If you were closer I would take the bag.
The ghost of fisherman past!
You showed how little I know with BFT fishing.
Clean build Einar.
Most sellers on here want funds sent F&F...no protection if a purchase is made F&F.
I have had my share of run in's with those little bastards. :appl:
I fish 40-50 on my 701XH. 40lb seems the best fit but it handled 50lb pretty well.
Your friend is just taking a short break. One day you two will fish and hunt together again.
Sending a prayer out for you and your friend.
15# mono you will not even get to 150 yards.
A couple nice WSB there.
Which reels are still available?
Never used the FG knot. Never needed to. RP never breaks and goes through the guides fine.
You plan on being in SD anytime soon?
All bringing your own pillowcase, blanket or sleeping bag does is bring those things back to infest your house. Better to use the boat provided...
Here, let me quote him;
"Braid can fk off."
"As I said; there is no benefit to braid from my perspective..."
"No doubt there are points where...
Right here out of San Diego.
Looks like a ton of fun on the tranx's. Perfect setup for those schoolie size rockets.
Got a trip Friday, hope the bite stays hot.
Yep, that is the key word. Mono top shot. I personally use a top shot on all my outfits. I never go straight braid.
I wouldn't call braid a marketing trend. It is what has allowed folks to successfully land the BFT common now on 3/4 day boats and longer.
I am with you on too much helps = no help. I get it though. Higher fish counts gets the customers. Especially with the BFT craze.
Nice of you...
Not sure what part of Florida that is. I am from the NW Panhandle and braid (mono top shots) is pretty standard for those that bring their own...
I apologize but I see no point in naming the boat because of one lost deckhand. I continue to fish the boat as the other crew members are hard...
I am always open to offering advice as we all started somewhere. It seems a lot of folks nowadays don't want some old guy giving them advice. I...
I am 100% with you. I wait for all those those that cast while the boat is still sliding to hook up and tangle. Then I walk up the rail, cast,...
I am in favor of braid. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. No angles no tangles applies.
I had a conversation with a disgruntled deck hand who says braid is to be blamed for the tangles on sport boats and should be banned, and that it...
Interesting facts according to the latest CDC report (2017).
There were 39,773 deaths by firearms in 2017.
- 6 out of 10 deaths by firearms are...
Getting to old to ride my short boards. Selling a 6'0" Ricky Carroll HEMI Epoxy Quad/5 fin.
For those that may not know who Ricky Carroll is he...
Contact Okuma for suggestions. My 5nii is supper smooth with many quality yellowtail on it. I fish mine at 12-15lbs of drag.
Give up one kind of firearm and you will give up ALL firearms. That is the end goal.
My 2 cents.
Metaloid 5ii has more drag at free spool and greater line capacity, other wise it is a wash.
Browse the various landings trip schedules. You will see a bunch of 30+ pax trips listed as "limited load". Hell the Liberty list 50 as a...
My favorite boat and crew. They always go above and beyond.
Just wondering what the crew is there for and how they will earn your tip if not gaffing your fish? Not trying to be a smart ass just wanting to...
That's a great tuna stick.
Thanks for the heads up.
That's about $100 off retail. Should go fast.
I have one for surface iron and can say it is a great reel that cast's a mile and has a great drag. GLWS.
Those are some brutes.
All the BFT reports get some folks going. I would rather get a boat full of those!
She is a nice craft but 25 folks tuna fishing on her = combat fishing. If the vessel is certified for 30 pax and they drop one or two I guess...
That put a grin on pop's face while he sports his slippers. Way to go. :cheers:
Dam fine work.
Great trip on a nice grade of fish.
I cannot believe that rod is not gone.
Yep, good ole greed at its base. "Fair market value" based on what standard? What a shame.
Zero effect...I would be interested in the science or research behind that statement.
I wouldn't call Florida a "tropical setup" (exception is...
Very nice grade. Congrats.
Back in the day your were said to have farmed a fish when you pull to hard and the hook pulled.
Always good things to say about the Aztec and her crew. Looks like a great trip.
Welcome to BD. :cheers:
Them dogs are smart, great trick and tip,
Andros single speed and Tesoro are a nice reels.
Hard to beat a good day of fishing followed by a good burger, adult refreshments all shared with friends or family.
That's what makes all the...
Now that's quality.
Goes to show, less is more. Very nice.
I would say that is definitely a cow.
If it isn't the dogs its the sharks, taxes are high all around. Way to stick it out.
I have had great trips at both. Prior to my last trip I would have given the nod to G-lupe, but the last time I fished there most everyone just...
Seems a lot of folks gear up with what is the exception to the rule (100+ fish). Sure they are out there and you can hook one but if you look at...
It doesn't matter how strong the knot is proclaimed to be if you cannot tie it perfect every time in the heat of a wide open bite.
We lost a rockfish rig off Anacapa. Later that day making a drift in the same location we pulled it in. It does happen.
Not 30 but I do have about 350 of 40 on mine.
I have used the braid around the hook bend many times and it works great. Takes a second, no pain and your back to fishing.
Prior boat owner that understands trip cost. Military so my schedule varies but most times can swing it with notice. Please add me to the list.
Big things in little packages.
I am always open to a pool of guys more interested in a non drunk fest, slaughter everything insight mentality. Just a fun light load charter with...
Trip 4 looks interesting. Other than the BFT how has the fishing historically been in November?
What do you think the weight on the 3.5" bait will be?
I am preferential to UC rods but have few Calstar rods as well. Other than what you listed the Calstar 770XH quickly comes to mind.
I have both the 20 and 40, cast great with very good drags. GLWS.
Heck of a day.
Aztec seems to be a hot boat. Never had the pleasure.
Nice grade of yellows.
I could sure use one of those trips.
Calstar 800H and a Progear V40.
Way to get on them.
I really like the color combo. Well done.
2nd the HX Raptor.
I agree with rustman, the 25lb outfit is the fun way to go. Two for seven is not bad day in my book.
Not sure how you sonar is set up but my guess is bait above the thermocline.
I will take yellowfin on the popper over flylined or dropper rig bluefin. Nicely done!
Way to go...both of you.
It's been my experience with WSB you really do better with the Aki Twist hooks with a minimum size of 5/0 and a light drag.
I believe the CDS come with the Duplex reticle.
Yea, some good ole Florida heat, humidity and most of all...a truck load of Southern Hospitality.
Everything causes everything. If it's not on the list it will be.
That's a deer and hog slayer. GLWS!
Two over 50 in one day, yes, on surface iron, not even close. Heck of an accomplishment.
It's all subjective.
Sent you a PM if they are still available.
They can confiscate the boat and the Captain can lose his license. Folks that do that have little to no consideration for the potential cost to...
I have caught numerous specs in the 27" but have never reached the 30" mark. Well done on that gator.
A little late but we had a two day charter on the Endeavor (26-26 June) but due to uncontrollable circumstances we lost a day. The Captain and...
Yep...alcohol has the tendency to bring out the best in folks.
That sounds like a super fun trip.
Regardless of who on the boat damaged the rod it is not an Okuma warranty issue. No rod manufacture covers damage not related to a defect in...
These little glimpses of decency still provide hope for mankind.
Yes I do. But if it is a increase in "Federal" Excise Tax that is not their choice.
Tax tax and tax some more. When people complain just call it a "fee". Yep, keep voting liberal as all these social programs are "free" or is it FEE!
I have yet to see a single color not wrapped in the mess. Use whatever gives you the most confidence.
Rock fish is a solid backup but I would think the focus would be WSB, YT and halibut. Hooks has historical fish counts. Look at the last couple...
Lets see...everyone that paid WILL get on the boat, everyone's gear WILL get on the boat, everyone WILL get a bunk. This is not a limited space...
Good on Loyde. If getting on the boat first is the most important thing than most have already missed the boat.
He looks a little pissed off.
Now that's a great trip.
12ii is 4.7:1 which is a good all around ratio and is a very capable yoyo ratio. To put this in perspective, one of the all time best yoyo reels...
I have the 12ii and it is a very capable reel. I have just under 500 yards of 65lb braid and a 100 yard 50lb topshot. The reel produces 27lb of...
Hmmmm. Vap shops are everywhere, people still smoke cigarettes in public places and tractor trucks crowd the highways but the focus is on...
Cannot speak to the Phenix rods but you do see a lot of folks fishing them. I do have personal experience with both the UC and Seeker rods. I am...
Mustad Demon 3x Circle hooks even though they look light are plenty strong.
Those GreyHawks are great little rifles.
Looks like it was a good trip.
That's a good looking cow killer.
It's fishing. Don't let fish counts drive your decision. If barracuda and bass were your second choice to start then make a go of the YT and let...
Looks good...way better than we did on the Condor.
The meteorologist field is the only field where you can be wrong 70% of the time and still keep your job.
My grandfather once told me...if you...
Straight braid, braid to mono, straight mono, short or long top shot, flouro leader, they all work and all catch fish. It really boils down to...
I believe I got 425 of 65 on the 12nii and 475 of 65 on the 12ii.
I cannot stand a thief.
Sounds like no issues. Much appreciated.
That is why I am a little concerned. I will have my coolers in the cab and they can be seen.
Anyone had any issues leaving your vehicle in the Fisherman's Landing parking lot during a multi day trip?
RS is a great boat, should be a great trip.
Way to adjust and put a nice fish on the boat.
I have been looking for the XXH on Amazon but cannot find anything over the 701XH. Do you have a link?
I would have to agree the Kamodo would be a much better choice. If it was between the Metaloid LW and Calcutta 400 it would be Shimano hands down.
I have never seen a Metaloid Level Wind.
The Kamodo is a great little reel but I would say they are actually very close with the nod going to the 5LW. Both have SS gears and guts but the...
Smallest I have is the 5ii. Sorry.
Yep...great boat, great memories and many burnt thumbs.
I still use my no frills Cabela's Advanced Angler bag. Holds way too much gear so of course I need to fill it up.
Sealine with a rod for $60...that is a deal.
Well there you go. :cheers:
Hey my jig just stopped :ashamed: classic!
It happens but that is one you will remember for a long time.
That YT that Roy is hoisting is a stud. Nice trip.
55lb fish on 25lb gear sounds fun. Well done.
Half the people cannot even keep their bait in front of them.
I have heard it does. Great inshore fishing for reds and sea trout.
Sure miss fishing the lumps and the Gulf for that matter. Nicely done!
Thunderbird came in off a 1.5 with one fish. I really don't put to much stock in fish counts as they are a snapshot in time and can change at any...
Texas bass fishing is world class. The Gulf also has world class tuna (black fin, YFT, BFT) not to mention awesome wahoo and billfish. Great...
I was up there this week from San Diego and could not believe how nice the weather was. Weather was better in your area then here in SOCAL.
The tug is the drug...looks like a future junkie.
I use one if I am not on the rail.
Great report with proper tackle info provided. Thanks,
The Rator HX 5/2 will do the 80-150lb class fish with no issues and has the MC for casting light bait. That would be my reel of choice for fish...
Nice set up.
Way to get it done. Show's you can pull hard on 30lb gear and have some fun. After all, is that not why most of us fish?
That's a score on a great little reel.
That's the beauty of a private boat. You get a clean shot at fun size tuna on the fun size gear. Nicely done.
Not really...called lucky. You happen to get on a school that is willing to bite. Could be 30 miles out or 200 miles out.
That's not good...I have a bunch of Seaguar Blue Label. I better pull it on a scale. Never had a problem but still worth a pull before my trip.
Given I have a bunch that is what I use.
Report was worth the wait. Well done.
Now that is a find.
I have been married for over 30 years. Nothing can hurt me. :cheers:
Good tips there.
I have both the 12ii and 12nii. Also picked them up at Charkbait for just over $200 each.
Some tubs there!
Charkbait in SD had the Metaloid 5ii for $169. Price will remain the same as long as they still have inventory. I picked up both the 5ii and...
Those are some nice grade fish.
The Raptor looks to nice to fish.
As did you "drag queen".
Good to see the crew is gilling the fish. Really improves the quality. Nice last minute heroics by all.
Sure you can still catch fish on straight mono and most of still do...at times. And you can still hunt with a spear or get to work by horse. The...
Ouch...I have seen it happen but fortunatley I have not done it myself. I do think about it every time the rod gets passed around the bow and...
For me a 1.5 usually means 3-4 but when you toss in the possibility of getting into BFT from 40 to over 100lbs that makes it a bit tougher.
Really depends on how varied the bite is and what/how they are being caught. I have a 3 day coming up and will likely bring 6 rods.
Great report Rich. Thanks
Many big fish caught on 1/0 Demon 3x circle hooks with heavy drag.
Sounds like you are living right. What PCH rod was it, 801MH, H, or XH?
Great report and I can say with 100% certainty the red snapper in the Gulf are in great shape despite what FMF states. I have done multiple tours...
If you a running 80lb for your top shot I would set my strike at 18lb+ as long as I still have free spool and see what the scale shows for full....
I booked on the Condor.
For fish under 60lbs I prefer the 8' rod as it just loads better, but when they push that 60lb mark that 7' or less is a must. Sounds like you...
Nice report and will keep the tips at the ready. I am on the memorial weekend 3 day and can't wait.
Sounds like it worked out and everyone had a great time.
Definitely a beauty.
That is no exaggeration either.
Nothing more exciting then having those big yellows crash a surface iron. Really gets the old ticker going.
That is a killer looking wrap. GLWS
That's why I call the NW Panhandle of Florida home.
Good things come to those that wait.
Quality rods with a quality wrap. Great seller!
One hell of a blues guitarist.
I only have two of the PCH rods and when I checked them the guides and reel seat all were straight above the spline (conventional). Maybe I got...
I have the 701XH with my Metaloid 12iin and that is a great 40lb setup that can bump up to 50lb when needed. The parabolic action is super smooth...
17 anglers and 17 over 200lbs...good lord.
Thanks for the report...I have a three day coming up on the bird and cannot wait.
The PR knot is usually for connecting mono or flouro to braid. John Collins came up with a knot (do not know the name) but I have used it for...
CA is just a temp stop for me (military) then back to the Florida Panhandle to retire. Cannot wait. Trust me, you will never want to leave once...
Looks like a great trip. 72 and still able to pull on tuna is still something to be proud of. Well done.
Yep...if it is not broke don't try and fix it. Never fished the Tomahawk but the boat sure seems fishy.
Completely agree with that. My experience is "most" folks that shell out $2 or $3 thousand bucks for a trip know what they are doing and usually...
Great report but one thing I contently read on here is "the Captain said no one can use"...I am not paying to ride the boat just to bolster the...
Great boats. I had the 24 walk around. GLWS
Brother I am with you. It is not the cost of the processing per say. It is the sum of the total cost of the trip. SoCal head boat fishing, just...
There are a bunch of great boats to choose from but it is service like this that makes the decision easy. Well done!
The automated fish count said schoolie tuna 25-75lb on mostly 40 and 50lb flouro. Most of the bites were on bait.
I almost always use about 50 yards of mono top shot attached via the RP knot to my braid. I have zero issues tossing jigs or bait. I much...
I tend to go heavier on the drag and attempt to break their spirit early. The longer they are pinned the more chance of something going wrong.
I only have their roto molded cooler so I have not had any issues. Your experience could be an isolated issue or indicative of a lack of customer...
5-20 hit it on the head. Unless you plan on targeting BFT over the 150lb mark it makes more sense to rent. Using a rod that will handle 150lb+...
I am leaning towards the Condor. I am currently waiting to see if I get on the private BD 2.5 on the PV. If I don't get a confirmation by this...
Your 760XH with a 10 or 12 loaded with 65lb braid and either 50 or 60lb topshot will work for fish getting close to the 150lb mark. When you get...
Condor states "passport required" and Tomahawk states "no passport required".
I was hoping someone that has been on both the Tomahawk and Condor has some history on which way they tend to go given time of year and...
Thinking about a 2-3 day this Memorial weekend (Condor or Tomahawk). Really not sure I want a trip that is primarily focuses on chasing early...
One of the best yoyo reels ever made. But not at $400
Looks like a pretty good trip. A see a good batch of fish tacos in those sacks.
I guess it would depend on what "you" consider a cow tuna. I have caught dozens of YFT in the high 180's out of Venice LA (midnight lumps/Sackett...
PM sent on the 1/0 Gorilla and #4 Flyline.
Exactly what I was thinking.
Without getting into the specifics. I picked up a rod (Calstar 700H) and come to find out the rods has been repaired with about 5" off the tip....
I will take the last lot of Squish Jigs. Sent you a message.
Metaliod's have double dogs and ARB.
If you can catch a 2oolb tuna on a 3" anchovie I would think a 160gr Squish Jig would do the job as well.
That is what sets a good company apart from a great company.
That is a sweet set up. GLWS.
Hunting and fishing was once centered primarily around blue collar folks. Now the price to partake in either is quickly pushing most folks right...
That works for me. Moved conversation to PM. Ray
Do you venture down to San Diego/National City much?
Great rod. To bad you are not closer.
If you have Amazon Prime you can get the 701xh for $144 delievered.
Metaloid 12ii. Charkbait has them for $219-$229.
Charbait Tackle has the United Composite Elite RCE700 XXH C 50-80 for $300. That is a solid 60lb rod.
I have a PCH701XH and would not have it as my primary 60lb rig. 50 all day but only 60lb in a pinch as the rod seems to lack the backbone to...
Payment sent for the Metaloid.
How fad south you willing to meet?
Sounds like it will handle 50lb pretty good then. Thanks
The PCH-701XH is listed as a 30-60 but most rods in that class seem to be more of a solid 40lb but could handle 50 in a pinch. Wanting to fish...
PM sent for a pack of 2/0 and #2's.
Don't have the FG but I do have a 2500 FH. One of the older Stradics that allows back reeling.
I wish it was the big brother for sale.
I have 475 yards of 50lb braid with approx 75 yards of 40lb izor topshot on my M5-II. The reel is a do-it-all reel in that line class. My M12-II...
I have a couple Pro Gear reels and really like the handles, specifically the round knob type on my 40. Where did you buy them?
I have an old favorite Jigmaster with a full accurate kit but still have the factory handle. It is getting a bit worn and I am looking to...
Great guy to deal with, goes the extra mile to make sure you are satisfied.
Sent you a PM
I will take one of the 16x8oz lots. Sent you a PM,
I have never had any issues with 100lb+ tuna on my 20II and I have caught dozens. For that size tuna I never use a harness, straight out of the...
A 20II speed without the upgrade will handle 100lb BFT so with the addition of the kit it would only be better.
Interested in the answers as well. I assume the rod clamp is included.
SCUMBAGS. Thanks for the heads up.
If you decide you will ship let me know.
I remember the days when all we really had in two speed reels were Internationals and TLD's. Many 200+ YFT were landed with zero issues. The 30...
I have always used the Uni to Uni or Alright knot. Never tried the Seaguar but it looks really simple and fast. I may have to give that a try....
Great info Gonzo25. I do remember the days when it was easy to fish Mex.
I bet that TY was fun on that spinning set up.
That last pic has some really nice color to it.
Great report. Not to long.
I will give it a try. Thank you Sir.
Looking to add some heat shrink over my aging cork on my boat rods. Anyone have any info they want to share?
Yep. Same here.
I sent you a message for an order. Thanks
Nice, I hunted Axis deer on Lanai in Hawaii. They are one tough animal and by far the tastiest of the deer family.
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