While the original dredges used in southern Florida and elsewhere were constructed using natural baits like mullet or ballyhoo, dredges featuring artificial swimbaits, rubber squid, mudflaps and metal spoons have come a long way. While they may not offer the smell and taste of the real thing, they more than make up for it in terms of durability, cost and ease of use. No need to spend hours rigging dozens of natural baits for the dredge, or worrying if they are washing out too quickly during the day. Here are some of the top choices for artificial dredges that are available today.
Draw billfish into your spread with the Custom Offshore Tackle Squirt Squid Dredge. Available in several colors and patterns, this dredge consist of 41 7-inch squids rigged on two umbrella arms. The upper arm is 24 inches with 27 squids and the lower arm is 11 inches with 12 squids. The dredge easily splits between bars so you can customize it with different colors.
Increase your fish-raising capabilities with the Marlin Mudflap 36-inch Dredge. The silhouette technology provides an advantage to tournament anglers looking to entice billfish and has proven successful in top fishing destinations such as Panama, Puerto Rico, Australia and Costa Rica. Blue marlin love this one.
Mold Craft Tuff-Hoo School Dredge
Customize your dredge to meet your needs with the Mold Craft Tuff-Hoo School Dredge. Made-to-order, you can select Tuff-Hoos in a variety of colors, styles and lengths, or order one ready to go with 9-, 10- and 15-bar options.
Attach the Slick Fish Teaser Dredge to a cleated hand line or electric teaser dredge reel and keep it 20 to 50 feet behind the boat to raise a variety of marlin and sailfish. Available with baits from small to extra-large, and in a variety of colors.
This 6-arm, 36-inch colored squid dredge will light up the ocean and draw the billfish into your spread. Each squid is rigged with a hand-painted 2-ounce egg sinker. All arms have a swivel for easy breakdown and are stowed in a mesh bag.
Tournament Cable Tier-Drop Dredge
Built to handle the higher speeds needed for blue marlin, the Tournament Cable Tier-Drop Dredge features a combination of a 36-inch leading dredge, a 24-inch dredge and an 18-inch dredge trailing as the third tier. Available in 6- and 8-arm options.
Williamson Live Mackerel Dredge
Designed for speeds over 4 knots, the Williamson Live Mackerel Dredge is pre-rigged with nine baits and six spoon flashers on 300-pound mono. The 12-inch baits will swim upright from 1 to 7 knots.