Braid Catalog.final-708 7/24/08 1:59 PM Page 4 BraidProducts.com About Braid Products BraidProducts.com “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. Braid Products 3,5,7 Braid Catalog.final-708 7/24/08 1:59 PM Page 5 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 the 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. 8 Braid Products t t t more power and control regardless of physical stature Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:26 AM Page 6 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 9 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:26 AM Page 7 continued from page 8 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. 10 Braid Products This 97-pound ‘GT’ was landed by Dennis at Midway Island in the Central Pacific using the Braid Brute Buster Belt™ Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:28 AM Page 8 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 11 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:28 AM Page 9 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) 12 Braid Products 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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 1:33 PM BraidProducts.com Page 10 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 Braid Products 13 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 1:33 PM Page 11 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) ™ 14 Braid Products 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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:37 AM Page 12 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 15 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:37 AM Page 13 #516 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 16 Braid Products #16 #51 #13 #05 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:43 AM Page 14 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 17 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:43 AM Page 15 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 18 Braid Products 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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:48 AM BraidProducts.com Page 16 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 ???????????? Braid Products 19 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:48 AM Page 17 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 20 Braid Products 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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:53 AM BraidProducts.com 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 Page 18 #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 Braid Products 21 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 11:53 AM Skinnies on the Troll Page 19 (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! 22 Braid Products Braid Catalog.final-408 4/23/08 7:48 AM Page 20 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 23 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/23/08 7:48 AM Page 21 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. 24 Braid Products Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:29 PM BraidProducts.com Page 22 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 Braid Products 25 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:29 PM Page 23 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 26 Braid Products Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:40 PM BraidProducts.com Page 24 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 Braid Products 27 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:40 PM 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 28 Braid Products #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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:45 PM Page 26 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 29 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:45 PM 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 30 Braid Products Page 27 #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 Braid Catalog.final-408 4/22/08 12:51 PM Page 28 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 31 Braid Catalog.final-408 Books 4/22/08 12:51 PM Page 29 BraidProducts.com 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 32 Braid Products GEOFF WILSON “A must for every angler” #10030 JULIE & LOWRIE McENALLY “A world of information for all offshore anglers” #10047 BRAID R-p39&40-Q 4/22/08 2:07 PM Page 1 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 39 BRAID R-p39&40-Q 4/22/08 2:07 PM Page 2 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 40 Braid Products . . . . 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# BRAID 41&42FinalQ 4/22/08 2:00 PM Page 1 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 41 BRAID 41&42FinalQ 4/22/08 2:00 PM Pro Series Page 2 BraidProducts.com 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 42 Braid Products SIZE WEIGHT 404 ................7”..............1.5 oz 405...............9.5” ............2.5 oz 406 ...............11”................4 oz BRAID 43&44FinalQ 4/22/08 2:20 PM Page 1 BraidProducts.com 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 Braid Products 43 BRAID 43&44FinalQ 4/22/08 2:20 PM Pro Series Page 2 BraidProducts.com 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 44 Braid Products #18 Sardine BRAID 45&46v1Q 2/24/09 10:26 AM Page 1 BraidProducts.com Pro Series #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 Braid Products 45 BRAID 45&46v1Q 2/24/09 10:26 AM Pro Series Page 2 BraidProducts.com 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 46 Braid Products 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.