Each of his four anglers holds a rod virtually all day so they can beat the fish to the bait. “The fish are fast, and you don’t always see them coming,” says Duffie, who trolls at 7½ to 8 knots. “Having the rod in your hand, you can give a much smoother drop-back. I think it increases the hookup percentage.”
Duffie also deploys two dredges 60 to 80 feet behind the boat, using either mullet with some Ilander lures for color, or perhaps ballyhoo or squid on the inside of a Squidnation dredge with mullet on the outside. When using the artificial squid, Duffie rigs dark-colored squid in the middle of the dredge and lighter squid toward the outside to give it the appearance of being a dense, tight ball of bait.