What is a ballyhoo plug?
An excellent alternative to live bait when bottomfishing for snapper and grouper in the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic, or Caribbean waters is a butterflied ballyhoo plug, which combines the natural looks of the baitfish with enticing undulating action and scent to draw bottom dwellers and coax them into striking.
What are pin rigs?
The short pin rigs are designed for attaching a natural bait directly to the dredge bar. Use long in rigs when you want to add a dredge head lure in front of your bait.
How fast do you troll ballyhoo?
Impson and Taylor say 9 knots is the best trolling speed for their boat in most conditions when trolling Ilander/horse-ballyhoo combos for marlin and yellowfin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico.
How do you rig ballyhoo with circle hooks?
Place the loop end of the floss over the head of the ballyhoo, and slide it behind the gill plates. Then center the egg sinker under the gills, and bring the tag ends over top of the remaining bill and tie a half-hitch. Now pull the tag ends to seat the knot, which will secure the egg sinker firmly under the gills.
What is a pinless Ballyhoo rig?
The pinless rig is exactly what it sounds like – a ballyhoo rig without the size-10 wire pin. This rig is used for rigging naked ballyhoo split-bill style. The split-billed method is an effective way to make a naked ballyhoo swim like Michael Phelps. This rig is commonly used by those chasing bluefin tuna.
What is Ballyhoo bait?
The ballyhoo we use for bait are caught in Florida, brined, flash-frozen and vacuum-sealed before being shipped out around the world. Ballyhoo come in four different sizes called, from largest to smallest, horse, select, medium and small.
How do you use a ballyhoo hook rig?
Circle Hook Ballyhoo Rig. Begin by taking the rigging wire and insert it into the mouth and down through the soft tissue of the throat. Slide the egg sinker onto the wire. 3. Then, take the end of the wire and run through the eye socket twice, closing the gills and securing the rear of the weight.