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December 27, 2006

Flying-Fish Teaser

We always seem to get excited when we see a lot of flyers skimming across some deep purple water, but you really don't see too many people using them for baits or teasers...

We always seem to get excited when we see a lot of flyers skimming across some deep purple water, but you really don't see too many people using them for baits or teasers. They're pretty hard to get on a regular basis, and you pay quite a bit for them when you do find some nice ones.

A lot of folks use Carolina Lure's Yummee Fly'n Fish to catch yellowfin under a kite, but since we prefer to troll up our way, I decided to make a flying-fish teaser in hopes of luring yellowfin up into our spread.

I used 11 flying fish from Carolina Lures and a Pro Soft Dirty Bird to make this teaser. The Dirty Bird rides in the front between two snap swivels. The first two flyers in the line are Delta Wing Flyers, which swim really well and help keep the teaser in the water. The next eight in the line are X-Small flyers on branch lines. A large, weighted Yummee Fly'n Fish brings up the rear.

To connect the three large flyers, I used surgical-tubing hub connectors from Tournament Cable (800-979-3474). You simply slide the end into the head of the flyer and Zap-A-Gap it into place.

To attach the little flyers to my branch lines, I used a Chaos bait screw. I stretched the corkscrew end out straight and then cut the resulting piece in half. Now just insert the spike in the bait and glue it into place. Crimp the mini flyers to the evenly spaced swivel crimps on the 200-pound main line using a short section of 80-pound mono.

I also modified the X-Small flyers by inserting a 2-inch piece of No. 19 Malin wire through the body and into the wings. This helps stiffen the rubber baits and keeps their wings open at higher speeds.

All of the small flyers (including the two Deltas up front) are attached to the 200-pound main line using swivel crimps.

I glue a 2-ounce bank sinker into the belly cavity of the Yummee Fly'n Fish at the end to help keep things tight and to make sure the rig doesn't leave the water.

This teaser kicks up quite a commotion and skims the water perfectly at 8 to 10 knots.

Walker Holcomb
Maitland, Florida