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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace – A step by step tutorial by Durban based fishing charter and guide on how to make a trace suitable to be used for strip baits and without used to target Queen Mackerel also called Natal Snoek, an inshore species

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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

 

Article by Mike Laubscher of  Blue Water Charters | Durban

 

There are many ways to rig a trace up for Queen Mackerel, so I thought that I would share mine. Queen Mackerel are finicky and fussy and so the only way to target them is to go light, the trace I am going to share is what I have developed with the experience gained after many bad days and lost fish and so far has produced the best results as you have to try harder and harder to deceive these fish.

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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Materials – No. 8 Swivel, 4/0-5/0 narrow gauge chemically sharpened hook, Yamashita Squid, Duster, No.10 Wire, 20-30lb Fluorocarbon
I use the No. 10 Wire to make my whole trace stiff in order to easily bind the strip bait, which then keeps it all straight to prevent spinning.
I know Yamashita squids are expensive, but they are the best and produce more fish.
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Make a 180 degree loop in the wire about 50mm long
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

The fished product should look like this
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

The trace is on the rod and ready to fish.
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Push the loop through the bottom of the hooks eye
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Pull the loop over the bend of the hook
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Pull the loop tight back to the eye
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Make a Haywire twist with the 2 ends and line it up with the shank of the hook
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Measure the length of your wire trace so that the hook extends past the skirt but the eye of the hook remains in the skirt; remember when measuring to allow for the swivel and the knot and reduce accordingly
Blue Water Charters - Durban
Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Do a Haywire twist on the loose end and include the No. 8 swivel, leave a small tag on the end of the twist to incorporate a point where you can affix your strip bait to so that it will prevent it from sliding down the trace when trolling and when the strip bait is bound properly here it will also reduce wash-out.
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Marlin and Big Game Sport Fishing
Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Insert the Duster into the Yamashita Squid
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Queen Mackerel (Natal Snoek) Trace

Push your 20-30lb Fluorocarbon leader through the squid and the duster and tie to your swivel using a fig. 8 knot. I like to use a fluorocarbon leader of about 4m so that there are no knots near the lure creating small bubbles that could make the fish wary.

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Materials – No. 8 Swivel, 4/0-5/0 narrow gauge chemically sharpened hook, Yamashita Squid, Duster, No.10 Wire, 20-30lb Fluorocarbon

I use the No. 10 Wire to make my whole trace stiff in order to easily bind the strip bait, which then keeps it all straight to prevent spinning.

I know Yamashita squids are expensive, but they are the best and produce more fish.

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Make a 180 degree loop in the wire about 50mm long

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Push the loop through the bottom of the hooks eye

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Pull the loop over the bend of the hook

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Pull the loop tight back to the eye

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Make a Haywire twist with the 2 ends and line it up with the shank of the hook

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Measure the length of your wire trace so that the hook extends past the skirt but the eye of the hook remains in the skirt; remember when measuring to allow for the swivel and the knot and reduce accordingly

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Do a Haywire twist on the loose end and include the No. 8 swivel, leave a small tag on the end of the twist to incorporate a point where you can affix your strip bait to so that it will prevent it from sliding down the trace when trolling and when the strip bait is bound properly here it will also reduce wash-out.

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Insert the Duster into the Yamashita Squid

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Push your 20-30lb Fluorocarbon leader through the squid and the duster and tie to your swivel using a fig. 8 knot. I like to use a fluorocarbon leader of about 4m so that there are no knots near the lure creating small bubbles that could make the fish wary.

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The fished product should look like this

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The trace is on the rod and ready to fish.

With this trace you can prepare all your strip baits the night before and you only need to tie them onto your line with the skirt sliding directly on the fluorocarbon.

To prevent the lure from sliding up the trace when fighting your fish, you use a small rubber stop that is used in Bass fishing, this will prevent the lure being far up you leader where another fish following the one you are fighting can take a bite at the lure and parting your line.