Zuker Tuna Grass Skirts
Constructed using a thick, rigid nylon material, the Zuker Grass Skirts are Tuna trolling lures that offer an excellent alternative to the feathered variety. While the skirt doesn't necessarily look like much, especially when you compare them to Zuker's Feather Skirts which are highly detailed, the action is something different that really appeals to Albacore and Tuna up off the California Coast. While us humans view lures with very cut and dry qualifications based on what we see and hear; fish are a very different story as they use a number of environmental factors and highly tuned senses to find and ultimately determine their interest in a food source. For whatever reason, the Grass Skirts have found their place in Tuna anglers arsenal. Perhaps its a sound emitted at a frequency we aren't aware of or vibrations that occur in the water, but they certainly work and are often the go-to choice of charter boats for their trolling applications.
These nylon skirted trolling lures have been very effective for Yellowfin, Albacore and other species especially when trolled at a fairly fast past. We suggest grabbing a few colors, checking them out and seeing if they are something you'd like to fish. It's hard to argue with success and the Zuker's Grass Skirts have been very successful up our way in Northern California over the past year and half or so - especially the brighter colors: ZG10 and ZG17 - we've heard the slightly darker colors have been hitting in So Cal and Baja as well on those choppier days.
Zukers trolling skirts work so well that almost every boat has them on board. The effectiveness lies in the way fish see them as they zoom across the water's surface. Ideally, due to the hydrodynamic shaped head design they are meant to be trolled fast at about 10-15 knots. They are effective for many species of fish but especially tuna.
Rigging Zuker Grass Skirts
The purpose of the sinker isn't just as a spacer, but to relieve the top of the hook from the pressure of the lure, which causes the hook to cock to the side. Beads won't alleviate the pressure--they'll just transfer it from the lure to the hook, rather than have the lure press on the hook directly.
- Hook: Mustad 7691 DT Southern Tuna Hook - typically 7/0 should work for the standard size Zuker Tuna Feathers.
- Leader: Jinkai 150lb Mono (you could probably get away with 200, but certainly save the 300 for larger lures) Be sure to check this light stuff for abrasion regularly, and after any large fish.
- Knot: Consider snelling rather than crimping--fewer chances for something to go wrong (nicked leader, bad crimp, etc.). Just crimp a 1/4 or 1/2 oz. egg sinker onto the leader above the hook, so the lure rests on the sinker and not the hook eye (which causes the hook to cock sideways).
We offer the Zuker Tuna Grass Skirts in several colors - size: 6"