The Tuna Teaser
The “Tuna Teaser” can be added behind a “Sputterbird”, usually a big #10 size, to act like a feeding tuna or dorado that has been attracted to the “Sputterbird” action.
A newly arriving game fish will immediately become competitive and try to beat this “Tuna Teaser” to the free meal, which will be either a plastic squid dropped from the “Sputterbird” line or a nearby lure or rigged bait pulled to the side and in front of the “Sputterbird” by another trolled rod or two.
This rig is often used with a Japanese “greensticking” method. The “Tuna Teaser” is run about 25 feet behind the “Sputterbird” . The “Tuna Teaser” submerges when run faster than 3 knots, adding to the line drag and “greenstick” tension. The buoyant “Sputterbird” remains on the surface so you can easily track it. This keeps all the heavy mono line out of the water, fooling wary fish (especially tuna).
A most realistic teaser with a hinged, wagging tail. Integrated weight balances it correctly to look like a swimming, feeding fish. Use 600-1000 pound rigging line, at least 20 feet behind the Sputterbird. Watch for competitive fish approaching from the side!