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We spend a fair amount of time running between "spots" and have considered using this time to troll ... for anything that bites, but a sailfish would be nice.
Can you all tell me what to use, how to rig it and speed to troll ?
Should I look for any specific areas, like weed lines etc ?
Most of the time I run from the jetties, (30') out to the 100' depth area.
Any advice is welcome,
Jim
 

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I could use some advice for sails also. Cause my dad would sure like to caught one this summer. Being that I am going to the East Breaks this weekend I figured it might be time that I try to hook up to one. I normally just troll small feather lures and a few Mann Stretch plugs from 6 to 12 nm.
 

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Most of the sails I've caught over the years were in 15-50 fathoms around weedlines or schools of bait (chicken dolphin and blue runners.) Find a sizeable bait school around a weedline and work them over with a large concave headed bait (konahead style) about 60' off the transom. This bait will double as a teaser and a lure that a big blue can't resist. Keep the bait close enough so to see the fish when he comes up and then drop back a plain rigged ballyhoo on appropriate tackle...20 lbs or less. Run a regular spread off the riggers and a flat line, if the lure is too active and is invading the space of the other lures try to calm it down by running the line through a roller troller or a rubber band off the transom eyes. You don't have to fish deep to get a sail, my fish last weekend was suspended below a bait school at 63' in a depth of 87'. After a couple of passes by the bait, I put the engine in neutral and dropped below the bait school to get her attention.
 

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Capt. Lowtide hit it right. In my opinion, most people go to far for sails and are concentrating on kings where sails are prevalent. We have numberous sails in 55 to 75 feet of water down south off of SPI, Mansfield area. As you get up to Aransas and POC, I like 75 to 110 feet of water, with the water not quite blue, but a good blue/green. Weedlines are always worth a shot. I like to troll one chugger close on a rigger, a ballyhoo w/ skirt in the prop wash, a naked ballyhoo long on a rigger, and two flat lines with some sort of 6-9 inch plastic surface bait w/cone head. Trolling 8mph. You get a lot of action w/bonita and kings and dolphin too, but it seems to have been my highest percentage for sails. my 2 cents.
 

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A friend of mine told me he has caught several sails within sight of land out of port A.

What ever that is worth
 

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Thanks Guys, I'm now rigged and ready to go. The wind and water should calm down by Saturday, so I expect to be out Sunday and Monday. Wish me luck.
 

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I hooked a saile 2 weeks ago from mansfield within land sight, about 6 miles offshore, 10 miles north of the jetty around some shrimpers in maybe 100-120' water. trolling with a ballyhoo on a pink, yellow, white skirt with about 8 oz egg in the head of the skirt. That was the first hook up for me but that lure was running about 15' deeper than the other ones. He hit it and went straight up to the surface and danced a bit for us. Lots of bait in the water around the area too. In hindsight I think we should have trolled more due to the amount of bait in the water.
 
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