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About Braid Products
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“It’s the best fishing resource on the planet”
The Man Behind the Name
Dennis Braid
Australian born, when it comes to international fishing experience, Dennis Braid has been there and done
that. From Central America, the Bahamas, Bermuda,
even testing giant bluefin tuna off the coast of Italy,
and with forays ‘all over the Pacific’ he is no stranger
to the global sport.
Yet vocation took him first into sheet metal work and
then as a model and racing car builder. There he
became an expert in developing ideas into prototypes
and finally into finished products.
But he never stopped fishing.
Braid studied, devised and crafted, and when the
time was right, he put those manufacturing skills
together with his fishing expertise to produce the most
innovative and effective lures and fishing accessories on
the market. Today he is renowned for his more than 15
years as the leader in big game fishing equipment.
You can keep up with Braid Products on the internet
with the most exciting and informative
fishing website ever
launched. Drop into
the international
bulletin board.
Leave messages,
ask questions and
you’re in touch with
some of the most
respected big game
anglers to ever vie
with Big Bill or
giant tuna.
Regularly updated, product and technical questions
are often answered by Dennis Braid himself, but you can
share your experience and expertise as well – and have
your comments cast well into cyber-space.
Innovative and interactive, with loads of international
E-mail, it’s the best thing to happen to big game fishing
since the Power Play.
Dennis (right) and Skipper Pat Cavanaugh with
a typical haul of yellowfin on one of
Braids’ many annual charters.
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Belts and Harnesses
When you step aboard a modern sportfisher today bent on going head to
head with the big beaters, you’ll be armed with the best that Dennis Braid
and the fishing sciences have to offer. Indeed, as you rely on the fish-fighting
tools and accessories that have made the stand-up style emblematic of complement big game angling, you surely owe a debt of gratitude to those who went
before-especially those who angled and lost.
More than 30 years ago on the West Coast, as sportfishers ventured farther and
farther south to the untested waters off the Baja Peninsula,
they encountered tuna of incredible proportions. On
the best passenger boats of the day came many willing, veteran anglers, but never before had their gear
been so overmatched. The unrelenting speed and
power of tuna approaching 400 pounds meant hook-ups were many, but
actual catches too few. What skippers and fishermen together learned was
that parabolic marlin rods and primitive harnesses of the time were nearly ineffective. Too much brute strength was required to grapple with the
giant yellowfin, limiting the game to body builders or salty masochists.
Yet the presence of giant tuna continued to draw anglers from around
the world, and it was their demands which spurred on innovation. Pioneers
have followed a steady course, first adjusting to shorter rod lengths, then creating reel
power through lower gear ratios and multiple ratios
and certainly with improved kidney harnesses, rod plates (a magnification
of mere rod butt belts), line and leader technology, and for the biggest
gamefish, bucket harnesses as well.
Each element, in progression, meant the fishermen could actually
procure a mechanical advantage. The new shorter rods could gain
needed leverage on huge fish, especially when they were ‘straight
down’ below the fisherman. The
lowering of gear ratios was only one
step. The movement over the last
decade to two speed reels provided
either speed or power on demand
as needed, giving even more control to the anglers regardless of
physical stature.
By full utilization of the angler’s
body weight, spreading out of opposing forces at the pivot point, and
using all various elements of rod, reel and manpower to the fullest
mechanical advantage, is the true science of fishing. What was nearly
impossible is now readily possible of any sportfisher, man or woman.
On the West Coast, giant tuna are still crowning jewel among sportsmen, but the California scene hardly has a monopoly on the big fish
for stand-up gear. The past several years the New Jersey coast and
the waters off North Carolina have showcased a tremendous fishery of giant bluefin tuna from 200 to 600 pounds. And in what
was once the domain of the fighting chair, Australian marlineers
now tackle billfish from 300 to 800 pounds with stand up gear.
What broke the long-ranger decades past won’t happen to you.
On
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rod
and reel end, you are able to choose from several top manuA harness that gives
complete support will
facturers with credible performance records. High tech braided lines and
reduce the time and
leader innovations keep you connected. Then, once equipped to that
energy spent on
degree, you can match your gear with the perfect harness to tackle any offbig game fish.
shore species.
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Power Play
Harness™
The ultimate in standup gear for huge fish
and 80- to 130- pound
tackle. Made of the
finest materials available today, the Power
Play gives back support
and bucket configuration to win the tough
stand-up battles. Full
range adjustable side
straps and stainless steel ‘D’ rings are just part of the Braid
Products advantage. Designed to put the maximum amount
of pressure on giant fish. Optional drop straps increase leverage. An excellent combination with Braid #30350 or #30900
fighting belts. #30800
Drop Straps
A key add-on accessory
that allows you to lower the rod belt to reach
higher on the rod fore
grip. Lets you put
increased pressure
on a big fish, but
reduces strain on
arms and legs. Links
rod belt and harness
into a single fish-fighting system. #30150
Blue-Fin
Harness™
Here’s the ultimate
in stand-up back support – the kind you
need going toe to
toe with heavyweights
and heavy tackle. Rated for 60- to 80-pound
tackle. ideal for fighting chair work as well.
Matches up with Braid
models #30300 and
#30900 belts. Accommodates drop straps
too. #30750
Brute
Buster
Harness™
The sit-down bucket
gear that set the standard for performance
and acceptance of
bucket harness technique. Made of the
highest quality components to stand the rigors of true big game
fish. Easily adjusted on
each side. Wide support area reduces strain on back. Welded
stainless steel ‘D’ rings attached to harness to accommodate
drop straps. Handy pliers sheath attached and one of the two
sizes accommodates every angler. Built for use with Braid #
30900 fighting rod belt. #30950 Standard (20 to 36 inch waist)
#30975 Large (36 to 56 inch waist)
Belts and Harnesses
Power Play
Rod Belt™
Built to match up to
130-pound tackle, you
can apply up to 50
pounds of drag with
this belt. The wide
design model has
separate, contoured
padding to fit each
thigh without slipping.
All belts feature easy
adjustable side straps
with space-age materials that will last a
lifetime. The Braid ‘V’
shape design draws
the rod butt right to
the fighting position –
gimbal or Uni-butt.
Molded receivers on
the front of the belt
hold pliers or cutters
(not included). Use with Braid #30800 harness (top left). #30350
Tuna Belt™
Space-age plastic composites, and a wide one
piece pad to spread
out the forces, make
Braid’s Tuna Belt one
of the most popular in
the line. You can apply
up to 40 pounds of
drag pressure with this
gear to fish 50- to 80pound tackle easily.
Receiver accepts gimbal rod butt. Matches
up with #30800, #30750
or #30950 harnesses
(see left). #30300
Brute
Buster
Belt™
Recommended for
50- to 100- pound line
class. Comfortable
and extremely durable
with an adjustable belt
ranging from 26 to 56
inches, this wide-profile belt is designed to
be worn low across
the upper thighs for
increased leverage.
The Brute Buster
gimbal belt is backed
by air-filled foam and
features a non-skid
surface. Safety release
clips and adjustable
strap attach to heavy
duty stainless steel rings molded into each side of the belt.
Recommended harnesses are the Brute Buster Harnesses
(see left). #30900
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Choosing Belts and Harnesses
There are significant choices to make in equipment
as potential catches range from school tuna, sailfish
and wahoo to oceans of giant tuna and marlin. But
rather than choose your gear entirely based on species, the scientific method is to match harness to line-class tackle. The
function of stand-up harnesses and belts is how they deal with
the forces involved. The right stuff provides adequate support
and comfort to the angler in every situation.
On the light end, with 20- to 30- pound class tackle, contoured rod belts (with gimbal mounted rod butts) maximize the power you can produce at
this line test. A Braid Sailfish or Dolphin model would certainly meet the needs. But
going up to 30- or 40- pound class, the
forces become greater. An extrapadded back harness, such as
the adjustable Marlin, helps
fight fatigue as you fight
gamefish on this lighter
gear. As you go up to 50pound tackle, the Pro Manta Belt, which can be worn
lower for greater leverage, can be
combined with the broad support of the Marlin, or
regular fighting harness.However, once you jump
up to the 60- to 80-pound line class and on up to
the 130-pound class, you’ll need to harness all
the energy you can muster to stay on top of
a huge gamefish.
Included in those are the Power Play
system of belt and bucket harness (actually a Braid creation way back in
1987) and the modified
bucket with the Brute
Buster Harness. The
bucket harness concept
allows you to “sit back” and use
your own body weight to move
a monster gamefish.
Combined with wide, specially
padded belts, you spread out
the force on the thighs, and
with the addition of drop
belts, can further lower the
position of the belt to gain
even more leverage.
You’ll
be able
to exert
maximum
force on
the fish
Pro
TIP
If you fish 30-pound tackle or heavier, always use a gimbal mounted rod. With the rod butt inserted in the pin
of your rod belt, all your efforts are put toward managing your fish, not ‘white knuckling’ the foregrip as the
rod twists and turns in your hand. And you don’t need
new rods, just replace the butt caps with gimbals.
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This 97-pound ‘GT’ was
landed by Dennis at Midway
Island in the Central Pacific
using the Braid Brute
Buster Belt™
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Reel Rest™
Now the spin angler
can go after big game
fish with the use of the
harness and kidney
belt, thanks to the
Braid Reel Rest™. This
ingenious accessory
provides reel lugs so
that harness straps can
be connected to your
spinning reel (or any
small conventional reel
without lugs). Reel
Rest™ changes the way anglers fight big game with spinning
gear by reducing arm fatigue. #RR100
Marlin
Harness
Long battles against
big fish need every
edge against fatigue
when you use lighter
tackle. The lightweight,
padded Marlin Harness™
keeps you in the game
and is fully adjustable.
Quick snap fitting
with cinch and finger
release waist strap
gives you a custom
fit and stainless steel
‘D’ rings accommodate drop straps for attaching Braid
Fighting Belts. #30700
Harness
Safety Clips
These easy release
safety clips and straps
get you out of your
harness quickly in
those compromising
situations with big,
dangerous game-fish.
Standard on all new
Braid harnesses, you
can retro-fit any Braid
Product with the stateof-the-art connectors.
#20111 (pair)
Fighting
Harness
Here’s what you need
for fighting mid-size
gamefish on 30- to 60pound tackle. Quality
built, back and kidney
support keeps you on
top of the big fish and
stainless steel ‘D’ rings
accommodate drop
straps for attaching to
Braid belts (Manta and
Manta Pro, see right).
#30500 (waist 36-56)
#30550 (waist 28-34)
Belts and Harnesses
Dolphin
Belt™
Going after school-size
tuna on a hot bite?
Spinning, fly and conventional tackle users
have the right stuff
with this belt. Small,
lightweight and
padded with non-skid
back. The V-shape
accepts the rod butt
quickly. Available with,
or without gimbal pin.
#30170 (w/o gimbal)
#30171 (with gimbal)
Sailfish
Belt™
An excellent choice for
20- to 40- pound tackle,
even a bit heavier gear.
This gimbal equipped
belt rides low and
spreads the force of
the fight over air-cushioned padding. Built to
Braid’s high standards,
this belt is perfect for
all day use. #30175
Manta
Belt™
Tops in versatility
and rugged construction, the Manta Belt™
really saves on wrist
fatigue. Excellent for
use with 30- to 50pound test lines, it’s
available with or w/o
a gimbal pin. The
unique contoured back
features non-slip rubber padding and is
designed to fit the
groin area when the
angler is seated – A Braid exclusive. #30111 (w/o gimbal)
#30101 (with gimbal)
Pro Manta
Belt™
You can put up to 30pounds of drag pressure with Braid’s most
popular seller for
medium-sized tackle in
the 30- to 60-pound
range. Like all Braid
Products, top quality
components and materials are standard. Gimbal pin, non-skid backing and Velcro waist
strap for easy adjustment. Drop straps optional. Works great with Braid Fighting
Harness (see left). #30200
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Fighting Technique
t
You can break stand-up fighting techniques into two
Braid
types: simply hip pivot or knee pivot. Hip pivot methods are
Multiassociated with 50-pound class gear and lighter (belts and kidPurpose
ney harnesses), while the knee pivot method is related to the 80Pliers™
Braid’s stainless steel
to 130-pound class tackle (with bucket harness and butt plate
multi-purpose pliers are
gear). Of course, you’ll use the hip pivot at times while in your
ready to solve all of your fishing
bucket harness, but only when a huge fish is not exerting its full force.
tool needs. This tool does it all:
Dennis prefers this version of the hip pivot method. Stand with
cut line and wire, remove hooks,
close hook eyes, open hooks,
your feet a reasonable distance apart, knees bent. You want the
crimp line – It sounds like a Ginsu
weight of your body over your heels, but not so much you are truly
Knife commercial – but these
flat-footed. You’ll want your weight distributed just enough so
really do it all! Whether it’s
you can move left or right or back
toothy shark from a private
yacht or a feisty trout from a
on the balls of your feet. In other
rowboat, these versatile, highwords,
you
must
have
balance.
quality pliers are a must in every
CorrosionX™
With your left hand high on
tackle box. Plus – they’re great
Tackle protection that’s vital
the rod’s foregrip as is comfortaround the house too. #32911
to the big gamer and a musthave on every boat. Corroable and your
sionX prevents saltwater and
arm fully extendair from damaging your
ed, keep your
expensive gear. Use as a
back reasonably
preventative or lubricant
for reels and roller guides.
straight. When
“It’s the best
you “pull” on the
on the market!”
fish (pump the
– Dennis
rod), you do so
#29626 (6 oz. can)
by pivoting at the
hip. When you
lean back, turn
your body slightly to the left, the force is lower on your body, not up in your arms
and back. The key to maximize your power is to grasp the rod as high
as possible on the foregrip. In doing so, you are as close to a direct line
pull as is possible with rod and reel.
The same effect can be maintained with a kidney belt and harness,
a s l o n g a s t h e rod is adjusted to approximately a 45 degree angle
to the water. This gives you enough play to lean forward, draw back,
short stroke or lengthen your stroke as needed. Of course, when
you’re connected to a harness, you won’t need your left hand to do
any pulling on the rod. It can rest on the reel, or distribute the line
on the spool while cranking. continued, please see p29
Crimping
Tool
Handles all light
duties from .08
to 1.7 mil. Made
in the USA by
.
Nicopress™
#32907 (BP101)
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Braided
Line Cutter
With Spectra backing,
you definitely need this
precision tool for
clean, one-time cuts.
Rigid tolerances and a
razor-edge make this
the best cutting tool
available today!
#32905
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Belts, Harnesses & Accessories
Light
Tackle
Pad™
Braid Stealth Fighting Belts™
The newest line of belts incorporating Dennis’ years of experience in developing the ultimate in stand-up gear! These
extremely lightweight, alloy-constructed belts are available
in three distinct shapes and sizes, and offer the serious
angler a belt that will last a lifetime.
Special
Features
Include…
Stealth Unlimited™
Recommended line class 80-130
#30675
Ultra Strength,
Lightweight Alloy
Construction
n
Ergonomic
Padding
n
Space-Age
Plastic Stealth™
Receiver with
Hardened
Steel Pin
n
Easy Attachment
Clip on Waist
Strap with 2”
Velcro Closure
The great Braid name
on a less-costly line of
rod belts. Truly the perfect design and shape
for anglers using #15 to
#40 test line and is quite
possibly the only rod belt
on the market that is
suited for big game saltwater fly fishing. It can be
worn with the existing
belt strap or, for more
comfort and ease, can simply be clipped onto the angler’s
pant waist for immediate action. #30420
Braid
Hip Pad™
Specifically designed
for light tackle and surf
fishing, the Hip Pad™ is
an ultra-light rod receiver
worn by slipping the
molded-in clip over the
angler’s pant waist or
belt, and suspending
on either hip. #30410
Braid Baja Rod Belt™
Stealth
Mid-Range™
Recommended line class 60-100
#30650
Stealth
Limited™
Recommended line
class 30-60
#30625
Stealth
Harness™
Using the latest in
high-tech design and
materials, this extremely lightweight harness
will not only stand up
against giants, but
also mother nature.
Recommended
line class 50-80
#30600
Designed to meet the needs of the novice while bringing
a modified design to the seasoned angler in our successful Pro Manta™ style belt. A molded receiver cup has a
horizontally elongated configuration for left and right
directional changes, as well as a hinge and pivot design
with a gimbal pin for pumping the fish. Also included is
a Braid Pliers Sheath and adjustable 2” nylon waist strap.
Rated for line class up to 60 pounds. #30250
Sailors’
Secret™
All natural and highly
effective remedy for
motion and sea sickness used by sailors,
divers, pilots, etc. Laboratory tested and made
from the highest quality Premium Ginger
sealed in easy-to-swallow capsules, Sailors’
Secret works locally on the digestive system – not nervous system like other remedies. It does not cause drowsiness or any
of the other unwanted side affects. It REALLY works! #00198
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Tournament Lure Bag
The best carrying system in the business. Protects
your gear, keeps leaders untangled and lures at the ready.
12 assorted pockets made from
tough vinyl plastic, the nylon
shell is see thru and zippered
for a tight seal against the
elements. Huge 24”x32” open,
folds to just 12”x16” – The pros’
choice as a big game valise is
perfect for every angler.
#30000
SharPoint File™
Completely rust-proof 2-sided diamond file
has coarse 100 grit and fine honing 220 grit
surfaces. From fillet knives to stainless steel
hooks – you need this tool. #32904
Super Siphon
Every boater needs the Super
Siphon for everything from
transferring fuel to pumping
out the bilge. Includes 6’ of
hose with a compact, selfpriming pump – just a little
shake to get it started.
Non-static materials make
it safe to use around
flammable liquids.
#48250
(3/8” diameter hose)
#48251
(1/2” diameter hose)
The
Best in
Chumming
Tools!
Sharpness is crucial
to penetrating the
bony mouth of a fish.
Diamond particles
make these blades
stronger than steel –
you’ll be able to put a
razor- sharp point on
everything from a 14/0 to a #20 fly hook. #32900 (3 pack)
Individuals: Course #32903; Medium #32902; Fine #32901
Gimbal Rod Butts
Chum
Mate™
Increase your catches
of grouper, bass, sharks,
tuna and other chumloving pelagics. The
Chum Mate™ can be
mounted permanently
or for those who wish
to not bolt into their
hull – it can also be
attached with suction
cups. All hardware is
included for either
method, including a
safety line.
The Chum Mate™
includes chopper with
stainless steel blades
(also sold separately
as a back up) that cuts
and dices chum while
squeezing it through
its built-in ports.
#CHM00 (Chum Mate )
#CHM01 (Chum Mate™ Suction Cup Kit)
#CHM02 (Chum Mate™ Chopper)
™
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Braid Diamond Blade File
Make your rod a more efficient
fighting tool. These unique Butts
feature Dennis Braid’s own design and
have a 60-degree cut on the inside of
each foot to allow for precise vertical
leverage. With an increase of surface
against the gimbal retainer pin, rod
stability is greatly improved. Super
strong – made from aircraft
aluminum.
#30100 (1” diameter)
#30178 (7/8” diameter)
#30118 (1-1/8” diameter)
Reel Sacks™
and Rod Sleeves™
Braid’s rod and reel covers are perfect for protecting
your offshore tackle from salt spray and scratches
while riding to and from the fishing grounds. Made
from thin, waterproof material, the covers compress
and store easily in your pocket. Reel Sacks™ feature
a drawstring, while Rod Sleeves™ attach with velcro.
#82541 Reel Sack™ medium for up to 6/0 reel
#82542 Reel Sack™ large for reels up to 130
#82543 Rod Sleeve™ for rods up to 50” long*
#82544 Rod Sleeve™ for rods up to 55” long*
#82545 Rod Sleeve™ for rods up to 60” long*
*Measured from reel seat to rod tip
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Rigging Gear and DVDs
WIREMAN’S
HAND GAFF™
BRAID’S STIFF RIGS
Big Game
Action on DVD
Stand Up
to a GIANT
These versatile Stiff Rigs are made to
use with big game trolling lures and
feature beaded spacers covered with
plastic tubing. “Stiffened” portion can
be wedged into counter-bored jigs to
position the hook at any angle.
#SH 200 9/0 with 200-pound test
#SH 300 11/0 with 300-pound test
#SH 400 12/0 with 400-pound test
LOCK JAW ™
SHARK LEADER
Must have for cleating off
a billfish or shark close to
the boat, or for muscling
a big fish onboard. Braid’s
Wireman’s Hand Gaff ™ features a giant Mustad shark
hook attached to 15’ of
3/8” nylon rope ending
in a loop. #82548
LOCK JAW ™EZ RELEASE
SHARK LEADER
The ultimate “how to”
video on catching the
elusive Atlantic giant
bluefin tuna. Classroom and on-thewater instruction from
Dennis. Valuable information to help you in
your quest toward
gearing up for trophy
gamefish all over the
globe. #10039
Gamefish
of Ixtapa &
Zihuatanejo
Located just north of
Acapulco, this area is
a sportfishing paradise.
Stunning roosterfish
footage in addition
to wild battles with
marlin, dorado and
yellowfin tuna. Also
includes lots of
rigging tips for catching huge offshore
gamefish. #10041
The double X-strong shark hook
is attached with 12’ of s/s cable
and a barrel swivel.
MODEL
HEAD
LEADER
Each rig has an
8/0 Mustad 3407
hook with 8’ of 175-lbs. cable and
single strand of #12 wire, plus
hook end for quick release of
fish w/o losing entire rig.
#SLO 08 ..............8/0..............270 lbs
#SLO 10 .............10/0.............270 lbs
#SLO 12 .............12/0.............480 lbs
MODEL
Rattle shown, but is no longer available.
#SL 100...............8/0..............175 lbs
HEAD
LEADER
Braid Chunkin™
Circle Hooks
and Chunkin™ Hooks
Braid’s Chunkin™ Circle Hooks are the
hot item among anglers who know.
Crimp straight to wind-on leaders
with no other hardware. Welded
swivels eliminate line twist.
Braid’s Chunkin™ Hooks are a Braid
original, weighted, heavy-duty live
bait hooks help control bait in any
kind of current. Steel wire “bait holders” molded on the shank keeps bait
in place and helps hide the hook.
#69458 Circle Hook w/swivel, 2pk, 13/0
#69459 Circle Hook w/swivel, 2pk, 14/0
#69460 Circle Hook w/swivel, 2pk, 15/0
#69461 Tuna Circle Hook, 6pk, 10/0
#69462 Tuna Circle Hook, 6pk, 11/0
#69463 Tuna Circle Hook, 6pk, 12/0
#69450 Chunkin’ Hook, 2pk, 7/0
#69451 Chunkin’ Hook, 2pk, 8/0
#69452 Chunkin’ Hook, 2pk, 9/0
Panama:
“The
Angler’s
Paradise”
The most comprehensive “where to/how to”
on fishing Panama –
the most awesome
fishing experience on
the globe. Tackle and
techniques to land
black snook, giant
black marlin and
trophy yellowfin.
#10040
Atlantic
Giants – The
Ultimate
Bluefin Watch
and learn as Dennis
brings 11 of these
giants, ranging from
250 to 500 pound, to
leader and takes you
on a tour of the North
Carolina giant bluefin
fishery. A terrific “how
to” that works on
either coast. #10037
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Tuna: A High Speed,
High Energy Challenge
Bill Boyce on Catching Tuna
Behavior
patterns dictate
lure selection…
No fish intrigues me like
the tunas. Acutely modified for their pelagic environment, these high speed,
highly migratory fish may
reach a speed of 50 miles per
hour while feeding and when in a
schooling mode may travel en masse
– appearing or disappearing almost instantly.
The tunas are eating, growing and reproduction machines,
feeding primarily on smaller bait fish and squid. Their ability to eat and digest at a rapid pace enhances their rapid growth. It also
makes them, in many cases, willing chasers of tuna lures.
These fish exhibit incredible vertical migration within the water column While they spend much of their time at depths of 400 feet or more,
they periodically surface in search of schooling forage and when intercepted may display a variety of behavior patterns. We refer to these patterns
usually as breezers (in the West), foamers, boilers and jumpers.
To the sportfisherman, these behavior patterns can be of vital importance as to lure selection, trolling patterns and merely how to approach a
school of tuna. Knowledge of tuna behavior is borne of years of tuna fishing experience plus the observations of commercial spotter plane pilots
who have enlarged perspective flying 1,000 feet above sea surface.
Among this knowledge is the recognition that tuna schools that have split
up after feeding, actually find their way back to a feeding area by taking a
zig-zagging route until they pick up their own scent trail which leads
them in.
Bill Boyce is a marine biologist, famed photographer
and veteran tuna chaser having pursued giant yellowfin and other species from California to Peru.
t
t
Best for Boilers
and Jumpers…
t
Breezers,
Foamers,
Jumpers,
Boilers
#39
The Big Eye Rocket™
is a proven producer world-wide. Swims with a
natural squid-like appearance, leaving a thin bubble trail that draws fish right to the lure. Great bait
for flat line or center line trolling. (See marlin lure
color chart for even more color options page 25).
#21
Big Eye Rocket™
9 inches, 3/4” inch diameter,
trolls 6 to 12 knots. #515
Large Big Eye Rocket™
11 inches, 1 inch diameter,
trolls 6 to 12 knot. #516
(Shown at top of page)
#05 Black Green
#13 Squid
#16 Zucchini
#21 Red/White
#39 Blue/Green/Gold
#51 Blue/White
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#16
#51
#13
#05
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Tuna Lures
News Flash…
Giant Tuna Can’t Resist ’Em!
Flashdancer
Magnum™
#901
Length: 11 inches
Weight: 13 ounces
Troll: 4 to 10 knots
Flashdancer
Lite Sr.™
#903
Length: 10 inches
Weight: 9 ounces
Troll: 3 to 10 knots
Braid’s tail-beating subsurface plugs are the highest
quality lures you’ll find. Giant yellows and bluefin in all
regions of the world. With the fish on top, pick from
Braid’s selection of action-packed Popdancers™ and
poppers. All lures are thru-wired and swivel-connected
to forged single hooks so your catch won’t pry loose.
Plugs are available in all the hottest colors!
Speedster™
Length: 10 inches
Weight: 10 ounces
Troll: 6 to 12 knots
#909
#909
Little Speedster ™
Flashdancer
Lite Jr.™
#902
Length: 7 inches
Weight: 6 ounces
Troll: 3 to 10 knots
(see below)
Length: 6 inches
Weight: 5 ounces
Troll: 6 to 14 knots
#910
Tuna Wacker™
(small)
Length: 4-1/2 inches
Weight: 4-1/2 ounces
Cast or troll
#527
#910
Tuna Wacker
(large)
™
#09
Length: 6 inches
Weight: 8 ounces
Cast or troll
#528
#42
Popdancer™
Length: 7-1/2 inches
Weight: 3-1/2 ounces
Cast or troll
#24
#04
#09
#18
#24
#33
#40
#42
#51
Black/Purple
Skipjack
Sardine
Yellowfin Tuna
Flaming Trout
Dorado
Black/Orange
Blue/White
Super
Popdancer™
t t t t t t t t t
#899
#04
#40
#51
#18
Length: 10 inches
Weight: 6 ounces
Cast or troll
#898
#33
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Bill Boyce on Catching Tuna
(continued from page 16)
#10
Breezing fish are moving fast. They’re tightly schooled and swimming near the
surface. It’s their tail beat motion that creates turbulence on the surface that
makes it appear as wind-chopped (thus the term ‘breezer’). Interestingly, on a choppy sea, the same Behavior can be seen as patches on smooth water, either downwind or crosswind. Trolling the perimeter of the school with feathers or Ten Pin™ plugs will often
result in a hook-up without spooking the rest of the school.
As for ‘foamers’, these are schooled tuna engaged in tight, voracious feeding activity. The water is literally changed to foam
as the school has the bait tightly balled and is attacking it in force. To get the tuna to bite in this situation, it’s best to ‘match the
hatch.’ The feeding style displayed is very selective and you need to fish baits or lures which closely resemble the forage species.
It’s remarkable how small the forage may be. It would not be uncommon
to see a 200-pound tuna feeding on anchovies or small sardines just three
inches long.
#55
Approach a school of foamers upwind with engines off – especially if
you’re up against the warier bluefin. Chrome jigs and some soft plastics
cast to them may coax a hook-up.
#44
No expression gets the adrenaline pumping like shouts of “boil!” yet
boiling fish behave that way for a reason. When bait (and chum) is present, but scarce in its amount, the tuna will often be more scattered and
#16
tend to work the bait in small groups. When the bait is pushed to the surface, the tuna turn, eat and dive, producing the ‘boil.’ Because of the competition for a limited amount of bait, boiling fish are less wary and will
#31
take a wider variety of lures and baits. Trollers score with surface trolled
Tuna Teasers™ or subsurface Little Speedy™ plugs or a combination.
When tuna are preying on flying fish or baits right at the surface, it’s
#40
not uncommon to see them jumping. These ‘jumpers’ can be seen from
great distances with the fish in a very excited state. The bait fish under
siege are going to be moving rapidly and the school of tuna will be hard
#29
to keep up with. Fast trolling light, skipping lures of bullet head feathers
such as the Big Eye Rocket™ will catch the eye of these violent tuna and
result in wicked strikes. If you can get within range, casting a Popdancer™
and skipping it on a rapid retrieve will also deliver.
To Please ’Em, You Gotta Tease ’Em
Tuna Teasers™
8 inches long and weighing 6-1/2 ounces – These heavy-headed
lures run deep even in rough water – a big plus when going for
big tuna. Glitter heads with matching skirts and holographic
eyes dazzle the big fish. #524
#21
#20
#04
#05
#55
#10
#44
#16
#20
#31
#21
#40
#24
#29
#29
#21
#31
#20
#40
#05
#42
#44
#04
#55
#24
Black/Purple
Black/Green
Purple Mackerel
Green
Mackerel
Blue/Green
Zucchini
Blue
Mackerel
Purple/Pink
Red/White
Dorado
Yellowfin
Tuna
Pink/Orange
Pink/Orange
Red/White
Purple/Pink
Blue Mackerel
Dorado
Black/Green
Black/Orange
Blue/Green
Black/Purple
Purple Mackerel
Yellowfin
Tuna
#05
#42
#04
#24
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Pro
Flotsam, especially floating
logs, can be
astounding
tuna magnets,
but not all of them. If you
find one that has a concentration of fish – stay with it.
Commercial boats will even
tie up to such and the fish
stay for days – with schools
even increasing in size.
TIP
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Rigging Gear and Tuna Lures
Roll Strike After Strike with… Ten Pin™
Large: 10”
#110
The most intriguing methods,
usually done on the anchor, are
those that appeal to the remarkable olfactory abilities of the tuna –
especially chunk fishing. With
chunks, or even kite fishing with
rigged baits, you step up your
chances of catching real heavyweights by using a wind-on leader.
Having 25 feet of stout mono at
the end of your line mitigates abrasion losses – at a crucial time when
perhaps half of all big tuna are lost.
Pro
Nothing finishes the job
on a giant
tuna like a
wind-on
leader. That 25 foot length
connected by a triple loop
knot to your 10 feet of
double main line by way
of a Bimini Twist, gives
you the ability to drop
down in gear ratio on
your 2-speed reel and put
optimum pressure at a
critical time with the
‘cow’ near the gaff.
TIP
Medium: 7”
#107
Small: 5”
#105
Dennis’ favorite surface trolling lure, Ten Pin’s Irresistible, injured baitfish action and frantic, holographic
eyes are unmatched for all gamefish. Counter-balanced
with an internal weight to ‘keel’ the bait in an upright
positron, the smaller models run to 10 knots and the
larger one to a remarkable 18 knots. The Pretlane, high
impact bodies have a center slot running the length of
the lure for its pre-rigged single hook, while their
unique slotted backs allow a second hook too.
WIND-ON LEADERS…
Braid Power Play™
Now you have the control
of big fish right up to the
boat with leaders you can
wind through your tip and
guides, right onto the reel.
IGFA approved, Braid Power
Play™ comes in 25-foot
lengths with a flexible presslock fit and snugging
sleeves connected to a length of woven Dacron. These attach
to Momoi, low-visibility, smoke blue mono in 100 to 400 lbs.
test. Complete instructions included.
#69475 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 100-lbs test w/swivel
#69471 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 150-lbs test w/swivel
#69472 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 200-lbs test w/swivel
#69473 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 300-lbs test w/swivel
#69474 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 400-lbs test w/swivel
#69575 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 100-lbs test
#69571 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 150-lbs test
#69572 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 200-lbs test
#69573 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 300-lbs test
#69574 Power Play™ Wind-On Leader, 400-lbs test
See more
Wind-On
Leaders
on next
pages.
#24
#04
#51
#33
#40
#17
#11
#18
#42
#12
See c ompl ete co lor c hart on page 28
Shake ’Em Up with…
Hoochy™
Large: 10”
#720 Rigged
#721 Un-Rigged
Medium: 7”
Perfect Bait Imitations…
Braid Bullets™
Irresistible trolling bait for smaller gamefish such as
yellowfin tuna or skipjack. For bait catching, these are
a marlin anglers dream. Available in 2 sizes, rigged with
an 8/0 hook and 80-pound wire, or unrigged, and in a
wide variety of hot, mylar colors (see page 19).
#722 Rigged
#723 Un-Rigged
Small: 5”
#04
Small
Bullet™
Length: 6-1/2”
Weight: 1 oz.
#717 Un-Rigged
#707 Rigged
#02
#21
#724 Rigged
#725 Un-Rigged
#14
Large
Bullet™
Length: 6-1/2”
Weight: 2-1/2
oz.
#718 Un-Rigged
#708 Rigged
#51
The lathe-turned heads
from solid brass and live
action skirts give that true
feeling of ‘fleeting bait fish’
action on the surface make
the Hoochy™ a proven
producer for big game.
Available in three sizes,
rigged or unrigged
in a variety of colors.
#02
#04
#11
#04
#51
#11
#13
#13
#21
#14
#??
#21
#??
#51
#??
Purple/Black
Red
Racer
Green/White
Purple/Black
Blue/White
Green/White
Squid
Squid
Red/White
Green/Yellow
?????????????
Red/White
????????????
Blue/White
????????????
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Wild Wahoo: Like Nothing Else
There are wahoo, or skinnies – and then there are all other gamefish. That’s the Gospel truth on light
tackle. Put the initial run against other swimmers and the ’hoo is a world-class sprinter – most everything else is a pack mule.
The nay-sayers decry this swifty’s staying power after that first electrifying dash, but how do you they
account for the fact as many fish are lost as landed? With the wahoo, you get a package deal. An incredible rip;
a mouth as tough as a hatch cover; and fillets that make others seem like lunch meat.
So how fast are they? We’re not talking stop watch now, but get this. If you’re
World-class
a step slow up the rail – and it happens – the anchor rope is entirely at risk.
More than once, skippers heading to the Ridge or Magdalena Bay off the
speed and razor
Pacific side of the Baja Peninsula, have had these lines severed or nearly so
sharp teeth…
by hooked fish. Like a weed eater on the prowl, flashing wahoo make
monofilament cuts through one inch rope in seconds.
Even in the most frantic feeding modes, these gashers will find a way
to come loose – making even the most experienced hands shake their
heads. Watch one of the hot videos on the species and you get a feel for the
deal. But really, only a taste. Wait until one passes by the stern in a heartbeat –
and you’re holding onto the rod in pursuit.
But as much as with their speed, the ’hoo beats
you with its mouth. Anglers just talk, wahoo destroy. As experts will tell
you, that very tough jaw is almost impenetrable. The whole top of their
mouth is bone and you need technique and more than a little luck to stay
connected. To hear deckhands talk, it’s a regWahoo like this are
ular occurrence to sting one with a gaff – and
suckers for an accurate
When trolling plugs from the
watch the hook or lure fall out of its mouth.
cast of a Wahoo Bomb
corner of the transom, drop
and fast retrieve.
Without constant tension, only the point
it back just five or six feet
behind the flat lines and use
holds the fish. Getting past the barb probably
them as teasers. When trolling
takes help from Poseidon himself.
Wahoo are
a league
of their
own
Pro
TIP
combinations, the use of plugs keeps the
razor mouths from erasing your expensive,
plastic surface skirted lures
Bait Fishing Wahoo…
Sure, plugs and bombs are the mainstay of
wahoo fishing, but lots are taken with live
bait, even chunk – if you’re using the right stuff. Of course, you’ll need a
wire leader, but maybe not as long as you think. Although opinion varies,
MORE TUNA LEADERS…
Tuna Trolling
Leaders
Available with either single or
double hooks, the perfect system
for trolling feathers. Comes with
5-1/2’ 100-150 lbs. mono leader
and extra crimp and swivel.
MODEL
HEAD
LEADER
69579-s/s..................7/0 ........100 lbs
69580-single ............8/0 ........100 lbs
69581-s/s double....9/0 ........150 lbs
69582-single ............9/0 ........150 lbs
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Tuna Bait
Leaders 3 Pack
These leaders feature the
popular 94150 style hook with
150-lbs. mono leader. The perfect rig for chumming live bait.
MODEL
HEAD
LEADER
69576....................8/0 ........150 lbs
69577....................9/0 ........150 lbs
69578 forged......8/0 ........200 lbs
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Rigging Gear and Wahoo Lures
“the most effective lure ever
invented for wahoo”
Large Marauder™
Length: 11 inches
Weight: 18 ounces
Troll: 3 to 10 Knots
#40
#914
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#69585
#69586
Marauder™
The name synonymous with wahoo plugs. Trolled
at high speed, the hard, tail-beating action draws
savage strikes from the world’s flashiest gamefish.
Marauder™ is the true-tracking lure of choice for
wahoo catchers from the West Coast and around the world. Pull
these lures up to 12 knots and hang on. Rarely needs adjusting, but a
slight turn of the line tie will do the trick. The exact angle of the diving face
and internal ballast keep the lure working at all times. The remarkable Marauder’s™
vibrating action matches that of fleeing mackerel. Better than live bait, this durable
plug has the best hooking qualities around with dual, swiveled single hooks.
Shown with
Braid Plug
Trolling Rig
Medium Marauder™
Length: 10”
Weight: 10 oz.
Troll: 6 to 14
Knots
you can get away with 12 to 18 inches
ahead of the hook. Braid’s own Wahoo
#69585 175-lbs test
#69586 275-lbs test
Leaders come with a swivel at one end for
(See above right)
connecting to your mono – which keeps a
hot mackerel or other big baits from twisting your leader. Figure a 40- to 80-pound wahoo will also go a long
way toward dismantling your terminal gear. The swivel’s a small
insurance policy. Go with a hook to match your bait size – and by all
means file those points ’til they cut glass.
But when do you choose live bait for ’hoos? Pay attention to what’s
going on around you – especially anywhere along Baja’s Ridge. One
or two tuna fighters will suddenly get cut off, or they may complain
that a bait has been cut cleanly in half. Don’t hesitate. Grab your
wahoo bait rig and pitch with the chum flow.
As there is with any of the finer points, you’ll get a difference of as
to how to hook your live bait. Some would argue that despite their
rapier-like dental work, nose hooking the bait for fish of this caliber
is sufficient. The skinnies are more than capable of taking a whole
sardine or mack. On the other hand, when cleaning wahoo, crewmen
often find nicely cut bait halves in the stomachs of the fish. It’s as if
the fish took the bait, half first, and turned and took the other.
The answer, butt-hook the bait – that puts the hook in the middle,
closer to the cut, no matter which end the wahoo wants.
Don’t dismay chunk fishing either. The ’hoo likes meat and when
they find it wafting their
WAHOO LEADERS… way, they’ll take all they
can eat most of the time.
When they’re finicky,
remember, presentation is
key to getting a taker.
#04
#913
#42
Small Marauder™
Length: 6 inches
Weight: 3 ounces
Troll: 6 to 12 Knots #912
#55
#18
#09
#37
#12
#24
#33
Skinnies on
the Troll…
LEADER
#20
Also #41
#04
#09
#10
#12
#18
#20
#24
t
HEAD
#BL 150 ...............#2..................30 lbs
#BL 151...............2/0.................40 lbs
#BL 155...............4/0.................50 lbs
#BL 162...............6/0.................60 lbs
#BL 163...............8/0.................80 lbs
#10
t
MODEL
Called the ‘most effective
lure ever invented for
wahoo’ the hard beating
tail action of the Braid
Marauder™ accounts for
nearly as many skinnies
as all other lures combined. A big plug, with the
proper wire harness, will
troll unflinchingly at high
speeds – certainly much
faster than you would for
tuna. Rigged with tow big
single hooks, the bait gives
t
Wahoo cable bait leaders are perfect for ’hoo, dorado, king mackerel and other toothy critters.
Rigged with swivels, these are
great using live or dead baits.
#30
Purple/Black
Skipjack
Green Mackerel
Bonito
Sardine
Blue Mackerel
Yellowfin Tuna
#30
#33
#37
#40
#41
#42
#55
Pink Mackerel
Flaming Trout
Gold Mackerel
Dorado
Orange Mackerel
Black/Orange
Purple Mackerel
See Marauders Newest Colors on Page 30
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(continued from page 21)
#08
you greater hooking power, even when the fish
only slash at the bait. Regular Marauder™ users
say you almost always will
get the second
With wahoo,
hook in the fish
– and usually
sharp hooks are
outside the
mouth from
the head to the
gills, which keeps
them on.
Sharp hooks are absolutely critical with this
lure as well – and perhaps more so. Long range
skippers have learned that long hours of trolling in saltwater actually takes the edge off the
steel. Never take for granted that all is well at
#24
#04
absolutely
critical
#29
#31
#42
#40
#51
Using heavier drag pressure when
trolling plugs for wahoo, will help
increase your hook-up rate.
#11
Braid Wahoo
Bomb 540™ Series
the end of your line. To forget such
details is to give the wahoo and even
greater advantage.
Bombs Away…
We produce a dozen different
types of wahoo casting lures
in what has been a West Coast
phenomena. The evolution of
the method is apparent in
these best of the best Bombs.
The Braid Bomb 540™ is unique
in that the head has a counterbored hole where the eye of
the hook can recess. This puts
the hook point closer to the
head where the fish strikes
and vastly improves your
hook-up percentage.
Primarily a casting lure, Braid Wahoo
Bombs™, Bullets™, Grenades™ and the
like – with their Mylar Glitz (and in
some cases added spinner blades),
provide everything a wahoo wants –
flash, splash and high visibility. This
also points out why with any wahoo
540 Bomb (6 oz. rigged)
rig, you always use matte-colored
541 Bomb (6 oz. rigged with
wire and black rings or swivels. AnySpinner Blade)
thing that reflects light could draw a
strike so you want to make sure that
all those elements are located next to your hook. Figure most of these
lures run from four to eight ounces in weight – lighter perhaps for some
trolling applications. The casting models let you send them to the farthest
boils where you can rip, drop, skip and grind them into vicious strikes.
And here’s a tip. When there’s a hook-up on the troll, don’t cast or
drop back ‘on the slide’ as you would for tuna. Your hook-up back there
on a diagonal cutting wahoo could cost trollers a ton of gear if your fish
crosses their lines. Instead, sling your baits well off to the sides of the boat.
You’ll still get bit. Love that ’hoo fishing!
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Wahoo Bullet ™
#40
Available rigged
with a 9/0 hook
and 80-lbs cable.
6”/6.5 oz. #521
Wahoo Bullet ™
#40
Comes with Spinner
Blade and rigged with
9/0 hook and 80-lbs
cable. 6”/6.5 oz. #513
Braid
Grenade™
Wahoo Lures
More Tools for
Toothy Critters…
“ Along the West Coast,
these baits were designed
especially for wahoo. But I’ll
say without fear of rebuttal,
these are the best king
mackerel lures on the planet.”
– Dennis
Small with Spinner
5-1/2”/4.5 oz.
#13
#517
Braid Bomb 1™
Small with Spinner
5”/3 oz.
#55
Braid
Bomb 3™
Large, un-rigged
8”/7 oz.
#51
#532
Braid
Bomb 3™
Large, un-rigged
8”/7 oz.
Braid Bomb 1™
Small with Spinner
5”/3 oz.
#29
#06
Available rigged or unrigged with a 9/0 hook
and 80-lbs cable.
5”/3 oz. #535
Braid
Bomb 1™
Large, rigged
8”/8 oz.
#31
Braid Bomb 2™
#05
Braid
Bomb 1™
#535
Large, rigged
8”/8 oz.
Cyclone™
#42
#14
Large, un-rigged
8”/8 oz.
#537
Cyclone™
Braid
Bomb 2™
un-rigged.
6”/4 oz. #719
Large, un-rigged
8”/8 oz.
#02
Red Racer
Black/Purple
Black/Green
Black/Red
Pink/Black
Skipjack
Green/White
Skipjack
Green/Yellow
#533
Braid
Bomb 2™
un-rigged.
6”/4 oz. #719
#02
#04
#05
#06
#08
#09
#11
#12
#14
#533
Small, un-rigged.
5”/3 oz.
#17
Most
Popular
Mylar
Color
Skirts
#539
#532
Braid Bomb 2™
#42
#539
#12
#16
#17
#24
#29
#31
#40
#42
#51
#55
Zucchini
Mexican Flag
Yellowfin Tuna
Pink/Orange
Purple/Pink
Dorado
Black/Orange
Blue/White
Purple Mackerel
Braid Bombs are also available rigged with
cable and ringed hooks
#537
Braid
Grenade™
Large
8”/9 oz..
#11
#519
Braid
Grenade™
Large
8”/9 oz.
#04
#519
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Location Crucial to
Successful Marlineering
Capt. Pete Groesbeck on Locating Marlin
Fundamental to billfishing world-wide is locating
them, followed by presenting the right lure.
As much as any species that swims, undersea structure
changes are magnets for these magnificent gamers. But
the angler’s perspective must expand well beyond
the modest depth ranges found inshore – and our 50 to
150 fathoms near significant
canyons which are the fast lane for
trophy-class fish. In every
Giant billfish,
ocean, the vast surface is
and their prey,
often the same, but the
are sensitive to
depths below, especially those
optimum conditions
swept with the cleanest, warmest
blue water, you can find marlin
related to specific contours.
Every captain keeps a keen eye on
water color, and attendant water temperature.
The growth in the use of satellite imaging of sea surface temperatures is a
direct result of anglers understanding there is too much ocean out there
to search, even when depths are charted. Oceans are in constant flux, so
having an up-to-date view of the sea temperature profile puts boats and
billfish on the same page.
Ocean currents are also crucial to finding marlin, whether borne of
significant temperature gradients or mere upswellings. Be ever watchful
of rips. They hold the bait and thus draw gamefish to the surface as few
other phenomena. In some cases they’re formed by water deflecting off
‘high spots’ in the depths below, further reason to make bottom structure
your first target.
Smaller eddies of warm
water off the huge, combative
LOCK JAW ™
flows or masses of water are
SINGLE HOOK RIG
much easier to fish. Once on,
or even near the fishing
grounds, pay close heed to
temperature. The satellite data
gets you close, your own
temperature gauge tells you
what’s below in your very
location. Work the temperature changes, even miniscule
changes. Giant billfish, and
certainly their prey, are sensiCable single hook series are eventive to optimum conditions –
ly matched with mono leaders of
you should be too. Then treat
12’ with cable and big game hook
these changes as if they were
and swivel. Complete with extra
crimp and thimble.
actual structure features, crisscrossing edges in order to put
MODEL
HEAD
LEADER
#CS 156...............5/0...............150 lbs
your lures in front of them.
#CS 157...............7/0...............150 lbs
Marlin hunting, of course,
#CS 150...............8/0...............150 lbs
will always be a visual game.
#CS 200...............9/0...............200 lbs
Scanning the skies see p31
you should
be too
t
Capt. Pete Groesbeck is a tournament-tested marine
consultant with over 30 years experience catching
(and releasing most) marlin around the world.
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Rigging Gear and Billfish Lures
#38
Braid
Boomer 2™
Length: 15 inches
Diameter: 2-1/2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
World-Wide
Success
Marks
#512
™
#29
Braid
Cruiser Mark I™
Lures Reputation…
You’ll find every style, color and size
of BiteMe™ big game trolling lures
to meet your needs, no matter where
you fish or what species you’re after.
Pushers, poppers, divers, darters,
wobblers or straight runners –
they’re all here and proven to
perform in every ocean. Marlin,
sailfish, tuna, king mackerel and
mahi-mahi can’t resist taking a bite.
Craftsmanship and innovation
mark every BiteMe™ lure. Each airbrushed head is counter-bored from
the rear for closer placement of the
forward hook. The heads themselves
are made from precision lathe-turned
and lazer-cut acrylic, complete with
reflective prism tape and holographic
eyes. And each lure is adorned with a
striking vinyl skirt. Match these up
with Braid’s Lock Jaw™ hook leader
rigs (see below) for top performance.
Length: 14 inches
Diameter: 2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 12 knots
#605
#54
Braid Rover™
Length: 13 inches
Diameter: 1-5/8 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
#604
#15
Braid Sea Dog™
Length: 13 inches
Diameter: 1-5/8 inches
Trolling: 6 to 8 knots
#502
#32
Braid Flat Top™
Length: 11 inches
Diameter: 1-1/2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
LOCK JAW ™
DOUBLE HOOK RIG
#509
#10
Sea Serpent™ (md)
Length: 9 inches
Diameter: 1-1/4 inches
Trolling: 6 to 8 knots
#609
#09
Braid Sea Bee™
Length: 10 inches
Diameter: 1-1/2 inches
Trolling: 6 to 10 knots
#608
Cable double hook rigs are evenly
matched with mono leaders of
18’ with cable non-chafing gear
between extra strong 7601 style
hooks (see page 11). Complete
with extra crimp and thimble.
MODEL
HEAD
#14
Sea Beast™ (9”)
Length: 9 inches
Diameter: 1 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
#602
LEADER
#CD 156 ..............5/0...............150 lbs
#CD 157 ..............7/0...............150 lbs
#CD 150 ..............8/0...............150 lbs
#CD 200 ..............9/0...............200 lbs
#CD 300 .............11/0..............300 lbs
#CD 400 .............12/0..............400 lbs
See color chart on page 30
#31
Little Trooper ™
Length: 10 inches
Diameter: 1 inches
Trolling: 8 to 12 knots
#504
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On the Brink?
Drop Back for Marlin
Mike “the Beak” Hurt on Catching Marlin
Nothing puts fire in the eyes of an offshore angler like a
wildly excited billfish, fully lit and in its attack mode – especially when it’s chasing one of your baits. A surge of energy
races through your veins: the message speeds to your brain,
“a fin, color spot or bill” – all indicators you’ve raised a fish in
the pattern. With lures in position, popping and spooking as
they chug on, the predator continues stalking your offering.
Another boil – a slash from a bill, or at times, just a
‘window shopper’ as you stand and behold, adrenaline
pumping wildly. You watch in awe and bursting with anticipation. Hours of trolling have taken you to this moment on
the brink. Then the fish, in its vibrant presence, seems to hesitate. Is there
anything you can do?
Experienced anglers know this game. Here’s how they handle it.
Drop Back or Bait and Switch…
For simplicity sake, the term “drop back” is more of a West Coast method
used with live bait. “Bait and switch” is common with dead or artificial
baits. The idea is similar in both methods.
Offer a fish raised on trolled enticers
(teasers, lures or rigged baits) an alternative. Anglers use these techniques
when they want to fish with light line;
ease the fish up for fly-fishers; or insure
the angler of getting a more solid hook-up.
When using live bait for the drop back,
you should pre-rig your rod with appropriate sized hook
Mike “the Beak” Hurt is the West Coast ambassador
for big game fishing, considered one of the finest
billfish anglers and angling educators in the world.
Teaser
Tow Line™
35’ of 500-lbs. mono crimped so it can be cleated off.
On the other end is a 4’
leader of 480-lbs. cable
with over-sized ballbearing snap for quick
changes. #624
Dorado Teaser ™
Length: 18-1/2 inches
Weight: 4 pounds
Troll: 6 to 10 Knots
#52270
Braid Super Teasers™
Attract the ocean’s biggest gamefish with these
world-class fish teasers. Large profile, subsurface
attractors with mirrored panels and eye-popping
colors to pull the big ones in from long distances.
Ideal for the bait and switch technique
described by “Beak” on these pages.
Super Swimmer ™
Length: 17-1/2 inches
Weight: 3-1/2 pounds
Troll: 6 to 10 Knots
#52260
Lightning Bolt ™
Length: 21-1/2 inches
Weight: 3 pounds
Troll: 7 to 12 Knots
#52200
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Rigging Gear and Billfish Lures
#44
™
Braid Boomer 1 ™
Length: 14 inches
Diameter: 2-1/2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 12 knots
#511
#63
Cruiser Mark II ™
Length: 14 inches
Diameter: 2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 12 knots
#606
#55
Braid Bully ™
Length: 13 inches
Diameter: 1-3/4 inches
Trolling: 6 to 10 knots
#510
#40
Sea Serpent ™ (lg)
Length: 12 inches
Diameter: 1-3/4 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
#610
#04
Prime Mover ™
Length: 13 inches
Diameter: 1-1/2 inches
Trolling: 7 to 10 knots
#507
t
and a long enough wind-on leader to
protect your main line from chafing.
Add a swivel in-line about three feet up
from the hook. The swivel must be of
high quality and size so that it will hold
up to the fish you’re targeting and it
must pivot freely (see page 20 and 21
for hooks, and right for the perfect
leader rig). Hook a live bait and keep it
in the live well. The swivel allows the
bait to swim freely in the tank without
twisting the line.
Commonly the bait is hooked
cross-ways through the nose. An alternative that also works well for me is to
back hook the bait. Penetrate the bait
above the backbone, between the back
of the head and the dorsal fin. This will
cause the bait to dive deeper. Bridle the
bait through the eye sockets or back for
a more secure hold.
When you raise your target fish,
drop the bait back to it. You must
know where that is, or you could
miss your chance. Once the bait is in
position, gradually slow the boat to
an idle. Hold the rod tip high with the
reel in free-spool, thumb on the spool.
Get any other lures teasers see p31
#28
Braid Sea Bee™
™
LOCK JAW
MARLIN LEADER…
Length: 10 inches
Diameter: 1-1/2 inches
Trolling: 6 to 10 knots
#608
#19
Sea Beast™ (12”)
Length: 12 inches
Diameter: 1-1/4 inches
Trolling: 7 to 14 knots
#601
#24
West Coast-style live bait rig
allows bait to be prehooked in
the tank – ready for drop back
when marlin appear behind the
boat. Comes equipped with 8/0
live bait hook, swivel and wind-on
leader loop for easy connection
to main line.
MODEL
HEAD
Braid Banshi™
Length: 9-1/2 inches
Diameter: 1-1/4 inches
Trolling: 7 to 12 knots
#603
#08
Little Digger™
Length: 10 inches
Diameter: 1-1/4 inches
Trolling: 6 to 8 knots
#506
LEADER
#BR 100 ..............8/0 ...............100 lbs
See color chart on page 30
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Braid Slammer™
Page 25
Braid
Slammer™
Series
790 Series
#36
793
1-3/4 oz.
#57
794
2-1/2 oz.
795
3-1/2 oz.
#58
796
4-1/3 oz.
797
6 oz.
Take your jig fishing to an all
new level with Braid’s Slammer™ Jigs designed and tested world-wide by Dennis, Slammer™ Jigs are built to beat
any gamefish, anywhere in the world. The ultimate in new
age lure production, Slammer™ 790 Series are available in 5 different sizes and feature the look, action and color schemes
which generate vicious strikes as never before available in a
single lure line. Tie on the hottest jigs in the world and get
into some serious, hard-slamming action! Choose from
Chrome Mackerel, Prism, or the striking Abalone finish!
Braid Slammer™
770 Series
#59
#60
#14
770
1/3 oz.
Nose Rings
available
on 796
and 797
771
3/4 oz.
#62
#36
772
1-1/2 oz.
Braid Slammer™
773
2 oz.
#38
780 Series
774
3 oz.
775
4 oz.
776
5 oz.
#48
#10
777
6 oz.
780
1-1/2 oz.
#18
781
2-1/2 oz.
#49
Nose Rings
available
on 775, 776
and 777
782
3-1/2 oz.
#23
783
4-1/2 oz.
Nose Rings
available
on 783
#62
#58
#57
Abalone
colors
(58 & 59)
available
on 770 and
771 only
#31
#60
#59
#37
#62
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#10
#14
#18
#20
#23
#31
Green Mackerel
Green/Yellow
Sardine
Blue Mackerel
Rainbow Trout
Purple/Pink
#35
#36
#37
#38
#41
#42
Gold/Orange
Chrome
Gold Mackerel
Midnight
Orange Mackerel
Black/Orange
#48
#49
#50
#51
#55
#57
Orange/Yellow
Blue/Yellow
Black Mackerel
Blue/White
Purple Mackerel
Abalone Blue
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Fighting Technique
(continued from page 12)
Slammer Series
Braid Slammer™
750 Series
More Power… Once you settle down on a truly giant fish with Braid’s latest high-tech bucket harness
(Power Play or Brute Busters), you’ll be able to exert maximum force on the fish and still be there at the end of the
fight to tell about it. With the fish on the run, all you need to
do is get into a semi sitting position, leaning back against the
force of the fish. This way you counterbalance the pull of the
giant – and don’t over-tax your back, arms and legs.
With your feet about 24 to 30 inches apart, knees bent, with
one foot slightly forward or behind for balance, you can raise the
rod by squatting. As you elevate or begin to stand, you take
quick half to full cranks on the reel – to gain whatever line you
can. Repeat the squatting-to-lift, standing-to-reel pattern over
and over. The bucket method allows you to put a ‘finishing’
amount of pressure on the fish close to the boat for tagging or
gaffing. It takes practice to perfect the method, and it is vitally
important to keep your knees braced firmly against the gunnel
of the boat.
Again, it’s crucial to have rod harness properly adjusted. Set up
with your knees slightly bent. You want to have the rod at about
a 35 to 40 degree angle so when you lean back, your rod raises
and gives you lifting power. A rod adjusted too high does just
the opposite.
The key is to exert maximum force, with a minimum of effort:
it’s what Braid belts and harnesses are all about.
#20
751
1/2 oz.
752
1 oz.
#10
753
1-1/2 oz.
754
2 oz.
#36
755
3 oz.
756
4 oz.
#37
757
5 oz.
758
7 oz.
#41
759
10-1/2 oz.
761 < Colors 10, 20,
36 and 61 only
16 oz.
#50
Nose Rings
available on
all over 4 oz.
#61
Slammer
Squids™
Braid Slammer™
Braid’s made for trolling jig that has all you want for
super big game applications. Four head sizes ranging
from 1-1/2 to 5-1/4 ounces and through-hole construction lets you rig the Slammer Squids™ as you choose. Stabilizing “wings” are molded directly into the head while the
appearance tentacles are crafted of a durable vinyl skirt. The
underside wings are enhanced by reflective
prism finish making the Slammer Squid™
the most visible jig of its kind.
730 Series
#10
#18
#23
730
1-1/2 oz.
731
2-1/2 oz.
#14
740
1-1/2 oz.
741
2-1/2 oz.
733
4-1/3 oz.
#31
#37
Nose Rings
available
on 733
742
3-3/4 oz.
743
5-1/2 oz.
#31
732
3-1/2 oz.
#62
#51
#35
#58 Abalone Green
#59 Abalone Orange
#60 Abalone Midnight
#61 Glow Mackerel
#62 Chrome/Red Head
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Braid BlackJack™
COLORS
#02
#03
#04
#05
#06
#07
#08
#09
#10
#11
#12
#13
#14
#15
#16
#17
#18
#19
#20
#21
#22
#23
#24
#25
#26
#27
#28
#29
#30
#31
#32
#33
#34
#35
#36
#37
#38
#39
#40
#41
#42
#43
#44
#45
#46
#47
#48
#49
#50
#51
#53
#54
#55
#56
#57
#58
#59
#60
#61
#62
#63
#64
#65
Red Racer
Green Mamba
Black/Purple
Black/Green
Black/Red
Pink Tiger
Pink/Black
Skipjack
Green Mackerel
Green/White
Skipjack
Squid
Green/Yellow
Bleeding Mackerel
Zucchini
Mexican Flag
Sardine
Blue/Pink/Orange
Blue Mackerel
Red/White
Ralph
Rainbow Trout
Yellowfin Tuna
Pyscho
Tony Tiger
Pink Panther
Goatfish
Pink/Orange
Green Mackerel
Purple/Pink
OBY
Flaming Trout
Purple/Silver
Gold/Orange
Chrome
Gold Mackerel
Midnight
Blue/Green/Gold
Dorado
Orange Mackerel
Black/Orange
Bleeding Dorado
Blue/Green
Petrolero
Cedar
Tequila Sunrise
Orange/Yellow
Blue/Yellow
Black Mackerel
Blue/White
Shad
Mean Joe Green
Purple Mackerel
BBG
Abalone Blue
Abalone Green
Abalone Orange
Abalone Midnight
Glow Mackerel
Chrome/Red Head
Neon Orange
Black/Purple
Hot Pink
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#20
#41
#03
#40
#09
#42
#21
#31
BlackJack™ can be trolled
up to 18 knots giving you
every opportunity to land
trophy dorado, wahoo, tuna,
albacore, king mackerel and
other prize prey. Fished
from your downriggers,
BlackJack™ is deadly on
grouper, snapper and
other bottom dwellers.
919
Double Hook
#65
918
#04
#33
Treble Hook
#50
Av ai lab le i n all t h e s e co lo rs
and m a ny m or e, s e e p ag e 38 .
Braid Marauder™
Latest Colors
from page 21
#21
#62
#65
#06
#28
#45
#16
#29
#46
#17
#31
#47
#26
#38
#51
#66
#67
#68
#69
Blue/Pearl White
Pearl Pink
Chartreuse/Flame
Abalone Chrome
#71
#72
#73
#74
Perch
Fire Tiger
Brown Trout
Smokey
#75
#76
#77
#78
Hot Tuna
Blade Runner
Gold
Silver
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Location Crucial
to Catching Marlin
Smokin’ Hot Lures & Colors
(continued from page 24)
for the presence of birds is as fundamental to the sport as new
drag washers. But don’t overlook weed lines which gather the
wind currents, disperse and gather again. Their very, collective
presence in the fishing grounds often draws baitfish and provides a feeding zone for Big Bill. Without food, you won’t find a
volume of fish.
Making correct assessments is much increased by the use
of graph sonar, especially color sonar. The presence of bait,
even well below the apparent ‘pulling range’ of your teasers,
still signals you’re in the right zone. You may have to make
repeated passes through an area to get a fish to rise, but those
passes may not have been taken without the sonar indications.
Temperature clines are also vital. With colder water sinking,
look for both bait and marlin to ride above these distinct layers
of water. But don’t expect them to lay flat like so many bed
sheets. Underwater features jutting well off the bottom may
actually push warm water layers closer to the surface – making
them ideal locations to pull your baits.
Braid Sardelle
830 Series™
The Sardelle™ with its sculptured, non-symmetrical sardineshaped body, features a rippled side and a smooth side that
produces a tremendous swimming action as the jig is
retrieved through the water. Wearing a hot stamp, foil finish
and 3-D prism eyes, the Sardelle™ makes a tempting offering.
#40
#33
830
1-3/4 oz.
831
3-1/2 oz.
#04
832
4-1/2 oz.
#24
Nose Rings
available
on 832
#18
#51
#61
Braid
Sea Gator ™
Drop Back or
Bait and Switch
(continued from page 27)
out of the way. When your fish strikes, let it run for a few seconds; put the reel in gear; wind into the fish until the line
comes tight; then strike the fish. Keep winding and striking
until the line comes off the reel under drag pressure.
Bait and switch still requires a wind-on leader, but without
a swivel, keep the rigged dead bait on ice, and when you raise
the fish, the routine is much the same. Many captains prefer to
keep the boat going ahead at the same time. You don’t have to
worry about the bait tearing off the hook if it’s rigged correctly.
Sometimes the crew will patiently tease the fish closer (but without hooks on the trolled lures). This excites the fish so much that
when you switch, the fish charges the bait like a linebacker on a
running back… you’re on!
With practice, teamwork, diligence and the right tackle,
these techniques can take your marlin success to new heights.
The unusual Sea Gator™ has a wide range of applications from
slow trolling to skip jigging and is available in a variety of
weights from 2-1/2 to a whopping 11 ounces. The tight
action of this jig is enhanced by its elongated, leaf-shaped
body and flat underside. A cross section look reveals its triangular configuration, with a wider tail section which keeps the
bait running true. Five chrome and prism finishes and 3-D
eyes give the Sea Gator™ its unmistakenable look.
#10
#51
840
2-1/2 oz.
841
5-3/4 oz.
842
11 oz.
Nose Rings
available
on 841
and 842
#62
#04
#37
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Complete
Book of
Fishing
Baits
& Rigs
JULIE & LOWRIE
McENALLY
“The most
comprehensive
book on fishing
baits and rigs
yet produced.”
#10046
Fishing for
Tuna and Marlin
Tuna
CAPT. PETER BARRET
“A how-to guide packed with
proven methods.”
#10026
CAPT. BILL SMITH
“This book needed to be
written. It will be treasured
by expert and novice alike”
#10045
Complete Book
of Shark Fishing
Fishing
for Sharks
MILT ROSKO
“For the expert and the novice”
#10044
CAPT. PETER BARRET
“The secrets revealed”
#10027
Rigging Braid,
Dacron, and
Gelspun Lines
Bluewater
Fishing
Complete
Book of
Fishing
Knots
& Rigs
GEOFF WILSON
“Essential for
anglers of all persuasions and will
help you catch
more fish.”
#10028
Lure
Encyclopedia
FRANK PROKOP
“Representing the
culmination of the
career of a leading
authority on lures.
The ultimate book
on lures and how
to use them.”
#10048
Pocket Guide
to Fishing Knots
PETER OWEN
“Step-by-step drawings guide the
angler through the 24 most useful
knots for all types of fishing.”
#10043
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“A must for every angler”
#10030
JULIE & LOWRIE McENALLY
“A world of information for all
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#10047
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VIPER
™
Pro Series
With
Rattles!
The Braid Viper is by far the
most advanced double-jointed
bait on the market today.
#33 Flaming Trout
This lure is designed
not only for inshore saltwater
species such as bluefish, stripers,
calico bass, roosterfish and
snook, but also for freshwater
trophies like large mouth bass,
stripers, walleye, muskie and
pike. The holographic finish
and unbelievable action is guaranteed to attract
viscous strikes from trophy gamefish worldwide.
#71 Perch
#10 Green Mackerel
#72 Firetiger
#18 Sardine
#73 Brown Trout
#20 Blue Mackerel
#23 Rainbow Trout
#74 Smoky
#53 Shad
Great for Saltwater
and Freshwater
Trophies!
401 . . . . . . . . . 5 inches
402 . . . . . . . . . 7 inches
403 . . . . . . . . 10 inches
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Tools & Accessories
Power
Crimper
HD Crimper
#32914 • 7”
#32912 • 10-1/2”
Split Ring
Pliers
#32913 • 7-1/2”
> Pre-Calibrated
> Crimp from 50# to 500#
> Titanium Matte Finish
> Crimp from 50# to 500#
> Non-Slip Grips
> Heavy Gauge Handles
> Ergonomic Handle
> S/S Construction
> 4-Position Crimper
> Ergonomic Handle
> Lightweight
> S/S Construction
> 2-Position Opener
> Mono Cutters
0.1 to 2.0mm
> Mono & Cable Cutters
Mongo
SS
Tuna
Hooks
4 pack
69012
69013
69014
69015
69016
. . . 12/0
. . . 13/0
. . . 14/0
. . . 15/0
. . . 16/0
69260
69270
69280
69290
69210
69211
69212
. . . . 6/0
. . . . 7/0
. . . . 8/0
. . . . 9/0
. . . 10/0
. . . 11/0
. . . 12/0
Slimline
Swivel
5 pack
Mongo
SS
Curve
Point
4 pack
2 pack
Mongo
SS
Straight
Point
4 pack
2 pack
Aussie
Swivel
32922 . . . 700#
32923 . . . 300#
5 pack
39217 . . . 100#
39218 . . . 150#
39219 . . . 200#
39220 . . . 700#
39221 . . . 300#
Teardrop
Swivel
32924 . . . 300#
32925 . . . 150#
5 pack
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. . . . 6/0
. . . . 7/0
. . . . 8/0
. . . . 9/0
. . . 10/0
. . . 11/0
. . . 12/0
4 pack
69113
69114
69115
69116
69117
MODEL
SIZE
RATING
32933. . . 3 . . 100#
32934. . . 4 . . 150#
32935. . . 5 . . 200#
. . . 13/0
. . . 14/0
. . . 15/0
. . . 16/0
. . . 17/0
MODEL
SIZE
RATING
32936. . . 6 . . 300#
32937. . . 7 . . 400#
32938. . . 8 . . 500#
Ball
Bearing
Swivel
with Coastlock Snap / 5 pack
MODEL
SIZE
RATING
32943. . . 3 . . . 60#
32944. . . 4 . . 100#
32945. . . 5 . . 165#
Mongo
SS
Circle
Hooks
69360
69370
69380
69390
69310
69311
69312
Ball Bearing
Swivel 5 pack
MODEL
SIZE
RATING
32946. . . 6 . . 200#
32947. . . 7 . . 250#
32948. . . 8 . . 300#
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Easy-Out
Pro Series
™
Remove hooks quickly
and efficiently with
Braid’s stainless
steel Easy-Out!
#32916
Gator Blade
Power
Play
Crimper
The perfect knife for the
true outdoorsman!
™
> Mono Cutter
> Locking Catch
> Ergonomic Handle
> Pr-Adjustment Set Screw
> Case Hardened Steel
™
Titanium Finish #32801
Dimascus Finish #32802
#32915
Crystal Cube
Laser engraved from our own original artwork,
Makes a terrific gift for any angler!
Split Rings
Made from the strongest
japanese stainless steel
available! Comes in
packs of 10.
MODEL
RATING
32130 ............130 lbs
32160 ...........160 lbs
32110...........250 lbs
Tuna #21016
Sailfish #21015
Dorado #21014
Stand not included
Tantrum
Assist
Hooks
69700.........4/0........3 pack
69701.........6/0........3 pack
69702.........7/0........3 pack
69703.........8/0........3 pack
69704.........9/0........2 pack
69705.......10/0........2 pack
69800.........4/0........3 pack
69801.........6/0........3 pack
69802.........7/0........3 pack
69803.........8/0........3 pack
69804.........9/0........2 pack
69805.......10/0........2 pack
KEVLAR 3”
CABLE 5”
QTY
69900.........4/0........3 pack
69901.........6/0........3 pack
69902.........7/0........3 pack
69903.........8/0........3 pack
69904.........9/0........2 pack
69905.......10/0........2 pack
KEVLAR 5”
SIZE
™
CABLE 3”
MODEL
The
Ultimate
Tuna Tamer!
69690.........4/0........3 pack
69691.........6/0........3 pack
69692.........7/0........3 pack
69693.........8/0........3 pack
69694.........9/0........2 pack
69695.......10/0 .......2 pack
Tuna
Blitz
™
Durable feathers
and ultra-bright
vinyl skirts make
the Tuna Blitz a
must have for every
bluewater angler!
Each lure comes
completely rigged
with 80# mono leader,
black swivel and
ultra-sharp hook.
MODEL
#14 Green/Yellow
#51 Blue/White
#17 Mexican Flag
WEIGHT
925..............1.5 oz
925 ...............3 oz
#04 Black/Purple
#31 Purple/Pink
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LURES & JIGS
Perfect for trolling or casting to feeding tuna, dorado,
wahoo, stripers and other surface feeders.
Brilliant
Holographic
Finishes
Tantrum Magnum lures and jigs will attract fish
from long distances due to their tight swimming
action and highly reflective holographic finish. Both
the jointed or solid body models come with a metal
bill and are rigged with heavy-duty 4x strong hooks
and 500lb. test through-body wire connecting hooks.
Tantrum Magnum
Jointed
These baits will run 8 to 12 feet deep when trolled properly. We recommend trolling the solid body in calm seas at 8
to 10 knots, and the jointed model at 6 to 8 knots.
Tantrum Magnum
#24 Yellowfin Tuna
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
407 ................7”..............1.5 oz
408...............9.5” ............2.5 oz
409 ...............11”................4 oz
MODEL
#20 Blue Mackerel
#44 Purple/Black
#44 Purple/Black
#10 Green Mackerel
#10 Green Mackerel
#20 Blue Mackerel
#24 Yellowfin Tuna
#33 Flaming Trout
#33 Flaming Trout
#40 Dorado
#40 Dorado
#53 Shad
#53 Shad
#75 Hot Tuna
#75 Hot Tuna
#76 Blue Runner
#76 Blue Runner
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SIZE
WEIGHT
404 ................7”..............1.5 oz
405...............9.5” ............2.5 oz
406 ...............11”................4 oz
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Pro Series
Poppers
Tantrum Poppers are the new generation
of popper that stops fish in their tracks!
The front of the bait is flat, instead of concave – this
allows it to be ripped across the surface more easily,
triggering ferocious surface strikes.
Each features our highly reflective holographic finish and
exceptionally realistic colors that draw prey like magnets.
Each are rigged with heavy-duty 4x strong hooks and
500lb. test through-body wire connecting hooks.
Tantrum
Popper Stopper
MODEL
SIZE
™
WEIGHT
410 ................5”..............1.5 oz
411 ................7”..............3.5 oz
#76 Blue Runner
#53 Shad
#21 Red/White
#44 Purple/Black
#10 Green Mackerel
#75 Hot Tuna
#20 Blue Mackerel
#40 Dorado
Brilliant
Holographic
Finishes
#24 Yellowfin Tuna
Tantrum
GT Popper
MODEL
#10 Green Mackerel
SIZE
™
WEIGHT
412 ................8”.................3 oz
#24 Yellowfin Tuna
#53 Shad
#44 Purple/Black
#76 Blue Runner
#75 Hot Tuna
#20 Blue Mackerel
#21 Red/White
#40 Dorado
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Tantrum
Super Deep
#76 Blue Runner
™
Just the ticket for deep water dwellers – in
colors that will absolutely draw strikes
when other baits won’t work. Try our
Hot Pink glow-in-the-dark color
for night-time jigging!
#20 Blue Mackerel
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
441 ................8”.................7 oz
442 ................9”..........10.75 oz
443 ...............10”..............14 oz
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
Works
Great When
Nothing Else
Does!
#10 Green Mackerel
Tantrum
Fin Tail 200
™
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
443 .............6.75” ..............7 oz
#18 Sardine
Tantrum Fin Tail 200 and Fin Tail 200 Long are some of the most
realistic jigs to ever hit the market and work great for all styles
of vertical jigging!
They’re weighted unlike anything else, and their exciting fin and
tail action makes these baits irresistible to a variety of gamefish.
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
#40 Dorado
#10 Green Mackerel
#76 Blue Runner
#40 Dorado
Tantrum
Fin Tail
Long 200
™
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
444 ...............10”................7 oz
#10 Green Mackerel
#76 Blue Runner
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#14 Green/Yellow
#58 Blue Abalone
Tantrum
Hammer Jigs
#76 Blue Runner
™
Braid’s Tantrum Hammer Head Jigs are designed to “hammer”
fish into submission. The unique design and jewelry-quality
holographic finishes make it nearly impossible for hungry
gamefish to resist.
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
Cast one of these deadly fish attractors and swim it back for
an intermittent jigging motion big fish love. Or drop one back
where the fish are and jig it in an up and down motion.
#40 Dorado
Our glow-in-the-dark colors are terrific for night time jigging.
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
#18 Sardine
421 ...........3-1/2” ...............1 oz
422...............4” ...................2 oz
423 ...........4-3/4” ..........3.75 oz
424 ...........5-1/2” ............5.5 oz
425...............6” ...................7 oz
426 ...........6-3/4” .............11 oz
427...............8”............13.25 oz
#14 Green/Yellow
Tantrum Long
Hammer Jigs
#76 Blue Runner
™
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
428 ...........7-1/4” ...............6 oz
429...............9” ...................7 oz
430..............11”...........10.75 oz
#18 Sardine
The longer and slimmer
cousin of the Hammer Jigs,
makes a great change up
for finnicky eaters.
#40 Dorado
#51 Blue/White
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
#20 Blue Mackerel
#20 Green Mackerel
#64 Hot Pink/Glow
#76 Blue Runner
Tantrum
Slim-Swim Jigs
™
Tantrum Slim-Swims feature a triangular body shape that generates
an innovative swimming action when jigged in the traditional manner
– the newer jigging technique makes
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
this bait unbeatable! Offered with just
431...............5” ................2.5 oz
enough weight to reach the fish with432...............7” ..............5.25 oz
out the bulk of similar weighted jigs.
433 ............7.75”.................7 oz
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Tantrum
Jointed Diver
Works in
Freshwater
Also!
™
#10 Green Mackerel
This new generation plug
has an extra large bill to really
dig deep. Depending on your line
weight, the Jointed Diver will run
two to seven inches down and
its unique shape creates a
substantial vibration and flash.
Pro
TIP
For saltwater fishing, troll
the Jointed Diver at varying
speeds until you find the fish.
For freshwater, try reeling
parallel to structure and stopping the lure
when it bumps the structure, let it pause,
then continue retrieve.
#76 Blue Runner
#72 Fire Tiger
You can reel it,
troll it, or twitch
it on the surface
to attract vicious
strikes from both
salt and fresh
water predators.
#35 Gold/Black
#41 Orange Mackerel
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
414 ................6”.................1 oz
#21 Red/White
#53 Shad
#20 Blue Mackerel
Brilliant
Holographic
Finishes
#10 Green Mackerel
71 Perch
Minnow
145
™
MODEL
SIZE
WEIGHT
413 ................6”.................1 oz
#35 Gold/Black
#14 Green/Yellow
#24 Yellowfin Tuna
#20 Blue Mackerel
#76 Blue Runner
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Surface feeders –
especially finicky ones
– can’t resist the
Minnow 145 because
of its highly reflective
holographic finish
and tight wobble.
Comes rigged with
heavy duty 4x
strong hooks and
500 lbs test
through the
body and connecting hooks.
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