Artificial Squid, Daisy Chains,
and Spreader Bars
For Tuna Fishing
This page describes artificial squid daisy chains and other rigs for catching tuna, billfish, and other offshore fish.
Artificial squid have been utilized for many years but their use has really mushroomed along the mid Atlantic coast in the last decades. Squid can be rigged individually, in daisy chains, spreader bars, and dredges. Some anglers use them strictly as a teaser but most are now rigged to catch fish.
One of the easiest and most productive rigs is the squid daisy chain. Daisy chains feature 4-7 squid rigged on a leader with a snap at the rear. The squid can be rigged inline or can branch off from the main leader. Attached to the rear snap is a favorite lure such as green machine, tuna feather, or other artificial lure.
Spreader bars have become increasingly popular and sometimes catch fish when nothing else seems to work. There are several variations but the basic rig employs a metal bar which holds 3-5 rows of daisy chains of lures, usually traditional style or bulb squid. Small birds are sometimes added on or in front of the bar itself. The center daisy chain may terminate with an armed squid or employ a snap which accepts a variety of lures.
Tuna will often slash at the daisy chain or spreader and can be spotted by the angler. An alert crew member can greatly improve success by quickly jigging the rod when a fish appears in the wake. This technique can be deadly and often will draw a strike from the fickle fish.