a better way to rig ballyhoo

  • Keel weighted design orientates ballyhoo and cigar minnows to swim naturally

  • Rigging is fast and easy so you troll with confidence

  • Lure secures ballyhoo head so you don't need rigging wire, bait springs, or rubber bands

  • Design allows faster trolling speeds without washing out

  • Weighs 1.65 oz heavy enough to control baits even if rigging is less than perfect

  • 100% manufactured in USA to ensure quality and deliver performance

  • If your pin rigged ballyhoo are not performing or you're buying expensive pre-rigged ballyhoo, consider TrollTrue lures 

  • The innovative and patented design makes ballyhoo and cigar minnows swim like they did when they were alive.  

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When I started TrollTrue in March 2019, my goal was to share my experiences and my frustrations with what was available to get my baits to run like I thought they should.    Since then, I've been able to share TrollTrue with hundreds of anglers literally around the world.     My lures are proudly made in the US and hand painted to deliver the performance you demand offshore.

Capt. David Rose

Hear What Our Customers Are Saying...

"Amazing product, I used it last weekend in San Carlos, Mexico while trolling for Mahi & Marlin.

Much easier to rig than the conventional balihoo rig. We caught Mahi with every bait. Definitely recommend! 🤙

- Aldo Ruanova

 Tucson, AZ 

Excellent Quality  "Very satisfied with the quality.  Looking forward to getting out on the water soon."

- Joel Warren

  Hampstead, NC 

Work Great  "Super happy with the product  Haven't seen a bait spin at all.  Very happy."

- Bill Deacon

  Osprey, FL  

You need this"This is a simple and yet HIGHLY efficient way to ensure yourt be able to out doe what TrollTrue will do for your baits." baits run true... EVERYTIME... Even a sloppy rigging job won

- David Pacheco

  New Bern, NC 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the preferred way to rig the TrollTrue lures?

Most anglers will have the best results using the TrollTrue recommended rigging. The rigging consists of a 4/0 live bait hook as the nose hook and a Size 4 treble hook as the trailer hook. This rigging method is faster, easier, and more consistent than traditional pin rigging and results in less damage to the ballyhoo for longer lasting and better running baits.

How should I deploy my TrollTrue lures?

Once the bait is rigged and the TrollTrue lure is in place, watch how the baits swims beside the boat.  Adjust the boat speed and/or limber up the bait to optimize the action.  

With the bait presentation optimized, begin dropping the bait back.  Keep your finger on the spool to maintain pressure on the line.  Don't free spool the bait back.  This can displace the lure and cause it not to troll right.

What holds the TrollTrue lure in place?

TrollTrue lures are intended to slide up the leader when fighting a fish.  This minimizes the opportunity for the fish to throw the lure.  

The lure is held in place on the bait by the force of the water as it is trolled.  Without adequate flow of water across the lure, there is a potential for the lure to be displaced and not troll as intended.

Situations to avoid that might displace the lure include:

Free-spooling the bait back when dropping back.

Allowing the bait to skip.  TrollTrue lures are intended to be a swimming (not skipping) bait.  To let it swim as intended, you can either drop the bait back further in the spread or lower the angle of entry into the water.  Gunnel mounted release clips can be used to lower the angle of entry into the water and troll baits close to the boat.

Stopping the boat while fighting a fish on another line.  You should always keep the boat in gear when fighting a fish.  This helps to maintain pressure on the line and minimizes the opportunity to lose the fish.  If the boat is stopped, be attentive to how the TrollTrue lures are trolling when you start back.  Check the lures if necessary.

Trolling too slow.  This really only comes into play when trolling from a kayak.  If necessary, the TrollTrue lures can be secured in place.  The best way to do this is to insert a short section of toothpick through the eye of the nose hook once the bait is rigged and the TrollTrue lure is in place.  This is not necessary with conventional trolling.

Can I make my own rigging for use with TrollTrue lures?

Yes. The rigging is very easy to make. The rigging videos include a description of all materials necessary to make any of the riggings. You can make you own or buy some TrollTrue riggings to use as examples.

What is the optimum trolling speed?

For ballyhoo, the recommended speed is 6-8 knots. For cigar minnows, the recommended speed is 4-5 knots.  

Will TrollTrue lures work with skirts?

Yes. Skirts, sea witches, and similar attractants can be trolled in front of TrollTrue lures.  Also can be used with planers, downriggers, or trolling weights.

Can I use convention pin rigging with TrollTrue lures for ballyhoo?

If you prefer to pin rig ballyhoo, TrollTrue lures will still help to optimize the bait presentation by perfectly positioning the keel weight and helping to overcome less than optimal rigging.

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