Dredge Fishing for Billfish

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Instructor: RJ Boyle

Dredge fishing is a popular technique among elite tournament sailfish and marlin teams worldwide. It attracts billfish using various baits like squid teasers, mudflaps, and rigged ballyhoo. This lethal fishing technique requires proper equipment, rigged baits, and proper positioning. Learn from accomplished fishermen to fish smarter and catch more billfish.

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Join us as Captain Glenn Cameron shares invaluable insights on dredge fishing. Dive deep into the techniques that helped him clinch the Bahamas Billfish Championship.

Why Use Dredges?

In our conversation with Glenn Cameron, we explore:

  • The significance of dredges in fishing.
  • Target species: blue marlin, white marlin, black marlin, and sailfish.
  • Strategies once the fish are hooked.
  • The art of controlling the line and understanding drag settings.

Equipment and Setup

Offshore and inshore fishing demands:

  • Knowledge: Understand the intricacies of the sport.
  • Equipment: Ensure you have the right tools.
  • Optimization: Make the most of your equipment.

When it comes to dredge fishing, setting up the equipment correctly is paramount.

Dredge Components with RJ Boyle

RJ Boyle breaks down:

  • Different types of dredges.
  • Flexibility based on material and arm length.
  • Rigging and assembling your own dredge.
  • Recommendations for beginners and advanced users.

Tackle, Baits, and Lures

Discover every piece of tackle used, including:

  • Pulleys, swivels, leads, hooks, and drag settings.
  • Guest appearance by Mike Tarmey on rigging dredge mullets.
  • Step-by-step guide on rigging ballyhoo.

RJ Boyle elaborates on:

  • Benefits of lure skirts, squids, and dredge teaser setup.
  • Recommended rods and reels (Blackfin rods and LP Reels).
  • Using the Lindgren-Pitman S-1200 Electric Reel.

Bait Selection and Usage

Learn about:

  • Choosing between silver mullet and black mullet.
  • Ballyhoo dredge vs. mackerel.
  • Identifying well-brined bait.
  • Using fishing teasers effectively.
  • Marlin mudflaps and other fishing teasers.

The Power of a Dredge

A well-deployed dredge is a game-changer. It mimics a bait school, creating an irresistible attraction for billfish. The effectiveness varies based on the number of teasers, baits, and the dredge's distribution. Mastering dredge fishing undoubtedly boosts your chances of a successful catch.

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