Rigger's Bench: Tweak a Jet Bait for Better Dolphin Bites

Illustration by Kevin Hand

For fishermen, sometimes good isn't good enough. From the tinkerings of dissatisfied anglers come lure modifications that home in on very specific bites in very specific conditions. These alterations can turn a cold bite into a hot frenzy. So, tweak away.

Fly for a Jet Guy

Rig It
Since dolphin are notorious for short-striking jets, add a trailer on both short and long lines. Slide a swivel over the main hook shank, then add a stopper to keep the swivel from sliding up. Tie 6 inches of 100-pound-test mono to the swivel, then add a large saltwater fly to the tag end.

Fish It
Set one of these modified jets just beyond the prop wash and another 50 to 75 yards behind the boat. Troll this setup at 4 knots along an established weed line, rip, or temperature curve.