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Captain Marks 9 Rod Spread
About the Rig Creator
Captain Mark Galasso "Tuna the Tide Charters"
Captain Mark Galasso out of Grasonville offers custom trips for fishing or cruising. He operates a newly renovated 35 Markley for your comfort and safety and a 243 Everglades. He fishes Chesapeake Bay from The CBBT to The Susquehanna with a home base in Kent Narrows. Bait, Jigging, Fly and Trolling are all available.
Captain Mark's 9 Rod Trolling Set Up
Off his 35 Markley, Captain Mark is comfortable running 9 tandem rigs spread out as you see them to the right. He'll run 3 off each planer board and 3 off the stern.
If you compare this set up to the others on the site, you'll see a few differences. Mark doesn't generally use in line sinkers in the early season and he keeps it simple by running all Parachute or Tsunami tandem rigs. However, the illustration shows how to use in line sinkers if you prefer.
He mixes up the depth by running lighter tandems on the outside - heavier tandems as you work your way to the middle.
He uses the same basic set up on all rods - check out the bottom and top illustrations.
Mark trolls OB Custom rods. Bill has him set up with a combination of 6' medium heavy rods, 5'6"medium heavy rods and 6' Heavy rods. Mark will use the 6' MH rods on the outside and the 6' Heavy rods off the stern.
We used Bill's and Mark's OB Custom rods as the models to design and spec the Shore Tackle Series Trollers - a nice alternative until that lucky day when you have Bill outfit your boat with a full line of custom rods to match your boat and YOUR trolling setup.
Mark has his rods set up with Penn 330 GT-2s. Since Penn no longer offers these reels a good alternitive would be the Penn Squall 30L. Other alternatives would be the Okuma CV45-L and Okuma CV55-L a well proven, reasonably priced option or the new Okuma SLR-15L and 20-SLR, a real beast.
For the mainline, Mark likes the Power Pro braid, either green or hi vis. He'll fill the reel with 200 yards of 80 pound braid - with some 40 pound mono laid on first as backing.
For a shock leader Mark uses a 30 foot, clear, 60 lb. mono. leader tied directly to the terminal end of the braid.
End of the mainline - Coastlock Snap Swivel - Size 1
Leader line - leading end - standard barrel swivel - Size 1
Leader line - trailing end - Coastlock Snap Swivel - Size 1
The tandems are tied using 80 pound mono and a three way swivel
Below, we have picked out a selection of pre-rigged tandems that you can pull right out of the bag and snap on to the Coastlock at the end of your leader. To follow Mark's strategy, you will want to start lighter on the outside - heavier as you move to the middle.
Mark sticks with Chartreuse and White Parachutes as well as various Tsunami Colors mixed throughout the spread.
- Large Rigged with 9" Dual Hook Swim Shad & 7" swim shad with heavy duty hook, 80 lb Mono Line, Size 2/0 (150#test) 3 way swivel
- Small Rigged with 7" Swim Shad with Mustad heavy duty hook and 5" Swim Shad single hook, 80 Lb Mono Line, Size 1/0 (125#test) 3 way swivel
- Available in Sea Trout, Golden Bunker W/Spots, Blue Back, Limetreuse, Pearl/Spot
- Add one of our 10" x 10" nylon mesh bags for convenient transport and storage
- Hand Poured, Painted and Tied on Maryland's Eastern Shore
- High Quality Mustad Hooks
- All lines are crimped
- 80 lb mono Line
- Rigged with 9" Shad and Stinger Hook.
- White or Chartreuse Shad will Match Lure Skirt
Bullethead Bucktail Tandems
Ruby Lipped Bucktail Tandems
- Hand tied on the Eastern Shore
- 80 lb. mono line and Mustad Hooks
- All lines are crimped
- Choose from 3 color options white, black and chartreuse
- Weights: Large 4oz/2oz, Med 3oz/1.5 oz, Small 2oz/1oz
- Add one of our 5" x 7" nylon mesh bags for convenient transport and storage
About the Rig
6 Line Trolling Set Up - Umbrella Set Ups
In the illustration of the boat spread to the right, we have an example of a classic Spring trophy season trolling spread for Rockfish / Striped Bass on the Chesapeake Bay. This is a 6 rod spread without planers or outriggers. There are many, many, many ways to set up these rigs, but we know this one works. We run the lines as follows:
Umbrella rigs on the 2 outside lines. These rigs will run deeper and shorter.
Tandems rigs on the next lines in toward the middle. These will run further out and a little shallower.
Single lures or spoons on the middle lines further out and shallow.
With this lay out, you will be able to navigate controlled turns without fouling lines.
The next illustration represents the set up for the two outside lines - the umbrella rigs.
In the Spring we start with a ST-60T-H Heavy trolling rod. This Carbon Fiber rod was designed for and fits this application well.
The Okuma CV55-L is a good starting point - reasonably priced and well tested on the Bay. The Penn Squall 30-L is another good option. Okuma has a new offering, the SLR-15L and the SLR-20L which has been designed by the folks at Okuma to go after this class of trolling. If you wish to step up to a all metal reel that will offer great versatility on the Bay, we recommend the Shimano TEK700, a well designed, versatile conventional trolling reel.
For the mainline, we recommend a good 50 pound test mono in either clear or high vis yellow. The high vis yellow offers a practical advantage - it is easy to see as you are setting lines or reeling in.
For the leader sections, there is no problem sticking with a mono - just step up to the 60 or 80 pounds test version. We recommend the clear.
End of the mainline - Coastlock Snap Swivel - Size 1. Some folks prefer the ball bearing version, but we have not found it necessary for the snap swivels.
Either end of the leader - Coastlock Snap Swivel - Size 1.
Middle of the 2 leader sections - Ball bearing swivel. This is where we like the ball bearing swivel. Having the ball bearing here guarantees the lure will maintain a natural motion.
The Coastlock snap swivels at the end of the mainline and the forward end of the leader allow you to add in-line sinkers of your choice.
The Coastlock snap snap swivel on the trailing end of the leader snaps directly to the umbrella rig.
As per the illustration, a typical umbrella rig consists of a frame, several shad attached to the frame by a snap swivel and a lure running 18"-24" behind the frame. The lure(s) can be set up to run either one straight down the middle or two on either side of the frame. Note, in Maryland, only two hooked lures are allowed per rod. Each lure can have more than one hook, so an Umbrella Rig with 2 lures - each with a main hook and a stinger hook or second, trailing hook, would be OK.
Start with a 20" frame rigged with 8 shad or twister tails. Note Twister tails create slightly less drag than the traditional Shads.
For the lures, we've provided a few good options above. Ruby Lips and Bullets are good choices in sizes ranging from 5 ounces to 16 ounces.
You will want the color of the lure to match the color of the shad on the umbrella. On a sunny day, we recommend a mix of yellow and white umbrellas to see which works on any given day. On overcast days, we like to switch to the black heads to create contrast.
Attach the lure to the umbrella with a 60-80 pound test section of line - crimped to the umbrella and crimped to the lure.
Shore Tackle Chesapeake Series 6'0" Heavy (ST-60T-H), Chesapeake Bay trolling rods, rockfish trolling, striper trolling, trolling rods, trolling parachutes. We also carry Shore Tackle Chesapeake Series rods in a 6'0" Medium heavy (ST-60T-MH) and a 5'6" Medium heavy (ST-56T-MH). The advantage in the 5'6" rods is ease of storage as well shorter rods up in the rocket launchers. As the season progresses MH rods tend to have more feel when fishing smaller and lighter baits.