Anyone have much luck with this technique for trolling? One of those Darcizzle videos popped-up about how to prepare the strips which looks pretty simple and common in Florida. Not sure if this is used much around here.
Using belly strips for trolling is not really common around here because it is so easy to get brined and frozen ballyhoo and you're not really guaranteed to catch multiple bonita (little tunny/skip jack/bonito) each trip to have something to rig.
You could probably use dolphin bellies the same way, since they are pretty plentiful during the summer, but the whole salt/freeze processing deal would be a big downside and probably not worth the trouble.
Sword baits might be a different story.
Just my $.02...
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Some of the best baits can be strip baits but no one wants to go to the trouble, mullet strip and spainish always seem to catch wahoo's. everything eats squids but very few people troll with them. Buying ballyhoo just to easy, Lots of old salts pull different kinds of bait
We tried trolling bonito strips for the first time this year. The answer is yes, they do work very well and are very resilient tough baits. You need to bait them behind something with a weighted head, we found the bullet head Ilanders to work best. You just need to get some malin wire and wrap it around the shank of the hook so that the strip has something to hold on to. The action it provides is incredible. Baitmasters sells them in packs of 4, they aren't cheap but they are very nice baits, ~$13.
Just got back from the keys and the bonito were in a frenzy one day off Molasses reef. We picked up the bottom rigs and trolled some feathers and tuna chuggers and caught 4. One got off at the boat but the 3 we brought back created 25 strips. We cut some too thin on the meat or would’ve had more. We had roughly $75 worth of bait in those 3 bonito. Had we started trolling for them from the get go we would’ve had 10+ fish and tons of future baits. Dad and I love to troll them. They last forever and draw aggressive strikes.