Trolling Lures - Swimming Plugs

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Instructor: Chris Rushford

This fishing video teaches valuable tips and techniques for trolling swimming plugs near reef systems or deep water with man-made structures. It covers toothy critters, setup trolling spreads, and using stout tackle. Techniques include tying haywire twists and rigging lures with wire. Fine-tuning trolling lures and changing lure bibs are also discussed. The video emphasizes the importance of learning from the best and using the best tackle for successful fishing.

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Trolling swimming plugs, also known as lipped trolling lures, is an incredibly effective method for covering ground and getting baits down to where fish may be feeding. This technique is particularly useful when you're fishing around deep water structures like the edge of atolls or oil platforms, where fish tend to congregate because that's where the bait lives.

Whether you're in deep water around man-made structures or in shallow waters adjacent to a reef system, you'll find loads of baitfish feeding and habituating. Naturally, pelagic species and reef fish will also be there to feed. Yellowfin tuna, wahoo, Spanish mackerel, and dogtooth tuna are the usual suspects patrolling the area.

The Power of Swimming Plugs

Getting a few swimming plugs down darting around is an irresistible offering for these fish. The action these lures put off attracts all the desirable fish. It's the presence of your trolling plugs down in the water column that makes the difference.

In this In The Spread fishing video, we focus on trolling plugs in shallow waters around big reef systems, where there are plenty of tasty toothy critters and enough sharks that your fishing protocols call for concise presentations and angling. We offer fishing tips on how to shorten the battle and rig lures to deal with wahoo, mackerel, and dogtooth tuna.

Expert Insights from Chris Rushford

Our host, Chris Rushford of Reel Teaser Fishing Adventures in Western Australia, takes you through his trolling setup, trolling speeds, angling practices, swimming plugs, lure rigs, and tackle to do battle with any of the aforementioned species. While our primary targets are yellowfin tuna and wahoo, you must be prepared for any of the other toothy fish.

Fishing trolling lures is a great way to get quick hookups when wahoo and yellowfin tuna fishing. Tuna fight hard, and with the ever-present threat of sharks, you really have to keep your trolling setup close. Chris will discuss how to set up a trolling spread his way, where all your lures are inside 100 feet. With your swimming plugs close, battles with yellowfin tuna, wahoo, or other species can be dealt with quickly.

Rigging and Tackle Tips

Since we are dealing with some fish that can bite you off, you will need to utilize a bite section made of wire. We show you how to rig wire trace leaders, the haywire twist, and a few other options when wire is a must.

Learn how to rig swimming plugs and how to change lure bibs to achieve the depth you want to run your lures. Lures that don't run right, do not get eaten as much. Also, consider that when you are catching fish, your lures will get chewed on. We show you how to fine-tune them to maintain proper swimming action.

When it comes to the fishing tackle, spinning gear is being used. Spinning outfits these days are very robust. You can battle really powerful fish with quality spinning gear. We walk you through the rods and reels used and how to get max performance out of them.


We hope you enjoy this trolling swimming plugs fishing video and take away a few helpful fishing tips that you can share with fellow fishermen. Learning from captains, crews, and anglers from around the world that succeed at the highest level makes us all better fishermen. Learn from the best, use the best fishing tackle you can afford, and catch the biggest fish. Don't short change yourself when it comes to learning. In The Spread fishing videos are a great way to expand your fishing knowledge.

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