I use a small rubber band looped into my hook bait loop protector and snapped into the coast lock snap inside the last teaser of the center line so I get a release when a fish hits the hook bait. How you position your bait is your business, but that is how it is done on my boat.
Now that you know a bit about what the spreader bar is trying to do, this is a new Heavy Duty 36 inch spreader bar. If you have pulled spreader bars, you know how they see saw, and jump around in the water. A few years ago I came up with a bridle that helps control the wild see saw, and jumping, while still allowing the bar to move some, and also while helping the bar pull straighter behind the boat. I have rigged this bar with one of those trolling bridles. The entire bridle is made with 200# clear mono. I recommend that the stinger bait be attached to the last squid with a rubber band, so when that BIG ONE hits, you are fighting the fish only, and not the bar also. The center drop is rigged on 200# clear Grand Slam Mono, as this will be the line to the fish if you connect the hook bait directly to the snap swivel. The final squid on the center line has a swivel - coast lock snap hidden in it's body for attachment of your hook bait. I use a 250 pound snap swivel so it is strong enough for the hook bait directly to it, or you may attach the hook bait with a release device, allowing you to fight the fish only after the strike. The outside lines are 130# clear mono. This item also includes 1 standard hook bait, a matching 7 1/2 inch weighted Squid Skirt Body rigged on 40" of 200# clear Grand Slam mono leader. I have included a loop protector at the top, and 8/0 XX Forged Mustad double strong hook. This bar pulls beautifully at speeds of 5 to 8 knots. Add an optional rigged 13"green or green/chartreuse squid stinger bait, or a rigged Tuna Klone or a rigged Skirted 8 inch Soft Body Skip Jack pattern Tracker and you are even more ready to pull this in front of Tuna.
1. 316 Heavy Duty 36 inch Stainless Steel spring bar with 5 drops.
2. Teasers are 7 1/2" premium lure grade squid skirt
3. Hook bait is a matching weighted squid skirt with 1 oz weight, rigged on 36" clear 200# Grand Slam Clear Mono, with a 8/0 XX forged Mustad Double Strength hook.
4. Outside drops are rigged on 130# Grand Slam clear mono
5. Center drop is rigged on 200 pound Grand Slam clear mono
6. Center drop has thimbles and chafe protection.
7. Center drop has ball bearing swivel and coast lock snap rigged inside the last lure body to allow quick lure changes.
8. Bridle is rigged with 200# for the middle, perfectly balanced for easy fishing.
9. Overall length from bar to end of the center line skirt is just under 6 feet. The building it is hanging from is exactly 9 ft high.
10. Includes lure bag as shown to store your splash spreader bar. Mesh back for easy washing, Full length closure, clear front for easy identification of contents.
Add an extra "matching" hook bait for only $4.50.
No note, I will send the bar pictured. I assemble every one of the rigs I list and sell. If you would like a rig made a bit differently, just leave a note at checkout. The bar pictured is made. If For Example you wanted me to make it on a Sea Striker lite duty 36" stainless bar, using 80# mono, no problem, and no charge for the change. Most special orders shipped within 24 hours of payment.
We use spreader bars for black fin and yellow fin tuna around deep water off shore oil platforms in the Gulf of Mexico, and for mahi mahi, wahoo and bill fish along weed lines in deep water and over structure. They work! Incredible blowup bites!
If you have any questions about this offering, or about how I fish it, drop me an email or call 1 (713) 992-1134.