<< Back to Main

Lure Leader Advanced Trolling Device
Detailed Information

"Lure Leader" is a U.S.A. patented trolling instrument whose development started in 1976. The research and development phase is now concluded, yet it is continuously being tested, evaluated and improved. It is our desire to produce the best trolling instrument, superior to an out-rigger or down-rigger in performance, and also provide modes of operation which cannot be presently achieved with any known trolling device. The construction of the instrument itself was undertaken with the philosophy of using the finest components, materials and craftsmanship. Cost was a secondary consideration. It is built to last and, if we knew how to build it better, we would not hesitate to change.

Lure Leader makes it possible to fish better for less money. Now you can troll fast or slow, port or starboard, away from the boat, and from the bottom to the surface. Planer boards and down riggers are history. No need for planer board mast or release. The release is molded into the unit. Any pole will hold the lines off of the water. Downrigger: Lead balls are no longer needed. Lure leader will easily develop 15 to20 lbs. down pull and goes deeper with any
speed increase unlike lead balls that swing up with speed. You need not have a down rigger or planer board to fish all the water.

List of equipment no longer needed :
Downrigger, wire line , lead balls, planer boards and planer board masts, & planer board release.
Now you have trolling patterns that you have never seen. Learn and experience them all: predator, straight down, out and down, and high speed tuna trolling.

The Lure Leader can be placed in line one pole or two fishing poles or a Lure Leader Trolling Rod can be employed. One pole is designated the tow pole; the other pole is naturally your favorite fishing pole and reel. Try the Lure Leader trolling rod when you get experienced.

For high speed trolling (10 - 20 knots), the tow pole should be a fifty pound test pole and line, the line terminated in a heavy snap swivel. The drag of "Lure Leader" is not close to 50 pounds, but a strong pole and line is an asset for times when bottom is hit and snags occur. Place the tow pole forward of the fishing pole or to its inboard side. Pole holders are a must.

Your "Lure Leader" has five modes of operation or five different uses. Only four are possible without the optional high speed tail. Five variables are used to obtain the five modes of deployment. Let's begin by listing the five variables and discussing each in turn:

A. Tail Swing

B. Tow Point (Eight)

C. Trolling Speed

D. Length of Line Paid Out

E. Leader Configuration for Lure Size and Weight

1. Tail Swing

The tail and fins swing as it is slotted and has a thumb screw hold down. The underside of the tail is indented to assist in setting the tail. The amount of tail swing used for a given tow point and trolling speed will produce an induced roll. Induced roll is the result of yaw acting on the tow line. Yaw is created by the displacement of the tail fins right or left. Thus for a given tow point a set tail swing and a set trolling speed, "Lure Leader" will roll toward the boat. The net effect of the roll is to decrease pitch or dive angle. If trolling speed is increased, ninety degrees of roll results and the "Lure Leader" comes to the surface; it is buoyant and must be buoyant with lure to perform all functions. This is how surface fishing is done; by changing tow points you change tow line angle to the boat or shore.

If a straight tail is used (no tail swing), dive angle will increase. An increase in trolling speed also increases dive angle. Moving the wing forward one screw hole results in having to go faster to get the same dive angle.

2. Tow Point

There are eight tow points. In addition the top wing can be moved forward or rearward about one inch. By moving the tow point rearward, dive angle increases. Moving the entire wing forward decreases dive angle and is used for high speed. Given a fixed tow point, dive angle will increase with trolling speed. Tail swing will also decrease dive angle. The three pylon tow points can be used for lures of high drag or weight in high speed trolling using the optional high speed tail. For high speed trolling, move the top wing forward and use the optional high speed tail. Depending on the weight and size of lure, the pylon tow points can be used, should wing tow points prove to produce too steep a dive angle.

3. Trolling Speed

Your "Lure Leader" has the capability to be trolled from 0 to 20 knots. It can be used for river, lake and deep sea fishing. Deep sea trolling at speeds of 10 knots is not unusual nor is lake trolling at 1 - 2 knots unusual. In learning how to operate a "Lure Leader" it is essential to use constant speeds. Use a tachometer or knot meter to set your trolling speed. If your trolling speed is near constant the tail swing, tow point will result in the desired pattern. If you don't keep a consistent trolling speed, that is return to the same speed, you won't know what to do - change tow point, change tail swing, change amount of lineout or change leader configuration. Once you understand "Lure Leader" you can vary trolling speed to obtain fine tuning.

4. Length of Line Paid Out

Again to start, use a consistent amount of line. Line pay out is critical for the "Predator" pattern of operation. It is suggested that a beginner should use the following: constant line length, an in- line hook up, one pole only (the tow pole), constant trolling speeds, and a fixed leader configurationration. Vary only tow points and tail swing. Note the tail swing and tow point that gives you the pattern desired. By all means, use a buoyant lure or plug on a 15 ft. leader. A leader is essential for stability.

5. Down Rigger

Using only a tow pole, a constant trolling speed, and a straight tail (no swing), move the tow point from position one back to rear most tow point and note the change in dive angle. Before you go too deep and hit bottom, glance at the table below and simply multiply the length of line out by the sine of the dive angle listed as a factor. If a line counter is not used, stay conservative and avoid losing your "Lure Leader". With no tail swing, your dive angle will be more than 30 degrees. With tail swing, a lower dive angle of 15 degrees or less is possible.

Factor X Line Out = Depth

Dive Angles Factor

15 degrees   .20

30 degrees   .50
40 degrees   .64
45 degrees   .70
50 degrees   .77
60 degrees   .87
70 degrees   .93


If you have 50 ft. of line out and about a 30 degree dive angle, your Lure Leader is about 25 ft. deep (.5 x 50 ft. = 25 ft.). If much bottom fishing is anticipated, a tow pole line counter or reel counter may be a good investment.

If you can't wait for the release to be discussed, remember to twist the fish line five or six times and then shut the release. This stops the lure from ending up at the release. Attach the end of the leader to the forward wing on the inboard side. This is your one line hook up.

6. Out Rigger Surface

With a forward tow point, swing the tail full stop to drive it away from the boat, using your constant trolling speed. The "Lure Leader" will roll out and be on its side and make about a 40 degree angle with the boat path. With a surface current or wind the "Lure Leader" may appear to be abeam the boat; however, if this occurs the opposite side of the boat will have a smaller angle. The current or wind is pushing "Lure Leader" out on one side and in on the other side. This is an excellent deployment for surface fishing, a river, lake or ocean. Note that additional fish lines can be used when pole holders are spaced properly. Pole holders in the bow sides and stern are all usable positions. In rough water weight the rear 1/8 - 3/8 oz. and use a more forward tow point.

7. Down Rigger - Out Rigger Below Surface

This time use a lesser amount of tail swing than in 6. above and the same trolling speed.

You can adjust two variables for your desired trolling speed. The most critical is Tail Swing; the next is Tow Point. Move the tow point in steps and don't use too much tail swing. "Lure Leader" will go out and down. It's a beautiful sight! This is a unique "Lure Leader" operation. No out rigger or down rigger can put a lure both out and down at a 40 - 45 degree angle to the boat. You have both distance and depth in one instrument over a wide range of speed.

Question asked time and again is how deep will it go? Answer is not an easy one. How much line and what kind of line is going to be payed out and what are the trolling speeds? Are you willing to pick up speed to get down and then throttle back? Are you using 50 lb. test mono or Spider line,or Power Pro 50 lb. test 12 lb. diameter line. The line diameter and boat speed are both critical to the problem. Lure leader,unlike a lead ball, goes deeper with speed. A lead ball picks up drag as a result of moving faster through the water. It will swing up. Lure leader goes down. Good performance requires good line, that is , high pound test and small diameter. A lure leader can easily register 15 to 20 lbs. down pull at low speeds.

8. Shark (Predator Mode)

Again, a unique "Lure Leader" pattern, designed to attract predator fish such as shark, blue fish, etc. This pattern is achieved by paying out 50 - 75 yards of line. Use the rear tow points in at least 30 ft. of water. "Lure Leader" will dive and surface. When surfacing, it will pat the surface, simulating a jumping fish. This repeated pat can and does attract predators. The arc that "Lure Leader" travels under water and with its attendant surfacing point is adjusted by using the three variables - trolling speed, tow point, and tail swing. Only by paying out a substantial amount of line can this pattern be achieved. When it is working, you will notice the tip of the tow pole move in a circular motion. Set tail swing at the side of the boat so it goes out but does not break water, then deploy.

9. Tuna - Marlin or High Speed Trolling

Trolling for tuna or marlin with many lines at about 10 knots can be a disconcerting experience in a heavy sea. Out riggers are of little use and down riggers are pointless. Yet now there is a way to deploy more lines. By using the high speed model (with its very small tail fins), you can achieve a good 25 - 30 degree angle with the boat path. This is sufficient to deploy the desired fishing lines. In addition to the angle being adjustable, depth can also be adjusted by changing tow point or slightly changing trolling speed. In using the high speed tail, remember to use a reverse tail swing to obtain the desired angle. Yaw created by large fins does not work at high speed. The "Lure Leader" is displaced right or left as a result of asymmetric drag which moves it in a skid right or left. Displace the small tail fins in the opposite direction than what you would do to displace the large tail fins. Displace toward the boat "INBOARD".

A small tail displacement at high speed makes a large difference in performance. At very high speed, the tail swing will drive the "Lure Leader" toward the boat. This then is top speed for that lure configuration.

10. Leader Configuration for Lure Size/Weight

At leader of 10 to 20 feet is ideal for most applications (distance from the release arm to the lure). The "Lure Leader" and lure should be made to be buoyant. Heavy spoons and other lures that are sinkers must be made buoyant to dive. Do this by using a one inch or two inch bobber on the leader line. The weight of a heavy lure will cause the "Lure Leader" to spin out; therefore, make sure the leader line is buoyant by using floats - several small or one large. No floats are needed if the lure is buoyant except for very small lures which produce little drag. A bobber may then be necessary to produce drag. "Lure Leader" must have a leader and lure similar to the kite tail principle.

Take the time to construct a leader that is buoyant and produces drag from your favorite spoons or plastic lures. A snap halfway along the leader line is a good place to attach flotation. A poorly constructed leader line will cause spin out at your trolling speed. Make it 10 - 20 feet long, make it buoyant and present drag. Most plugs present sufficient drag and will not require a bobber/floats.

11. Release

"Lure Leader" features a built in release. It is a friction release. First wet the entire unit; then holding the "Lure Leader", set the release with the lure in the water at trolling speed. Do this by backing off on the set screw to where the arm opens, then turn the set screw down one or two turns. Now the release is set for your lure plus bobber floats, if any, and the trolling speed.

12. Trimmer Weights

Note the hole in the front and rear of the lower plane. If "Lure Leader" is used off the deck of a 40 foot sailboat with a long pole, the angle of attack will be high, holding the "Lure Leader" nose and body out of the water making it difficult or impossible for it to dive. By adding a 1/4 to 3/8 ounce of trimmer weight (use a cotter pin and a barrel weight) to the front of the lower plane, "Lure Leader" will now float in a nose down position. This compensates for the high angle of attack tow line, and it will then dive. The more weight added to the lower plane, the faster its top speed without spin out. Load it for a stationary nose down float but keep "Lure Leader" and its lure all buoyant. In a heavy or choppy sea weight the lower plane in the rear most hole for surface fishing. No weights are required in normal conditions.

13. River Fishing

There cannot be a more relaxing day than going to the river to fish with a youngster. If you catch some fish the day becomes memorable. "Lure Leader" will make it more probable that you will catch fish. It will perform as a planer board with a few important differences. There is no need to fish a fixed angle into the river. With a conventional planer board, you fish one bank right or left at a fixed angle in or out of the rod. "Lure Leader" will change the angle it makes to the rod from straight downstream to the maximum angle of 40 - 45 degrees. Angles of greater than 45 degrees are possible if current and wind conditions are favorable.

The tail goes full over so it points up out of the water. The line to the tow point is held up out of the water with a rod or pole. "Lure Leader" need not be buoyant with heavy spoons attached. Attach floats up near the rod. This is so "Lure Leader" will float in the event the line breaks.

You can use one rod or two rods. This is a great way to get familiar with the "Lure Leader" trolling rod.

14. Lure Leader Trolling Rod

This is a custom made trolling rod. All rods are made to please the customer and satisfaction is guaranteed. This rod with double line guides and two reel seats provides an entirely new dimension to fishing. Now it is possible for you to fish surface to bottom and out from the boat all with ease once you have the skill. You will tangle and get so messed up it is unbelievable, so remember to have a sharp knife and a box to put the tangled line. It is less difficult than skiing, and you will have a great sense of accomplishment when it is all done. Now, it is not what you can do but what you want to do in placing that lure in the water.

Fishing with the "Lure Leader" and the "Lure Leader Trolling Pole" is an absolute joy and a new experience but remember it takes skill, a skill easily gained with experience. Fish by just using a worm or fish using Lure Leader equipment, but keep fishing!

Lure Leader  1-800-959-5873


Code,Text, Video, Photos, and Design found on this site
are protected by filed,  (copyright (c) June 1998  Richard
Cassarini)  and as indicated throughout the pages of this
site.  And, may not be copied, moved or reworked in any
way without the express permission of Richard Cassarini,
Cassarini Graphic Design Gloversville, NY 518-725-2173.