by a Bowling Pin Teaser
by Capt. Sean Bloomfield
used a wide variety of teasers during my trips offshore for trolling:
daisy-chains of squid, naked ballyhoo dredges and even a fake
wooden dolphin. I've watched these teasers serve their purposes
by fooling fish into thinking they were real, but when I saw the
PlayAction Bowling Pin Teaser in action I realized that nothing
could compare. In fact, this teaser not only fooled the fish that
day, it also fooled me.
were trolling for blue marlin off Walker's Cay in the Bahamas.
I had just emerged from the galley with a turkey sandwich in hand,
and I plopped down in the fighting chair to eat it. As I took
my first bite, I peered at the spread: five marlin lures smoked
through the wake. I prepared to take another bite, but then suddenly
a brilliant flash caught my eye. The sandwich tumbled from my
hand as I jumped up and looked intently into the water behind
the transom. I could see a colorful fish zigzagging erratically
just behind the transom.
following!" I yelled. "And he's all lit up!"
instead of excitement from behind I heard laughter. I turned to
see my friends cackling at me. I would soon come to find that
the lit-up fish was actually a PlayAction Bowling Pin teaser they
had added to the spread while I was in the galley. The joke, however,
would soon be on them.
minutes an enormous splash exploded from behind the transom as
a 400-pound blue leaped into the air. The starboard flat-line
rod doubled over and drag screamed out as the marlin greyhounded
across an otherwise calm ocean surface. After a forty minute fight,
the marlin was tagged and released. As would be the case with
a 42-pound yellowfin tuna, a 35-pound dolphin and a 30-pound wahoo
later in the day, the marlin had hit the lure closest to the Bowling
Pin teaser. The only other line ever hit was the shotgun, the
product of a grisly old barracuda.
so, I rarely venture offshore now without a PlayAction Bowling
Pin teaser in my arsenal. I discovered that they're not only great
for marlin, or any offshore fish for that matter-but they can
also really do a number on the fisherman.
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