Wow this is perfect for the big BFT right now
Is the 760H roller or ring?
That 70 is perfect for the kite BFT
Send it to Alan for 100yd of JB hollow
Why not ask the deckhands to either tie direct, or double check your direct connections?
Wow that's unique. Who did the conversion?
Can you explain?
Any thoughts on using the longer rail rods with a plate/harness fishing stand up from a smaller boat (low gunnel)? Would the length work against...
Have one I’ll let go but are you really in TX
Perfect setup to fish 60lb with the right drag settings. Good deal
Wow. Did you do the conversion?
What's the quality of the vac pack'd fish coming back? Do you need to bring a soft cooler?
Glad to hear that Vagabond allows you to fish the kite rod in hand instead of getting a hand off from the crew. Way more fun.
Anyone fish the...
Great report. Did you link the photos or upload here?
Was this off private boat or sport boat? If it was a sport boat, they were OK with that?
Have extra Axis XH that’ll fish 40-50lb well. Check your inbox
You want Axis X2H for 50-60lb line. Assuming you’re targeting tuna, not dropper loop yellowtail? Check your inbox
Those are the ones. Thanks
Verynice. Do you fish the jig primarily off the bow or take the risk near the stern?
Nice report. Long run.
That sink console thing should go. And 100gal tank should be there instead. Do you actually use the sink
Good thinking actually for a multi day. Someone should setup a mother ship operation - charter a bigger sport boat or yacht.
Do you fish 2 hooks (trip rigged) like on the kite and put the bobber between the front and back hooks? Or just 1 hook and the bobber is in front...
None of the boats are fishing for BFT on the anchor. Obviously wouldn't be possible if slow trolling.......
Kites end up the opposite side of where you'd flyline (wind in your face).
Might have more luck on this forum. Looking for harness lug for Avet 50.
Looking for harness lugs for Avet 50. Just need 1 but if you have a pair, I'll take them from you. Spoke with Avet but wanted to see if anyone had...
Incredible to see that and then go out and get a great count. Streaks often hard to come by this season except on the small 4pak boats
Thinking aloud: Many elements affecting when you can actually do this and how often. The boat will need to be drifting, which seems unpredictable....
Was that one live and able to swim? I think the question is around how to fish frozen flyers
That is not right. Have had it at 18# with excellent freespool. Call them.
Their post said that was a special charter dedicated to the big BFT. Great timing. And yes, plenty of boats in orbit around PQ
yes it would appear that most of the big ones are from the kite... saw several boats on multi-day charters out there flying the kite. although...
i would let them know ASAP if you have not... let them put it on social media, etc.
You've got all the right gear. Bring sufficient top shot from 35-60# fluoro and sufficient packs of strong hooks in various sizes. Your heavy rig...
Nice. Was this originally from SoCal?
Kite gear. Heavy
Osuna brothers fish straight OSP 3X for their kite/balloon rods, matched with 50 size
i will be in Santa Rosa next wknd if still available. more interested in the rod separately but may consider combo
i'm in the bay area. what # line did you fish on this?
i notice they have 3 things in their sheaths: square nose pliers, channel lock cutters, and shears. In addition to tuna spike
I recall that the crew on the LR boats - not sure if Shogun or RS - like to use shears that could easily cut braid. Anyone else notice this and...
I need to read BD more often
makes total sense given the BFT eating surface iron and poppers...
Please share if they will
Fished with Brian on the RS at Lupe last year; he put us on YT bite every morning. And even after we plugged the holds, he put us onto one last...
Saragosa 10k and OTI
Mike - how many Lupe trips are you doing this year?
Same drags and gearing?
sorry, question was meant for OP's cell unless you're also interested in the MH model
what reel do you have on that same model?
i have one that hasn't had much use. what is your cell #
Looking for similar models. Where did you find one
Many don’t realize this element
Nice deal. Already have one. Tempting
50-60# YO-YO or dropper loop. If I didn’t have my Baja special I would get a fathom 40 star drag to fill its place.
This is the right kind of testing
awesome you got bit at Lupe on the popper
really interesting extended cabin. please share more pics. good luck with sale
Really interesting point. Did you see that the guys who had the bigger hooks on the FF get bit?
This is exactly why I'm a fan of spinning gear for smaller boats!
Did they tell you how deep to fish the flat fall?
Were the processors there waiting for you guys afterward?
Also looking at Galapagos early next year!
Really enjoyed fishing with Blake and the rest of the crew. Each of them are different. Seems like there are mixed experiences which is fine. No...
Curious why did you change up the program this year? Competing personal plans, fishery, or other factors?
It's actually quite relaxed fishing where you feel confident to have many shots at fish throughout the day so folks are less stressed out if they...
Heard about this issue from a boat that uses a lot of these so I would assume Okuma knows about it.
What line ideally does the XXXH fish at vs XXH?
PENDING for Pete
REDUCED to $500
Good deal on a great 60# rod
Jim - what's the best way to contact you?
What pound line or drag range is ideal for this rod?
What kind of braid? Have box?
BFT are eating flyline sardines. This is the ideal reel for the size of fish now.
you have a text
is there a material difference in yards on the same reels?
Puzzling to me as well... your scenario was exactly why I got this reel for Lupe last year. Might play out that way after all on these BFT.
perfect reel to flyline sardines for these 60-120lb class bft
Ship to where?
If you’re interested at all in new VISX 12 loaded with jerry Brown
Interesting. I flew back with a 20k sized spinning reel full of braid in my carry on and they didn’t even open the bag. Do you put a TSA lock on...
Why do you check them on the way back?
Perfect. Bring as many big coolers as you can; if you need more just grab another at costco or walmart.
Phenix Hybrid 760XH and Axis XXH
good to know... will stuff 2-3 trays of lures and hooks in there
get ready for the incoming BFT
Does anyone know how Alaska defines "tackle box"? Will the soft sided coolers pass as a tackle box? Hoping to use a soft sided "tackle box" to...
Perfect Guadalupe setup for 60# with the right Axis rod
Their new 32 walkaround has a single 300 OB in the back...
United composite viper
Still have the 6000?
Bump for April fools
Brand new VISX 12 loaded with 500 yards of JB 80lb braid. Never fished. Priced lower than if you were to get this off eBay with discount and spool...
Nice restoration. What is in the space where the engines used to be? And what’s underneath the cabin? Seems like a lot of storage spaces to be used.
Great trip, great crew and boat. Hard to beat fishing 50ft Delta with 6 other guys. Tough fishing from that super moon though. Life didn’t really...
Just came back from fishing with Osuna Brothers. The fish are filet right after landing, vac sealed and frozen.
Didnt find any reports, but I'm sure some BD'ers went... If so, would appreciate hearing about the fishing and overall setup. Thanks!
Big square hold in deck right before the transom. Fairly deep
Seen pics of a fish hold in some parkers - perhaps in that void?
side scan in a 28?
Wow how was that rod on 80#? I fish 50 on that model.
Wow 5-6 anglers.
Do YFT this big swim completely solo or small packs like BFT in the east coast
Fish looks much much bigger in the video than the photos. The tail is massive. Curious about the dimensions as well.
Do you load the gear on the boat before it departs or fly it down?
If you want Lupe, swap out AA for Shogun
Yep although seemingly not as bad as the previous months. We had 30% shark'd rate on our trip beginning of October. In comparison, last year Nov...
Bump for the holidays
Bump for the holidays. Pretty open schedule to meet up face to face.
There’s one listed here
Had no idea the Aztec had private staterooms
Apollo and Vagabond
wow more pics of that?
Are you guys bringing your coolers as carry on or checking them?
Wow - 18 is one of the longer ones on the schedule. Which boat are you fishing, Pete?
Store it in SD
sounds like RR3 found them
I guess folks who scheduled fly back from Cabo will need to cancel? Extra 3 days of fishing and travel?
Fish at Lupe seem to be growing. With enough time we may see another cow
Is that the same hull as Hana Pai? Saw her at Lupe. Impressive
Any particular thoughts about their enclosed pilot house version vs the open version you went with? Noticed you don’t have any curtains
869XH Phenix Hybrid
Greg - what happened to the 8.5Ft model? What braid do you have on the Penn spinning reel? Can this throw smaller stickbaits?
How does it work when SD boats operate short stints in Mexico? Apollo, Constitution, RR3 in PV. RS in Mazatlan. Do they register?
Great riding boat and crew.
Put it this way. 18# drag maxed out the rod on 120# class YFT. That said I wasn’t afraid of breaking the rod. I also have a Hybrid 760XH that I’m...
50lb rod. Really like mine
That Ultra Limited Load 3 Day seemed to have immediately filled up!
great deal on a very nice 60# rod... have too many of these or i would add another
80lb JB hollow for 60# top shot... 80# if you're fishing at Lupe
David - is that topshot mostly for abrasion? the reel doesnt have enough drags at Full (with freespool) for 80-100#
Congrats on the new boat. Long tow down to SD from up there.
I will be in San Diego either Weds or Friday next week. Can meet at Fishermans Processing.
Great deal - wish I saw that
hopefully they get back to you today to explain why they didnt jam the boxes. Perhaps with frozen fish, over packing will cause bags to break?
I recall when talking to Shogun and Vagabond that they pointed out charters they recommended and even pointed out folks that my brother and I...
Now I need to tell Brian Simms that someone beat me to the Guadalupe Reforestration Foundation idea....
15% and then round up to next $100...
You're right. I recall some tanks mounted in the aft corners which is interesting placement.
Couldn’t it go under the helm console? Seems to be a terrible waste of space that could be used for an 80+ gallon tank
Will there be a big tank under the seating space?
Find good groups and join those regardless of boat. Given you're early enough, ask around for the group that fits your style.
:appl: Was that on 60 or 80?
Agreed Austin. Although I’d like to see some of the LR boats run 3-4 day BFT trips. That would be ideal time on the water but a long time on the...
Reel is in SoCal. Great reel for the BFT flyline bite right now
Still available. I would be keeping this if I didn’t have a Torque40. Reel never came out of the stateroom last trip.
PENDING for Marc - Phreshwon
Thanks Scott. Putting your heavy setup to use on the jumbo BFT later this month. Your trips begin soon?
This reel is perfect for Lupe with the...
Lots of space. No sharks. Just hope weather cooperates
Hoping those will be BFT or Bust!
that trip on the PS is a great deal $2000 for 6 Day
Put on some BFT 3-4 day trips. Excel just put on a Lupe trip in December
Still available. Amazing
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Did anyone have luck fishing heavier line on the flyline dines? 100?
Did most of the fish come on sardines? What line were they eating on the flyline?
8ft cannot be shipped sorry
Ideally you want a more gradual curve that allows you to make adjustments. Albeit we're talking about a relatively small reel, folks have been...
4.5 days to pick at the island. Give me Lupe.
Great rod for that finesse squid
Reduced to $530
Reduced! This reel was just serviced by Okuma.
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Doesn’t. Looks worse than it is. I might as well just get it fixed for $10 and reflect in the price
PM me your phone
available this weekend
On my Torque40N2LD, I had 15# at strike which put Full at 20#. However, that ratio doesnt maintain. Best thing to do is get a spring scale and do...
also have a Phenix 720x2h for sale... will knock off $20 if you buy the rod/reel combo...
Torpedo sinkers for sale in 16, 24, 28, and 32oz (2). Thought I needed these for Lupe and just used 2 of them LOL... you can see some of these are...
Seaguar pending for Jim
500 yards of JB Hollow...
sweet set up
Honestly, the RS troll gear isnt all that great. TLD 30II that have seen enough action to be retired.
I also use those gloves. After 2 days, the texture rubs down smooth so handling bait is less of an issue. When I put on a new pair, I went to the...
they're in awesome shape - just need one though... pick your rod
bump. perfect reel for the bigger grade biting at Lupe now
Yes they are the 30yard spools. Yes I can ship to Norcal for $40. The Seaguar 100# is still available. Please PM me your address and phone and...
what do you get at strike and then full?
Had great service from Jim who turned around a Torque 40 that had funny freespool
400 yards of 60# braid on the 25N2LD. You can squeeze in another 20-40 yards if you dont want to see any black in the spool
I have both of these and fished the Torque40 on my recent Lupe trip. The Penn12 never made it out of the box given the grade of fish were <100#...
Can you please share your drag curve? 24# at strike will give you how much at Full?
Torque40 wont get you 24# at strike and still spin like that... Now should I send my Torque40 or Fathom40 to Cal Sheets?? Hmmm
Bought these for Lupe but never had to use them (we fished 35, 40, and 50# topshots)... $35 each. You're saving $12 before taxes. Figured I will...
Evening bump. I can ship but prefer in person.
This rod retails for $298.99 before taxes without the shrink wrap on the grip
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$175 for one of them
Looking to selling one of these because they’re duplicative. I have caught yellows up to 30lbs on them... great rods for fishing squid on...
I would be interested in 20 size VISX or Makaira
Contributing some pics. Be warned this is what happens if you hand the guys your phone to take a pic of your fish!!
Alex was super kind to make...
**Will be in SD on Weds 11/21 or Fri 11/23... can meet at Fishermans Processing**
Brand new Penn VISX 12 in Silver with 500 yards of 80# JB...
Okuma Andros 16 in great condition. Recently serviced by Okuma so it spins very nicely. Has 500 yards of 80# braid. Top 20 yards is hollow Pro...
Phenix Axis 720X2H for sale. Added a heavy duty shrink wrap on foregrip from Island Tackle. This allows you to comfortably fish the rail without...
Great rod... have several of them
Good to see Pete and Gary on here as
Came off the Royal Star 7 day on 10/13 Saturday. Wanted to share that we saw 5 free swimmers off the bow at Lupe. If you're going, you may want to...
You beat me to the report. Nice fishing with you. Now to stitch together the GoPro clips....
That sounds incredibe. Was this on the anchor? Did you do this every stop? How did the crew react to this during WFO bite?
I’m on the RS leaving Sat. They
Well I know what I’m going to be doing at work tomorrow
Just bought a Phenix 869XH that I’m excited to fish. But the foregrip is a little short to lay on the rail. The foregrip is cork with X wrap over...
I keep checking that app throughout the day even though I know I won’t like it every time
RS got the bigger models
Glad to hear they’re biting heavier line. Did you guys fish BFT after leaving?
See you on the boat
Is that game plan still holding with Rosa coming up?
Same time frame for me on the RS. This isn’t what I had hoped for
Can you share a recap of the trip? Thanks
Several of these boats - RP, PS - were fishing there just 1-2 trips ago... revoked?
Looks like all the 7 day trips out right are now fishing Ridge instead of Lupe. Really interesting the sudden shift.... because the fishing is red...
How many pounds of drag can this fish?
Heard a few times the smaller dines got bit better. How small are we talking? Saw some nicer grade in the video. Were those mostly lost or eaten...
Thank you for sharing that
That footage is incredible! How did you get that underwater footage? Did you bring a long pole?
No thank you.
how did you do?
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slow wind like you're working a lure. definitely do not roll your line back with your fingers. you'll want to get it back on nice and even as much...
I have mine with 80# braid. Last year I had 60# topshot on it until we arrived and the crew had us switch to 80#. This year, I will likely fish 40...
What braid do you have on there?
I will bring a 40-50# class spinning outfit in case the bait is really that small.
Mike - when do you get back in? I may be leaving right when you're back just like last year. Your intel right off the boat helped alot!
David - what is your spinner recommendation in these situations? 10k sized reel and fish 40#? Doesnt sound line shy
That Fathom 40 is incredible. Now I'm rethinking if I should sell mine
Anyone use a spinner for the small sardines?
I have thought about this but flying from SF instead of train from SB....
When you open the Uber app, slide over to the UberXL icon. That ensures...
Go with Bight Sportfishing 3park charters - BFT only and everyone is actively fishing the kite.
What do you fish on this
PM me your phone. I have a spinning rod that’ll work for you. Never been fished. I’ll send pics
RP report shows them growing as they seem to do toward Fall. Wish they shared details about line/gear
Surprised this hasn't sold. This is the heavier popping rod you want for the larger fish
Fun to watch them head out/back in a line... You can see the Intrepid and Islander coming back now
Thanks Tom - sending you a few more Qs
This is intriguing because of the variety... Do you use the same charters for offshore and inshore? Bringing any fish home?
Big ones or the school size ones
Unfortunately don't have the time to get the rod tube and ship
What a great deal wow
I have fished a fathom 25NLD2 and also Torium 20 on it. Always 40# iron or dropper loop
Price does not include shipping
Big CC for the summer and a pilothouse for any other weather
Balloon allows you to keep fishing from drifting boat as well when someone else is hooked up
how'd you do Jason
When we were in the water, it was clear the boats flying the rubber were not doing as well
Didnt even know they made one 8-2
Phenix 720H in like new condition. Pricing firm at $160. Great rod with nice tip for smaller bait but plenty of backbone. You can also fish YOYO...
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In decent condition with some oxidation under guides as many of these popper rods. Will fish just fine. Great rod for...
If you cannot wait, there is an Avet 50 SDS at Longfin for $469. Maybe you can negotiate that down a little and get it filled with 130 braid.
how do you remove the white tissue
That 800X4H must be a monster
Can you please also send me more photos of the guides and handle? Interesting looking material
Same thought process here... but surprised the TG80 prefers straight braid. Perhaps easier to tie solid knots?
I'm hoping you can pls help me ID the make and model of this guide. The tip top insert popped and I'd like to confirm the tackle shop as this...
Why would the braid break off? Given there short mono leader to the faltfall... if the fish swallows the lure as they often do... then you've got...
Interesting they advised straight tying to the swivel. Anyone have the braid break off?
Got everything I need. Thank you Scott.
Is the bait situation that tough we're talking about 15# glass rods?
What's the grade of fish at Lupe?
HI Scott. Check your inbox.
Once defrosted, you'll see there is a portion of the meat layer which has nice marbling (3rd row) and then progressively you see the...
Got what I needed.
Can you show more pics of the wraps on the guides
See the videos from Pacific Dawn's FB page.... Harness
Same pic posted by Success on FB
Bight Sportfishing runs 3 packs. Price ranges on target... big bluefin are further and more expensive vs offshore kelp
Interesting. Is the 500g bigger than the 250g? Was the current ripping so the 500g stayed up and down (no scoping out) in the zone longer?
Assuming you're going out of SD... I would budget some extra time and have them do it right.
Would love to spend 7 days hammering cow BFT day and night in comfort of a LR boat. Excel is on a 2 day.
Might want to load up the Axis XXH to see where it maxes out. I fished mine at 18# drag and I think I could've gotten just a few more. Def not...
I fish on a 23 and the best seats for passengers are bean bags leaned against the cabin. No one likes the passenger bench
Find the longest trip he can get on. Then look at PQ New Lo ann aztec Vagabond. Call the offices to ask for one spot on charters
My brother just got a 233 on the Talica 25. Had no problems with the reel from what I saw. He liked that it was relatively compact
any larger fish? would be tricky if the larger fish only wanted 30-40lb but seems the fish are coordinated with line test
The landing can take care of his gear. More important to get on the right boat.
Would you stick with XXXH for 100# and XXH for 80#
Maybe a dumb Q - Would the VSX handles fit?
This is very helpful. Been closely following the reports given this year's smaller grade biting the lighter 40lb test. Good to hear that the 25N-2...
no concerns about that solid to hollow connection?
did you fish 80 or 100 on that?
For sale: Torium 16 and 20 for $100 each picked up near Downtown LA. $110 shipped. Prices are firm.
First 2 photos are for the 16
Sounds like around 25# of drag on that reel. Not much different than pulling from a spring scale. Did you feel you could bump up a little higher...
Tie the line to 24lb weight and see how it loads.
did you add more 100lb izor solid or did you go to hollow? flip the line so the knot is at the bottom?
Same... filled at 18# just this week by Alan tani
Do you fish 60 or 80 on that PCH XXH
sent message. thanks
Did they eat the Macs? Last November trip it blew 30+ every day. We never left our spot entire trip. None of the other LR did either. Bites didn't...
all yummie fish?
Make sure you have a 'light' 80# rig that you can comfortably hold all day long if the bite is slow. You'll still want the 80# top shot but...
Was on a Nov trip where we had 6 boats in a line... unique sight
Great report. I'm also in the Bay Area. Lets grab a beer some time at Bass Pro Shops
how did it perform
lets see this rig
check your inbox!
Nice boat! Huge deck
great report! can you share more about how the boat is set up? how was the bunk situation and other accommodations?
who needs a pilothouse when you'll be back at the dock within the hour anyway
Interesting - did they elaborate
Well if you consider that the fish tends to gain weight and size over time, it doesnt really matter..
Dont remember which boat, but one of the LR boats just posted a report of a cow caught on the Okuma rod provided as boat gear
Key is experience and good eyes/stamina for the days
Designed for a bracket given the full transom?
I'm also interested in this if you find out. Thank you,
How did the zeus pods do dragging lures?
Incredible video. Got me thinking about Panama options for 2019. Any possibility of bringing fish back home or too much hassle?
also curious if 76 behaves differently from 80
sounds like they got some BFT for 2 days and now they're heading down
If later in Sept, you'll have the Lupe option which is a nice place to start off.. then jam down for wahoo and yellowtail.
Curious to hear about which reel requires least amount of effort to get the spool going.
Curious to see range with 300 gal tank
curious why the 2310 and 2510 arent getting as much love...
any pics of the build/rebuild of the boat?
Fished with Rene - great captain
if Lupe trip as mike suggested - you'll be in silent conditions on the hook
How heavy is that Worldcat? Impressive there's a trolling motor that can handle that boat.
80# setup didnt leave my hands last year. Had 60# for YOYO jig. Might switch that to 80# but not necessary given you're not keeping your jig on...
Mine is filled above that ring you see in your spool. I think I got 100-150 yards between that ring to the next lower ring
Did you check out the seakeeper demo boat?
How well do the Okuma SST fish LC110?
is that the fuel tank on the deck?
What's under the deck?
Fished 80# on the X2 and did fine on 100-120# fish. Didnt feel like i needed more power. Also didnt need to thumb the spool at the end game. If...
This is great
Climbed the one at FHS. Really like the walkaround
How's the boat so far
How close are the motors mounted?
Sounds like that 22 Davis here is your next move
building an enclosed cabin?
You'd like get bit enough times at Lupe to walk off the boat being very comfortable using the rail. Great opportunity to learn with manageable...
Why red instead of black
Jamie helped me a ton with terminal gear and jigs and then took time to help with technique that I def put to use
storage or projects?
Torque 40 if you really intend to bump to 80#. Otherwise Fathom 40. The Fathom is the boat loaner reel that's landed many many YFT over 100# at...
after Intrepid gets them, others who can afford will follow
Many of their posts on FB mention Mustad 7691. I'm assuming this means none of the Cows were sardine fish. That's a big hook and long shank. I'm...
Should help make the skipjack 28's more popular. Always liked the pilothouse ones
any pics of those?
Later in the year risks more storms and winds that may turn off the bite.
Yummy bite was July Aug
Had Kenny with us in Nov on the Shogun. Very good food and even more skilled deckhand when he came outside
Did you feel the number of people to be an issue? The other boats fish up to 12 but used to fish with fewer.
How'd you do in th line up
X2H was fine with 80# for 120# class YFT at Lupe. Had Rene on the shogun coach me through and he complimented the rod. Would also feel comfortable...
Brand new with tags on. Men's Blue Medium. Retails for around $100. Selling for $60 shipped to you....
80# braid to short topshot of 80# Fluoro
7 days in PV! Looking forward to your report
Any noticeable difference in freespool when casting bait? I'm torn between those two models and might come down to freespool
Agreed given top of Lupe YFT would be 175#. Pic of the t handle?
May end up being 30-60# fish eating Sardine 40# on the long soak lol
If it's a Lupe only trip, you're looking at around 3 solid days of soaking bait before sun rise to after sun down. You'll want the smallest reel...
Those are best priced although bigger passenger load
Nov/Dec you get fewer sharks but more wind.
Sept/Oct you get more sharks and better weather.
how'd you have it set up? 65# braid? topshot?
I see the RR3 has a 7 day in PV. I believe that's the longest of any boat down there as well
You answered my Q. I was wondering where all this stuff is stored. Seen some crazy clutter in some staterooms
Insulated cooler bag that folds up nicely when empty. All reels have cover anyway
Just commenting on the rod. Fished 80# fine for me with 100-20# class YFT at Lupe. I have a 12 VISX coming that I plan to put on that rod for full...
Do you fish this with 80 or 100?
problem with SKB is that if you don't get a nice spot on open tackle station, you'll have issues on the shelf
found some ultra thin work gloves that were great. helped a lot when working YOYO jig. Just learn how to hold the bait with right hand and hook...
More important to have a proper rod that can handle 25# of drag. The reels will be capable. Just swap them around if you're tired of lugging the...
Do you know if that was on 60 or 80?
Those are really light blanks anyway. My issue was with the weight and bulk of the reel when going through DOZENS of live bait for two days
What does one do with an LR boat in Alaska? Skiff trip style operation?
Any pics of the reel side by side with Penn or Okuma line up?
What's the equivalent in terms of size? Penn 12/Torque40 or Penn 16? I'm looking for a reel that can take 500yd of 80# (Penn 12/Torque40N...
Strengthen resilience includes limiting commercial activity in the area.
Seeker 6 day 11/10-16
RS did well today. May have really encouraged Intrepid and AA to do this.
AA just added two. Arghhh!
very good to know this! if I was fishing premier 80... that's equivalent of blue 60? good thing i didnt bump the drag up some more during the end game
I just fished the Shogun trip that came back on 11/17. It blew 20-30 our entire trip... sometimes felt more during early mornings. Boat is low and...
answering my own question in case someone needs this info:
60 and 80# flyline were fished on Fathom40N
100# dropper loop on Penn 30VSX
Does the 12VISX have a heavier spool compared to the Torque40NLD2? You said previously that the weight difference is in the frame and handle, but...
In that case I'm surprised at the stretch coming from Premier.
Purchased wooden dowels and wrapped them with non-gloss duck tape. Works great. $7 for 36inch dowel can make several pullers.
Mustad 4x Demon 10/0
Hey Jason - my brother and I had similar experiences on this same topic. We had Fathom 40N's rigged with 60# for yellowtail or line shy YFT -...
I noticed that my seaguar premier 80# fluoro leader became wavy after a 20-30 min fight with a 100# class YFT. It almost looks like I had wrapped...
Good luck. Rene will find them for you. Hope for minimal wind and cooperative currents. This was my first time at the Lupe but I'm told that...
Just got back from Seeker 6 day on the Shogun. 4-5 of us fished the Fathom 40 with 80 braid to very short 80 topshot with great success. my...
This was a surprise for me as well, having spoken with Aaron and Russ at Fred Hall. But having just fished with Rene this week, I'm glad he's...
we saw the offload from the prior trip that got 117 YFT and remarked the same to ourselves
personally, i felt it was a great trip despite the...
I went 1 for 4. Pulled the hook on one, braid busted on the kite rod (that was a really big one that never stopped running - only bite on the...
We were prepared for a very nasty crossing coming back but that never happened. Very smooth and comfortable. I'm told this time of the year things...
Just got off the Shogun Seeker 6 day this morning. Quick report for anyone heading out soon. I had several BDers message me with tips and info so...
Was looking at next gear schedule for this time frame as well but I'm looking at 6+ Given Cedros closure. It's a bummer because an inshore/islands...
Curious why you fished the 20 with 80# Fluoro. Just to get a feel for it? Did it feel much heavier or bulkier than the 16?
12 is taller or wider than the 40s?
Jamie - what size for Lupe? Or should I even bother
Maybe ask how much kite fishing is done anyway. Might not be worth the hassle of using your own gear
Independence seems to be doing very well there. Surprised no one has posted a report
Ed I ride this boat and I...
I think 2 setups sufficient. Won't even have time to use more than that
I'll let you know in two weeks.
much appreciated advice. i'm headed out next week. similar to what has been shared by others - grind them in fast. any chance Shogun has these...
did you fish 80 on this? how did it do?
It's become like CBass fishing where you have to lay the anchor by hand :o:o
Thanks for the latest details. Bummed to hear they're even eating the yellowtail. Any nighttime dropper loop fishing?
Appears the sharks are bad enough that folks are keeping bitten fish. Not sure if this is normal?
Thanks guys. Russell gave us a run down of what to bring and the 60# gear (Fathom 40s) at Fred Hall but we didn't talk about 80-100# setups that...
Does anyone know what rental gear the shogun has for the tackle package? Especially curious about 80 and 100 setups and whether they flyline well....
Reports look positive for sure. I see a 7 day in January... any other boats spend that much time down there?
Where do they store this? Top deck?
Thanks for the heads up on the sliding sinkers and bait making ones
How much lead? 3x 10, 12, 16, 24, 28 sufficient? Stocking up for my brother and myself and the box is getting heavy. Where do you guys store so...
Ughhh wish I saw this before paying $10/ea x 12 today
Seems to me the trokar is heavier gauge than comparable size super mutu
Surprised no one has fished even testers
Does Daiwa allow drop off service or we have to ship them?
thanks for your help Jamie. coming in again 10/21... hopefully you'll still have something nice in the rod rack
I am not prepared for this. Hoping the shogun will have decent 100# that can flyljne.
Frank was running the trip so hopefully this gets the attention it needs
Seems they're still fishing
Was just there last Saturday and grabbed 10 JRI66s... Great selection
Jamie - bummed to read this after texting you about dropping by the shop tomorrow to talk about Lupe!!
What gear for the iron YOYO?
Good deal on nice rod
Wow heavier gear for the flyline YT than the YFT. Were the YFT just a little pickier?
How did 5Star contact the guy who ended up with the BFT? It was sent collect so that guy was able to claim the shipment and paid for the shipping....
100-130 for the tuna? How many had those setups and skill to flyline a dine? Sounds like they bit well
We got a 271 on a yummie that was part of a school foaming on some chovies. Insane to see fish that big work a bait ball. Do cow YFT work bait...
Please report back. Would love to hear how these trips are run.
Long soak and need to drop down to 40#. Do you put that topshot on a reel with 80# braid or drop down to 65#? All the comments say 80# minimum
Which model and gen torium
Long range x 1000
Would it be reasonable to ask the deckhands to repack the braid every evening? Those long soaks screw up the spool for sure
How long is long? Exploring options for a 40-50# reel in case they're picky. Wondering how much braid I should have.
Amazing footage watching their circles. What's the giant arm on the second deck starboard side?
How did they do last year? Seems like a lot of guys but also bigger boat.
Looks like you have one just like it!
Besides frame upgrade, any drag mod done?
Nice popper rods
Now is the time. Wish I didn't have other vacation plans
How do you fish them differently? Still need to put that Daiwa that I bought from you to use BTW... hoping at Lupe this year
How's the new boat
that's the one
What's on the list
How was the fight? We just got a 77in, 271# and that was a rod in the holder and then rail kinda situation. Cannot imagine on spinning gear
Finished the post, answered some Q's in there. Hope there are helpful takeaways. And good luck to anyone going after these things. Really wish I...
This was way more complicated than you made it look on TV!!
Yummie flyer on the kite. I'll add a pic and flush out more of the report shortly. Bit right past 6pm. The other blowups were very fast moving...
Complete version - hope there are some takeaways here: My brother and I were joined by Brendan to fish Sat 8/5 with Brandon Hayward, Bight...
Keep us posted on your build!
Would cutting that tank out void your warranty? Also think open back would add more room
Ever come up to SF?
Look at the post from Constitution
Phenix 809 and torium 20
How hard do they fight when up in the water column? Imagine the looks around the boat when you're flylining out a small YT on 100lb outfit?? LOL
Oooof wish I checked this board more often. Good luck this weekend
Maybe enclosed transom without the useless live bait well and cooler
is that top section of the windshield factory? never understood why there is such a big gap in the windshield
nice flush fit into the cabinet
That's very impressive and makes sense fishing heavy string with shorter fight in the rod holder
Good to run the boat
This sets the bar for sure
Wow!! What could be next after this?
Wow that dude has some crazy videos
Are galaxy the one that catch on fire and got banned?
What's your rod and reel setup? Assuming you're fishing heavy gear
never seen that before! but it works
Very nice video of the team work! BTW what boat are you running? Looks like a pilothouse cat
Didn't they just fish at Lupe in May?
Wish it was a sliding
Figured this would be the best forum for higher-end spinning gear. Want to get an Isla 7000 serviced. I purchased it used last season and didn't...
Thanks for offering these. I'm going to be replacing my conventional jig sticks with spinning setup for surface iron yellows going forward. Much...
Makes sense. You also gained a lot of space forward of the helm. Seems that most of the manufacturers now have moved to full windshields that...
Great craftsmanship! How's the visibility going from the windshield to this setup? Since you left the back open I assume the mod wasn't for warmth.
Rooster doesn't have heads below?
Didn't seem like it's intended for those who want long runs and overnight trips. Big cabin with lots of seating but the berth tmay be smaller than...
I have a used one that I'll be listing soon
I'm not sure that they're keying in on flying fish specifically, but rather the irresistable surface commotion made by some sort of edible sized fish
I have mine on Phenix Axis 780XH
Cheers to the come back!
Holy moly. More pics?
Tom - I can't find details on the HEG model. What are th specs and difference ?
Mine also came with one.
I have the 76XH for popping. Well constructed. Feels solid. More of a medium-fast action. Have it paired with a Saragosa
I can't answer your question but I'd like to see what you're fishing for!!
I have a Stingo 7'6" 130gram used once fish I'll sell for $110 shipped. It has some flex which will be good for live bait. If you were 100% popper...
Thanks for looking.
Didn't get great photos of the trout pond but the Browns looked gnarly.
Caught the lunch time feeding at BPS. Thought you guys would enjoy.
Looking for a 3000 sized spinning reel.
Silverlake/Eagle Rock or near DTLA
Decent cosmetic condition but mechanically sound on both reels. Both reels come with clamps. The 15/30 comes with 50 or 65lb braid. $60 picked...
Great condition except for the small nicks on the gold trim. Comes with box and spooled with 50 or 65lb braid. Didnt see much use... maybe a...
Got a free spinning rod and now I need a spinning reel to go along with it for inshore loaner use. Looking for a 3000 sized spinning reel in...
Jason - that cast is the way to go. I watched Mike Lackey put on a workshop last year casting tiny anchovies just as far as folks were tossing...
Did you test the drag on the reel after?
Great deal for the combo
Picked up 2 used rods that are in great condition except for some rust on the feet of the guides. What's the best way to clean these up? I know...
Fishing for schoolie YFT and mahi - that'll do just fine
Going cow tipping?
200g and 250g were usually tied on the captains rod on the 3pak and 4pak I fished on this season
if my drag is set for 20# but the rod only needs 13# for a full bend, shouldnt i just put the rod at the fish without a bend and let the reel do...
Jamie are you going to be at the shop next weekend? 8/13
LOL. Eric leave some for me! I'm heading there next Saturday
Abyss 909 will have a more parabolic action which allows it to load easier with lighter irons. Also comes with reel seat so that's convenient....
I think Bob Sands is going to carry some short wind on's soon
Jaime are the Windon's ready?
$pinning bait tank!
IG said there was a 50lb YT on the surface iron as well so guessing this was on bait
Throws irons very well given its parabolic action. I'd say max would be 30# for long range bait. Caught some 30# class yellows earlier this year...
Thanks Johnny they were great
Kil - do you ever have any issues flying so much with the rods? How do you store them?
Is that a Penn Popper rod? if so, very interesting to see the different manufacturers get into this
worth the drive. not only did Jaime setup my reel, but he also spent a lot of time sharing various fighting techniques and going over different gear
Def helps they're willing to run to Lupe this early too.
That's exactly what I was looking for. How come the diff between 19-23? Seems like a big range (20-25%) to me...
I'm learning there's a diff between max drag at full spool vs empty. In that 18# at full spool becomes heavier has the line goes out. That said...
Double check that drag on the Saragosa 10k. I have one as well. Brand new out of the box and then got the Lexa drag enhancement (thank you Jaime...
Made the Talica 25s feel inadequate
Makes sense. Likely allows folks to stand more forward actually without a tank in the middle
Just this Saturday: we were targeting those cow sized BFT without luck so ran back inside. We spotted bird schools working right off Oceanside in...
Same deal as the PV trips. 50lbs of frozen filets in a soft cooler. But key is to make sure they're nicely filet, vacuum bagged, and frozen.
Some big YFT there
Does the 2530 ride proud (bow high) like the 2520?
Update. Took the rod to Phenix and Alex helped me out. The grooves were on excess epoxy and not the actual ring. He cleaned out the guides for me...
Will take the rod in to make sure. The guy on the phone gave me the "hold on" several times when I was asking for make/model/size.
Called Phenix. Turns out it's a Sea Guide (unclear which model), not Fuji, and I'll have to pay for replacement. The guy didn't sound surprised...
Been wondering about this exact point on fish processing for cape cod trip. How to get the fish processed for a flight home? Can anyone chime in?...
Was open Sat. Knarly entering in the afternoon
**Update below. Resolved**
Anyone know the make/model/size of guides and thread used on the factory Phenix Axis rods? I was cleaning my gear and...
What max functional drag (still have great freespool) are you guys getting from your 25N and 40N?
Someone beat me to the Isla
Looking for this rod in excellent condition. Thanks.
Bump for the wknd
270-8H avail for $100
He'd like have to make some modifications for it to be PV ready. Including chopping off that pulpit
Don't they feed night time during full moon?
fun sized ones! well done.
I'll ask my question here since the other flat fall threads is side tracked. Anyone replace the assist hooks on the 200g/250g flat falls? want to...
Anyone replacing the assist hooks wirh something stronger via swivel and split rings? What hook and what size for 200 and 250g?
What's your PayPal? Want 1x each color in 200g and 250g.
Wow! Good opportunity to strap on outboards
Great deal. Also get my gear serviced by Alan. How much for topshot do you have on here? I have same reel and tempted to buy this and sell mine.
Flat fall getting the BFTs now. 200g and 250g
670 SOLD. 270-8H still available for $100
Found what I needed. Thanks.
someone should've told that jumbo BFT
Need to get some JB hollow on a spinning reel and also pick up terminal tackle/hooks/flat falls. Which tackle shops in SoCal (LA county or OC)...
Did you get that spooled at a shop? Who's selling JB locally?
Surprised there isn't a gear rental program for high end stuff like there are for high end electronics. Place CC on file for replacement like...
Donnie is a great dude and that setup is a proven killer. Was just on the phone with him this morning to ask dozens of questions about popping gear.
Giving this a chance before eBay. Looking for Saragosa 10000SW in excellent condition. No braid is ok (preferred)
Are your trips in 2017 filled?
Did the crew ever come over to check the drag? If so would be surprising they didn't crank it up
Nice user friendly size
Interesting the fish woke up in the second video
Message me your phone number
Yes. Message me your phone number
The specs say you won't get 300yards
Sold to Tim
Anymore guys vouch for this and I'm gonna pull the listing and just keep them. They've certainly killed enough fish for me!!
anyone test the metaloid spinners?
Need to get on board this summer! How do you think the BFT will respond when the smaller YFT push into the area?
Does it have that new boat smell?? Congrats!
Bump for the weekend
PM me your number
Also have a TLD 15/30 and 20/40 for $60 each that would be perfect matched up.
Both rods still available
Blog post just went up. Attractive pricing. Hmm
Factory 10k spool or aftermarket 16k would fit. Wish you were closer to LA.
Great seller. I got one of these
Just got a 300D + Teramar 80H. hoping it'll be my squid/leadhead setup
Added a rod that would make for a nice combo
Pending for Alex
We need a BD group trip out to Cape Cod for some jumbo BFT on the popper. At least that's how I'm trying to justify some item$$$ I've added to...
Holy moly - I need to text/call you soon bud
No longer pending
Calstar 270-8H in good condition - $100. You'll notice a more matte finish near the foregrip and some very light scratches on the clear coat from...
820XFA model made in washington. Cork, wraps, and clear coat are in excellent shape. A little bit of rust at the foot of some guides, which is...
what size spinning reel are you putting on that? trying to gauge whether this is a 10000/14000 class or 18000/20000 class rod
Nice boat. How come these always come with canvas tops?
Let's see some pics of the deck. How does it bail water? Hoses get mounted above deck?
How come you installed the Gosa heads? Have you fished after installing them?
Will be posting Calcutta 8ft shortly.
Check your PM
Thanks for that. 765ML still available, but in LA. No plans for SD until early August.
That Black Devil 200 listed here
That convinced me to bring my scale lol
Curious why you went with spinning setup for deep jigging? Any advantages you found over conventional? Whatever you're doing, it obviously worked!
That's awesome. Did you set 16lb drag because of the 65lb braid? I was out Friday and the capt asked for 20lb drag with my 65lb braid to 80...
Wow! Keep these coming
Any updates on this? Or that HH Lobster hull
765L sold. Thanks Mike.
765ML still available
Fish 60-80lb with yoyo iron or live bait for yellowtail or tuna. The nice Hypalon foregrip makes it easy to lay them on the rail.
The rods are in LA. Sure you want to ship?
765L is 30-80, I'd fish 60 on this
765ML is 40-80, fish "heavy" 60 or "light" 80
2 reels: Shimano TLD 15/30 and 20/40. Mechanically sound, cosmetically decent. Overall bulletproof reels.
Calstar 660 wrapped by Yo's awhile back...
765ML with ring guides in excellent condition. Hypalon foregrip with cord rear grip. Aftco reel seat. Black gimble. Triple wrap was very well...
Will be listing 765L and 765ML, both ringed guides, soon. $150 each. Great condition.
Wow very big diff in spool size. Sounds like Andros < Mak < Torque for capacity
Nice. That's the right angle for those rod holders
Chop out that rear cabinet and factory tank. Should fit 100 gallon tank nicely in that space.
Last minute have 1 spot open with Seasons Sportfishing's 23ft Parker. Running for BFT, leaving 6am. $366 per person.
Call me 213 220 9757
What reel and line did you have on the MH
This early season on the BFT has been mostly small boat bite, similar to how last season played out. Reach out to Jamie at Seasonsportfishing (he...
lets see some pics!
Perfect conditions for some local testing right now. Heading out Friday if you need a tester ;-)
wow thanks for sharing. sounds like a fire drill. i imagine that wasnt a pleasant sound of the reel stem breaking
I thought I saw a good photo of the reel on the Excel facebook page. Cant find it anymore.
Looks like Billy and Kil
thanks john. i see you're in carmel. i'm up in SF. any shops up here carry popping gear?
some more of these reel comparisons/reviews would be helpful. we all know the stella is great but it's out of range for many of us.
wow you got one! post a report of that trip.
thanks for the shot of the crimped leader on the poppers. how are you connecting 80lb braid to the 100lb leader? ring?
who carries the OTI ocean extreme in socal?
Fill it with 65 to the top and you can swap in 30 or 40 as needed. Might want another rod tho
80 braid to the top. Normally fish 60lb topshot on this reel but I was instructed 80lb topshot for BFT. Performance tackle said they've been...
Thanks. Not quite ready for the Black Hole... I don't think ;-)
Which Proteus do you recommend
Fished this trip last year and really tried to make it again but schedule didnt align. If it's the same group, you'll really enjoy the people - a...
Does the black hole challenger come in 2 piece? Thinking ahead.. If I'm gonna invest in a popping outfit, it only makes sense to have a trip to...
David that's a lot of braid. Why not 80 instead?
What's up with the maxcuatro
John what do you think about carnage rods for popping
25N for 65 braid with 40 topshot
40 for 80 braid with 60 topshot
Don't need the capacity of the 40 for 40-50# test unless you're doing super...
If you were to invest in just one, 10k or 14k?
That's a lot of toro. And that 22ft Robalo sure grew quickly into that Sportfisher!
Any comments on whether there was much difference? 20k seems overkill for "normal" years but 10k seems light for the job right now.
Torium 20 with 80 power pro slick and 5ft of 50#. It's already so narrow no need to go with 16
Throw that thing yet?
Maybe that's the only difference in popper vs surface iron. Cast into the former and let it float in the chaos like dead sticking for bass??
Pls report back. I'm trying to figure out similar with Fathom 40-2 but on a 7'8" rod. 10ft ULUA sounds painful
Plan is to use my Fathon 40N-2speed as well. How'd you have it setup? Sounds like you did just fine. Did you need to make long casts?
these 3/4 day boats with LR style approach like the San Diego really kill it
2 yellows 1 bucket ;-)
Trying to figure out how to rig up for these. Want to go 2speed + jig stick but worried about cast ability. Were long casts needed?
beasts!! what reel were you fishing on the jig stick? 130 braid to 80lb fluoro sounds about right for a 100+ bft
Zach! Been a long time! Glad to hear you found them.
would definitely speak with a recruiter to see whether you're really that far back
Sounds crazy but we had enough to go hunt feeling good and obviously we would've felt awesome if even one of us got a keeper CBass
Sorry for the late report. Just getting around to this after a bunch of traveling. My brother and I joined Fumio for a 3pak to look for CBass on...
With this fishing he may not finish rigging until winter
Abyss 909 loads very easily which helps if you're casting from the bow a private boat and it's not as stable as a party boat. Fun to cast throw...
I prefer 50#
I went the opposite way. I throw irons with 80# braid and 4-5ft of 50# mono.
looks like that split ring held no problem. good to know
Share your excel model
hull looks like a greenough
that looks amazing. massive bait tank!
Curious to see inside the cabin on that walkaround
texting you from 213-220
top or topless? how much room do you have up front to chuck irons?
photos not showing up
Boat looks alot bigger than 28ft. Congrats!
This is GREAT. Would just amend to add that the JRI-3 has a flat back as described by Jerry.
Reading this suggests that we went from an El Nino year right into a "new normal" of dry warm weather period that'll flip into a wet weather...
Thanks Jerry, exactly what I needed for an order.
Torium 20 HG is quite narrow and a huge improvement over the prior generation. I went from Torium 16 older model to Torium 20 for surface iron...
what's the difference between the 7 and the 4 and the 3?
yes that's where i'm looking
Wish I bought these at Fred Hall, but now I'm reading the descriptions and every surface jig sounds the same. what is the difference between the...
CL post went down. can you post again?
Phenix Axis 780XH.
Looking for spinning model in ML (6.5ft or 7.2ft) and casting model in H (7114H)
Have any other dates for 2017?
would love to jump on one of those trips next year David
any updates on the build
forgetting which thread, but someone fished this at Lupe on 80# - search the LR forum
RP, RS, Shogun
Thanks. Will mull this over and dig up some old reports from December at Lupe.
Thanks for making the drive.
Shogun just added a late December trip to Guadalupe. Last year, they killed the fish throughout December, but that was a full blown El Nino....
Are you free today?
Anyone have one they want to let go? Prefer meet in person in Southern CA/Fred Hall this weekend.
I saw that one. Will speak with the RP and Shogun about these earlier trips. I did notice the Lupe trips are 6 days to accommodate for check-in's
I've been looking at the schedules for Lupe trips. Which trip are you on? I dont see a 5-day in the November/December time frame (except NYE...
If you'll be at FH, ask the boat where you will be fishing and how you should rig up. There is also a thread in the LR section when the boats are...
I cant find any PV trip listings for the Apollo. Are these strictly charter deals?
Anyone go out on the Berkeley boats lately?
this looks fun. where can i find a list of JRI sponsored trips?
Great rod. Fished 50# for the 50-60# YFT during the summer
That would be awesome. Contest for largest surface iron fish?
If you still have it later this month I'll swing down to OC for it $100
I was so close to pulling the trigger on this trip. Looking at next year's Thanksgiving trip, which are booked as 6-days for $2100.
Cory - should've known you were there. I was also on campus, but wearing BLUE
How much for Black Friday special
That's the feedback I was looking for. Wish Shimano would share some application comparisons. I like the super slick in 80# for surface iron,...
Seems like a huge 26. Didn't know they made outboard versions
What kind of 4oz leadheads are you fishing
I see a side door on the cabin. Enclosed back?
Couldn't make it out after being out of town for a few weeks. Keep us noted for the next one.
Couldn't make it up to Sac for the meet up but surprised you guys didn't book a few spots after a couple of rounds
Shogun posted trips on FB. 6 day trips. $1495 not including permits
My brother might want this. Where are you in LA
Amazing! Would love to see more modern builds. Especially the larger boats.
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