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June 20, 2004

Homemade Bubble-train Teasers

While store-bought teasers work well, you can make your own at home and enjoy the show if a big fish comes nosing around your makeshift concoction.

While store-bought teasers work well, you can make your own at home and enjoy the show if a big fish comes nosing around your makeshift concoction. My bubble-train teaser even attracted a sailfish after it had turned up its nose at the hooked baits. You need to purchase or find the following supplies:

? 130- to 150-pound monofilament
? Half a dozen 2-liter soda-bottle caps
? Clear-bubble casting floats
? BBs, lead beads or birdshot
? Rigging beads compatible with the line diameter
? Ball-bearing swivel (minimum #5 with solid rings)
? Cable sleeves compatible with line size
? Crimping tool
 

Drill holes in the bottle caps with a ¼/-inch drill bit. Place 12 to 15 BBs, lead beads or birdshot in the bubble floats and fill the floats about half full with water. Cut 12 to 15 feet of the mono, and tie a swivel to the end. Crimp a sleeve on the line 57 inches above the swivel. Put a second sleeve 15 inches above the first. Add a rigging bead, then a bottle cap and then a bubble. Place a second bead on the line before crimping a sleeve behind it. Place beads, bottle caps and floats every 15 inches along the leader. The bottle caps deflect water while the floats swim and rattle.


Gary Cupit
Mexico Beach, Florida