Vinyl vs. Rubber Trolling Lure Skirts for Fishing Blue Marlin

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Discover the art of choosing between vinyl and rubber trolling lure skirts for blue marlin fishing. Captain Kevin Hibbard shares his invaluable insights from Kona, Hawaii, guiding you to make informed decisions based on lure type, sea conditions, and marlin behavior, enhancing your fishing success and experience.

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  • Vinyl Lure Skirts: Lighter and less bulky, ideal for pusher lures to create a better smoke trail. Easier to rig on larger lures. Less durable in waters with toothy predators.
  • Rubber Lure Skirts: Thicker and heavier, perfect for bullet lures to keep the lure submerged and produce a "black smoke" trail. Better performance in rough waters but less durable and prone to storage issues.
  • Choosing Based on Sea Conditions: Rubber skirts swim well in rough seas, while vinyl skirts excel in calm conditions.
  • Lure Rigging Tips: Hook position and washing lures post-use are crucial for maintaining effectiveness.

Fishing for blue marlin is the pinnacle of big game fishing, requiring not only skill and patience but also the right tackle and rigs. Among the most critical components of a blue marlin fisherman's arsenal are the trolling lures, specifically their skirts, which play a pivotal role in attracting fish to your spread. If your trolling lures don't swim right, because of bad rigging, you ain't catching shit. The debate between using vinyl vs. rubber lure skirts for fishing marlin has been ongoing, with each material offering distinct advantages and drawbacks. In this video, we delve into the insights of Captain Kevin Hibbard, a legendary big game fisherman from Kona, Hawaii, who has perfected the art of heavy tackle fishing for blue marlin. Through his decades of experience, Captain Hibbard provides invaluable advice on choosing the best trolling lures and skirt materials for targeting marlin fish, especially in the unique conditions of Kona's waters.

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Kevin Hibbard

Captain Kevin Hibbard, a renowned blue marlin fishing expert, has a deep connection to the ocean and has honed his skills in heavy tackle and lure fishing. He has honed his knowledge and techniques from the best captains in the business, including Henry Chee and George Parker. Hibbard's approach to fishing is simple, focused, and trusting, ensuring the best lures are chosen for the ocean's conditions. His dedication to the craft and his passion for the ocean's giants make him a sought-after fishing expert.

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