Ballyhoo are great tuna baits — ask any Outer Banks charter captain — but they work anywhere. On a recent trip to the Hudson Canyon amid reports of longfin tuna in the area, we couldn’t get bit on the typical mix of plastics. When I switched the spread over to small, naked swimming ballyhoo, we filled the box in short order. On another tuna trip, this time near Wilmington Canyon, we had white marlin window-shopping our lure spread without interest until I started dropping back dink ballyhoo on a pitch-bait rod. We hooked up im-mediately. This past spring when bluefin tuna showed up off New Jersey, they were feeding high in the water column and butterfly jigs weren’t getting any action. Three large rigged ballyhoo trolled under blue-and-white Ilanders fixed that problem in short order.