The NEW Pitbull UV Cedar Plugs are based one of the most popular Tuna trolling
lures ever created and now have been designed even better. With a simple shape and very minimal decoration don't look like much, but they sure do catch
fish. The plugs are nothing more than a plump, cedar piece of wood in
the shape of a cigar with a lead head section that cause them to dive
and dart frantically when trolled much like a topwater walk the dog
plug. This wild action and their relatively small size make them an easy
to catch target species. While lures are constantly being designed to try and improve
upon the original cedar plug, nothing can quite capture the shimmy and
sway of this most basic design. The plugs seemingly replicate baitfish
as they try to escape the grasps of predatory species such as tuna,
wahoo, dolphin and billfish. In addition to the action, these lures also
create a bubbling and swishing sound that is said to accurately mimic
those same prey. Often referred to as "bullets" by the charter boats
fishermen, the Cedar Plugs are incredibly popular.
The dynamics of the Cedar Plug can only be truly realized once you have
one in your hands with time to inspect it. A heavy head, streamlined
shape that resembles a torpedo and a hole that runs throughout the body
for the rigging - that's it. Maybe you've got one with a paint job,
maybe not, in fact the plain cedar color is surprisingly the most
popular - seriously! So there it is. That's your lure that you are
trying to fool these evolved predators with. Their incredible vision,
incredibly dialed in sensitivity to dangers and years of speedy hunting
are all conquered by this hunk of wood and metal. But, just wait until
you see this thing in the water. That's where the real magic is
realized. Toss it into your wake and watch as the Cedar Plug
jumps and dives and bubbles and gurgles. Wow! One of the oft mentioned
benefits of the Sea Strike Cedar Plug is just how easily fish become
hooked. Once the cedar plug is eaten, the balance and weight of the lure
essentially does the work and penetrates the hook through the fish's
mouth without any extra effort.
We offer the shorter leader lengths of the rigged plugs - ours
come with 10 foot leaders.
Trolling the Cedar Plug
The trolling setup with the Cedar Plug varies greatly based on a
number of factors. First and foremost is personal preference - some
charter boat captains like a certain shotgun line length and that's just
how they do it regardless of standard practices, however, over time
standard practice usually become whatever is working. The more important
factors include the species of fish, location and presence of
bait/birds. Depending on the targeted game fish, some anglers troll
directly in the prop wash some 15-40 feet back - typically schooled up
bluefin - while others troll as far as 400 yards in the warmer waters of
the Bahamas. The closer the Cedar Plugs are trolled to the boat the
more action they will have. Many veteran captains like to troll closer
to the boat between about the first and fourth wake area. During the hot
bites of the summer and early fall these distances seem to produce the
best fishing and the yellowfin really don't seem to mind the disturbance
of the boat.
Pitbull Tackle Cedar Plugs are used for Tuna and other game fish all over the
world, it's rare you'll find a good charter boat captain without at
least one running in a trolling spread. Most often, sport fishermen are
trolling them in the shotgun position some 75+ yards back alone. Fishing
the trolling plug alone is typically the standard use as they do have
the tendency to tangle when fished too close to one another. Setting it
back well behind the boat has a drawing effect as well and can bring in
fish from distances that eventually strike the other trolled sets of
Off the east coast for yellowfin, most anglers turn to the single
Cedar Plug trolling technique, but will fish two lines each trolling the
single plug. The setup includes one that rides about 50 feet back and
the other about 75 feet secured to a transom clip and short outrigger
clip. The typical trolling speed ranges from about 6 to 6.5 knots in
most cases. These two plugs are trolled as part of arsenal that includes
a 6-8 bait spread up closer to the boat.
Single Plug Setup
Most anglers use their single plug setup with something along the
lines of a 50 sized lever drag reel spooled with 80lb test monofilament.
The leader length ranges from 8 to 15 feet of 130lb mono with a
suitable wind on style swivel. When deciding on leader length and swivel
size its imperative to understand the shorter the leader or larger the
swivel, the less action the Cedar Plug will have.
Daisy Chain Setup
As mentioned, the Cedar Plug Daisy Chain setup can be challenging to
master, but the results can be absolutely unmatched. Typically the daisy
chain setup for cedar plugs includes three plugs staggered at about 18"
apart. The first two plugs are some sort of color - whatever is working
at the time or has been hot in the past and the trailing plug is almost
always that natural cedar that seems to attract the bigger fish.
Trolling with a daisy chain is usually employed when targeting
yellowfin, wahoo and dolphin.