Originally Posted by ArielMiller
OK so i understand what it is used for but my questoon is why use it? Why cant u just attract the fish with your fishing pole? What does the teaser reel offer any advantage?
When Marlin fishing I sometimes drag one depending on what I'm doing. Sometimes you use a larger teaser, something that is more visible to the fish but not exactly the size they would eat (too large), just to get their attention. '
Sailfishing, you'll use a spread bar with say 30 ballyhoo all rigged on it which the spreader bar might be 2' wide and 3' long and it emulates a school of ballyhoo swimming, gets their attention and then they eat one of your normal rigged ballyhoo's behind it that they think is a "straggler" or easier pickings.
If you're doing a bait and switch, you're dragging a teaser to attract the fish to the boat, once a fish is sighted chasing the teaser you'll toss either a live bait or rigged dead bait to them. The teaser allows you to troll at a higher speed and cover much more area trolling around at 8.5 knots, than if you were slow trolling live baits at 1-3 knots, or even dead rigged baits at 6 knots. Also if you're fishing for a light tackle record, if you're normally trolling you already have a 100 yards of line off of the reel when the fish hits, whereas if you pitch a bait to them, you usually hook them within 15 yards of the boat.