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    Vagabond Closing!

    Don’t worry, just google map. There are several other places close by.
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    Accurate ATD 50T vs Makaira 50

    They are both great reels. The biggest difference is the cost. If you have the $. I would try to test each. Accurate and Okuma both sponsor Long Range Trips. It is personal preference.
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    Braided fishing line cutter

    I have several, since they are in expensive. They do disappear, that why I have more than one. Surgical scissors are stainless and do keep an edge. Check with a medical supply outlet.
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    Okuma Alijos level drag, new reel.

    For anyone interested this is now on the Okuma site. https://okumafishingusa.com/collections/reels/products/alijos-2-speed-lever-drag-reels It appears to be a less expensive model for the Andros. I guess I'll just check it out at Fred Hall.
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    Seasick on Sports Boat

    All the above suggestion are great. If you are going to take any medication, prescription or over-the-Counter, or from Mexico, check with your physician to insure you are not creating a health problem. One think not mention, which I have used and given away is drug class known as a "Proton...
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    Cal west Coast series Rod

    That’s for sure. I here there are better deals on Sunday, cash talks. Just need something to carry at the stuff. Enjoy. I’m planning of going Thursday. Really don’t need much. Have way to much as it is.
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    Cal west Coast series Rod

    Tackle Traders is usually at the Fred Hall show. Also check the Swap Meets. I know the Longview. And Bob Sands have used tackle as well.
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    Okuma Alijos level drag, new reel.

    Don’t know, that’s why I’m asking.
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    Okuma Alijos level drag, new reel.

    Saw a notice on Fred Hall web Site https://www.fredhall.com/long-beach/okuma-makes-a-special-release-of-new-products-at-fred-hall-show/ Does anyone know the Specifications and Price? Thanks.
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    Question about atd 50s

    Go to You Tube. “Accurate ATD preset Service.” https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=2ahUKEwiypqaX3NbnAhVJvJ4KHT5nBx8QwqsBMAB6BAgMEAU&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Dy5lVtI9cldc&usg=AOvVaw2jrsU_YW9_mXRRDXIi4ByG
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    First LR Trip for Rod & Amy 2021

    Wahoo, your best bet is late fall. Mid October on. Bigger tuna again late fall. Yellowtail are pretty much late summer on. So I’d suggest at least 8 days if not longer. As to boat, we all have our preferences. I’d say all the long range fleet has great accommodations and food. I suggest...
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    Gearing Up for December 11 Day

    Palmer. You can use your Mak 20 at Lupe, just bring a 60 and 80 wind on.
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    Cow jig reel?

    Thanks Jamie. Your discussion was very helpful.
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    Victoria super cow on lower banks.

    445 on Excel December 2012. Here's the BD article. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/445-pound-yellowfin-tuna/
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    Gearing Up for December 11 Day

    If you plan on doing a Cow trip... Consider on that is sponsored by a reel company. They bring all the lastest gear you just have to pay for top shots and that way you can decide if you really need a 50 size reel. I have been using my 30 size reel most of the time.
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    Gearing Up for December 11 Day

    Wow, you must not be sleeping much in anticipation. I am not up to date on Penn or UC rods, though I know they are good. I’d skip option 4 unless you intend to do a lot of cow fishing. Your Mak 20 should be able to handle a cow. And it it looks like a good possibility, use the boat stuff. I...
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    Do I need this reel.

    You should be fine with the Cal Stars you have. The 875 H or HX if your looking at a 7’6” rod. I probably would not get an 8 foot rod, since it might be a bit long to ship. if your serious about another rod the H or HX would br great for Wahoo and YT. you can always check with the boat...
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    Do I need this reel.

    George, you mentions YT, tuna and Wahoo. I agree a longer trip of 8 to 10 days is better. Also Wahoo usually don't show till the Fall, say Oct and November. They have be found earlier but not the norm. Most of the July and August trips are 5 to 7 days, focus on YT, YFT, Albacore (if they...
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    On the water Excel 16 day fishing report

    Now that’s Long Range fishing, sharing to all. 👏🎣😄
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    Victoria super cow on lower banks.

    Here’s her write up on her recent super cow on the lower banks. http://www.wonews.com/t-FeatureArticle_QueenVictoria_012420.aspx.
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    REEL to BUY

    When I bought my SEA II in 2016 it came with 5 years of free service. That was part of the reason I bought it. I registered the reel with Okuma immediatedly and they have serviced it free. My only cost has been shipping it to Ontario. I was on the web site today and couldn't find any...
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    REEL to BUY

    Agree with all, a 20 reel should do the job. The Penn and Mak have great line capacity. If you can borrow one to try, it might be useful. Many of the boat have Maks as loaners. Not sure who has Penn. one reason I got my Mak, is the 5 years of free service.
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    7 day Guadalupe/ridge Gear questions.

    You look just fine. It will just depend when you are there and what’s biting. Fluorocarbon a must. Maybe small hooks, #1 or #2 for Lupe, depending on the bait.
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    Which 100lb Pink Fluorocarbon?

    Pink is suppose to be the color that refract less light or is the most invisible in water, so I’ve been told. That being said, all fluorocarbon is suppose to be less refractive than mono. Yozui has a pink fluro, as well as Seaguar and there are probably others. Personally I use Seaguar...
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    Reel advice

    Usually only Avet at the pond but all manufactures have a booth so you can check out their reels and compare similar reels. Also if you find one you really like, you should be able to get a good deal from one of the retailers at the show.
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    Reel advice

    Nick... if you decide to try the Avet's at the casting pond. I suggest you bring a sinker or something about the weight of jig you are going to use it for and ask them to let you tie it on. That way you can compare. Remember the rods might be a bit different. Just my two cents.
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    June 10 day trip?

    See this thread. similar. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/8-day-trip-in-mid-june.675132/
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    Reel advice

    Thanks Nick for the clarification. A 3 inch swim bait with a 600 size reel would be tough. If you intend to cast light stuff, you do need a smaller reel. I would definitely see if you can demo some different reels. Have fun shopping.
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    Reel advice

    Here’s my two cent. Unless you really need to cast far, like a surface iron, I would NOT get a 9 foot rod. You sold an Accurate because you had trouble casting a Sardine far enough. You should of kept practicing. Granger it take practice casting a lever drag, but the newer products free...
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    OK How Big Of A Freezer Do I need :)

    Freddie, are you planning to have your fish processed then drive it home? Or are you taking it home whole? How long is the drive.
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    Makaira 20II Sea Braid Options

    Edgar. I just saw this thread and you have a lot of options with splicing, etc. You'll get a lot of opinions, find what works best for you and learn it well. Here's my $0.02. The 100# Threadlock is a good choice for a Mak 20. You should get at least 600 yards. You want to make the...
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    Mak 30sae and Custom770xh w/rollers

    Tom. Nice cow set up or trolling. Could dropper loop as well. As to BFT , it all depends if they are biting the heavy stuff. Could use it at Lupe for YFT. I’d fill it with 130 braid. And then use fluro top shots depending on what you are fishing for. The 770 is a great rod, just make...
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    How to make Wind-on leader

    Thank Ali, I like the serve. Happy Holidays
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    Initial Long Range Setups

    Nick, here’s more of my 2 cents. I assume you haven’t won the lottery so you have a limited budget. Sometimes used or blemish reels will last a long time, just need to service them. The current technology is great. Rods a a different story, since some of the older one do dry out and the...
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    Initial Long Range Setups

    Nick. I know a couple of guys in your neighborhood that fish SD LR. PM me and I’ll send you there contact info and maybe you can sit down and chat. The other thing is you can chat with the So Cal shops and they can help you get set up. If you really want to go Ah. (Like in a candy store)...
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    Initial Long Range Setups

    First, I know nothing about the Penn rods, since most of the LR rods are CalStar, Seeker, U.C., etc. all are made in So Cal. 7 to 10 days trips. I suggest two 40# set ups. Your top shots can be 30 to 50 lb, depending on the conditions. You want at least 300 yards of braid, if not more...
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    Red Rooster cup holder

    These have been on the RR for a long time. In fact there are two types, one is a bit taller than the other. The boat has at least 18 if not more. The only use them when it gets a bit rocky, especially at meals to avoid spilling. They are kept in a drawer under the microwave. The holder is a...
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    RR3 12-1/12-17-2019 Trophy Hunt

    Congrats my friend. You learned well. Keep fishing LR. Hope to fish with you soon. Have a great Christmas. Richard.
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    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    Nice going Bill. You were the "hot stick." Now you have to make another goal. 4 cows in one trip. Have a great Christmas, looking forward to your report. Richard.
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    RR3

    As Steve stated. It came from Mike. Boat heading home.
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    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    Congrats to Bill. I’m jealous. Just wish I was there. I wonder if he’ll keep bass fishing?
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    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    Keeping my finger X that it stays that way for a while, at least a year or two. Give a nice alternative.
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    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    Update Jeff. He has three at last count. The boat has two super cows. One maybe in the top 10 list. Wish I was there. Oh, an congrats to Bill.
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    What scale for setting drags

    I was told many moons ago, a spring scale was most accurate at its mid-point. Therefore a 50 pound scale at 25 pounds.
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    What scale for setting drags

    I use a Manley, brass scale. I had others that eventually broke. The weak point is the plastic ring, but Manley replaced them, free.
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    372 Super Cow caught on lower banks.

    Victoria Jones landed a 372 Super Cow on the Red Rooster III. Congratulations. She is now a member of a very elite Super Cow Club. Does anyone know who is keep the "top 10 list" that Bill Roecker had. The last one I saw was 2012. She might be number 10 on the list. Fish Report for...
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    XTRA TUFF Comfort for long days? For my pops

    Anthony, Sorry to here about your dad, and you are a great son, thinking ahead. Here is my $0.02. I am no expert. I have been using Extra-tuff boots for years. For fishing! They do get hot, and are not the most comfortable for just standing around (like kite jail). The short ones are...
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    Transferring braid and topping off between reels?

    I'm no expert. However, if you use Mono for your splice. This will be your weak link. The mono will deteriorate faster than your braid. You can stack either 50 or 65 on top. I assume they are both solid braid. I would suggest you get a short segment of Hollow braid like 60, and use it to...
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    Intrepid December 10th, 10 day cancelled

    I doubt you’ll use the 20. The 130 might be too heavy, but bring it. Don’t forget fluro. Not sure what the bait is like, might need smaller hooks. I know the Apollo just got back. Mostly 69 to 80 pound fish, some over 100. The boat should have the info. Good luck and have fun.
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    Another rod/reel combo question

    Avet rates the MXJ as a 15-30 pound reel (line). Don't know the specs on the Sea line 40. but it appears to be a good 30-40 reel. Doing what you have proposed in your OP is good. Just make sure you service the reels. As to the deck hand rod. Take it to your local tackle shop with the reel...
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    Next Turners sale?

    If you want deals on fishing tackle, Fred Hall is a must. Go to FredHall.com.
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    100lb+ fish?

    The short trips depend on the bluefin. Who known what next year will bring. 100 pound YFT. Lupe, lower banks or hurricane bank are a better shot. Lupe in the late fall, since the sharks back off. November. Lower banks November. Hurricane bank, usually November till June. Watch the...
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    Red Rooster, Nov. 2019 Accurate 11/8 day video

    This you tube video just popped up. Two super cows from the lower bank. And plenty of other fish.
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    Independence ROGER'S THANKSGIVING CLASSIC & PHENIX RODS-OPEN 15 Day

    All those traveling to San Diego this Thanksgiving weekend. Travel safe. Keep dry the rain and snow is coming. Oh and have a great trip.
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    Red Rooster

    That’s a good time to be going. Hopefully the wahoo are biting. Remind Maria in the office you are tall and need the longer bunk. In fact I suggest you email her or call a few weeks ahead to remind her, again I’m on the Hightower memorial trip, earlier. Someone should post how we did. If...
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    Okuma Makaira 15T II SEa on the water

    Jeff. Let us know what Alan does to improve the performance. Thanks.
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    Clothing for January 16 day

    My 2 cent, for rain. Go get a inexpensive poncho. If not a good trash bag.
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    Clothing for January 16 day

    Russ, thinking about it, remember you have 8 days of travel, so you won’t perspire too much on travel days, unless you jog around the boat. Therefore less soiled clothes on travel days. I suggest layers for the colder days, makes it easier to pack. Also don’t forget the sun screen.
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    Anyone Watch 60 Minutes Tonight?

    Thanks Basil. Very interesting. I wonder if that deep mining with alter the ecosystem as it related to tuna and other fish down there? Guess only time will tell.
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    Red Rooster

    It’s a great fishing platform. Been told it’s the driest platform. Holds a lot of bait, I don’t ever recall running out. The rooms are comfortable, a few have longer bunk, just ask for it when you book your trip. I really have to think of what I don’t like. I’ve been riding the Rooster...
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    Brand new Spectra Pullers

    Jeff, I have the original ones. And they really help. I have the new version in the mail. PS some of the crew know they are in my box and borrow them as well. Does save the hands.
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    Ono, I need help

    The Trini 40N and. Newell 533 are great wahoo reels. That new Accurate 600 N. Is looking good as well. They are all star drag reels. As I’ve gotten older, I like my two speeds, like the HXJ raptor.
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    Ono, I need help

    I think you’re set. Now the jigs. Have fun.
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    Suggestions for my 1st Wahoo Trip

    The “ono” always humble you. It I was to predict, and note my crystal ball fell overboard, it would be late October and early November. Don’t know who has 7 day trips, most are 8 to 10 days that time of year. Agree Lupe could interfere. All the SD long range fleet would be fine, just...
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    What is this Calstar rod/reel good for?

    I have a XXH and mostly troll with it. Have used it for cow fishing several years ago. Today, I’d use a 30 size, two speed reel. Troll or dropped loop.
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    What’s the Best Super Heavy Duty Split Ring Pliers?

    Agree with the HPA. I tried several others that wouldn’t get the owner ring open wide enough. Got mine from Trophy Tackle. Photo is with #8 owner, 240 pound.
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    Fall 10 Day Fishing

    Well Dan, I can understand your frustration. Spending the night in the bay has happened before. Once we plugged the boat, on a 15 day trip and came back two days early. No refund or discount for future trips. On another 15 day trip, again the boat was plugged and we tied up at the bait...
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    Fall 10 Day Fishing

    If the bluefin weren’t biting near SCI, I really doubt some of the boats would go that way. Don’t know how many more years they are going to hang around. Only Mother Nature knows. Been doing fall8/10 trips for years and each year is different. Haven’t heard much from Lupe recently...
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    newbie needs gear recomendation for 10 day trip on The RP

    They should, or some will most likely have it to borrow.
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    14 Day What Do I Need

    Your Mak 20 is a good 100 pound reel, hope you have 100 braid, about 600 yards. The ATD 30 with 100 or 130. Should be helpful. You should have at least two 100 and 1 130. So take advantage of the loaner stuff.
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    14 Day What Do I Need

    If it’s an Accurate trip, you can use their gear, just need top shot of fluro. A ATD 30 would be a good addition. Something for big bait or use your 50. I would not worry about crimping. It necessary the boat or someone would have it. You goal would be large tuna and wahoo. And bait, so...
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    Question for long range folks.

    Agree the addiction progresses. Mine has been going on a few decades. If you have the time and $. And want trophy fish, try Oct Nov, even December. The Spring 15 day trips are fun as well. To me it has become a social event as well, with the friends I’ve made. Enjoy.
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    Question for long range folks.

    As noted Lupe and the ridge, plus a few other place. Have FUN. you are joining our addiction.
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    Question for long range folks.

    It all depends when you are going, and what’s biting. Lupe is possible, but all boats don’t have Lupe permits. So it also depends on what boat.
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    RR3 trip #21 report

    Allen, not to change your thread. However there is a nice write up by Rich Holland on Richard Hightower and thought I'd share. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/socal-richard-hightower-remembered/
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    Restaurants near the landings

    As above. Plus Miguel’s Cocina down Scott at Shelter Island Road. 2 blocks from the Vagabond. There are several along Shelter Island, all walkable.
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    So, I’m going fishing again...

    Have fun. Wahoo are biting down south.
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    RR3 trip #21 report

    That Green Shirt... it was fun even though someone didn’t wear it very long.
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    Bring it or leave it at home...

    Ok Steve, here’s my 2 cents. First off I’m trying to bring less, not more. I’ll bring my BX-2, 500. I’ll bring some 20, 25, and 30 pound line and fluro. Once on the boat, if it looks like I’ll need lighter line, after talking to the crew, I’ll spool some up. Sometimes I’ll bring 2 reels...
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    LB Reel Service?

    I use Rocky as well. [email protected], Don't know how busy he is. You can also call Alex at the Rusty Hook in San Pedro.
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    So I guess I'll sell?

    Sorry to here you can’t go long anymore. At least you did get an opportunity to. Post it on BD and make the price FIRM, put what ever conditions on it you feel comfortable with. Use PayPal, so you know you get you $ or the green folding stuff. It’s nice gear. Wishing you the best of health.
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    Bring it or leave it at home...

    NO. We went straight to the ridge. I did use my 30 on the yellowfin, since the bait was small.
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    The Captain that is....

    All the Long Range skippers come down and work the deck. Hook and hand. Cast, etc.
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    RR3 trip #21 report

    So sorry to here about your grandfather. He is proud of you. Enjoyed sharing the rail with you. The new Nomad is bigger and heavier than the 200. They changed the auto tracking. Hopefully will be out soon. This trip in the future will be know as the Richard Hightower memorial trip...
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    RR3 Trip #21 Oct 4-12

    Just got work, not going to Lupe. Alijos or the ridge. Wahoo for Hightower.
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    SD shops that will rig my Flat Falls?

    I heard Squidco was doing it. Give them a call.
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    Stacking hollowcore

    It really depends on how many yards of line you think you need and what your reel will hold and personal preference. Generally 400 yards is adequate most of the time. If you are afraid you are going to get spooled, always have a back up available. A kite reel is a different story, since you...
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    Fishing jobs for a teen?

    If you want to work on one of the boats, I suggest you go down to the dock and get to know some of the captains. Volunteer to help load and unload, clean, etc. Get to be known as a hard worker. And ask if there are any jobs. You have to start at the bottom and work your way up. Good luck.
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    RIP Richard

    Richard will be missed by all. Enjoyed being is friend, his salty advise, and sharing coffee with him. He had such a passion for SD long range fishing. Great memories. I remember him dumping someone’s hook over board, since they were the wrong brand, then giving him twice as many Hayabusa...
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    Mike nail

    Roy, his life will change. Parenthood. Congrats to Dom and Mike.
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    Red rooster calstar 6-day trip report

    Matt, thanks for the great report. You did have fun and some quality time with your Dad. You reminded me of a great memory I had with my Dad many years ago. A hot albacore bite. I was hooked up and coming around the corner, I see my dad, holding his set up with a birds nest. So I said...
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    RR3 Trip #21 Oct 4-12

    Good question. I just looked at the Marine traffic site and they went West To the local tuna bit.
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    Wahoo Bomb/Jig Storage

    I use Plano, spinnerbait storage box for my bombs. Couldn’t find the model number, so I’m not sure if it is still made. My jigs go into a 3700 medium crank bait organizer. They don’t shift too much, and no damage to the case
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    lb test for wind-on leaders

    If you are going to make your own wind ons. I’d try to match your hollow to your fluro. 100 # hollow to 100# fluro, etc. with your 20, it should hold 600 yards of 100 thread lock. I’d have 80, 100 and 130 wind ons available. Maybe 60. It all depends what you’re fishing for. Remember to...
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    Long Range Give Aways

    Sorry, I was just answering Steve's question on the Sea Strike. Agree is has nothing to do with Swag.
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    Shops for spectra spooling

    Joe, I agree with those who said to ship it to someone. John TFT above has a good tackle shop or Basil on the East Coast, Cal Sheet in Cali as well. Squidco is a good option. Chark bait did close the San Diego Store. Anglers Choice in SD is another option. If you are looking for a...
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    Long Range Give Aways

    Steve check with Squidco. They have some on their web site. Then call Bob Sands.
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    looking to contact old crew members and others

    Steve, now sure who was on the crew with you too many trips ago. As I recall you got an Engineering degree. Julio, Joe, John G are on Facebook as well as Tom and Nick. Jeff is running the RP. Last Saw Spike at Jorge’s memorial. I have no idea where Jose went, all I know is he retired after...
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    looking to contact old crew members and others

    Steve. Fernando is still on the boat, RR3. Ralph Cox quit LR fishing but still is around. Paul Oster still fishes. Glenn still runs a Charter on the Rr3. Why don’t you contact Linda at the RR3 office, she should have info on most.
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    6 day red rooster september 20-26

    Scott. See Soda Pop report (on this board) of the recent 6 day at Lupe on RR3. Also Chark Bait post a one hour video of its recent trip, the crew really helped. Have fun.
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    Connection recommendation Spectra/ Flouro knot or serv ?

    Find a knot you feel comfortable with. And master it.
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    Hello! Looking for advice and information....

    Personally at 10 years I replace my braid. On my heavier reels that I use a short top shot, I’ll strip off 100 yards and splice in new braid every year.
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    Which LR boat for 3 day trip?

    This has been an interesting read. Personally I’d prefer one of the true LR boats, mostly for the limited load and stateroom. Remember the Seacher is the old Cape Polaris, the Islander the old Red Rooster that were some of the earlier LR boats and are also good choices. So pick your dates...
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    Connection recommendation Spectra/ Flouro knot or serv ?

    You are fine with the Sands/Pena. FG if you want is fine. Personally anything over 50, I use loop to loop wind ons, all fluro.
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    Red rooster 3 9/26 - 10/4

    Captain Jimmy bombs, PERFECT. Have the crew wire them or rig with Fluor. You picked a good combo. Just remember to keep winding. The current hoo reports are good, just hope they stay around. Have fun.
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    Red rooster 3 9/26 - 10/4

    Alan. Since you are going with you Uncle, who knows Sonny. Give Sonny a call, or email to help set you up. Sonny has been doing this many years.
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    Red rooster 3 9/26 - 10/4

    Not just Jason, the whole crew is helpful.
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    Long range 6 day trip to guad, next week.. setup rec

    Any given day it will be different. The crew is usually the most up to date. Agree lighter line gets bit more often but you can’t always horse a big one in with a hungry tax man. I’d bring a 80-100 set up with a heavier reel, just in case. Use fluorocarbon. Plus a 40 and 50 set up.
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    Red rooster 3 9/26 - 10/4

    San Diego Jam knot is my go to knot.
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    Pls help I need info

    Asael. As I recall the Avet on the reel, you can move the lever up a little bit and there is a click. It Elgin’s to engage the drag and will decree the free spool, therefore less backlash. Also less distance, but it will help you learn thumb control. Unless you have the MC magnet, which slows...
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    Recommend Hotels 2 nights near Fisherman's Landing

    If you are fishing out of Harbor Island. Google a map of the hotels close to where the boat will be. That way you can walk to the boat, vs having to drive and park. Some of the hotel might even have a shuttle. Call the people you are fishing with and see what they suggest. H&M, etc. is a...
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    Red rooster 3 9/26 - 10/4

    Alan, I'm on the trip just behind you, so please leave a few fish for us. That being said. I'm not sure if you will go to Lupe. If you do you might want a good 80-100 pound set up. Something you can crank hard. If you don't have one, let the boat know and they can have one for you. As...
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    Long range 6 day trip to guad, next week.. setup rec

    On a 6 day trip with Lupe as a specific, I doubt you'd see any wahoo. That being said, on rare occasions a wahoo has been caught at lupe. As to your gear, I am not familiar with Shimano. If you think you might need something a little heavier, see if you can borrow or rent it form the boat...
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    Good Suggestions after the Conception Tragedy.

    Good Suggestions after the Conception Tragedy. This was on Facebook, written by Reef Seekers. The author knew one of the passengers. It is well written. PLEASE do not point fingers or speculate as to how it happened or whose fault it was, we may never know the truth. Let the experts come...
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    Surface Iron and YoYo?

    Freddie as note above, a surface iron is lighter. These two look very identical. The one on the right, Salas 7X weighs 3.7 OZ. The others Tady 4/0 is 6.2 OZ. A good you tube video on how to choose a surface iron.
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    Go to Reels for fishing Guadalupe island

    You have a lot of choices. It depends on how line shy they are. 40#. Avet LX or Hx raptor. You can use the HX for 50 as well. Another option is an Accurate 6. 80# I want something a bit stronger, like Accurate ATD 12 or Mak 16 or 20. This is my 2 cents. Either see what the boat has for...
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    First Long Range Trip!

    10 days! 2 more days to fish!
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    6 day red rooster september 20-26

    Ask the crew about line size, and have them check your drags. 33% is about the max, at strike I’d consider. If you have to use light line like 40 hope you have a good reel with a good drag. If your fish is up and down and starts to take off, something is going after it. Back the drag off and...
  119. R

    Spot open (1) on sold out Rooster 8-day fall trip.

    Jeff.. I'm on the trip. Are you going? Rich
  120. R

    Avet SXJ MC Cast No Free Spool

    Turn the MC to the lowest number. The magnet might be stuck. It non of the above work, get it to Avet or a good reel repair shop.
  121. R

    secondary/emergency exits on LR boats

    This recent tragedy has made us all more aware of the dangers of fire on a boat. All the LR fleet give safety seminars and mention fire, suppression and exits. The ones I've been on have secondary exits. Unfortunately some passengers fall asleep during these seminars or just don't remember...
  122. R

    Red Rooster Roll call .. 6 day IZORLINE ..SEPT. 8-14

    Have fun Chris. Soda don’t forget the Diet Coke. Send pictures.
  123. R

    What happened to the Fishing Weatherman?

    He did move to the South a few years ago. He still posts from time to time on Facebook...
  124. R

    Snell knot strength

    You can always find someone with a strength machine at Fred Hall and see which knot is stronger.
  125. R

    New wahoo troller

    Interesting. Agree with all the above. If it swims right, something should bite it. Let us know how it works.
  126. R

    Reel decisions for a longer trip....

    Let’s back up. A 16 day trip. Targeting cow Tuna and Wahoo mostly. I would not go under gunned on a 16 day trip. I know the HXW raptor has caught cows but I would prefer a reel designed for cow fishing. I like the line capacity of the Mak 30. 600 yards of 130# braid. The 20 will hold...
  127. R

    Cleaning reels

    After cleaning, I also add reel x to all moving parts, like handle, 2 speed shift button, drag setting knob and the reel seat screws (the one you clamp your reel to the rod)). Also if you have braid, make sure you take the mono off to allow the braid to dry. Strip the mono off, spray with...
  128. R

    Best 30 sized and under reels for Cow Tuna...period

    Here’s my 2 cents. If I’m fishing big fish, I want a drag that hold up. If at Lupe something that will get passed Whitie. That being said. Get a Mak, or Accurate ATD or Penn VISX, or Avet 30. See what the max drag is and line capacity and weight. I like both my Mak 30 and ATD 30. I have...
  129. R

    Newbie Questions and advice

    Some of the fleet don’t have there Spring schedules on line. In April, it will be a longer trip, 14 plus days. I notice the Indy has an April 15, Rick Ozaki trip. Rick reps Avet, Raider and a lot of other company’s. You can get Avet loaner.
  130. R

    Newbie Questions and advice

    Some of the fleet don’t have there Spring schedules on line. In April, it will be a longer trip, 14 plus days. I notice the Indy has an April 15, Rick Ozaki trip. Rick reps Avet, Raider and a lot of other company’s. You can get Avet loaner.
  131. R

    Left handed reel question

    You might consider an Avet HXJ raptor. I’m pretty sure all Avet come left handed. I use mine for wahoo and jigs.
  132. R

    Backing off lever drag after trip question

    I do what you do Robert. Never had any problems.
  133. R

    Bad News

    Wow. He was a neat guy. My condolences to the family. Rest In Peace.
  134. R

    Penn international question

    If I was to buy this reel, and it is a two speed, I’d send it Cal. Have him go through it and put new braid on it. That way he can check the spool. Then you should be good to go and pull on some big fish.
  135. R

    Split rings and pliers

    I have a HPA split ring pliers. They work great on the Owner rings, making a wide opening. Google them and there is a you tube Video. I had others and wasn’t impressed. I got them at Trophy Tackle. https://www.tunafishtackle.com/product/hpa-split-ring-pliers/ I usually use Owner rings.
  136. R

    6 Day to Gaudalupe or 7 Days the the Ridge / Alijos

    I agree both Lupe and the Rocks are amazing places to visit and fish. Mid September, Whitie will most likely be at Lupe having fun frustrating anglers. However never get tired of watching them. Personally if I have the time, I'd do the 7 day. Hopefully gives you an additional day to fish.
  137. R

    Full day trip parking in San Diego Landing

    Caution: If you are going to unload at the landing, then go park you car, make sure you find a honest solo to keep an eye on it. Thing do have a tendency to disappear.
  138. R

    Best Open Party Deep Sea Fishing?

    Brian, welcome to our dysfunctional family. You’ll get a lot of different opinions. I agree that the San Diego bite is going strong currently and who knows how long it will last. All the boats have rental gear. An overnight trip is ideal. If you go to Biteson.com, you’ll find a link to...
  139. R

    Threading hollow over solid to Fluro

    Ok. Thanks for correcting.
  140. R

    Reel of choice for head boat tuna fishing

    If I were going to fish "Big Tuna" I'd want the strongest reel available. Not knocking the Avet Raptor, which I have a few. I prefer an Accuate ATD or Makaira SEA. The Penn VISX is good but I think it is a bit heavier. I have not fished the Shimano so I can't comment. The reel size will...
  141. R

    Threading hollow over solid to Fluro

    Correct me if I'm wrong. You are putting a 100 pound hollow braid into 80 pound hollow braid. Assuming the 80 pound hollow braid is your main line. Then you are inserting 60 pound fluro into the 100 pound hollow braid with a serve. Why? If you are going to fish with 60 pound fluro, why not...
  142. R

    OK for "kids" to out-fish you, or not?

    Does it really matter? We all have good and slower days. See what the hot stick is doing and maybe you can change your luck. You’re on vacation and having a fun time with others, that’s all that matters
  143. R

    HELP! Izorline First String 1/4 Spools

    FYI. Charkbait is closing the San Diego store.
  144. R

    Multi day trip gear.....

    Any heavy glow jig will work, so take your PL 68 as well. Again use your 200 FC. Good hunting.
  145. R

    Newell 322 help

    Chark Bait has a Duran reel clamp, it might work https://duransfishingproducts.com/product/dfp-clamp/ Call them. Call a couple of rod builders before you grind down a blank. Newell made a great reel.
  146. R

    Multi day trip gear.....

    Will... There are several threads on rigging a Flat Fall (go to the long range thread). Everyone has a different opinion. On your large Glow Flat Fall, personally I have 200 pound FC. you could go as low as 150, but not any lighter. Some say, the length of the expected fish, so about 6...
  147. R

    Multi day trip gear.....

    You can keep it to 5 or less. Bring a 30, 40, 50/60, and 80/150. You have the gear. Just have a good selection of Flurocarbon.
  148. R

    First time with the 13 year old on the intrepid

    Great pics and something he’ll never forget.
  149. R

    First time with the 13 year old on the intrepid

    PS. Don’t forget the Camera. Take plenty for lasting memories.
  150. R

    First time with the 13 year old on the intrepid

    Reading this has been fun... It has brought back great memories fishing with my Dad. Now he's long gone. Definitely talk to the crew as you board. They will be very helpful. However, like all Dad's you'll spend more time with him and hook and handing then catching yourself. It's just part...
  151. R

    In Need Of Guidance

    Everybody usually suggests talking to the tackle shops about what you need. I wouldn't. I overhear a lot when I'm there (multiple places every year) and the "advice" is usually not right. You go in for panfish and come out with catfish gear. Go to a shop that is dedicated to fishing and not a...
  152. R

    Setups and rigging for 1.5- 2.5 day trips now through Fall

    First off, on line under 50 pounds, I do not do a loop to loop but direct tie to my braid. If you are using a short top shot of fluro, then the Collins knot Anything over 60 pounds, I use a loop to loop. It's just faster to tie a knot then put a new loop on, in my opinion. Your Mak...
  153. R

    In Need Of Guidance

    P.S. Lavorizia, if you are going to continue to fish. I suggest you learn a few knots, especially to tie a hook on. Master one or two. The learn your equipment. The reel needs to be in good shape, the drag set correctly for the line.
  154. R

    Theft?!!!!???!.......

    Interesting read so far. It really is a shame that some individuals do not respect your personal belongings. The worst place is on the dock or in the parking lots. It is really a shame that you spend $$ on a nice reel or rod and then it disappears. As soon as you find it missing, Tell the...
  155. R

    In Need Of Guidance

    Lavorizia. I agree with what has been said. You have asked a very broad question with multiple answers. Then you use two examples, in the ocean and lake Tahoe. If you are fishing places like Lake Tahoe, or other lakes. I would go to a local tackle shop and ask them where they have been...
  156. R

    Guides to DIY line strippers?

    Sato had one as well. It might still be on Charkbait Baits web site.
  157. R

    Question - Rubber band sinker rigging for tuna

    If you hook your bait bottom to top, the mouth can not open, therefore the bait can’t breath and will die. Therefore if you want live bait, hook across the nose. PS with a sinker, and a slow retrieve you can get bit, so with a lever drag reel, engage the reel just enough to bring line in.
  158. R

    What rods, reels, braid, and hooks should I use for bluefin 30-70 pounds?

    Garrett, I agree with the above. You want a good 40 pound outfit. You can fish, 30, 40, or even 50. The reel should be a reel for 40 pound. You have a lot to choose from. I hight recommend a two speed reel. Nice 7 foot rod that a 40 pound rod. Put at least 400 yards of 60/65 pound braid...
  159. R

    Bluefin processing

    Make some calls and see if they still are doing the after hour drop. Then let us know.
  160. R

    Avet reels discount

    Many stolen or a scam. Try EBAY
  161. R

    Do you have to keep all the fish you catch?

    Agree with all the above. You can also check with the Fish Processors, if they have any charities they supply to. I think they all do since you are not the only one asking this question.
  162. R

    At what point?

    I agree with Roy. Everything is going up. Minimum wage, then you have everything along go up. Food, delivery cost, etc. sure the fishing hasn’t been a good lately and the regulars on the long trips are dropping. Also the closures haven’t helped. Now a lot of young guys can afford these...
  163. R

    Threadlock in San Diego

    I know Turners has it. Not sure who else. You can always grab a spool and ask the crew to put it on.
  164. R

    Pena knot questions....

    Alex. The Bob Sands knot is a Pena with a Uni and not the overhand. Personally I use a 3 turn Uni. Braid up and down 12 times. Tighten the Uni first. I wet the knot for my final cinch, and have dowel or something on both sides, as tight as you can.
  165. R

    What else?

    Great choice Freddie. Great Boat with Great Crew and a lot of regulars from the previous 15 day trip (got changed this year). First, you might consider starting a new thread since this is now 5 pages long and ask the specifics as to what to bring. First, are you bring any rods or reels? or...
  166. R

    Getting your fish home?

    An addition thought. Depending on how many serving you want per fillet, you can request smaller fillets for two people. Less left overs if it’s just you and partner. Also you can request bellies. If you get any yellowtail have them save you the collars. Look at food network or google...
  167. R

    Best kind of Fluorocarbon

    I was on a Seaguar trip last year. In a picky bite it did appear to get bit better. So I bought some but haven't tried it yet.
  168. R

    The Tuna Pros

    Wow. Great video with some good info. You know it’s dated, with no smaller two speed reel, no flurocarbon, no braid and no circle hooks. Yet I truly enjoyed it. Thanks for posting it.
  169. R

    Sell me a Rod/Reel combo for 8 day LR trip

    The Penn 40N and Okuma rod are a great start. If you can cast a 1 oz weight with minimal problems, fantastic. However flying with a single rod might be a pain, so you might be better off leaving the rod at home and just bring the reel. I am sure the Big X can loan you a good rod to go with...
  170. R

    Getting your fish home?

    Agree with all of the above. I’ve heard of guys waiting to taking fresh processed fish home and then have to put it in the freezer. I do not recommend doing this. The processors, at least 5 Star, has a much better freezer and if you wait one day and fly home the should still be frozen...
  171. R

    Best kind of Fluorocarbon

    Well Dan, good question and I know there is a study out there somewhere. When flurocarbon first came out many of us asked the same question. Another knot, another weakened area. All I can say is that in a picky bite those using flurocarbon got bit more often. So I jointed the crowd. I do...
  172. R

    Looking to fill a void in my arsenal with an Avet Raptor. But which one?

    Anthony. You have noted you wanted a 40-50 pound reel and possibly 80. Oh and I do like my Avets. First, consider what line weight the reel was originally designed for. If you go to the AvetReel.net web site and click on the reel it will tell you. The JX is a 20-40 pound reel as well as the...
  173. R

    Reel repair in or near SFV

    Agree with Bob Sands in Van Nuys.
  174. R

    Sato crimp pliers question

    Those crimps have a special design and you shouldn't use a standard crimping plier. get on the phone to all the So Cal shops that sell the kit or crimps and see if they have a kit or plier around. Also consider a WTB on BD forum. There could be some sitting around.
  175. R

    Going to do some 6 day trips. Need some tackle tips

    Soda, as you realize it all depends on what biting and where you go. If in later fall, Lupe can come into play. I always bring one set up for 80-100, just In Case. If the bigger Bluefin come into play, the same. Bluefin jigging in the dark, heavy stuff, glow in the dark. The jigs you use at...
  176. R

    SEA Lab Closes ~ Redondo Bch

    Hope they find a new home... this is a great program.
  177. R

    Most Useful Freebies?

    Jim: I have several questions, that would dictate what to get. You said a trip for some friends. 1. private charter? For how many? 2. How many days? 3. Newbie fishermen or Old Salts? Any kids, 4. What are you fishing for? 5. Do you have a budget? if not you should. Here's some of my...
  178. R

    How do you determine which top shot you put on your fluoro?

    That works for me. The mono should be what you are fishing for. The Braid actually gives you more line capacity. Say you have a reel that works great in 40 but you can go to 50 or 30. Then either 50 or 65 pound braid works. Now the guys that have short flurocarbon top shots will...
  179. R

    Fish Report May 31-June 3, 2019

    Jam. It you let it hang on one side the greater chance it will tangle with some else. So I always lay it against my line.
  180. R

    Best floro to mono knot?

    Question? Why are some of you using Tac Glue or super glue on a mono to fluro knot? If you tighten the knot correctly, it should not fail. Plus won't the glue make the knot stiffer? I use Tac Glue on my Fluro inserting to secure the serve to prevent it from unraveling.
  181. R

    Fish Report May 31-June 3, 2019

    Great report Darrin... Shot and to the point with great information. As to using a sinker with a rubber band See Teraoka blog. http://garyteraoka.blogspot.com/2014/02/installing-torpedo-sinker-with.html And when using a sinker always nose hook the bait or shoulder. The sinker drops and...
  182. R

    How to thread needle

    I know the problem well. It depends on the how tight the weave is on the braid you are using. I had a big problem with one particular brand, which I don't use any longer. I have a braid threading needle (came with my Sato Kit), which is a smaller diameter long solid needle. I would run...
  183. R

    Open eye Siwash hooks-what gives?

    Use them on wahoo bombs. Close with Vice grips.
  184. R

    New rod belt

    I’ve used a Sumo tackle, light belt for years and like it. http://www.sumotackle.com/ Found it on Amazon Pacific catch fishing Black Belt Deluxe padded rod belt.
  185. R

    Massive amount of stolen gear please help

    Wow. It appears they knew what they were looking for. So sorry. Those A$$ holes need to be caught and locked away, for a very long time. Will keep an eye out.
  186. R

    Single strand wire?

    Agree with Dave and I usually pick mine up at Bob Sands when I go to there shop. I have both AFW and Mason Single strand. Mason has been around for years. http://www.masontackle.com/index.php?l=product_detail&p=155 I saw some on Amazon so if you are going on line, check the prices and...
  187. R

    A tool for haywire twists

    I have one off those all chrome. At least 20 years. They work great and save your fingers.
  188. R

    Pre-rigged flat falls

    It’s farther than you think to walk there.
  189. R

    New to offshore. Gear check and recommendations

    Eric. I was thinking. This is a bit $ but well worth it. Brandon Hayward has a small charter business. He worked on the Excel many moons ago, does have his Captain papers and was a writer for WONews. I’ve fisher with him and he knows his stuff. He a good teacher as well and you and your...
  190. R

    New to offshore. Gear check and recommendations

    Eric, Contrast of taking your son fishing. That smile is worth a trillion $. Unfortunately you are creating an addiction that will last a life time. Many moons ago my dad did the same for me. We all have different opinions so weigh each of them carefully or you might have to sell your...
  191. R

    Hollow braid connections

    With my 80lb plus set ups, I make a loop in the main hollow and cat paw a looped windon. It quick and easy. I make my own looped windons with two Sato crimps and tack glue. You tube Sato crimps. Or there are different ways to serve the hollow to the mono or flurocarbon. Find one you like...
  192. R

    What else?

    The 11 day I mentioned would fish all the way to Cabo. Most 10 days don't get that far South, depending on the condition. That time of year, on the lower backs near Cabo, some big tuna can be found. It was just a though or option for you. I know it is not full. Also it's an Accurate trip...
  193. R

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    It is not to the top but close.
  194. R

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    600 yards is plenty. I like white. The yellow bleeds and blue fades. If the green is around, you can’t see it a night. So white for me. I still have some yellow and blue on lighter weights.
  195. R

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    12 or 16 is more personal preference. I’ve been fishing with the Seaguar reps for years, so a bit of loyalty. Izor was the first braid. I’ve used it as well. The finger trap on 16 seem a bit better to me than with the 12, but I’m no expert here. If you trust the guy at Turners, go for it...
  196. R

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    Jeremy Brand isn't too important, but make it 16 strand. Personally I use Seaguar Threadlock, and like it. On a Mak 20 just stick with 100 pound, I don't think you need to add 130 on top. If you have a larger reel and are cow fishing then you might consider putting on 100 yards of 130 on top...
  197. R

    DIY spooling hollow core on big reels

    You want your braid on as tight as you can. Therefore I highly recommend you have someone that knows how to spool it on do it. If the Braid is on loose, when a fish pulls against the drag, the Braid can under wrap and pop goes your fish. Hollow to hollow splices are simple, and I agree all...
  198. R

    Which Circle Hooks for Bluefin???

    I learned many moons ago, from Tony O. Not to set a J hook. Just point the rod and engage the reel. Circle hook just make easier.
  199. R

    LONG RANGE FORUM IS DIEING

    Interesting reading the posts here. This forum will only be as good as those who post. Fish/trip reports will be somewhat limited, unless written by someone on the trip. I agree with John on the change in social media. Also the geo-political changes have created many concerns about what to...
  200. R

    LONG RANGE FORUM IS DIEING

    Well Said Chris...
  201. R

    Best kind of Fluorocarbon

    You have a lot of choices. Personally, I am a fan of Seaguar. I have not had any trouble with it. You have a choice of Blue Label and Premiere. They have a new Gold label that is thinner than Premiere, but up to 40 lbs. On a 10 day you'll most likely use mostly 40 pound. If you go to...
  202. R

    What else?

    As note you fish all the way to Cabo, 8 days. Lupe and Alijos would be possible but not both do to time. I would think day one would be traveling to get south unless they come upon something. The ridge and lower banks can be hot. The passengers that get off, will either fly home or some stay...
  203. R

    What else?

    Freddie. I just thought of a trip this fall. Check the Red Rooster III. The have a 11/8 day on leaving Nov. 15. This is an Accurate sponsored trip, so there will be plenty of loaner gear. This use to be a 15 day trip but the whole concept changed. It’s my understanding the are going to...
  204. R

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    Old post over a year ago. The decided against the reel. Boss 600 an option. However I inherited an Avet HXJ Raptor. And do like it.
  205. R

    What else?

    I would add more like $2,500 to 3,000 for a 15/16 day for your budget. The trips are plus 2,000 and the added tip. Plus you most likely will have more fish (by weight) to process. Suggest you keep track of how much you catch and tag. If the fish "god" are cooperating it's easy to catch 1000...
  206. R

    What else?

    Freddie... welcome to our addictions. Your 6K budget is reasonable. As noted terminal tackle can add up. Since this appear to be your first 10 day trip, be careful, someone will sell you the whole store. The boat you choose usually has what your need. Flurocarbon, hooks, sinkers and...
  207. R

    Threadlock spectra

    I talked to a factory Rep and he said PE. Spectra is PE. That's all I can say. It's up to you to decide if you want to use it or not. Not going to get into any discussion here.
  208. R

    Royal Polaris 16 day ... April 24-May 10 ... JOHN COLLINS SPECIAL

    Soda... Have a great Trip... Tight lines..
  209. R

    Threadlock spectra

    It’s not Kevlar. That was a rumor when it came out. I asked a factor rep several years ago. It is PE, polyethylene, same as Spectra. And I use it, no problems.
  210. R

    Fish processing prices?

    Reading this thread has brought back some memories as time has passed. First of, yes the price keeps going up. Why, the minimum wage increase does have a domino effect. Labor prices go up, shipping goes up, etc. So I just have to go with the flow and if I want processed fish, pay the piper...
  211. R

    Okuma?

    This thread will get a lot of different suggestions. A good 40 pound two speed for 5 day trips, on a budget. It can become very confusing. It's too bad there isn't a reel demo trip where you can try a lot of different reels to decide. Also from time to time you can find some nice reels on...
  212. R

    EXCEL new waste management policy

    Excel Long Range Sportfishing Waste Management - Announcement In an effort to become as green / environmentally friendly as possible, we have decided to begin the elimination process of all single use paper and plastic items from the Excel. We realize that we have been producing far too much...
  213. R

    Coolers?

    I agree with all that is posted. Definitely make a reservation. You will catch fish!. The only unknown is how much. I suggest you make a limit that you want to process and take home. I am not sure how much a cooler will hold, but others do. Then at the end of each fishing day you can...
  214. R

    Setting Drag With a Scale

    I need to chim in here. I have heard the same with temperature, humidity and vibration, from the boat. So I did a unscientific test on some 50 pound set ups. They were all lever drags. I set them day two, and checked them the next two days. The pounds didn’t change much. Maybe one pound...
  215. R

    Just Booked Excel Trip

    Ben, if it’s the Homewood at Liberty Station, they have a shuttle from the airport and will take you to the landing. Double check with them. I was at the Court Yard (next door to homewood) a few years ago for other reason. They shuttle us to Point Loma Seafood and back. There are other...
  216. R

    Just Booked Excel Trip

    Ben, I agree with Mike Morris. http://bigfishtransport.com/ The other option would be to leave your case at the XL office. The hotel you stay at might be willing to store it as well. Once you find out who is on your trip, some would let you leave it in their vehicle. However the parking...
  217. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    I really don’t care who I fish with as long as they follow the rules and respect everyone. “That Guy” can find a different boat. Gary your sister should be welcome. Some will not like fishing with someone that has a gender identity problem. For me just leave that crap at home. I’m just...
  218. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    Get a room in the back half and not the very end (next to engine) oh ear plugs help. Otherwise I guess your out of luck. Again ask that question. Personally I can sleep just about anywhere, so I’m not a good resource here.
  219. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    Tony, as to roommates it all depends on the operation, trip and number off passengers. If you are the only female, most boats give you a room to yourself, however I have heard some will ask you to share with a male, I must assume it would be someone you know or can trust. If you are on that...
  220. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    BTW. Lori S. From Turners usually sponsors a female trip. It’s on the Seacher. I think trip 7, 6 days. She’s at one of the San Diego stores, but I don’t know which one. I fished with her once and she’s very “fishy.” And informative. https://www.searchersportfishing.com/schedule/
  221. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    Talk to the chef, early and they will try to accommodate. In fact when you make your reservation inform the office staff and remind them a few days before departure. Also warn you roommate. And yes they generally serve large portion. I usually get half at dinner. Come out and enjoy yourself.
  222. R

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    I think all the boats serve salads at dinner. And on longer trips for lunch as well. Breakfast is not a salad meal.
  223. R

    Bucket List Tuna

    Since it’s a bucket list adventure, try for 10 day over 8 if you can. The two extra days open up more locations. Since this is a bucket list project,I would want to see Alijos, Lupe, and other locations. It’s amazing what Mother Nature has created. I agree with Fishrock in starting a...
  224. R

    Calstar 700H or 700XH for a 6 day trip on RP in September (Guadalupe)

    I agree with all about a heavier rod if you get lucky at Lupe. A less expensive option would be to borrow a heavy set up from the boat. Then if you decide to go again you can buy something. If you’re at the Fred Hall show, ask the the people at the different boat booths. The SD Long Range...
  225. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    It’s just my two cents. We live in a country that we can agree to disagree. Nebraska just keep going!
  226. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2019 15 day Intrepid Report

    Thank you Nebraska for sharing your adventures with us. I have followed you since you started venturing to San Diego. You are a talented writer and keep that up. Now here's a suggestion. If your schedule will permit it, trying fishing different times during the year. A fall 8 or 10 day...
  227. R

    Sell me a Rod/Reel combo for 8 day LR trip

    Matt, you will be getting a lot of different opinions here, which will add to your confusion. Learning to cast a conventional reel just takes practice and thumb control. Back lashes or Birds nests are a real pain in the A... I agree with Bill that using mono (vs. Braid) is a better idea to...
  228. R

    Cow tuna trips

    Walt, don’t hold your breath. The area is a big protected area. Just go before you get too old to pull on big fish.
  229. R

    Cow tuna trips

    Frank, it’s more than just catching a cow. It’s a great vacation with great people (most of the time). And if you’re lucky you might even deck a cow. If it’s just big fish you want then you have a lot of other choices. So if you enjoy being on the water with a great group of people, go San...
  230. R

    Newbie question on rod length on LR boats

    I agree with checking on with a specific boat. The Rooster used to have no problem with 7.5 foot rods but since they added the piece to the bottom of the house to support the rods, my 7.5 foot rods I have to put at an angle. The tips won't fit under the lip. If you are riding the Rooster 7'...
  231. R

    Technique Index

    Best Technique. I don't think there is one that's better than another, it's what you master and feel comfortable with. I agree that books are one of the best resources, especially Jeff's (I have them all). However they can become dated. Example are knots. I usually tie a San Diego...
  232. R

    newbie needs gear recomendation for 10 day trip on The RP

    I do 3 a year. You. Are new friends. So figure out you budget and book it. You’ll make new friends each time.
  233. R

    Live bait tuna (small/med size) rod for upgraded Penn Senator 4/0

    PJ. Personally I like my Calstar rods. 7 foot. A 700h would work. I’ve been to the Turners inFresno and they have selective Salt Water stuff, more bass and trout stuff. I see Seeker on there web site, which is an option. I really suggest to got down to the Fred Hall show and see what...
  234. R

    Which tuna hooks for fly lining bait?

    As noted, the size hook will depend on the size of the bait. And it's a little early to predict. And if the rumor of no Sardines is correct then even a smaller sized. Also not all hooks are the same size. Mustad 2/0 or more of 1/0 owner. With Anchovies a #2 or #4 size will be needed. A...
  235. R

    New Wahoo Reel

    Dave, I’ve been watching the response and as predicted a lot of valid different opinions. Possibly adding more confusion. Unfortunately some of the best ideas are a gold Trinidad that’s hard to find. It is a great reel. It’s too bad you can’t demo all of them on a single trip to see which...
  236. R

    Seeker OSP 2x4 and a Mak30

    You should get close to 600 yards of 130 Braid.
  237. R

    hotels across from the big 3

    It was 8.00 the last time I was there in October. Plus I like the lot since you are somewhat enclosed. Harder to steal a vehicle.
  238. R

    Avet 14 day, who’s with me?

    Travel safe and have a fantastic trip Steve.
  239. R

    10 day Intrepid December 2019

    It looks good. It will definitely will depend on what’s happening at the time of the trip. If I was going on the trip, I definitely would want one 30 lb set up, two 40, and one 50. If the wahoo are biting may be two 50. Don’t know if you’ll use the 80 unless you go to Lupe. Now start...
  240. R

    Intrepid 16 Day, Departing 2-17-2019

    Just be greatful you can afford to go and those owners are willing to go out light. The economy is a bit up in the air and the older regulars are thinning out. Feel sorry for the crew since the tips supplement their pay. Less passengers, less tips. At least the bank is better this year, so...
  241. R

    Avet 14 day, who’s with me?

    Have a good time guys. Steve keep us informed, within reasonable terms.
  242. R

    If you had to start over...

    This has been an interesting read. Everyone has there own opinions and I do respect that. As Steve mentioned a sponsored trip. I agree this gives you an opportunity to try different rods and reels. I think all the reel companies and rod companies sponsor trips. I like what I have, which...
  243. R

    First Long Range Trip Looking for Tips and Advice Please!

    Only if you want a kite set up. Use the boat set up. The rooster has plenty.
  244. R

    First Long Range Trip Looking for Tips and Advice Please!

    Forget the water. As Mike notes the water on the boat is great. It’s super pure and my skin really become quite soft even after 5 days. Just go have fun. Oh, a nd I heard Mike it’s on this trip. PS let us know how you enjoyed yourself.
  245. R

    First Long Range Trip Looking for Tips and Advice Please!

    A lot of good tip. I like my own pillow, I prefer books vs electronic reader, I usually leave the books on the boat. If you have a movie or two you want to see, bring some DVDs. Some guys bring personal players or upload to an iPad. I just carry a poncho for the rain. The water on the...
  246. R

    For those boarding trips.... Prepare for rain.

    If you only want to protect your gear from the wet cart. You could go to a Dollar store and get a plastic table cloth. Only $1.00. And it big enough for the entire card. But if it’s raining the plastic bag is a good idea, just get Heavy Duty ones.
  247. R

    10 day Intrepid December 2019

    Dave, you gave us your age, so likewise I can understand not wanting a hoard of new Long Range gear. Find out who the charter master is for that trip and see what Okuma gear he’s bring to demo. Also rods. It’s a bit early but stay in communication with him. He might have your extra 50 pound...
  248. R

    10 day Intrepid December 2019

    David. Last year I made a spread sheet up on reels, with inches per crank, drag, etc. I’ll go find it and PM you in a day or two. I settled on an Avet HXJ Raptor. Basically my brother had it so I somewhat borrowed it. I was told the single speed 7:1 Valiant was ment as a 30 pound reel so I...
  249. R

    10 day Intrepid December 2019

    David, you are getting a lot of good advise here. And I'll give you my two cents. First you must realized I am somewhat of a tackle whore, but I've been collecting for many years. Lately I am trying to take less verse more. I don't know if the Intrepid will get Lupe permits or not. If...
  250. R

    Which reel(s) would you sell and why?

    Agree with all about the 50 size reel. I use my 30 more on cows and rarely use my 50. But I do have a few. You can always borrow a 50. What to sell is a personal thing. If it was me, i’d Sell the ones I don’t use much. Many a time I’ll take a reel and it just sits in the rack or bag. Keep...
  251. R

    Why do you go Long Range Fishing? Why do you read this forum?

    Thank You everyone who responded, 38 in a few days. Plus a lot of likes. I really enjoyed reading all the comment and they were great. We all have a lot of memories. Seeing mother-nature in her pure form. Fishing with family and friends. And yes my body doesn't always work to well any more...
  252. R

    Why do you go Long Range Fishing? Why do you read this forum?

    Bobby is done. He'd like to but he just doesn't have the stamina anymore. I'll PM you his phone number.
  253. R

    Why do you go Long Range Fishing? Why do you read this forum?

    Why do you go Long Range Fishing? Why do you read this forum? Thanks you BD for this forum. In the San Diego Long Range forum there is always a lot of good questions and information. At times some get very critical of what is posted. It is their person’s opinion. Sometimes individuals...
  254. R

    Looking for a reel to handle 200lb.+ fish.

    Well Dan you just opened up a can of differing opinions. First on a 10 day trip it’s possible to get a cow but depending on when you go will add to the equation. A 30 size reel, that holds at least 600 yards of Braid line and has a good drag should do find. It’s is lighter and not as bulky as...
  255. R

    Nomad DTX report

    Damon Thank you for the updated rigging video.
  256. R

    7 day fishing trip for 2 needed

    I understand the economic. A lot of the boats have 5 day trips leaving 12/26. They are showing full, but if you can leave then, start calling and see if there are any cancellations. It possible. Unfortunately most of the boats are going long after Jan 1. That get out of you budget. The...
  257. R

    7 day fishing trip for 2 needed

    BTW Tony, Just find something. The Father and Son time is precious. I remember fishing with my Dad and do miss him and fishing with him. Just great memories. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
  258. R

    7 day fishing trip for 2 needed

    Tony... Check the web sites of the other Long Range boats. The Red Rooster is doing a fly in/out out of Cabo. the Indy has to spot on a 15 day. both are in early Jan. I bet there are a lot of open spot, so get on the phone. Oh and have fun.
  259. R

    Short Range Boat Recommendation w/ individual staterooms

    I just looked at the Vagabond schedule. They have a lot of 3 day trips listed that appear open as of now with no sponsors. I’d give them and any others a call to see if you can charter the entire boat. The Vagabond, as well as many of the others have great operation for multi day trips. Do it...
  260. R

    Nomad DTX report

    Damon, thanks for the info. Let us know when you post the new rigging video. Rich
  261. R

    Nomad DTX report

    Damon, thanks for the information you provided. I can't wait to try the DTX 215 LRS. Many of us on this thread are fishing San Diego Long Range. These are essentially limited load party boats (Sorry guys but I can't think of a better description at the moment). As to trolling speed that is...
  262. R

    Nomad DTX report

    Bill, I think your on to something. On my October trip, we sharpened the hooks and didn’t have a short bite. We lost a few jigs, why? And we did have one break up front. I’m going to try the Flurocarbon next time, with a knot.
  263. R

    Nomad DTX report

    Thanks Ali!
  264. R

    Traveling Anglers to San Diego, TAKE NOTICE

    Mike... glad to see you back at it and healthy again. Welcome Back.
  265. R

    Future?

    I tell my daughter every time I go fishing..."Sorry, I have to spend some of your inheritance money". She just smiles. That's what I tell my children, every time I go fishing.
  266. R

    Penn 12 VISX

    Interested in what you decide upon. Mak vs VISX. So let us know and why. Thanks for you expertise.
  267. R

    Shorter trips during the December Timeframe

    Good question. Who knows if the bluefin will still be biting. Only way to find out is to try.
  268. R

    DTX Minnows

    Suggestion. I am not an expert here and have seen the DTX swim good and not so good. Lost a few the last time out and did see one crack up near the head. So (and I've done this in the past with Marauders). While you're traveling put the DTX out and see how it track. I do this with may...
  269. R

    Quick last minute tipfeom you long range masters on gear.

    Have fun Shaun. Ask questions. Everyone (most) will share info. Welcome to a great addiction. PS. Let us know you opinion and how you did.
  270. R

    DTX Minnows

    Here's the You Tube video. Sharpen the hooks.
  271. R

    Owner Ultra Split Rings

    Agree with the HPA Glenn referenced. I have one and it works.
  272. R

    RR3 11/6/18 roll call

    Have a great time Donna. Wish I could come along. Say Hi to all. Richard
  273. R

    What was your first SD long range trip? Over 5 days to qualify!

    Gee Tom, not many remember the Sportfisher IV. I think it was 56 when my dad went to lupe and got a 48 pound yellowtail that ended up on our wall. As for me. I'm getting to old to remember or is it I've been addicted too long. Anyway, it was sometime in the early to mid 70's. The...
  274. R

    First Hurricane Cow?

    Personally I like a 7.5 foot rod with some back bone. Use Calsrar 875 XH. Good two speed reel. I like my Aver HXJ Raptor. There are a lot of good equipment out there that are similar. It’s a personal preference. See if the Vagabond has any loaner stuff for wahoo.
  275. R

    Split Rings On Flat Falls

    Robert. I had the same issue with the Owner split rings. I found the tool. HPA split ring plyers. They open the ring wide. I got it a Trophy Tackle. http://www.tunafishtackle.com/hpa-split-ring-pliers-942p/ Not cheap but they work great.
  276. R

    Possible theft at H&M Landing this morning.

    Glad it turned up Lauren’s. Enjoyed fishing with you as always
  277. R

    Noisy Avet

    Sal and the crew at Sand are great.
  278. R

    Noisy Avet

    Comments on Okuma Andros 12. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/comment-on-okuma-andros-12sii.678137/
  279. R

    Noisy Avet

    You live close to the factory, take it there and see what they say, also take one of you older one so they can compare. Then let’s us know what they did. Or take it back to where you bought it and compare.
  280. R

    Soldering Rings - The Movie!

    Wasn’t there a city in OC a few years back that tried to ban it? Was something to do as an environmental problem.
  281. R

    Soldering Rings - The Movie!

    Just tape water or filtered water? Like I said my hearing is going. getting to old. Thanks. PS. I do have a bridge for sale if you are interested.
  282. R

    Soldering Rings - The Movie!

    Gary, Brad: This is great information and I like a all-in-one kit. My hearing is going, what is the solution you dip the fished product in to remove the flux and temper the ring? Where do you get the stuff? Thanks.
  283. R

    Trolling Reel Question

    Got a smoking deal on the HX a couple of years ago that I couldn't pass up; mixed color, used once, 100lb hollow back, 80lb top (not sure why he invested that much on the line for it) on local Phoenix craig's list for $200 I also got a Seeker BSC 6460XH 6' 60-80-100 for $100. He just wanted to...
  284. R

    Trolling Reel Question

    It’s possible to use the HX. But i prefer at least at 20 or 30 size reel. So I suggest you use the boat gear and if you want put your own jig on it. Most boats allow that. Take you HX for something else like yo-yo or wahoo bomb.
  285. R

    How Many Lures Are Enough?

    How much is enough? or better said who's the tackle whore? These have been fun reading and looking at what you own. I remember a previous thread with a lot of picture of your inventory...
  286. R

    Current bait Situation

    Last Facebook post, today, was 5 to 7” sardines.
  287. R

    Please exercise caution my friends

    Well said, Thanks for reminding us.
  288. R

    Split ring plier

    Wendell. Thanks for the tip on the HPA pliers. I just got one and it’s better than anything I’ve seen or use. Agree a bit $. But it’s worth every cent. Thanks again. Rich
  289. R

    WTB Looking for inexpensive reels and rods for my annual SD summer charity charter...

    Marcel, sounds like you are doing something great and very rewarding. Have you established an IRS certified charity? Which isn’t a bad idea. Other than rods and reels and money, what are you looking for. I have way to many jigs and other terminal tackle I can send down. Need an maililing...
  290. R

    Intrepid 3-Day, September 4-7

    Dan, thanks for your impression of your first Long Range Trip. Sorry you didn't have a better experience. First of, Monday, September 3 was labor day and I could see most of the offices closed, though the landings work everyday, all day. However, I would expect phone or email would be...
  291. R

    Wahoo 6 day range

    Vince, according to Marine Traffic they were heading to the Ridge.
  292. R

    Mak 30SE

    The 100 braid should be fine. You can use a heavier wind on, just set you drag appropriately.
  293. R

    Guadalupe Tips

    Have both 30 and 40 pound flurocarbon. May even 25. Watch what’s been bit by others. Length, 3 to 4 feet attached to mono. Or about rod length top shot, you want your knot outside the tip so it doesn’t hit the tip when you cast. Hook ? Your preference, ask at the landing or your tackle shop...
  294. R

    Help a Brother Catch a Grouper

    With a dropper loop, hook size will depend on the bait size, as well as the sinker size with the current. Someone shout have a big hook. Ask the crew. Personally I carry 8/0 and up. (Actually have 4/0 and up but big J hooks 8/0 to 12/0). And have sinkers to 16 oz.
  295. R

    First Long Range Trip on RR3 in 2 Weeks

    Fishing has been tough lately and the bait small. Who knows where you will go. SC can be hit or miss and unless it’s totally dry other places, I doubt you will go that way. Lupe is possible, and they have the permits. The only problem is “White.” So the most likely is off shore, school size...
  296. R

    size bait long range

    Everingham Bros Bait Co has a Facebook page and updates is regularly.
  297. R

    Confusing Gear Choices

    Always a tough decision. I try to bring less and since you are traveling by air, even better. I agree with Brad, to bring duel purpose stuff. I'd bring a rod that is good for a 30 # set up, and a reel that can work with 25 or 30. If you have spectra on the reel, wait till you are on the...
  298. R

    Red Rooster III rescues Mexican Fishermen.

    The Red Rooster III crossed paths with a Mexican fishing panga twenty miles off shore, south of Ensenada Mexico. The panga had been a drift for approximately ten hours after engine failure Thursday, August 30, 2018, just before sunset. The four fishermen were rescued and the Red Rooster III...
  299. R

    Wahoo basic questions

    Greg... instead of bring your whole outfit, just bring your favorite cow bell, Marauder or what ever and have it attached to the boat gear. Most boats will put a swivel on the end of the boat gear so you can use your personal jig. Ask.
  300. R

    A question about the staterooms on the Excel

    Bring a plastic trash bag and some duck tape. Seal the bag up on the upper deck and it will stay clean.
  301. R

    Wahoo basic questions

    Yup Bill true, but I think there is more to the story. Inexperience and allowing the line to slack up and needed sharper hook. And as to the double flurocarbon leader, I’ve tried that and have gotten bit off several times on the drop. Now I use a single 150 flurocarbon.
  302. R

    Wahoo basic questions

    Gary. The crew will help you set up. The may even make you some wire leaders and wire jigs and bombs. And yes you can get bit off using flurocarbon. Use at least 100 pound if not 130 or 150. Jigs: Raider or SeaStike 33. Single hooks, and sharpen. Bombs: Captain Jimmy. Google to his...
  303. R

    If you had one reel

    Interesting discussion. It’s hard to say all things are equal and each has a right to their personal preference and bias. Each reel company must improve their quality to remain competitive. Historically Penn was the only thing many years ago. Those old internationals were heavy but it was all...
  304. R

    If you had one reel

    The 20 is basically a narrow 30. I like the extra line capacity of the 30. I have 600 yards of 130 threadlock on mine. One think you need to consider, is what you will be using the reel for most often. If you anticipate doing some potential cow trips, I like the 30 over the 20. It is...
  305. R

    If you had one reel

    Tunaman. Here’s another thought on used reel. Call a few of the tackle shop, who sells used stuff and see what they have. I know the Long Fin in OC and Sands in Van nuys. Does. Somrthing they get some good stuff.
  306. R

    If you had one reel

    Ckeck out the Makaira 30. Or watch eBay. You might find an ATD 30 at a reasonable price, just get it serviced.
  307. R

    Need advice on serving bluefin tuna bellies

    If it’s fatty. Sushi is the only way to go.
  308. R

    FREE - RR3 - #200lb Jacket. XL. Never worn

    Jorge is true missed, but I learned early on Do Not play porker with him. There were several all night sessions. A true friend and great fisherman and chef.
  309. R

    First long range trip advice

    Congratulation Tim in making the first step. Keep asking questions, however you will get a lot of different opinions. None are wrong, we all just have different ideas and goals. Your quest will be to decide what your preferences are. Bill Roecker on his web site under current conditions has...
  310. R

    First long range trip advice

    Well Tim, are you confused yet? That's one thing about BD, you get a lot of opinions. Here's my two cents. Since you are retired and the length of time doesn't matter. First, what is going to be the best time of year for you to leave home. We all have some obligations, especially around...
  311. R

    lupe reports please?

    Smaller fish and only would bit 30 and 40. With flurocarbon and long soak
  312. R

    Guadalupe Island... Red Rooster... JULY 31- AUG. 5 I just got on

    June Heat. Agree with Steve, it was tough this year. Bob M. who has over 70 cows says it might be a cycle when the bigger fish aren't around. Less cows the last few years. You need to ask a marine biologist about that. It's a fantastic trip with a great group. Generally you don't keep...
  313. R

    Guadalupe Island... Red Rooster... JULY 31- AUG. 5 I just got on

    Using 30# at Lupe, I agree probably not. I have been trying to take less for years but for some reason, bring way too much. I drive so I just load up the vehicle. This is a 5 day trip (it could be 6 or 7) and you never know what the skipper will do, until it happens. And since you just can't...
  314. R

    Guadalupe Island... Red Rooster... JULY 31- AUG. 5 I just got on

    Traveling a bit light Steve. What works today, may not work tomorrow, as you know. Here’s what I’m taking and it’s way too much. One 30, maybe 2. Can use it for bait making. Two 40 One 50 One 50/60 ATD 12 for 80/100 ATD 30 just in case Trolling, dropper loop set up. Now I just hope I...
  315. R

    Best 80 -100 lb reel

    Robert if you are going up, instead of a 20 think about a 30. It basically the same reel, just a bit bigger. I have 600 yards of 130 pound Threadlock on mine.
  316. R

    SharkWeek has an Episode on Guadalupe Island

    What was interesting to me, was the Guadalupe episode, "Great White Abyss." They took that sub down deep and seeing the sea life around. I must assume they filmed in the Fall sometime to get that many around. PS nice to see the Islander getting continued support by them.
  317. R

    Bob Sands or RP knot?

    I know Bill loves the FG knot and has mastered it. I’ve used both the Sand and RP as well. The all work. The RP is the quickest to tie. But I mastered the Sands and still use it. Master one, so you can tie it blind or on a rocking boat and feel good about it.
  318. R

    Red Rooster 4 day, July 16

    What size flat falls? Color? Assist hooks or something different?
  319. R

    Whats included and what is extra?

    Agree all the boats are a bit different. 7 to 10 days gives you a lot of variety and is probably a good bet to get you feet wet. A suggestion is to find a sponsored trip, one sponsored by a reel company. They generally bring a lot of loaners for people to try. You just buy top shots. Oh you...
  320. R

    Double trouble rigging

    I know if you bring the hooks, and swelves, and ask the crew they will general make a few up for you. If you prefer flurocarbon bring that as well.
  321. R

    WHICH REEL TO KEEP

    Agree get ride of the wide. A 30 size (standard size) reel should have enough line capacity. Since, I too have limited heavy salt water tackle where I live, the Internet works great. However I make a list and get a lot at the Long Beach Fred Hall show. I have family in LA and a place to stay.
  322. R

    Double trouble rigging

    Here’s what I’ve done. Again it depends on the bait size. I was told 7/0 or 8/0 hook by a crew member many moons ago. These are 8/0 with 300 pound mono. Or I have used 200 pound flurocarbon. I take about 4 feet of line, put the chafing sleeve on, the the swelve, then a two barrel crimp...
  323. R

    50# 60# reel advice

    you have a lot of choices here. As noted above plus you can try an Avet HX raptor, One of the Accurate 600 size reels. Or if you want a smaller Accurate ATD or Okuma Makaria. They should all work great for 50 and 60.
  324. R

    Kite set ups

    Bill, take you time on this, so you make the right decision. Since you are in SD, talk to Cal Sheets and Ken’s Custom. One of the reasons for the 80 is the line capacity. You may have 100 yards out just dangling the bait. I agree the 80 is big. That why I wear a harness and can just have a...
  325. R

    ?? Any User Experience w/ Flambeau P50A Large Tackle Bag

    My experience with a bag with adjustable tray supports is that they sag and make it troublesome to remove the trays. I picked up a Large Shimano Barona bag and the supports are semi rigid. But with any weight in the trays, they sag. Steve, I have a few old Plano soft bags with the plastic...
  326. R

    You All Have Exhausted Me

    Craig, great way to start, confused! If you haven’t spent a lot of $ on tackle, rods and reels yet. Just arrange for rental. You can get hooks and jigs etc on the boat and usually regulars will donate. The crew will help with the rigging. Just learn a good knot for you hook. Uni is fine...
  327. R

    How to Rig for Trolling

    Thanks. Are the VMC 13/0 that small? Let us know how it swims with those hooks.
  328. R

    How to Rig for Trolling

    I agree with all that’s been said. I like you name. Don’t know if the wahoo are around, haven’t heard anything. Consider bring some feathers and a cedar plug. Also I was told the wire harness on the Nomad had some tracking issues and just to make a wire leader for them. The crew can set it...
  329. R

    Old fluorocarbon - throw it away??

    Don’t send it to me, I have some that over five years old. I was told (by Seaguar) that it really doesn’t go bad as long as you store correctly. Not UV or Heat sensitive like mono. However once I use it on a good fish, I’ll replace it.
  330. R

    Best choices for a variety trip?

    The cow on the lower banks usually show up in November, so mid to late October 10 is what you want. Remember each year is a little different. An 8 day would be my second choice around that time. Later in October if you want to fish Guadalupe, hopefully “whitey” will be gone. Look at some of...
  331. R

    What to Expect - Early Sept. 3-Day

    I rarely Rick fish. Use what you have on you list, should work fine.
  332. R

    What to Expect - Early Sept. 3-Day

    Dan, here's my two cents. First, how often do you think you'll be using this tackle? On a 3 day trip, you might have too much. Owner Gorilla in 4, 2,1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 (largest 2 sizes in ringed variety) Owner Mutu Circle in 1, 1/0, 2/0, 3/0, 4/0 (largest 3 sizes in ringed) Owner Super...
  333. R

    What to Expect - Early Sept. 3-Day

    Don’t be nervous. Just call ahead with you order. And get the name who you talk to.
  334. R

    Yeti cup tipping over on trip ? what to do.

    I saw this thread back in April. I just came off a 15 day. I bough the 14 oz mug. https://www.yeti.com/drinkware/rambler-14-oz-mug/YRAM14.html It worked great, except it does slide on the table, unless the anti-slide stuff is down. Just an FYI.
  335. R

    What to Expect - Early Sept. 3-Day

    Get a couple of ½ dowels about 6 inches long and wrap with flex (finger) tape.
  336. R

    What to Expect - Early Sept. 3-Day

    Dan, you’ll get a lot of different opinions. Personally I feel the SX is a great 30 pound reel and the JX 30 to 40. Generally 40 is you go to set up. I’d make arrangement to get one more 40 to 50 set up. The boat has them. If the bigger Bluefin are in the picture, the boat should be able to...
  337. R

    Sato Crimp Plier Cavity Chart

    You are very welcome.
  338. R

    Sato Crimp Plier Cavity Chart

    Is this what you are looking for?
  339. R

    Best meals for 8-10 days

    Coffee. Greg, I too enjoy a great cup of coffee. I bring my own and a French press.
  340. R

    Rr3 crew

    I hope so, I'm on that trip. I asked him a week ago and he said the schedule wasn't out yet.
  341. R

    Wahoo trollers

    This Nomad DTX is becoming very popular and does get bit. The question is the hook barb. Its small. Recently one got bit 5 times, unfortunately (could have been fisherman error) the hook didn't stick. This was during one trolling rotation. Any suggestion or recommendation for a hook...
  342. R

    Best meals for 8-10 days

    Just a little note. We talk about the fresh fish. Don't forget you have to donate the fish to the galley if you want fresh fish. I know the chef's will fish when they have the time, but it may not be on the first day.
  343. R

    Best meals for 8-10 days

    I haven’t fished all the fleet, but my understanding they are all excellent. Jorge on the RR3 was a great chef and I have a lot of great memories. That being said Mike Nall on the RR3 is excellent. All the ways he prepares fish is fantastic. All the meals I’ve had the last few years are...
  344. R

    Socorro Air Strip

    Well said a Laurens.
  345. R

    Red Rooster Mermaids

    Plus Bob (AKA Precious) challenged me to put another $100 in the kitty for him to wear them. All the $ went to the crew. Of course I immediately said yes. It was hilarious and great entertainment.
  346. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Steve I have some balloons, so will others. Check the Dollar Store if you have one. Richard.
  347. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    The only time it’s cool is first and last 24 hours, I have a poncho and have not use it in the 8 years I’ve been on the trip. Remember sun screen, it can get warm.
  348. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    Thanks Steve, this was interesting and a great commercial for Ande line. I am not an engineer so all I know is what I'm told. I wonder how a test with different brands of Mono would come out. When you get back, I'd like to here what you guys did and if it worked or not. In any event have a...
  349. R

    Rail rod grips

    No just cleans them. I do it when I get back and it makes them look like new.
  350. R

    Rail rod grips

    Alex. I have a coupe of rods with the tuna cord. I just clean them with some WD 40 after I wash them off when dry. Look like new, except the wear spot.
  351. R

    Re-gearing up, from scratch.

    Thanks Bill, see you next week
  352. R

    Re-gearing up, from scratch.

    So how much drag, Bill?
  353. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Food. Wahoo, or fish tacos, boomer burger, Dutch babies, corn beef. Lots of bacon. Turkey. Etc, etc. event a cold cut platter, with potato salad. How’s that for a start. Oh, bread for Donna and rice for me. Enchiladas chicken or beef. A beef stew of some nature. Sushi.
  354. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Donna, don't get anxious... take a few deep breaths, and have a Bud Light. it will be here soon enough. Just get packed and remember what you forgot and go find it. See you.
  355. R

    Re-gearing up, from scratch.

    Nice. I like the old Penn.
  356. R

    Jim's Custom Rods

    Albacore? Good question, nobody has reported any, yet. Keep you fingers crossed. Yellowtail, yes. Nice grade. They are catching some Bluefin in one day Range, but not the numbers. If I were you, i’d At least have a reel for 20/25 in my bag. My go to equipment would be 30 and 40. If you a...
  357. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Jesse? You better ask you wife!
  358. R

    Excel Okuma Trip Lessons

    Spangler vs. Springer (Jansik). There have been several discussion on this before. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/springer-knot-vs-spangler-knot.634857/ Jeff Burroughs: posted this PDF. And I think this John Collins video is really a Spangler knot (correct me if I'm wrong...
  359. R

    Excel Okuma Trip Lessons

    Thanks for a great write up. Better luck next time.
  360. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Last year was tough... Lucky to get what I got. Oh well, that fishing and hopefully it will be better this year.
  361. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    Adam. First on your 25 pound flurocarbon, I just bring the flurocarbon and tie it with an FG or other knot, verse a loop on the lighter stuff. Ask the crew, what’s best and then you can make the knot. So bring several different sizes. I loop at 80 and above On you flat falls. 130 pound...
  362. R

    Roll call. Red Rooster June Heat. 15 day

    Nice pictures Soda. “Me Too”. I’ll be there.
  363. R

    Trip to Guadalupe...What to Expect

    This is the best advise for all trips. Thanks Larry 5. Don't be shy, crew will be conducting seminars regarding the fishing on the way down, If you have questions about anything ask. If you need help on deck ask, If you get in a slump ( can't get bit) let a crew member pick out a bait and cast...
  364. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    Adam. If your are using the 200 pound mono for abrasion resistance, I suggest you just get some 200 pound flurocarbon (even 130 or 150 should work). It's better abrasion resistance. If the tuna inhales the jig, then you need the hook set. So as far as length, make your best guess. I have...
  365. R

    How many wind on leaders?

    Here's my two cents. I agree with Jason on the numbers. You are in the gray area with 60 and 80 wind-ons verse using the FG or other braid to fluro knot. I mainly use Fluro for wind-ons. I usually make them longer than most, 25 feet. I just divide a spool of Fluro into three. Then if I...
  366. R

    What is a good length

    Steve, I was on a trip when every sixth fish was a nice yellowfin, the rest were sharks. However the mixed bite was hot and the sharks did touch anything over 120 or so.
  367. R

    1 spot on June Heat Red Rooster trip

    Mike, Get your butt back. Wifie will be fine, she has Chewy. See you.
  368. R

    1 spot on June Heat Red Rooster trip

    Donna. Glad you could make it. See you there.
  369. R

    1 spot on June Heat Red Rooster trip

    Jason, wishing you dad a speedy recovery. Travel safe and I’ll see you at the dock.
  370. R

    Ring on Marauder

    I like the wire harness with the Mason clip.
  371. R

    200 lb spectra and kite - weigh too much in light winds?

    Question. Isn’t it better to have mono in the clip verse braid? So if true how much mono do you put on the reel?
  372. R

    Re-gearing up, from scratch.

    Welcome back and glad you'll be able to get out and enjoy your other passion. You have quite a line up. Have you acquired all those set ups or is that what your are considering. Your wife if very generous and letting you buy that much gear at one time. It's easier for me to sneak one or two...
  373. R

    Best beginning LR trip?

    Once you figure out what set up you want, keep an eye on both EBay and BD. I’ve gotten some good, slightly use to new reels on EBay at 60% of retail. Rods no. Also see if your local tackle shop has used stuff. Just make sure to service the reels. Also a fishing swap meet sometimes has some...
  374. R

    Best beginning LR trip?

    Great. Let us know how you enjoy it. Have a great time.
  375. R

    Best beginning LR trip?

    Carter, I don't know much about the Chief and several of the "local" boats. I am not saying anything negative. I just haven't fished a local boat in decades. I have gotten spoiled in my old age with limited loads (30 or less fishermen), staterooms and plenty of showers. If you really want...
  376. R

    Vintage Wahoo Jig?

    You are really set. Those Raiders are good jigs. Now all you need it get out on the water. Some bombs would just complete your arsenal.
  377. R

    Best beginning LR trip?

    Carter, welcome to the addiction. You got this old goats memories flowing. I was your age when the bug to deep sea fish bit me. However, the albacore were around and a day trip usually found good biting fish. Re-read both Brad I and Wils. They are right on. So what is a long range boat...
  378. R

    Vintage Wahoo Jig?

    Nice collection. Clean them up, check the hook, ring, etc and you are set to go.
  379. R

    Vintage Wahoo Jig?

    Since they may have been used. Double check the wire. Wire doesn’t last forever.
  380. R

    Wahoo trollers

    Vince, the purple/ black Maureen has always been lucky for me. The 11 inch (914) are back in stock. Check Chark bait. I’m going to try the new Nomad as well. I’ll let you know.
  381. R

    Wahoo trollers

    Turners had the at the show, so did Bob Sands. I think the Rusty Hook has them as well. Just google the web site or call them.
  382. R

    Wahoo trollers

    Tom. I’m going to just use a 175 harness like I would a Maurader. The one I saw at the show had a multistand with crimps. (I know the owner).
  383. R

    Wahoo trollers

    Ok Mike we’ll have to see, I got three at the show. See you next month.
  384. R

    On a positive note!

    Kerry, great idea. I to have made a lot of life long friends. Too many to mention plus I don’t want to skip some one. So to all thanks for teaching, sharing and being a friend.
  385. R

    Wahoo trollers

    I could not find the reference article on tuning a Maurader, however this youtube video gives you an idea. The D ring (I think that's what it is called) where you attach your trolling harness or leader is your tuning point. Make sure it's straight. If the Maurader tracks to the left, bend the...
  386. R

    Wahoo trollers

    Craig, ask the crew to tune you “old” maurader on your first travel day. It just takes a little bit of finess. I saw something in the past and will look for it and post it. Also all the above recommendation are great.
  387. R

    Small hook big fish

    I just listen to the Captain and Crew. They generally know what size hook the bait can handle. And remember not all 5/0 are the same. 5/0 Mustad is like a 4/0 Super mutu. And yes I remember fishing with anchovies and a #4 hook.
  388. R

    Mike Morris Update

    Matt, Jon. Thanks for updates. All are saying prayers and wishing for a speedy recover.
  389. R

    What is the Bait Like Currently?

    Always a great question, what size hook. What size bait they have now, can change, so the only option, other than borrowing, is to buy plenty of different sizes.
  390. R

    Chunk Fishing..

    When Chunk fishing, I know you should have a swivel. The questions, do you add any weight, and how much?
  391. R

    Fall trip?

    Even though there are a lot of spots reserved on most of the boats, someone might drop off or the web site might not be up to date. Once you figure out a few options, call the boat's office and see if there is an opening or not. If you really want a specific trip, see how long the waiting...
  392. R

    Guadalupe in Sept or December

    Good idea. If you go to Lupe. 80 or 100 wind on leader, for me flurocarbon. Make sure you have a good reel, if not the boat does have some Mak loaners.
  393. R

    Big Fish Transport -Mike Morris

    Our prayers are with you for a speedy recovery.
  394. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    Ok Dave, so what hook usually gets bit? And how often do you stick yourself with a hook?
  395. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    John, that's a great question.. to add to it, where do you put the assist hooks? At the top or bottom of the jig?
  396. R

    Royal Polaris Clipperton 2020 is already sold out

    Soda. I know the Royal Star has been there. Give them a call and see if it’s on their radar.
  397. R

    Guadalupe in Sept or December

    Was on an 8 day early October last year. We check in at Ensenada and the when to the ridge. Finished the last day at Lupe. White got all but one we had hook around a dozen all in the 120 class. A few weeks later White left.
  398. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Steel. Not sure what you have and are considering. Can you list them with what you are thinking. Thanks
  399. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Kris. I just remember, the Rooster has most of its reports Post in the archives on the web page. You can look back and get an idea of what was caught over the past years.
  400. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Kris. Here’s my two cents. If you are seriously looking at the next step above 60 pound. It’s either 80 or 100. So the question is how often will you be fishing this class of gear. The large BFT have been around for a few years, BUT is hasn’t been an annual event before. 100 pound YFT at...
  401. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Kris. If it looks like you will be chasing bigger fish, the Rooster had some great loaners, which will do the job. Just ask that they have one for you a week or so before you depart and remind the crew after the boat settles in. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, a Mak 16 or 20...
  402. R

    Remembering Eddie McEwen

    What a great memory. Yes Eddie McEwen was a great fish finding Captain and is dearly missed. I learned about deep sea fishing from him when he was up in Long Beach and fished with him in San Diego as well. Thanks Dan for sharing you find.
  403. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Kris, I don’t own a Talica but 400 yards is a nice amount of braid. So I’d leave it alone. Granted the heavier Braid is a bit heavier for the bait to pull, but I would think it’s minimal compared to mono or flurocarbon. Flurocarbon to braid. If you are going to insert into hollow core...
  404. R

    Discussion on Rods and Reels

    Kris... you're a bit early, since who knows what's going to be biting in July. It's a 4 day trip so you know you're not going too far. If the Blue fin are around and biting possible. Yellowtail most likely. Albacore is anyone's guess. I have been trying to take less lately since I usually...
  405. R

    Albacore this year?

    Albacore? It would be nice, but it’s all up to Mother Nature. So it’s anyone guess. I’ve been going on summer 5 day trips waiting for there return.
  406. R

    Snafu in posted dates/times

    I see what you are saying Bill. It’s something the web master needs to look into. However, as Fishy says does it really matter?
  407. R

    FREE WARNING ABOUT A THIEF

    Thanks for the heads up.
  408. R

    Whew, Fred's over...back to fishing

    Thank you Bill and Basil.
  409. R

    Whew, Fred's over...back to fishing

    Bill. So say you made a wind on last year, should you re-glue it this year, on the boat?
  410. R

    6day RRIII trip Sept 26 2018; Calstar Rods

    Pray it stays up. If you end up at lupe agree with an 80 rig, on. A solid reel and rod. You have to horse the tuna in if whitie is around. If he’s up and down and starts to pull hard, free spool it with you thumb. Something is chasing him, most likely Whitie. And hopefully you’ll be lucky.
  411. R

    Christmas 5 days of fishing

    If you are going to Fred Hall, check with all the boat schedules and if you can decide at the show, give them a check for your deposit. There should be space on a 8 day late October/November.
  412. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2018 15 day Intrepid Report

    Here's a neat way to attach a Torpedo sinker with a rubber band. The sinker will lay on your line, doesn't get tangled with others. I've used it with one ounce to 12 ounce Torpedos. It quick and simple. Thank Gary Teraoka for posting it...
  413. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2018 15 day Intrepid Report

    Craig if you are going to use a sinker, even one oz. you will have to nose hook the bait. However, if you reel back slowly you can get bit as well. I’ll see if I can find the post on using a rubber band that lays the sinker on the line and add it later. To hard to cut and paste on an iPad.
  414. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 2018 15 day Intrepid Report

    Thank you Craig for sharing your adventure, version 2.0. Your writing skill are fantastic . I, as other have note, feel as if I was next to you. You’ve learned a lot in just two trips, however you will always be learning and teaching others. Congrats! Enjoy you bounty and continue to...
  415. R

    Casio G-Shock choices

    Greg. Just buy a watch that meets your daily needs. Forget all the extra buzzers and things. It's hard enough to figure out a smart phone, let a lone put it on your wrist. And you can ask the crew the water temperature, which should be close to that in the bait tank.
  416. R

    Christmas 5 days of fishing

    Welcome to the Long Range fishing addiction. As noted the Christmas 5 day trips are usually an introduction and the fishing is a variable depending on the conditions (weather, water temp, current, bait, etc.) Guadalupe that late in the year is a variable for the same reasons. If you are...
  417. R

    Fighting Harness on Guadalupe tuna

    Besides the kite. I do wear my harness to help my lower back. I have learned to get in and out of it pretty fast and do use the rail when I can. Sometimes these old knees are slower getting up and down.
  418. R

    Is the Mak 16 SEa enough for a 7 day trip?

    From what you've posted, you really are fine with what you have for a 7 day trip. I see you like CalStar and Okuma, nice stuff. Your Mak 16 and Penn 12 are great for the grade of fish at Lupe. You can use 60, 80 or 100 pound top shot, depending on what's biting and have the power to bring the...
  419. R

    Is the Mak 16 SEa enough for a 7 day trip?

    The Mak 16 and the 775 are great for a 7 day trip. Doubt you’ll get to the Southern banks looking for cows on a 7 day. Before you buy another 16 (be it a Mak or Penn) you need to decide if you are going to go on longer trip with cows being possible. If a Cow trip is in the future plans, I’d...
  420. R

    First Time LR

    Have a great time. Keep asking question. Welcome to are addiction.
  421. R

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    i guess I’ll just have to wait a bit longer and see if the get the bugs worked out. I’ll see if anyone at The Fred Hall Okuma booth will give me a straight story.
  422. R

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    I have no problem with the Mak I bought. Bit it appears the 12N Andros might or did have a problem. Steve, just trying to find out what’s going on with the Andros.
  423. R

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    I was thinking about the narrow but if they are having problems, I guess I can wait till they get the bugs out of it. Anyone else having problems with it. The alternatives would be either a Valiant 600N or an Avet HXJ. I know a spinning outfit is improving, but then I have to buy another...
  424. R

    Comment on Okuma Andros 12SII

    Like to get the Pro and Con on this reel from anyone.either the regular or narrow. How’s it for Wahoo?
  425. R

    First Time LR

    Walter,everyone is concer about the area that closed, buffer zone. Unless someone discovers another bank with fish, you basically have only the Hurricane bank, which can be great or a dessert. I suggest you go in late November of December, that way if the Hurricane is slow you could have a...
  426. R

    First Time LR

    Jeff, take an August thru early November trip. All the Long Range fleet are good and well equipped. Over the next few Year try different boat to see which one fits you. I’ve sent you a PM as well
  427. R

    Excel?..

    Now the Facebook post make sense. They came up closer to home to fish for Bluefin. Get still no WIFI down below.
  428. R

    Just Booked My First 7 day

    Mike, I do not have a specific 60 pound outfit, but I have an 80 that I can set up, just use 60 pound flurocarbon if needed. It’s a bit early but you might want to bring 30 pound as well. With the short top shots, just bring the line. The go to will be you 40 pound outfit, I usually bring...
  429. R

    14 Days To The Lower Zone (Jan 15 – Feb 8)

    Jam. The Long Beach Fred Hall show is coming up. I know it’s a long way to travel for deals. However some of the retailers are no longer showing up and will do internet deals on line during the show. If you get WON, they usually will place an add. Check with Charkbait, Baja Fish Gear, San On...
  430. R

    Best meal on a LR boat

    Jeff: Spam, eggs and Rice... you must be a Hawaiian Bro. I agree it's a good meal. Spam Musubi is a nice snack. FishyBuzz. I know some boats have rice cookers. Now Steamed fish sounds good. Just need to catch the right fish. I can always do with less starch, be it rice, potatoes or...
  431. R

    Inserting & Glueing

    Thanks Bill. We’ll chat more later .
  432. R

    Inserting & Glueing

    Not to change this thread. Bill you and others have noted that the "glue" must be fresh. I've heard the shelve life of the glue is only two year. If the glue doesn't stick to the braid, what is its main purpose? So what happens to the glue? If you have some wind on make a few years...
  433. R

    All Swivels ARE NOT Created Equal... or are they?

    We used the Aussie swivels for years on Giant Bluefin. The issue with them is while the attachment holes are large the edges are sharp. Chafe gear is an absolute when using them. So John, are you saying with the Aussie swivels, all attachments need to be crimped with an anit-chafing guard on...
  434. R

    All Swivels ARE NOT Created Equal... or are they?

    Since we are discussing swivels, I am use to the traditional swivel (fist pic) and have not tried the more cylinder type (2nd pic). Can some one chime in and set me straight as to are they that much better. By their design with case less resistance and noise in the water.
  435. R

    Trip scheduled changed - what are my rights?

    This has been a very interesting read with all the comments. As I noted to Johann before, call the owner of the vessel first, at least leave a message for him/her to call you back. And then if you don't get some satisfaction you can decide what to do next. Here's my thoughts and two cent. In...
  436. R

    doing research would like your help

    I am not saying anything negative about the Queen or others. I have met the owner of the queen. I fished many times on over night trips, when the fish were close, many years ago. However it is not a boat that can do more than 3 or 4 days. If I was more local and wanted to do a short trip, I...
  437. R

    Trip scheduled changed - what are my rights?

    I'd call again and try to talk to the Office manager or have one of the owners call you back. Explain that with there changing the date, you can't make the trip because your employer requires you to give them notice as you said. Sometimes you talk to the hired help and they are just quoting...
  438. R

    doing research would like your help

    As far as the Condor, I can't comment. The Queen is a good boat for local trips, I fished many years ago, but if you really want to get a taste of LR type fishing I would consider the Fleet that does the long trips as well. Not knocking the Condor, Queen, etc. Also I don't know how seasoned...
  439. R

    doing research would like your help

    Money and wife. We understand and all, or most all can understand. Fishing in June can be iffy. It all depends on the water and current. If it’s a shorter trip, then look at mid July to October. Take a look at the Vagabond. The have shorter trips and is a great operation. Keep saving you...
  440. R

    doing research would like your help

    Joshua, you asked about billfish and cows. Most billfish are caught down south. It’s rare to hook one on a short LR trip. I’ve seen them on trips longer than 8 days. If you want to target billfish then you have to look at a yacht charter out of Cabo or some place down there. Billfish do...
  441. R

    80-100lb setup for up to 5 day trips

    Adam, here’s my two cents. A double duty reel, for bait abd jigging, is usually up to 50 or 60 pound set up. If you are targeting 100 pound fish, you generally are using a flatfall or PL 68 and casting isn’t a big issue. So if you expect to use the reel for 100 pound fish, I’d seriously...
  442. R

    Newbie here

    Congratulations. You are starting on a new "addiction," and join the party. As Lake said about you most likely will go to Guadalupe and hopefully the Great whites have left, they do put on a great show, while enjoying the taste of your catch. Now that you are signed up in November, here are a...
  443. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    Thanks Donna. I wonder if it works at the bank. Just wondering, most likely won’t buy.
  444. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    I look the Garmin up, interesting.. Thanks Bill https://explore.garmin.com/en-US/inreach/#subscriptions
  445. R

    Best meal on a LR boat

    How about Beef Wellington, by Mike Nall
  446. R

    Favorite crew photos

    Jorge Nicifore
  447. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    Bill, do you have one? How does it work at the bank?
  448. R

    Healthiest Meals on a LR Boat

    The excess generally isn’t wasted, it feeds the creature in the pacific. Haven’t you watched them go over the side. And feed the fish. I agree the portion are big and I usually get half orders. If you are a big eater seconds have been given.
  449. R

    Healthiest Meals on a LR Boat

    All the boats are accommodating to individual dietary needs as long as you advise. If you tell them no meat, so be it. So I would think you could devise a health diet for the trip and let them know. If there is something really special you want and they don't have it. Bring it with you...
  450. R

    Best meal on a LR boat

    All this is making me hungry . Over the past few decades all the boats have gone 4 star or is it 5 star in the meals. It appears each chief goes the extra mile. Home made bread and rolls. Creative breakfasts, lunches and dinners. So I’ll leave out any pictures and names. But I do miss...
  451. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    Isn’t it fun to speculate! I do think there is a satellite problem since none of the fleet seems to be posting. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
  452. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    They aren’t do in until Sunday, so they should be heading up the line. If reel lady has the info on the Internet, then they should be in range soon. Unless it totally died, communication that is. Kind of like the old days before all the technology. Wait till they dock. It’s always a...
  453. R

    First big game reel, why not an Avet?

    If you are only considering an 80 pound top shot, you might want a smaller, lighter reel. May two cents. Consider a 16 or 20 size reel. If you are an only Avet fan then maybe an HXW raptor. Accurate has a 12. Penn or Okuma Mak are other choice. If I were looking I’d cone in on the Mak...
  454. R

    Basic setups for 5-8 day trips

    Nic, there are deals to be had, you just need to find them. A lot of buy two and get one free, especially flurocarbon and hook. You can get a good price on rods and reel as well. It is a great place to find more toys. That my 2 cents. I go every year.
  455. R

    Basic setups for 5-8 day trips

    Brandon, all the above is good info. Your budget will dependent on how much you can afford to spend. (Try to avoid cheep knock offs, the break more often.) If iyour resources are unlimited you can bring the whole tackle shop. The Mak 20 is a good reel for Lupe. I suggest you. Have 100 braid...
  456. R

    Dolphin Motel toast

    Doubtful. The parking has been that way since before the 60’s, except it use to be free.
  457. R

    Newbie here

    Jim. Check with the other boat. You have several option.
  458. R

    Red Rooster 3 MIA?

    Nope. I know they are at the bank and WiFi is not working down there Just have to wait till they travel north. I too have a friend on the trip.
  459. R

    Newbie here

    Jim. A fall trip will give you the variety you are looking for but most are generally longer than 4 days. Guadalupe Island is 220 miles South or a 20 hour ride, plus now the Ensenada check in adds a few hours of travel time. Oct-Nov is a bit better than December for a short trip. If you can...
  460. R

    AA report

    Nice video. It looks like you had a good time.
  461. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    Steve, to change the subject. Did you every find a left handed reel for Alex? How'd he do?
  462. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    I was thinking the same thing. Just debating about the single speed with the 7 to 1 ratio, but really prefer a two speed.
  463. R

    AVET JX vs LX

    It’s kind of a equal. According to the Avet web site the JX hold 400 yards of 60# btaid abd the HXJ 300 yards of 80#. The JX has 46 inches per crank and the HXJ 47 inches. With wahoo you are winding fast so you want the most line back as fast as you can. The more inches per crank is desired...
  464. R

    AA report

    Well Alex, sound like you had a great time and a 285 for Mike. I did not know those tuna like American beer, I guess I’ll have to try that. When you get settled in tell us your experience. Safe travels home.
  465. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    It’s more like 60 while the two speed are around 48. However it won’t be just for wahoo. I’ll keep dreaming.
  466. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    Thanks Gerry. Let us know how you like your new reels. I have a 665H and it’s a bit heavy but a good reel.
  467. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    That’s in the running. Or even the standards 600 2 speed. Do you have one? If so how do you like it?
  468. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    I’m just thinking. There are a lot of choices. The Valiant with the 7.0 ratio is tempting, but I really want a two speed. I’ll most likely ask a bit at Fred Hall. I’ll let you know.
  469. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    Thanks Buck. I have a LX and LX Raptor, which I like. I know where the factory is, I've been there and their repair work is good. I've looked at the HX. The LX get 46 inches per crank and the HX 47 inches. The HX Raptor is a 5.4:1 and 1.9:1 ratio while the 3 speed is 5.4:1, 2.4:1 and 1.3:1...
  470. R

    Thinking about getting 600 size reel

    I really don't need another reel, like buying another car or fishing rod. I have too many hole in my head already. However, I am considering it and have been doing some basic research. First, using it for Wahoo, school tuna and YT or whatever passes by. Second, I want a two speed, since I...
  471. R

    Tac Glue, Sato, or both

    You can get it direct. Www.tacglue.com Get the small bottle, it goes a long ways. If the link does not work, goggle it.
  472. R

    Signed up Indy trip #1815 Rusty Hook open, what to expect?

    Gerry, I missed the part about what to prep for. Contact Alex at the Rusty Hook in San Pedro. He's been running this trip for many years. Note that this time of year it's looking for tuna if they are around and yellowtail. Since Cedros is closed you most like will head to the upper ridge...
  473. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Just be careful where you park your truck in LV. Especially your fishing tackle or bring it into your room. PS St George Utah is a bit warmer than Cedar and only about one hour down the hill. Just my two cents. Travel safe.
  474. R

    Signed up Indy trip #1815 Rusty Hook open, what to expect?

    Alex runs a great charter with a lot of swag. He also usually has a following. The Indy is a great boat. Rides well, great food. You shouldn’t be disappointed. Just need the fish to bite.
  475. R

    Intrepid Izorline 16 day Part 2

    Albacore? Haven't seen one down here in years and still waiting for them to show up. You have a great question for those who don't know the So. Cal Sports-fishing industry. The books listed in the this thread...
  476. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    At least it will be a lot warmer down South. Be safe
  477. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Nebraska travel safe, watch the weather forecasts, who knows what Mother Nature will be up to. It’s been a unique Winter. Texas has been freezing. This thread is quite long and it might be starting version 2.0. Only my 2 cents. No matter what you decide do travel safe and have a fantastic...
  478. R

    Thank You for the Books - Jeff Burroughs & Bill Roecker

    Not to change the Thread, but there is another interesting book out there. Smart Tuna, by Robert Douglas. He puts a lot of the scientific stuff in simple terms like feeding, etc. It's interesting and was recommended by Bill Roecker. Just adding more to your reading pleasure...
  479. R

    7 day dilemma: 8 rods minus 1

    I think you answered you question. Personally if I had you problem, I might consider another rod case. Better yet leave the 700M home and bring an e xtra reel for 25-30 lb stuff. You could put it on the 700H.
  480. R

    Thank You for the Books - Jeff Burroughs & Bill Roecker

    Jeff is on BD Brandon might be sold out. I’ll pm his email address I have. He’s also one FB “one man charter.”
  481. R

    Thank You for the Books - Jeff Burroughs & Bill Roecker

    I too wish to thank Jeff, Bill and Brandon Hayward for the great works that sre on my book shelve. I’ve read them all and they all have useful information. For those interested in the San Diego deep sea fishing, they are must reads. The Bill Poole book, “Fish or Cut Bait” provides a lot of...
  482. R

    Help out a visitor...

    Alex have a great trip. Hope a left handed reel turn up. Have fun and the crew can be helpful.
  483. R

    Help out a visitor...

    Steve, if I had one you can use it but I’m not a lefty, your out of luck. See if you can get a hold of Rick Ozaki. He’s the Avet rep and maybe he could hook you up. Or call Avet and maybe they have a demo. Talk to one of the owners.
  484. R

    Shipping your booty...

    Like all above I have mine shipped to Fresno on Alaska. About a dollar a pound. I usually wait a week or two and it’s frozen solid. You can over night with FedEx, etc but most likely more $. Email 5 Star and ask them if they know the rates to Redding.
  485. R

    Merry Christmas and a happy new year

    A very Merry Christmas to you Soda and to everyone else on BD. May 2018 be a grand year.
  486. R

    Nebraska Goes Tuna Fishing - Sophomore Edition

    OK, Nebraska, it's official... YOU ARE ADDICTED TO Long Range Fishing :D Your questions, we all ask each other. As to the how much weight and how deep, ask the crew what's on the meter. Ask the guy who is hooked up, what he did. You can mark your line or just count how long you let it drop...
  487. R

    Your top 8 long range boat picks

    Steve. Bill has been a regular on the RR3 for more than 20 years, if not longer. Rich
  488. R

    Favorite spectra

    No matter which brand you decide on, make sure it is put on tight and packed down. I’ve been using Threadlock lately and have had no problem.
  489. R

    Changes: New Long Range Destinations and Radio Silence...

    Keep your pants on, it could be the WiFi isn’t working down there. We’ll know soon enough.
  490. R

    Preventing Spectra Cuts

    Bag Balm is good stuff. I've gotten mine at Walgreens and CVS. It's also great for your heals when they get all dry and crack.
  491. R

    Personal question, tackle boxes

    I like my SKB, middle size. I have a few tackle bags for crimp and leader making stuff, etc. My brother has a old soft Plano bag, the frame would spread and the trays drop down. I got a stainless threaded rod, some washers and nuts. Just one rod between the 2nd and 3rd rack, in the front has...
  492. R

    Preventing Spectra Cuts

    There is a thumb protector. Just google it, I just saw it on EBay. Or you can wear gloves. Buff has finger guards. Go to Buff.com.
  493. R

    Which landing is the red rooster?

    Let's keep it simple. To the Right of H&M (which is the last landing to the west). Off Emerson. Toward to ocean from Point Loma Sea Food, which is the other side of the Vagabond. It is right near the West entrance to the parking lot. You can't miss it.
  494. R

    Polaris Deluxe ????

    Thanks for the update Bill. I remember her and fished her once many years ago. I knew it became a specialty fishing vessel with the name Breezer but wondered where she went.
  495. R

    Reel covers?

    Charkbait has rod sleeves, and a Black Friday sale. Don’t know if the have reel covers. But if you check E Bay I’ve seen reel covers there. I use the pool noodle.
  496. R

    Archipiélago de Revillagigedo FB Page

    This was just posted on Facebook. The President of Mexico will sign tomorrow, Friday, 24 November 2017, the decree of the new national park revillagigedo repealing so the biosphere reserve decreed in 1994 and extending the protection to the entire marine buffer zone of UNESCO...
  497. R

    Archipiélago de Revillagigedo FB Page

    Thanks Basil. It is unfortunate for the Long Range sportfishing community. That area is really an amazing ecosystem and I feel fortunate to had the opportunity to see it. So the next chapter begins and I guess we will have to wait and see what transpires. Soda I know you and others are...
  498. R

    Red Rooster 15/12 Nov 7 open spot

    Thank you Steve and Donna. I’ll call.
  499. R

    Red Rooster 15/12 Nov 7 open spot

    What insurance Co Steve? I’m looking for annual coverage as well
  500. R

    What other set up or two should I get?

    OK, here's my two cents and I know everyone will have a different opinion. First as you said next year things can be different, sure enough. I applaud you for planning ahead. November the lower banks come in and the chance for a cow. This year it's hot, next year? That being said. I don't...
  501. R

    Hurry up and Wait

    12 rods, what are the odds of using each one more than once. I’ve been trying to cut back and do some double duty like bait catching and wahoo. This way I really have to think twice before I add more toys.
  502. R

    Red Rooster 15/12 Nov 7 open spot

    Donna, sorry to hear you can’t make the trip. Get well and I know you’ll be out again soon. R.
  503. R

    WTB Rail Rod with roller tip

    Patrick. Since you are in Glendale, call Bob Sands in Van Nuys and see what he has. Also I think the Long Beach Swap meet is coming up.
  504. R

    Trip to San Diego

    Alternate route. I live in the Central Valley. I usually stop in Northridge at my brothers place before heading south. The Los Angeles, Orange County traffic is getting horrible. Unless you are traveling thru at light traffic times, which is probably 3 AM you'll find heavy traffic. I talked...
  505. R

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    Now that you mention it ... (I’ll let you fill in the rest). Catch you later.
  506. R

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    We tried that, the head anyway. Wasn’t to interested, he already ate the rest. When someone was bit, the crew dumped a carcass, but the shark wanted hooked one. We tried with little success on that adventure. Remember the time Bill that you went on the skiff to get away from the sharks, in...
  507. R

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    If you ever watched Shark Week, it’s usually in the fall. A shark cage tour web site say July through November. Www.guadalupegreatwhitesharks.com It’s worth a try, hopefully your trip will also go to other places, if it’s too sharkie.
  508. R

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    Depending on the sharks, I suggest you use you heavier gear with at least 80, and a tight drag. Ask the crew, there advice will be helpful.
  509. R

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    There was a previous thread about the Tackle rack, etc on the RR3. With a lot of discussion. If a box is on the deck it will most likely get wet when they hose the boat deck, though the crew is very careful and tries to minimize it. The other think I've seen, people want there Rods close by...
  510. R

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    If you go to the Facebook photos you’ll see part of the rack. It’s long enough for 6 large SKB boxes. The middle shelf will also hold 6 and you can open the top of the box. Plus you have the engine hatch and the rack against the house.
  511. R

    Spectra sizes for Guadalupe

    This thread is somewhat academic. The biggest problem at Lupe are the Great White's, that want something easy to dine on. The one around us was approximately 18 feet and probably weighed 1500+ pounds. It was huge (photos and shark week don't really do it justice). Therefore, if you are...
  512. R

    Five Star Fish Processing

    This isn't the first time "Southwest" has make a mistake. A few years back a friend on the other side of the country got someone else fish and didnot get hers. The name on the box was someone else. It appears that Southwest puts the shipping labels on the box and mixed them up the labels...
  513. R

    Tackle Box stands?

    You will board by the numbers. A few years back the RR changed the tackle rack, so I don’t know if you are looking at the new one or the old one. I’m not sure if it’s 6 or 7 SKB boxes long now, but it is longer. There is also space above the engine hatch for 2or 3. But there is plenty of...
  514. R

    What's your idea of a successful Long Range Trip.

    I agree with the above, but need to add. 5. Have a great time, catch up with friends and meet new ones. Oh and if you are lucky will catch some fish.
  515. R

    Collapsible iron rod for air travel?

    Talk to a "old time rod builder." Many moons ago I remember they would have the butt of the rod detach just above the reel seat, you would slide it in and screw on, like the reel clamp. Haven't seen one in years. I bet they could make one.
  516. R

    Tackle Box stands?

    The Rooster frowns on milk crates on the deck. Some will put there box with rod holders at the end of the rack or next to the bench. However if you have too many rods laying around some might put the else where. There is a safety issue and sometime rods get damaged by accident. PS the don't...
  517. R

    Red Rooster 8 Day FRI., OCT. 6

    Not sure where the Rooster will go, but you realize Andy will always put you on fish. That being said, I assume the AA is at Lupe. The recent reported a 80# yellowtail and YF to 170. The AA is on a 7 day, Ken's Custom Rod trip. So those of you going better bring some heavy gear. I'll see...
  518. R

    Searcher 7-day Oct 21 - anyone going? Tips for a newbie?

    You can ask Captain Jimmy to ship it to you care of the boat. It shouldn't be too big a box and generally most of the fleet try to accommodate. Just remember to ask it they have it.
  519. R

    Searcher 7-day Oct 21 - anyone going? Tips for a newbie?

    Nick, see your now addicted. The Accurate gear should be top notch. You'll havetoget top shots,the boat should have, and hooks. Others onboard should have stuff as well. The one thing, hard to find are "Captain Jimmy Wahoo Bombs." The are generally the hot ticket for Wahoo. Go to his web...
  520. R

    Advice on terminal tackle for Guadalupe

    The off sets will work fine. I know Charkbait has them as well.
  521. R

    Christmas 5 Day

    The Red Rooster DOES have the Lupe permits. As to where it will go that to where ever the Captain feels the fish are biting. Go to the boat web site and check the archive reports, that might give you an idea.
  522. R

    A FISH STORY....I ALMOST DID IT ALL BY MYSELF

    I totally agree with you Joe and enjoy knowing you and fishing with you. Rich
  523. R

    Cortez hurricane remnant 9/3?

    See my Lidia post NOAA map is there or go to NOAA web site. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/?epac
  524. R

    Tropical Storm Lidia

    If you are going fishing the next few days, be stay safe. http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_ep4+shtml/114316.shtml?cone#contents
  525. R

    G-lupe intel ??

    two more weather sites: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_ep4+shtml/144551.shtml?cone#contents The NOAA hurricane home page is useful. Accuweather. https://www.accuweather.com/en/hurricane/east-pacific
  526. R

    G-lupe intel ??

    You appear to have all the heavy stuff. Your go to would most likely be 40 pound (usually) and I'd have two set up, one 30 if needed.
  527. R

    HELP

    Donna, let us know how they come out.
  528. R

    African Safari

    Soda, I know you aren't a techie nerd. If you can put the Pictures on a DVD and give a short presentation, would be fun, especially on the ride down or back. Just my thoughts. I'll even buy the Diet Coke. R.
  529. R

    Which Boat? daughters first multiday

    Most of the long range fleet have short trips as well. The Vagabond come to my mind. Mike does a great job. Figure when you want to go and check the schedules. The islander is the old Red Rooster and is a great fishing platform.
  530. R

    What does a "Sponsored by..." trip mean?

    As you see Nick, you got a lot of information and each sponsored trip is a bit different. I have never fished the Top Gun 80 so I don't know how they operate. On a 4.5 day trip you should have at least two set ups if not three, depending on where you'll go. In Early Oct, it can be anywhere...
  531. R

    What does a "Sponsored by..." trip mean?

    If the office isn't sure, see if you can get the phone number of the "charter person". He'll be able to tell you and will be helpful.
  532. R

    HELP

    Alantani.com. He's in San Jose. His email is alantani @alantani.com. Also Donna as I recall Mike Nall on RR had someone in SD take care of his.
  533. R

    Getting your gear to and from SD

    There is a storage, rental locker near the landing. Google it. but I hear it's very expensive. I know a person that does several trips a years and uses a storage locker and just come in early and stays a few days to clean his stuff up before flying home.
  534. R

    Truck Stolen SD overflow

    Unless you have a specific reason to be in LA, why not fly directly to San Diego and take Uber or A taxi to the landing. The landing is only a few miles to the landing. Sorry to hear anyone getting their vehicle stolen or broken into but it's been happening for many years. I know someone who...
  535. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    Sorry to disappoint you but I think the USPD rate when up a bit, but still less than $15.00.
  536. R

    Heading Out

    Congrats. You just blew it. He'll have such a great time, you have to keep taking him. It's very addicting as you know. The off shore bite appears to have picked up with YT, YFT, dorado and school size Bluefin. See the recent 5 day RR3 report here on BD. The big Bluefin are around but...
  537. R

    Flat Fall jigs

    I know Charkbait has the Quick Rig swelves. Look under essentials. Or call the San Diego store and pick them up as you head out
  538. R

    Red Rooster 5-day report.

    Al Murray posted this on Facebook. Nice pictures. https://www.facebook.com/al.murray.5?hc_ref=ARQSC2us4t8ZaubXwAqiPRSzPLDbeweU1ErzCFjwsTXOJ2793VfeyIBcN-7oG5KmHR4#
  539. R

    Red Rooster 5-day report.

    On the trip leaving Monday 31st.
  540. R

    Red Rooster 5-day report.

    Tar Pit Thanks for the update. Andy and the crew always work hard. Leaving Monday and I hope they stick around.
  541. R

    Not fishing... African Safari

    Soda, have a fantastic trip. Travel safe and catch you went you get back. Richard
  542. R

    How do you guys fish Shimano Flat Fall?

    Jim, the above sound fine unless you art targeting bigger fish. You should consider heavier flurocarbon, 100 - 130, to prevent being chew off in a long fight. Personally I crimped 150 to my 200 gram flat fall, and a swelve to the other end. About 18 inches of 150. Then I'll tie to the top...
  543. R

    WAHOO GEAR

    You've got it made with the Mrs. liking Wahoo. Not the easiest to catch so you'll need several trip per year, 10 to 16 days to keep Wahoo in the freezer. I've never heard of it in the market, unless you are in Hawaii. Who had it. My favorite jigs, Sea strike 33 or Raider. Bombs, Captain...
  544. R

    Erwin Knot Diagram

    Since it's in Jeff's book, I suggest PM him and see what he can do for you. He might even have the paper back copy.
  545. R

    Yellows, Tuna and Dorado, RR3 4 day

    Pete, great report. It is a very difficult year and as said, Andy, Tom, etc. will put you on fish. Glad the fish cooperated. It is a great boat and crew.
  546. R

    Avet vs. Fathom?

    Drag setting and the thrust bearing. I understand the concept and that a thrust bearing decrease the wear on the other bearing. But how much drag is too much? If you look at the Avet LX, 2 speed specs. The LX is 15 at strike and 20 Max. The LX G2 is 21 at strike and 28 max. The LX Raptor...
  547. R

    Avet vs. Fathom?

    Not to be anti either. I have not fished the new Penn reels. I know Cal Sheets does a lot of Penn work, and that Okuma used Cal in the new reels. I think the Intrepid as well as the Indy support Avet. Avet, as well as Accurate,are So Cal companies. Avet in Chatsworth and Accurate in Corona...
  548. R

    Long Range Camaraderie – Random acts of kindness. Any stories?

    Bill, just reminded me of something that happened a long time ago. A 4 day albacore trip. I forget what boat. Anyway on the last day, this guy shows up on deck, pale and everyone wondered who he was and where he came from. Anyway he had been sick in his bunk most of this trip. This was...
  549. R

    How many outfits for 4 days?

    You can tie a San Diego jam knot. I've do it with 200 if need be. It's not that hard.
  550. R

    How many outfits for 4 days?

    Yup not cheep but if it saves a fish, then it's worth it. I use 150 on wahoo jigs and so far haven't been bit off, but chewed on. The best deal is usually at Fred Hall. I saw a photo of one set up and I'll see if I can find it. Can't find the picture. But I crimped the Fluor and crimped a...
  551. R

    How many outfits for 4 days?

    Pete. Have a fantastic trip. Tough decision of what to bring, but I agree if you have it and it's at home that won't help you. For a heavy outfit I'd cover all bases. The Charter master and the boat. Double check when you check in at the office. Who knows what you'll be chasing. The Rr...
  552. R

    American Angler Calstar 5-Day 6-29 to 7-4

    Great report. Thanks. Glad you got some nice fish.
  553. R

    Not fishing... African Safari

    Have a great time. Take plenty of pics and post.
  554. R

    Excel 5-day.

    Vagabond had some nice YT on its Facebook page.
  555. R

    What size Flat Fall, Color and hook placement?

    Just looking for the current New as to what's working.
  556. R

    What size Flat Fall, Color and hook placement?

    It appears the Flat Fall jigs are working well on the local Bluefin. So what size are you using? What color or glow in the dark? Are you placing the hooks on the top or the bottom of the Jig? One or two hooks? Just wondering. Thanks. Rich.
  557. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Wendell. The Captain Jimmy bombs are the hot ticket. You can buy directly from him. A lot of people don't like the spinner on the Catchy bomb.
  558. R

    It's that time again.

    That is plus and minus. It would be great to fish lupe, if they are biting. The down side is having to go to Ensenada and lose a day. We'll see. It also means I need to bring another heavier set up (I'm trying to bring less).
  559. R

    It's that time again.

    Watch the Facebook post and you'll have an idea where we went.
  560. R

    It's that time again.

    It's a great boat with a great crew and fantastic food. With the closure who knows where you will end up, but I'm sure they will have a game plan. The code group will be chatting and everyone is looking. Just plan to have fun.
  561. R

    It's that time again.

    On the Seaguar, leaving the July 31.
  562. R

    It's that time again.

    It's going to be very interesting this year with all the closures. Off shore seems to have some action so far on yellowtail and some YFT. The BFT are around but hard to get to bite. I guess another option for the boats with permits will be Guadalupe. The RR does have the permits. I have a...
  563. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Agree with everything that has been said. Congrats to Jason, Robert, Victor and Julio on their first 15 day adventure. Andy and the crew were outstanding. I need to go on a diet after all the great food by Mike and RJ. Tough fishing, I lost count of the number of sharks I got. Thanks to Leo...
  564. R

    Is there a product to decrease fish scale accumuation on a rod.

    a 3M cold shrink was added to my rail rods. It's nice but the sardine scales accumulate. Is there something I can put on it to minimized there accumulation? Thanks.
  565. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Gee and I though I brought a lot of stuff. I am trying to down size, only ten set up on this trip. I hope my tooth brush is packed. Jesse, can I borrow your Zebco with your custom rod? See those going Sat if not earlier. Travel safe. PS Bill are you bringing your hammock?
  566. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Mike, I have Mylar if you want to make some. Need sinkers hooks. I also have spinner blades.
  567. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Don't worry about the Captain Jimmy bombs. The boat usually has them and I have some extra as well. You have my number so call me if you have any questions.
  568. R

    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Alex. I found an add on BD for a Accurate ATD 50 topless, lefty for $725.00, which isn't a bad price. https://www.bdoutdoors.com/forums/threads/accurate-atd-50-topless-lefty.656888/ There is also an ATD 12 for $425.00, again a good price...
  569. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    The boat and everyone should have plenty. Wahoo bombs for sure. Ringed hooks, 4/0, 5/0, 6/0. The 5/0 is most common. Super mutu or the Trokar. If you buy Mustand Demon 4x remember they are a bit smaller. 5/0 is a 6/0. Also some Mustad 7691's for big bait, 9/0 or 10/0. Sabiki bait...
  570. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Thad, you will be missed. Now you can teach her to fish and bring her along or leave her in SD with your credit card. But both are not the best ideas since she might learn some bad habits. Take care, we do miss having you around.
  571. R

    How often do you change your Braid fishing line?

    It depends if it's hollow or solid. Go to youtube.com and you'll find different ways.
  572. R

    WHAT MUST YOU TAKE THAT YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT!!

    Joe... sound like you are ready to "Rock and Roll." I usually carry a inexpensive Poncho, in case it rains. It's light and works better than a large trash bag. In all the years, I only have used it twice. See you next week. Rich
  573. R

    Please dont kill me

    That's the Bluefin Jim Charter. Does anyone know anyone on that Charter? Brad. I'll do some checking while on the boat and see if anyone I know Is going. I know Bluefin Jim has a bunch of regulars. If you have the time, you could check RR archive report. Most Charters are around the same...
  574. R

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    Don't leave you stuff in an open pickup bed, without some one watching. Most guys on the trip will do you a favor. Unfortunately there are those around that like free stuff including fish.
  575. R

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    James... if you are going to bring whole fish back, you will need some big ice chests or a pick up. If it's hot on the drive home your fish can spoil. I know guys that have used a pick up and tarp, with lots of ice. Here's an alternate idea. If a family member, with a pick up, can drop...
  576. R

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    You could bring to Calcutta and Sealine. It all depends on what's biting. As to extra costs. CHeck with the office about the Visa and Mexican license and any other possible fees. Parking was $8.00 a day. If you can finds someone who lives near you and car pool, then split parking and...
  577. R

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    The boats all have web sites and post to them. Some Captains are better than others and the WiFi can be down as well. And They all have facebook pages and post to them as well, usually more frequently. Just like a page and you'll see. As a quick reference to find the boats web pages, Go to...
  578. R

    July 4th 4day trip on the Intrepid

    First, wait and see what's biting closer to your trip and that will give you an idea what to bring. Like Steve said a go to outfit with 30 or 40 pound fluorocarbon. Personally I like 2/0 circle hook, if the bait is the right size. If you are going to fish at night, ask the crew what's around...
  579. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Ah come now. He needs to multitask. Ha ha. See you in s few. BTW it always look nice for June Heat, then we get to mess it up.
  580. R

    Please dont kill me

    Brad, what trip are you on? As Bill said don't be intimidate by the web site. It's a great boat with a great crew. All you need is you personnel stuff, it's listed on the web site. Don't forget a towel, and soap. If it's the Seaguar trip, everyone gets hook, fluorocarbon a catchy jig and...
  581. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Sharks? Bill remember you trying to get away from them in the skiff. They liked you and followed. Keep our fingers crossed, that they aren't hungry.
  582. R

    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Does Cheffy give you clean sheets, and vacuum as well. Need to bribe to do mine. Ha ha
  583. R

    Excel 5 day June 15

    I wouldn't worry about the braid on your rigs. The rentals most likely have braid and you need to pay for a top shot of mono. Let the crew know and they will set you up. In fact remind the office when you check in. As to fluorocarbon. The 30 and 40 will be used the most. You can find 25...
  584. R

    So you finally decide to pull the trigger on a LR trip....and then

    Apogee.... don't cancel. Each LR boat has a different lay out. And as Blaine says it's just a few individuals that need better manners. We are just venting about "that guy" here. We forget to mention the "nice guys/gals." Generally most will work together. Granted sometimes it gets a bit...
  585. R

    So you finally decide to pull the trigger on a LR trip....and then

    Alby... great write up. And that's how the addition starts.
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    So you finally decide to pull the trigger on a LR trip....and then

    Chairs. Ok I bring one. It's usually put away when I'm not using it and I do fold it up during a hot bit. If I'm blocking your box, I get up and wait till you are done. Others have borrowed it and I ask that you fold it, and put it away when you are finished. However that rarely happens...
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    WHAT MUST YOU TAKE THAT YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT!!

    Joe.... here's one of my ways to try and not forget stuff. After I finish cleaning my fishing stuff, I restock my tackle with my excess and make a list (on my phone) of what I've run out off. I put my laundered fishing clothes in a box to store for the nest trip. And yes I still forget...
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    WHAT MUST YOU TAKE THAT YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT!!

    I am going to Costco so we don't have to drink "Folgers" all the trip and I know others will also bring stuff. I'll have my good stuff (coffee) and a french press and Brian should have his expresso machine. Mike don't forget the MILK for the cuppuccino. I've always want to try some "Moon...
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    WHAT MUST YOU TAKE THAT YOU CAN'T DO WITHOUT!!

    Joe... I think you have it. Just show up. And don't forget your personal items and change of clean clothes (you don't want to offend anyone with B.O.) The rest of the stuff will be there. I am looking forward to seeing you and sharing stories, etc. We should have a great time, as...
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    mexican waters closures ??

    Roadless, well said. Many anglers look at "the count." How many did they catch. Even today you find many going for quantity and comparing with others. For me it's a vacation and enjoying the time on the water and the company. Bagging a few fish is the bonus. Really how much is enough...
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    Tipping On A Long Range Trip

    Well said. Get to know the crew. Share stuff with them. Besides tipping I always have extra gator aid, leave some out when they are cleaning the boat and unloading the fish. Besides other stuff. There was a thread a year or so ago about what to bring the crew.
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    Red Shirts on the Back End?

    Steve gave a good description of how most of it's done, but it is still very unfortunate that there are those who do not respect others and take stuff. Usually when we come in there are several friend of passengers to pick them up or see our the catch. If you have to leave your equipment...
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    Sato crimps with Swifty label??

    Why don't you send a note to Garry Sato. E-mail: [email protected]
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    What to bring on 4 day excel trip.

    Brandon, here's my thought. First only a few people using a spinning reel out here but that's up to you. Are you Avet LX two speed? If they are I would think you are set as to reels go. To save you some money in shipping just bring the reels and have the boat provide the rods. They...
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    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Joe I think it's the other way around, your talent and expertise helps me and the others. Looking forward to sharing the rail with you as always. Will miss Ralfa.
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    Tipping On A Long Range Trip

    Gee Donna I don't think I don't want them wiping my butt, but it might need to happen some day. It is a service industry, and for those who have worked in the service industry or have family member who do, understand that the tip is the salary. As to the jackpot, this is just another gambling...
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    June Heat .... Red Rooster 15 day roll call.. May 27- June 11

    Soda, don't forget to order extra Diet Coke. Josa , just bring your whole garage, that way you won't forget anything. Starting to organize my stuff. If I forget anything I can borrow for Josa , Lynn or Bill. See you in a few weeks. Travel safe.
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    Red Shirts on the Back End?

    Good idea, I usually bring old newspaper, or cardboard.
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    Red Shirts on the Back End?

    Interesting discussion. Loading and unloading a LR boat can be organized chaos. Loading appears more organized since you load either by first come, first load or your number, depending on the boat. Unloading can be a bit different. The first is to get your stuff off the boat and into the...
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    Which Reel would you get for a Cow Trip.

    You need to shop around. Most of the So Cal shops were giving free Spectra up to 300 yards as I recall. I suggest you check the web sites. Several retailers follow BD and maybe they will contact you. Good luck. If you can wait, go to the Fred Hall Show, you'll find some great prices there. I...
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    How often do you change your Braid fishing line?

    Since there has been several discussion on Braid fishing line, types, strands, and brands, I always wondered how long it will last? I know some people wash their brain annually and even reverse it on their reels. While other only rinse it off. I know some just strip off the top 100 yard and...
  602. R

    "That Guy" roll call

    I hope not!
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    The finer points of rod shipping containers

    First, I don't ship rods since I drive down. Would a travel case for Downhill ski's work? I have one and it's adjustable for length. I would think you would have to pad the rods and figure a way to protect the guides (you could use a swimming pool noodle). Just a though and I'd like to...
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    Red Rooster III WiFi

    I wonder if you can Tweet from the boat? Since I don't I have no idea. Tell Trump he can call the office and they can relay the "job offer" on the Sat phone.
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    Red Rooster III WiFi

    P.F. It's as you described on the Excel. It's slow and agree it's best when everyone is sleeping. However I don't think any boat is better. I've been on cruise ships and it poor as well. Agree with fish buzz, if you need to stay connected suggest a sat phone. There was a thread a while...
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    Early June Trip. What can I expect

    ALBACORE.... boy it's been a while since they have been around in So Cal. It would be nice for them to get closer. The last I remember was in 2010, June Heat. On the way down about 500 miles from the point we found some and trolled up dinner. Reported it to someone then kept heading south...
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    I found an interesting article on 4 or 8 strand braid and it explains a bit more bout how braid is made. http://www.sportfishingmag.com/comparing-4-and-8-carrier-braided-fishing-lines?src=SOC&dom=fb
  608. R

    MINIMUM COW QUIVER

    770H is a bit light for cows. Get another X or XX. I like the 775, a bit longer. The UC rods are great as well. I like the Mak 30. A little extra line capacity. Your choice.
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    Safety strap for reel while bait fishing

    Doal. Go to izorline.com. Tools and scroll down. It's called izorline reel strap. Since you are in San Diego, call you local shop and see if they have one. They might have to order it.
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Steve... you never used the ATD super 12? Have you used the Mak 16? I have a super 12 and just thought it was a bit light for cow fishing so stick with my 30. In fact I take it on shorter trips not cow trips. I got a Mak 30 and it's a great reel (Also have an ATD 30). Too bad they are not...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    "100 pound reel" You are going to get a lot of different opinions here. I sure want to see what other people consider a "100 pound reel" is. Personally, if I was going to fish will 100 pound test, that mean I am going after something that's big. And with YFT, mean. Therefore, I want a...
  612. R

    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Don't worry about bring a sharp knife or Wasabi, the boat will have both. Just catch the fish and give it to them.
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    No need to apologize. And I do apologize for use of slang (Thanks Scott for correcting me). But when I hear a party boat, I think of those short trips out of San Diego that can take 30 plus fisherman and everyone is trying to save rail space. San Diego Long Range fishing vessels take a...
  614. R

    August vs November

    The reason the 8 day and 10 day are the same price, is the lighter load on the 8 day. The boats usually figure on total dollars per day. So if you want to fish with less people you pay more per day.
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    "...bait fishing..." Alex I think your are asking about catching bait, if I am correct. First the boat will load up with Sardines in San Diego. Generally 6 to 7 inches. It's quite an event to watch. Near the Island you will try to catch bait in the evening or early morning. Just have...
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    The one thing you forgot to bring?

    How do you forget your car? Now I have lost my car in a large parking lot and had to walk around for a bit to figure out where I parked it. But forgetting it? I am not saying my system is perfect and I have forgotten Towels, tooth paste, etc. Yes I have a list. Here is what I attempt to...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Agree with FishRock that this is your adventure. I know nothing about a Saragosa reel. I thought there was a weight issue (traveling) as well. You can use the SX and do double duty with wahoo fishing or catching bait. There is plenty of time to change things out. I do not suggest you try...
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    August vs November

    Agree with FishRock. If I had to make a choice, I'd do the November trip. Potential for much more variety is greater. You can get farther South on the Ridge. Better chance at Wahoo, and large YFT, even a possible cow. However, the days are shorter and it can be a bit cooler (temperature).
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Yup the Penn and Avet SX are a bit small. Has anyone fished Wahoo on a SX Raptor? The Penn ratio is 3.25:1 according to the web site and you really want something with a least 5:1 if not more. The Avet SX two speed is 6:31 in high gear. I would not buy anything too early. See if Steve or...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    I just looked up flights from Munich to LAX and San Diego. If you aren't spending a lot of time in California, you might consider a direct flight to San Diego. American Airlines had a non stop from London to San Diego. If you have to be in LA fly in to LA then drive to San Diego and then...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    I hate that drive, it's such a verible depending on the time of day. With advance purchase it might cost you less to take a commute flight, verse renting two car, one each way. However, that's your choice. In my experience the 405 South to San Diego it is best if you leave by 10 AM. The...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Great questions. Many like the rail and going down on one knee or both will work, except for some of us "old farts" with arthritis. It's hard for me to get up and down so fast. However I am short enough to use the rail on the bow. A few years ago I was trying to use the rail and couldn't get...
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    Newbie on a 14 day AA - what to bring?

    Alex 404, welcome to a great addition. You have a lot of good info, above. Steve has already sent an email to the Charter Master (Gary) and Lori at the AA office. I don't know if Accurate brings or has left handed reels as loaners, but I bet they will find some. I know you have to pack...
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    SKB Rocket launchers - Help Please

    Jeff, I know John and have seen these and no I have no affiliation. I was on a trip when they just got them. They put the box up so it's easier to open on the rack. The problem with the first batch seemed that the wrap peeled off the bottom. I don't know if John got this fixed or not. This...
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Thank you Craig for a fantastic write up. The pictures are great and I see you are getting your daughter ready as well. It sounds like you had your entire neighborhood over for fish. You are a very talented writer and we all can't wait for your next adventure. As someone said, you have...
  626. R

    M & M Custom Rods

    I was in Point Loma today (Friday) and noticed an "open" sign, turned on in the window.
  627. R

    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Another great chapter, thanks for taking the time away from your family to continue your story. You have a way with words that make us feel we are there with you. Clarion and the buffer zone is amazing. I know the turtles lay eggs on the island and when checking in with the camp we have seen...
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    JohnTFT and WahooDad are right, It doesn't matter as much as who's making it and standing behind it. I did find out that Threadlock is NOT Kevlar, someone started a rumor. So we should thank all for the information and Paul for his math on UTS (ultimate tensile strength). The history...
  629. R

    Braid, what are the differences.

    Paul, thank you, this is really good information, though my math skill are that good anymore. I appreciate your effort. thank you. Rich.
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    Bill, I have been checking this Threadlock, Kevlar issue. I have an email into Seaguar. The local sales rep said it is not Kevlar, but I didn't get the name of the polymer being used. A rumor was started, without any verification. I only found one reference and it speculated but did not...
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    Knowledge is King! Thanks to all.
  632. R

    Braid, what are the differences.

    Thank you, Mark, John and Bill. I will keep researching and update if I find out anything.
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    Thanks guy, still more questions. So if Threadlock is made with Kevlar, how long will it last compare to others? Did Seaguar do something different than the original testing that Izor did? How do we the consumer find out what's in the braid? If a braid says Spectra or Dyneema, then are...
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    I don't know if you should quit your day job or not but you do have a talent with the words. I have enjoyed reading your story and can't wait for the next chapter. Thanks for sharing. Rich
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    Braid, what are the differences.

    Bill W. in the Kite reel thread noted: So I know Spectra and Dyneema are really the same material, maybe slight different processing. But Threadlock is not... and the wear properties are different. I know Spectra does not react to UVA and because of it's properties does not wear because of...
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    DRAG MANAGEMENT

    Thanks Jeff no I know what you are saying. Bill, let me know when you are, lifting bucket of water. I'll be inside to stat dry.
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    DRAG MANAGEMENT

    Joe. We just need to spent more time on the water to get it all in the automatic section of the brain. I do learn a lot by these threads, I guess us "old farts" still can learn a thing or two. See you in June, you too Bill and anyone else on June Heat. Rich
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    DRAG MANAGEMENT

    Joe, what a great discussion you started. Thanks, this is great information but a bit academic. When I first read your question, I said, gee this is something I would ask you. And Bill, I have watched you and Joe fish and we all have different techniques. Jeff before I get too far, what do...
  639. R

    Kite Reel. 50 or bigger?

    Here's a Question: you have a Mak 30 with 800 yrd 100 pound. What size and length is your leader? the one plus for Fluro is the abrasion resistance. So you are 500 yards out with your 100 pound, and get bit by a super cow. its going to be a long battle, wouldn't 200 pound be better?
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    Best time of year?

    I heard some of the other boats (Rooster) got Guadalupe permits. I'll ask at the FH Show.
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    Best time of year?

    Josh. I do agree with Phillip, Jan. 1 to Dec. 31. I started my San Diego fishing on over night trips for Albacore (many moons ago). I did a lot of them over the years in my youth. As you realized you can have great trips or an empty sack. My Father told me that on a four day trip, you...
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    Nebraska Goes Long Range Fishing - 15 day Intrepid Report

    Great chapter. And you are correct there are fantastic days and slow ones, that why long range fishing is great. You paid you dues to the tax man as well. All in the first day. Hydration is important. I usually have a small ice chest on deck with gadorade and a brew or two chilling. A great...