13 Line Heavyweight Striped Bass Trolling Spread
Lines 1,2,3 are 8oz Daisy Chains
Lines 11,12,13 are 8oz Daisy Chains
Lines 4,5, & 9,10 are 4/12 oz Tandem Rigs
Lines 6 & 8 are 12 oz Umbrella Rigs
Line 7 is a 9oz Umbrella Rig
With a 13-line spread we enter a whole new mindset of tolling. It was not too long ago that other boaters looked at us like we were nuts as we trolled by with 13 to 16 lines out. Now seeing 24 to 28 lines is a common sight; even 23 foot boats are pulling 13 to 16 lines effectively. It goes without further mention that planer boards are required as well as a lot of rod holders. With thirteen or more lines way out there on planer boards you can shift your thinking. The goal is to cover lots of horizontal and vertical area. The further away from the boat the more likely you will encounter fish near the surface. So, out here we like to run Daisy Chains with 4oz Parachutes. Then, on the two lines closest to the boat we like to run the 12/4oz Tandem Parachutes. In this spread we keep 12oz Umbrella rigs about 50 feet off the transom and a 4oz umbrella rig down the middle. 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 notepad to keep it all straight!