Sardines work. We took a bucket full offshore 3 weeks ago for an overnighter. We had steady action on small YFT and skipjack's and the sardines caught just as well as the butter chunks. Actually, when the skippies moved out and it was just BLT's, I think the sardines did better. The sardines were put on whole similar to how you would hook a hoo (sans pin rig or wiring). A nice guy at the ramp gave them to us as he was returning from an overnighter and we were leaving.Calling everywhere. Butters are sold out. Anyone tried sardines??
I'd get them if you can't secure butterfish