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October 26, 2001

He's Not Heavy: He's My Teaser

Learn how to make squid daisy-chain perform properly from outriggers.

One of the standard teasers found worldwide is the soft-molded plastic-squid daisy chain. It's almost impossible to find a boat heading offshore that doesn't carry one of these proven fish raisers.
I've come up with a little trick to make the squid daisy chain a more versatile teaser that's even easier to use. I usually like to run my daisy chain from the outriggers to keep it out of wash and increase its visibility. The secret to doing this without having the teaser take flight from the elevated pulling angle is to rig the first squid with an elongated trolling sinker. The fins on the squid's head act as planing surfaces to keep the squid on the surface, even at dead-bait trolling speeds.
I use the size of the squid to determine what size weight it will hold: 8- to 12-ounce weights for 12-inch squid, 4- to 6-ounce for 9-inch and 2- to 3-ounce for small, 6-inch squid. Although some weights are longer or fatter than others are, I try to use the heaviest lead that will fit into the desired-length squid.
To attach the weighted squid to a daisy chain, you must first crimp a short section of heavy mono to the front eye of the sinker and crimp a snap swivel on a short piece of mono to the rear also. Thread the mono through the squid and pull the lead up into the hollow body. You can now attach the rest of the daisy chain to the snap swivel at the rear of the weight.
This weighted squid chain can be run at any distance from the boat in almost any sea condition and will continue to run and splash on the surface.

Dave Rogers
Ormond Beach, Florida