Why use Hawaiian Skirted Trolling Lures for game fishing

Big Game Lures were first designed and made in Hawaii. The first Hawaiian lure (or sometimes referred to as a Kona Head) was designed and made by the legendary Capt. Henry Chee. The first to use these lures were the local fisherman and it was the deck hands who in their travels introduced the lures all over the world.

We believe the most effective designs have come out of Hawaii because there are so many legendary Hawaiian lure makers. Competition and expectations are high and you won't last long in Hawaii if your craftsmanship is not top notch. If you ever get a chance, just walk into any good Hawaiian tackle shop and it will be full of only the most successful quality lures. These lures would probably blow away most lures (not only in appearance) but in performance from all around the world. Actually you won't know it if you have never been to Hawaii. To give you an idea, most of the well known market brands are not that commonly used by the locals in Hawaii. And only in recent times have the Hawaiian lures started to find their way onto our shores. I.e. Tsuomu Lures, Joe Yee, Coggin and Polu Kai just to name a few. Obviously, just like anything, most fisherman will only use what they know and are comfortable with, however, as quality Hawaiian lures become better known, tried and tested, the results will be nothing but superb. 

Tsutomu Game Fishing Lures 

Plungers - Plungers are normally longer than the Cut Face lures with a forward and a reverse taper so that the fattest part of the lure is closer to the middle. The longer length gives the Tsutomu Plunger more stability and the taper causes it to make deeper longer dives. You will still get good surface splash but with longer intervals between splashes. The Tsutomu Fish head Plunger will come up to slash the surface before diving into a stream of smoke. Best used on the more difficult Short Corner position. These are excellent lures for marlin and bigger pelagic fish.

Cut Face Lures - Cut face lures tend to start fat in the back and gradually taper toward the nose. They are normally a shorter lure which swim with a good splash and a shallow diving action. It tends to have a little more movement when diving because of its shorter length. All species of Tuna absolutely love this lure. The Tsutomu Cut Face lure runs with a smooth swimming motion, nice pop and smoke. A great bait lure running in clean water on the riggers.

Inverts (cupped lures) - Some fisherman refer to the Invert lure as a 'Cupped Face lure or Chugger' They are easy to pull and produce good results. The Tsutomu Invert are longer than other manufactured cupped lures. The reason for this is because the longer heads are generally more stable. As a rule of thumb shorter heads are more active then longer heads. Short cupped lures tend to jump out of the water and tumble easier then longer inverted face lures. The reason Tsutomu make the invert lures longer, is most Hawaiian fisherman fish in rough water where the boat can surge up to 7-12 knots down sea. The Tsutomu Fish Head Invert lure runs well in all conditions at low and high speed trolling, and from any position in the spread with lots of smoke and a tight wiggle.

Tuna Bullets - Bullet head lures are a fairly straight running lure. Tsutomu Bullet head lures have a lead insert and covered with resin, the extra weight allows you to pull these lures at much higher trolling speeds. The Tsutomu Bullet head lures are designed to run just below the surface. This lure will come up to skitter along the top of the water like a fleeing fish before going back underwater. Easy to pull from any position. One of the most successful Bluefin Tuna lures on the South West Coast of Victoria and Yellowfin Tuna Lures on the East Coast.

Jetted Plungers - The jetted plunger runs like the normal fish plunger but with more pop and motion. The extra weight helps this lure pound through the water if sea conditions are choppy, while lighter lures are getting thrown all over the place. The Jets help give the lure a better swimming motion because as the water passes through the head of the lure it causes the skirts to wiggle. Another factor that may or may not come into play is the sound the jetted lure makes as the water flows through it. Try blowing air in the face of a jetted lure and listen to the noise it makes. Best results are on the Long rigger or Shotgun position. Aso a very successful lure for Wahoo, Marlin and dolpinfish (Mahi Mahi)

Jetted Scoops - Jetted scoop lures run with a short pop and a long swim. Any lure which spends more time below the surface without coming up to breathe is known as a lazy lure. The long length and heavy weight makes it run straight, but the scoop will make the lure slowly slide left and right. The jetted scoop runs well in most sea conditions and it's lazy action makes it an easy target. The Jets help give the lure a better swimming motion because as the water passes through the lure head it makes the skirts wiggle frantically. Another factor that may or may not come into play is the sound the jetted lure makes as water flows through it. Try blowing air in the face of a jetted lure and listen to the noise it makes! Best results on the Long rigger or Shotgun position. Wahoo and Marlin find this lure irresistable.

All in all, the better a lure swims (as bait fish swims) the better a lure looks (as bait fish looks) the better the smoke trail is (wounded bait fish are very attractive) and the noise the lure makes (to get the attention of prey in the zone) the more fish you should catch!


Striped Marlin  Blue Marlin Black Marlin Sailfish Southern Bluefin Tuna Yellowfin Tuna Albacore Tuna Mahi Mahi Wahoo Spanish Mackerel