Rigging a full dredge with natural baits, almost always either ballyhoo or mullet, isn’t for the faint of heart (or wallet), but it’s devastatingly effective when targeting sailfish and white marlin. “In these situations, you’re going to be fishing with small dink ballyhoo at bait-fishing speeds, so the dredges resemble baitballs that draw fish into the pattern,” Navarro says. “If you’re fun fishing, you can use the same baits for a couple of days, but most tournament teams rerig their dredge baits every day, switching them out as needed while they’re fishing. Attention to detail can mean the difference between
finishing in first place or not.” Mullet usually carry a 3-ounce chin weight, while ballyhoo are rigged with a 1.5- to 2-ounce weight. Skirts are optional but
can help add both color and flash to the spread.