Trolling lures

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coach
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:12 am

Has any one got thoughts on a good trolling lure for kahawai and snapper while paddling out to the grounds?
What I lack in speed and ability, I make up for by being slow.
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dedant
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 6:46 am

There is one that stands out as being proven ,for snapper in particular, that is the Classic Lures Dr Evil. Available ex Australia.
Locally available examples are, Savage Gear Manic Prey diver, Strikepro and West Shell.
Be warned...Once you start down this rabbit hole there is no going back ..... :lol:
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Smudger.aws
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:45 am

Any favoured colours for the Dr Evils?

Casualtyward
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Tue Jan 08, 2019 12:27 pm

The gold with red stripes is quite popular. I've also used a purple one with success.

Be warned - they dive deep (I won't tow one in less than 10m) and it's like pulling a plow (you'll feel the extra drag on your kayak).
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matwould
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:06 pm

The Dr Evils definitely work. But they do dive deep and create that drag as some people have already said.

As for lures for catching Kahawai - basically anything works. However, if you're fishing off a kayak hopefully you have a softbait rod/reel so I would suggest just trolling using that and a softbait on a jighead. I always just use the softbait that's already on there that will be used once I get to my snapper fishing grounds.

While trolling softbaits I have caught plenty of Kahawai and the odd snapper too (they're coming up to the surface to hit the softbait in 2-10 metres of water).

Happy hunting.

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AndrewRawlingson
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:34 pm

I've been catching a lot of snapper on those Dr Evils, they definitely work! I fish from a jetski though, so paddling not an issue. I've had the Dr Evils hit the bottom in 12 metres, so agree with the above.

My next move is to try a paddle tail softie on a lead core line. I think it would work for snapper and be more kayak-friendly. Downside is that it would require a dedicated reel.

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Schecter
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Wed Jan 09, 2019 3:24 pm

I've been using the Rapala x rap for a number of years now. They're smaller lures than the Dr Evils and produce an action much like a stick bait on top of the water. I've landed heaps of KY and the odd King. I replace the trebles with 2/0 hooks. Hope this helps.
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coach
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Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:25 pm

Thanks guys awesome advice will try them on the way out to Rangitoto this weekend.
What I lack in speed and ability, I make up for by being slow.
Snapper PB 72cm, trevally 12lb.

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