Adding a large, hookless teaser lure to your trolling spread is a great way to draw more marlin and sailfish up from the depths. These lures have incredible action, splash and color, and mimic the predator’s favorite prey species frolicking in the wake. These lures are versatile: They can be run from either the bridge or the cockpit, and from manual or electric reels. And while blue marlin love a big teaser, these lures will also attract plenty of white and striped marlin plus sailfish.
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Black Bart Xtreme Breakfast
Designed to mimic a frantic tuna darting in your prop wash, the Xtreme Breakfast from Black Bart Lures brings big-time splash and action to any spread. Run it in tight off the transom and prepare to raise big blue marlin.
GT Lures Large Fathead
Inspired by old-school Hawaiian lure-makers, Greg Thummel crafted the GT Large Fathead when he started his lure business. As a teaser, it works well pulled from the second or third wave.
Marlin Magic XXL Ruckus
One of the more aggressive lures in this lineup, the Marlin Magic XXL Ruckus makes a commotion that attracts plenty of marlin and sails. Run this proven winner as either a bridge or cockpit teaser.
Mold Craft Squirt Squid Chain
Mold Craft’s original Squirt Squid Chain is a must-have in your spread, especially for sailfish and white marlin. Add a chase bait and pull this one from the bridge teaser position.
Mold Craft Wide Range
Responsible for several line-class records, the Wide Range from Mold Craft is another must-have in your teaser arsenal. It swims well at dead-bait speeds and can be pulled in any teaser position.
Oh Snap Lures Mechanix
The Mechanix from Oh Snap Lures is one of the new teasers on the water, with a dynamic swimming action that blue marlin love. Pull this one from the bridge and hang on.
Pakula Paua Hothead Wombat
Aggressive swimming action, a wide head shake and a sonic boom splash set this lure apart from the competition. It also performs well at any speed and in the long or short teaser positions.
PlayAction Bowling Pin Teaser Chain
Go old-school with bowling pins, either as singles or in a chain from the cockpit. The extreme action mimics a tuna splashing in the wake, and it also has a stainless steel rod through the entire body for durability.
Squidnation Flippy Floppy Thing
Designed around a daisy chain of 9-inch Rubber Mauler Squids, 8 six-inch Fat Daddy Squids and a 5-inch bird, the Squidnation Flippy Floppy Thing is a deadly fish-raising teaser in any ocean in the world. It’s especially effective on marlin, and can be pulled from either the bridge or cockpit teaser positions.
Squidnation 9-inch Squid Daisy Chain
The 9-inch Squid Daisy Chain from Squidnation is deadly on sailfish and white marlin. While traditionalists prefer the pink or green versions, the electric blue is a great choice when flying fish are around. It’s best pulled as a bridge teaser with a chase bait.