So what's a bird teaser, and why do I need one? Well ...
It's a big old ocean out there with plenty of space for hungry fish to amble around, blissfully unaware of the presence of our trolling lines. Wouldn't it be great if our lures could shout out, in fishy-speak of course, "HEY GUYS, WE'RE OVER HERE - COME AND GET US!"
Well, I have good news...
If you were a baitfish, the very last thing you'd want to do is splash around on the surface, announcing your presence to grateful predators lurking some distance away. "Hey guys, we're over here ...!!!"
A bird teaser (or just 'bird' as they're usually known as) does just that. He spends all his time leaping around on the surface - much in the way of a demented break-dancer - and shouting at the top of his voice, "Hey guys, here I am. Come and get me!!!"
Teasers are decoys, not lures, there's no hook involved. Whilst other types of teasers - daisy chains for instance - operate mainly sub-surface, bird teasers are buoyant and stay on top.
They come in various shapes and sizes, often resembling a flyingfish like the Carolina Lures Bird Teasers shown here - not that it matters a jot what they look like as long as they make a fuss on the surface.
They all do the job - which is to encourage any nearby predator to wonder what all the fuss is about, cruise over and take a look.
What he'll believe he's seeing is a small shoal of baitfish playing around, one of which is straggling off the back, away from the others. Your lure; the obvious target!
If you use trolling lines, either as a sport fisherman or an offshore sailor looking for a free meal, then probably the simplest and most effective thing you can do to improve your strike rate is to tow a bird astern, just ahead of your trolling lure.
Birds can be rigged in three different ways:~
For a surface commotion and bubble trail of biblical proportions, combine a bird with a daisy chain. Attach the bird some 3m ahead of the first teaser in the daisy chain - and stand-by for action!
I think I'm right in saying that Boone Lures invented the Bird Teaser. Their version of the combined Bird/Daisy Chain Rig is shown here.