The Jet and Bullet Marlin Lures You Need

10 Best Jet and Bullet Marlin Lures. Because they tend to track in a straight line, they are easy for a marauding billfish or tuna to find (and eat) in the spread. A favorite tactic of the top marlin captains is to run a jet or bullet lure on either the long rigger or shotgun position: any blues that fade off a teaser or big, aggressive lure closer to the boat are likely to crash a smaller jet or bullet in a going-away bite as they leave the spread. It can be used on 30- to 130-pound tackle and is best fished from the short or long rigger positions. Coggin said the lure is best fished from the short outrigger, where he uses it with success off Hawaii. The best spot is on the shotgun, though. The 8-inch lure can be customized for different color combinations and are best suited for 30- to 130-pound tackle pulled from the long or short rigger positions. Marlin Parker’s Big Blue Mega Jet Bullets are great attractors for big tuna and marlin. The 13-inch lure is best used from the short or long rigger. The lure fishes best in clear water or far back in the spread at 5 to 8 knots, so fish it from the shotgun or long rigger positions.
top jet and bullet fishing lures
Make sure one of these are in your spread and watch your hook-up ratio soar.

Jet and bullet-style lures work well for a wide variety of game fish, and for several reasons. Because they tend to track in a straight line, they are easy for a marauding billfish or tuna to find (and eat) in the spread. Tuna and wahoo also love jets and bullets because they tend to swim along below the surface.

A favorite tactic of the top marlin captains is to run a jet or bullet lure on either the long rigger or shotgun position: any blues that fade off a teaser or big, aggressive lure closer to the boat are likely to crash a smaller jet or bullet in a going-away bite as they leave the spread. Add any of these to your arsenal and your hook-up ratio will soar.

Aloha Deep Six fishing lure
These bullet lures from Aloha are great for big tuna and blue marlin.

Aloha’s Deep Six Bullet lure was originally designed for hefty tuna but anglers have reported that the 9-inch attractor is a slayer for marlin. Aloha’s owner, Erik Rusnak, says it’s the most popular bullet lure in the lure-maker’s line. The pointed nose and sharp transition mimics a fleeing flying fish or squid and the distinct rag-doll action is the secret to the lure’s success. It can be used on 30- to 130-pound tackle and is best fished from the short or long rigger positions.

Black Bart Kona ProJet
Black Bart’s popular jet, the Kona ProJet, works in any position in the spread.

The ProJet from Black Bart is perfect for targeting any offshore species, using anywhere from 50- to 130-pound tackle, and is a reliable performer in all weather conditions. The stealth-like swimming action and aggressive pop and splash pushes the 14-inch lure to the top of its class. Use it in any location on the spread and rig it with a 10/0 or 11/0 hook.

Coggin Mauna Kea Tado Bullet
Steve Coggin’s hand-crafted Mauna Kea Tado Bullet.

Steve Coggin’s Mauna Kea Tado Bullet is derived from a molded Mauna Lea Tado — except that each of these popular bullet lures are a unique hand-crafted shape. Coggin said the lure is best fished from…

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