Pitbull Tackle UV Cedar Plug- A New Take on an Old Classic -
The Pitbull Tackle UV Cedar Plug is available in several amazing colors including never before seen Tony the Tiger, UV White and UV Pink. This bait has a classic Cedar Plug design with a large 10/0 salt water hook and 10 feet of 130lb leader completed with a crimp and plastic chaffing loops so that this lure is ready to fish right out of the package.
The Pitbull UV Cedar Plugs are based one of the most popular trolling
lures ever created and now have been designed even better. This proven fish-catching bait is a created from a simple design. The plugs are nothing more than a plump, piece of cedar wood in roughly the shape of a cigar with a lead head section that causes them to dive
and dart frantically when trolled; much like a topwater plug. The plugs seemingly replicate baitfish as they try to escape the grasps of predatory species such as tuna, wahoo, dolphin and billfish. This wild action and their relatively small size make them an easy target for hungry predatory fish. While lures are constantly being created to try and improve
upon the original cedar plug, nothing can quite capture the shimmy and
sway of the original simplistic design. In addition to the action, these lures also
create a bubbling and swishing sound that is said to accurately mimic
those same prey.
The dynamics of the Pitbull Tackle UV Cedar Plug can only be truly realized once you have
one in your hands with time to inspect it. The head is weighted heavier, which leads back to a streamlined body shape that resembles a torpedo. Through the center a hole is drilled through for rigging. The Pitbull Tackle Cedar Plugs are enhanced with a UV paint finish to increase visibility in the water, however the most popular color of these plugs surprisingly is the natural wood. To learn more about UV-Enhancement click here. About as simple as a lure gets, these old-school baits continue to catch fish trip after trip, year after year.
Trolling the Cedar Plug
How To Fish
The trolling setup with the Cedar Plug varies greatly based on a
number of factors. The most important
factors include the species of fish, fishing location, and presence of
bait/birds. Depending on the targeted game fish, some anglers troll
directly behind the boat within the prop wash, roughly 15-40 feet back, for schooled up Bluefin. Other anglers troll as far as 400 yards behind the boat when fishing the warmer waters of
the Bahamas. The closer the Cedar Plugs are trolled to the boat the
more action they will have. Many veteran captains like to troll closer
to the boat between about the first and fourth wake area. During the hot
bites of the summer and early fall these distances seem to produce the
best fishing and species like Yellowfin really don't seem to mind the disturbance
of the boat.
Pitbull Tackle Cedar Plugs are used for Tuna and other game fish all over the
world; it's rare you'll find a good charter boat captain without at
least one running in a trolling spread. Most often, sport fishermen are
trolling them in the shotgun position some 75+ yards back alone. Fishing
the trolling plug alone is typically the standard use as they do have
the tendency to tangle when fished too close to one another. Setting it
back well behind the boat has a drawing effect as well and can bring in
fish from distances that eventually strike the other trolled sets of
Off the east coast for yellowfin, most anglers turn to the single
Cedar Plug trolling technique, but will fish two lines each trolling the
single plug. The setup includes one that rides about 50 feet back and
the other about 75 feet secured to a transom clip and short outrigger
clip. The typical trolling speed ranges from about 6 to 6.5 knots in
most cases. These two plugs are trolled as part of an arsenal that includes
a 6-8 bait spread up closer to the boat.
Single Plug Setup
Most anglers use their single plug setup with something along the
lines of a 50 sized lever drag reel spooled with 80lb test monofilament.
The leader length ranges from 8 to 15 feet of 130lb mono with a
suitable wind on style swivel. When deciding on leader length and swivel
size its imperative to understand the shorter the leader or larger the
swivel, the less action the Cedar Plug will have.
Daisy Chain Setup
As mentioned, the Cedar Plug Daisy Chain setup can be challenging to
master, but the results can be absolutely unmatched. Typically the daisy
chain setup for cedar plugs includes three plugs staggered at about 18"
apart. The first two plugs are some sort of color - whatever is working
at the time or has been hot in the past - and the trailing plug is almost
always a natural cedar that seems to attract the bigger fish.
Trolling with a daisy chain is usually employed when targeting
yellowfin, wahoo and dolphin.
- Length: 6"
- Weight: 2oz
- 10 foot leader (130lb)
- Plastic Chaffing Loops with Aluminum Crimps