The Sputterbird Story
This "Sputterbird" gets its name from the huge water spray and noise it generates when trolling from an outrigger, from your rod directly, or pulled by a cleated line from a transom corner. "Sputterbirds" have a pair of counter rotating blades, each attached to a body with a flex joint between.
The flex joint allows the blades to move sideways as they counter-rotate, creating a remarkable amount of water disturbance that simulates an entire school of bait fish under attack! Noise generating rattles produce underwater sound which simulates feeding action, drawing game fish from long distances to investigate the source of this commotion.
The "Sputterbird" keeps your line (70-400#) totally out of the water so visibility is not an issue. The #4 and larger "Sputterbirds" use a stainless steel thru wire . All wire loops are braised for strength. The #2 "Sputterbird" uses 200# Jinkai monofilament with reinforcing at each end and a trailing snap swivel. The "Sputterbird Daisy Chain" and "Sputterbird Spreader Bar" are strung on clear 400# Jinkai.
Smaller sizes (#2 and #4) are used for inshore fishing and small to medium tuna and dorado. The #7 is an all around offshore and larger inshore choice. The larger "Sputterbird" #8 is a teaser for larger boats, often placing it just outside of the prop wash on an outrigger or flat line. The #10 is mostly used by “greenstick” fishermen who want a better attractor with more drag.
A wide selection of sizes and colors are available, depending on the water you are fishing. Colors include fluorescent yellow, fire pink and fluorescent green as well as glow white, purple and flying fish.