11-Line Light Weight Tandem Rig Spread for Striped Bass Trolling
4- 3/6 oz tandems with Bullet Heads
4- 3/6 oz tandems with Chugger Heads
3- 4/8 oz tandems with PacManHeads
The goal of this spread is to to cover lots of horizontal area and the upper water column with a variety of proven effective rigs. The further away from the boat the more likely you will encounter fish near the surface. So, out here we like to run light weight Daisy Chains. Then, on the two lines closest to the boat we like to run the more heavier Tandem Parachutes.
The line lengths listed here are a good place to start. Exact line length will change with type of boat and sea conditions. You will have to experiment to determine what works best. What is important is that when a line gets hit, you can put another one back out at the exact distance. This is where our Line Counter Bay Trolling reels come in handy. If you don't have a line counter reel, you will have to come up with a method like counting the number of times the bar on a level wind moves across the reel, or mark your line every 25 feet. No matter what method you choose, you will need a note pad to keep it all straight!
All of the planer board lines are let out 100 feet. The angle that the boards run will ensure there is enough separation to keep from tangles. Some anglers like to run them 75 feet to 125 feet, that's OK too; whatever works. It will require lots or experimentation and what works one day may not work the next, always be willing to make changes throughout the day. Spreads need to be worked.