Capt. Fin Gaddy, Qualifier
Oregon Inlet, North Carolina
Rigged with a 9/0 or 10/0 Southern-style tuna hook, the Trojan is perfect for blue marlin in the 100- to 300-pound-class range, as well as gaffer-size dolphin and big wahoo. The lure also swims well at slower speeds, allowing you to capitalize on a picky blue that turns down a natural bait. Gaddy says the Trojan, fished from the short rigger or short shotgun positions, has a better hookup percentage on the smaller class of blue marlin he sees on the East Coast. The yellowfin color pattern gets the nod on most days.