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  1. Fred Archer

    SHOW SPECIALS FOR HAWAII BD'RS!

    BE SURE TO CHECK OUT OUR SALE FOR BLOODY DECKERS WHO CAN'T MAKE IT TO THE FRED HALL SHOW IN LONG BEACH! SOME VERY NICE VALUES THERE. WOULDN'T WANT ANY OF YOU TO MISS OUT ON IT. THE ANNOUNCEMENT CAN BE FOUND ON MY BOARD ON THE MAIN MENU. MAHALO!
  2. Fred Archer

    HOW TO START A BAR FIGHT

    No, no, not THAT kine! I'm talkin' ahi fights at "The Ahi Bar & Grill". All that's left is conkin' 'em on the noggin'. Got ice?
  3. Fred Archer

    Another haole guy & gal? No way!

    Check out this guy in the cowboy hat and his lady getting onboard the "Love Boat" for a cruise of the islands. Doesn't look like a fisherman, does he? But wait a minute. What's with that Shimano T-shirt he's wearing? Oh boy, maybe this is another one of those haole guys who drives charter...
  4. Fred Archer

    Big Moldcraft Marlin

    Found this picture of a big lady caught on a Moldcraft Senior Wide Range by an old buddy. Old picture, but a BIG fish...can't remember how big, but big! Thought some of you might like seeing her.
  5. Fred Archer

    Crazy fishing? NOT!

    Teaser and bait & switch fishing (one of the most misunderstood kinds of fishing by many) are not only excellent ways to catch lots of fish, they are a lot of fun to boot. Here's some thoughts on them. Long post, so as usual, if you don't like reading long ones, it ain't for you. Most of...
  6. Fred Archer

    BIG, old amberjack...kan/kampachi?

    This is a big Pacific Amberjack, a fish that the Mexicans call "Pez Fuerte", "strong fish". And they ain't lying! They're what I call "real groundpounders" Ouch! :imdumb:
  7. Fred Archer

    ELEPHANTS EAT PEANUTS. SO DO SQUIRRELS

    We've posted plenty of pictures of big fish caught on little bars. Here's one of the kind of little guy that hits them too. There's no guarantee that little guys only will pounce on a small bait, so it's a good idea to be ready for one that's after the same sashimi as you are, or you are...
  8. Fred Archer

    Ballyhoo, opelu, malolo imitations

    I apologize in advance for not knowing the Hawaiian name for ballyhoo, but I'm pretty sure that you have them there and that some either buy or catch them for bait. Worldwide, ballyhoo and other, similarly shaped slender baitfish are very popular for trolling, with ballyhoo unquestionably being...
  9. Fred Archer

    BIG MAKO JUMPS ABOARD!

    I just found this picture of a 200 plus mako that jumped aboard a buddy's boat years back and took over the cockpit for almost an hour before he could be conked and put out of action. My buddy, who shall remain unnamed for what should be obvious reasons, got too close to the fish too soon and...
  10. Fred Archer

    1 OF MANY WAYS TO SKIN A HALIBUT

    Yes, there are many ways to catch lots of halibut. You'll find more of them than you could ever imagine or learn about here or on any other website anywhere in the book "Halibut Fisherman's Bible", written by a large number of halibut fishing experts, including charter captains, rod and reel...
  11. Fred Archer

    THE REAL DEAL ON COLORS

    Corny and a few others have had questions and comments on bar teaser and chasebait colors, in Corny's case, the lack of black and purple models being especially troubling. Understandable, as many believe that black and purple is among THE colors for tuna. And that's true, but only to a point -...
  12. Fred Archer

    JUS DA FACS, JACK!!

    The following should require no editorializing...
  13. Fred Archer

    PROOF OF THE PUDDIN'

    Below you will find an email I just received from Richard Gardner, a fishing tackle manufacturer who lives in Great Britain. He and his partner are hard core, true pros. I first met them at Cheeseburger/Cheeseburger down in Cabo while I was talking with another fleet owner who wanted to buy...
  14. Fred Archer

    Panga trolling a new, better way

    Here's a video showing how more and more panga fishermen are starting to troll and catch a lot more fish. The guys are turning tight, fast circles to show how easy and tangle-free SuperBars and RuckusRaisers are, shot from "The Wallycopter". There's a total of 44 teasers and lures in that...
  15. Fred Archer

    Pompano dolphin (mahi?)

    I noted a thread on pompano dolphin a few days back. First, I'd like to thank the first person to mention this fish and its name. A week or two ago I saw a picture on the Cal Offshore Board of several mahis caught by someone and danged if one of them wasn't a pompano version! I couldn't...
  16. Fred Archer

    The machine that lies to you!

    If you let it, that is... I'm talking the water temperature gauges that cheer us up or bum us out, depending on what direction they are going in. El Nino's, such as the mild one that we are currently experiencing, seem to heighten the average fisherman's awareness of water temps and what...
  17. Fred Archer

    EXTRACTING BIG TUNA, DODO, WAHOO

    Our friends Tom Lansing, Capt. Ramon and Fernando are still doing a job on the fish down in Cabo. We will be shooting video with them shortly. Man, what a great crew and ride. Rides, actually, because they also have a bitchin' 32 Blackfin too. Extraction in action, plus some recent results...
  18. Fred Archer

    A new kind of lure rockin'

    Thought that some of you might get a kick out of this...I KNOW Molokaipaki will, eh Cappy?! Sizes from 3" to 12". The ones on this Ruckus Raiser are 9". The bar gets smaller as the squids do. Notice that in the 8 knot shots the bar is being run flat. The teasers are running and...
  19. Fred Archer

    RUCKUS RAISER ROCKIN VIDEO

    New...and our hottest new bar ever. And like our Spiders, it doubles as a great dredge! No other bar or dredge in the world does this. Trolls like a feather, but strong as a bull, so it's great for small or big boats. And it comes with 3", 4 1/4", 6" (all great for local and Baja tunas and...
  20. Fred Archer

    SPREADERBAR/DREDGE ALL IN ONE

    There are spreaderbars, and there are dredges. Up until now, they have been two separate lures. More and more West Coasters are using and catching lot of fish on our bars. But dredges? Not many know about them, except that they are very popular in other areas and that the typical one is big...
  21. Fred Archer

    WHEN TUNA EAT CRABS & SHRIMP

    It's a pretty common scenario the world over. Tuna of all kinds and sizes focused in on and eating shrimp, red crabs, little squid, octopi, you name it, it's whale food and tuna just love the stuff...and it can be outright murder trying to get them to eat regular size lures, and even single...
  22. Fred Archer

    BIG local yellowfin!

    BD'rs Scorch and Iglooman did some fishing and video taping yesterday and caught some very nice local tunas not far offshore... Best in Big Game website & online store, index
  23. Fred Archer

    AWESOME NEW LURE!!!

    TRULY INCREDIBLE NEW LURE! This is pretty long, so if you're one of those Long Post Haters, please don't bother with it. It takes more than a short description and a picture to describe what to me, at least, is one of the most innovative new lure designs and skirting systems that I have...
  24. Fred Archer

    MORE SMALL BOAT TROLLING TIPS

    The following applies to big boats too.
  25. Fred Archer

    HOW THE HELL DEY DO DAT??!!

    Ono's hit a lure or bait without so much as a click off the reel, a rigger release popping or anything and not get hooked? BD'r Clay Cling nailed an ono that hit a huge, 15" FatBoy Bar Squid the other day. Then, yesterday, his birthday, he lost a 5+ marlin that hit the same lure when an ono...
  26. Fred Archer

    Dorado & BIG albacore!

    Albacore ain't just here. There are a lot of them on the east coast and they get big there. Here are some picts just in from Captain Ted White of (ready for this?) New Jersey with a double of dorado and albacore and a big alby, one of a double. All of the fish were caught on purple FatBoy...
  27. Fred Archer

    2 GUYS, 2 TRIPS, 68 ALBACORE!

    Fish report just in from BD'r Jason Frederickson... Hey Fred Love your product. The black and purple meat bars have been money this season. The dorado color not so much, but I feel they add to the bait school behind my boat and bring the fish to the mexiflag feather and cedar plug...
  28. Fred Archer

    MAKO BITE!

    Chapter Six Last Year on the Whelping Grounds She returned to the whelping grounds from the south during a full moon in early May. (This is a greatly abridged chapter from Grim Ripper. I have shortened it for those who don’t like to read. The ... that you will see represent sections...
  29. Fred Archer

    NEW...LIGHTNING SQUID BARS!

    See my post on the Chit Chat Board on what these new DaisyBars did in their first few hours on the water during the Ilwaco Tuna Tournament up north. I don't know if anyone else is impressed, but we sure are! Catching twelve out of fourteen fish caught, fishing against the mighty MeatBall Bar...
  30. Fred Archer

    BEST ISLAND BAITS

    FROM THE BOOK “SECRETS OF THE WEST COAST PRIVATE BOAT PROS CHAPTER THIRTEEN SECRETS OF ISLAND FISHING “ISLAND KING” No way was I going to write anything about fishing the islands! I simply don’t know enough about fishing them to write anything about them, but it’s a...
  31. Fred Archer

    PRO SECRETS - MAKING MACKEREL

    The following is an excerpt from the book Secrets of the West Coast Private Boat Pros, written by me and a dozen top west coast private boat anglers, charter captains and rod and reel commercial fishermen from up and down the west coast. The co-authors and contributors include many Bloody...
  32. Fred Archer

    HOT, CHEAP WAHOO & TUNA LURE!

    EXCERPT FROM THE WAHOO TROLLER’S BIBLE THE “POOR BOY” WAHOO TROLLING LURE For many years down in Cabo the pangeros (panga captains) and a secretive group of old gringo skiff drivers have used the following lure when specifically targeting wahoo and also when they are running from place...
  33. Fred Archer

    WHATTA YA THINK TOO???

    Okay, here is the follow-up to the other "whatta ya think?" post. This one starts with bridling up a mahi, or what we call skipjack and what you folks call ???, or small tuna. I am from a place (The Baja), where bait fishing is a very big deal and that includes the bigger baits. Small...
  34. Fred Archer

    BEST PB TUNA TECHNIQUE?

    The following is an article that will appear on the website next week. It is very timely, so I am posting it here in spite of the fact that I do not know how to post text with photos in it, like in a book. Some photos appear at the end. I apologize for having to do it this way, but I simply...
  35. Fred Archer

    ALBACORE QUIZ?

    Hopefully, this isn't too tough. After all, it is simple, clear logic. There are four little lures on four rods in the first spread. There are sixty-four of the same size and color lures on the same four rods in that second spread. Decide for yourself which is the most likely to raise...
  36. Fred Archer

    C-HOOKS IN MARLIN/TUNA LURES/BAIT

    From an article published by a major sportfishing magazine. Sorry, no picts here. They will appear on our website when this article is posted in a few days. This is long, but hopefully, this is the kind of detailed info some of you come here for. CIRCLE HOOKS IN SO-CALLED “MARLIN...
  37. Fred Archer

    OUR INTERNET STORE NOW OPEN!

    YAY! We have finally entered the twenty-first century and our website now has an honest-to-goodness store with PayPal and the whole shootin' match! And some new, hot products are being introduced, with more coming shortly. Please visit and let us know what you think - we are always open to...
  38. Fred Archer

    SUPERBARS FOR ALBACORE

    This has already been posted on my board and on the Oregon Board. Albacore are notorious small bait eaters. A marine biologist who has been studying the stomach contents of West Coast albies told a BD'r up north that 85% of those contents consisted of very small prey in the three inch or...
  39. Fred Archer

    SUPERBARS FOR ALBACORE

    I already announced this on my board. I hope that those of you who are interested in this act fast...we can't afford to do it for very long. Albacore are notorious small bait eaters. A marine biologist who has been studying the stomach contents of West Coast albies told a BD'r up north that...
  40. Fred Archer

    MORE ALBACORE TIPS

    Here are some more of the same. And remember, the yellowfin and dorado love the small stuff too.
  41. Fred Archer

    SOME ALBACORE TIPS

    These work!
  42. Fred Archer

    "Shibi"? Oh, okay, dat!

    YAY! Finally! Now I know what a "shibi" is, thanks to Todd McMahon. Dang thing sure looks like a yellerfin tooner to me, or what we call "atun amarillo", or just "Atun" down Baja way, but who am I to argue wit da Hawaii boys? What I DO know is, dey loves dem squidly thingers.
  43. Fred Archer

    MORE THRESHER M-HOOKING STUFF

    This is from The New Shark Troller's Bible. More later... ANOTHER SECRET THAT ISN’T ABOUT TROLLING Except that you had better stop trolling and do it when the circumstances are right! When you get around a major concentration of bait that the threshers are working (yes, they do school...
  44. Fred Archer

    HOLIMAC...THE DRAWING

    HERE YOU GO, JEFF. HOPE IT HELPS.
  45. Fred Archer

    ABOUT THRESHERS

    MOUTH HOOKING, CATCHING & RELEASING THRESHER SHARKS FROM THE NEWSHARK TROLLER’S BIBLE, NEW SHARK CHUMMER’S BIBLE AND SECRETS OF THE WEST COAST PRIVATE BOAT PROS BOOKS Here are some techniques for catching and releasing thresher sharks from the only two books ever written about them...
  46. Fred Archer

    ABOUT THRESHERS

    MOUTH HOOKING, CATCHING & RELEASING THRESHER SHARKS FROM THE NEWSHARK TROLLER’S BIBLE, NEW SHARK CHUMMER’S BIBLE AND SECRETS OF THE WEST COAST PRIVATE BOAT PROS BOOKS Here are some techniques for catching and releasing thresher sharks from the only two books ever written about them...
  47. Fred Archer

    The book, "Best Marlin Lure?"

    Here is a short excerpt from my marlin book. If you don't like reading, or you aren't interested in finding out about new twists to the marlin trolling game, please don't read what follows. If you are curious about something that you aren't doing now, whether you intend to try it or not, read...
  48. Fred Archer

    BAR TUNA, MARLIN, ROOSTERS

    SuperBars and RuckusRaisers doing their thing... <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/6Jhmd-FKvJE&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed...
  49. Fred Archer

    LARGEMOUTHS & SMALLMOUTHS!

    “Saltwater lures = freshwater bass?” Here are just some of many nice bass caught in one day on Spiders and SuperBars last weekend by Igloo Man, his buddy Dave and a beaut Lab named Missy. Most were caught on Spiders because the fish are still deep and in pre spawn mode, but that nice...
  50. Fred Archer

    SUPERBARS & RUCKUSRAISERS RUNNING

    For those who have never seen them do their thing... Fish getting caught on them later... <object width="425" height="344"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/EC5msifkZOQ&hl=en&fs=1"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess"...
  51. Fred Archer

    VIDEO - TUNAS, ROOSTERS, DORADO, MARLIN

    In Mag Bay aboard Fishermens Fleet's live-aboard yacht with Chris Jones (Igloo Man) in charge. Lots of BD'rs on this vid. GONE SHOOTIN' Won't post for me...Chris?
  52. Fred Archer

    HANGING OUT IN BARS - NEW VIDEO

    Here are some on-the-water shots of our SuperBars, Spiders and Ruckus Raisers in action. And yep, that big, ugly old bear is me...hide the women, kids and small pets so they don't get scared! So much for me never being on a boat with Spiders, I guess. Know what I mean? SHOOT TO KILL...
  53. Fred Archer

    HALIBUT!

    From the new book, Halibut Fisherman's Bible...a tiny taste. From the one of the chapters written by Bloody Decks' own "Vulpinus", Matt Goldsworthy, whose writings have been appearing in Pacific Coast Sportfisherman Magazine. This guy is one helluva good fisherman and writer! Sorry, but...
  54. Fred Archer

    HUGE CABO TUNA CAUGHT!

    Here are the pictures. 380 pounds! Story to follow.
  55. Fred Archer

    NEW SHARK CHUMMER'S BIBLE OUT!

    And it's selling like hotcakes! A whole new approach to chumming for makos and threshers that combines the two best ways of catching sharks, chumming and trolling. The technique taught in this book eliminates blue sharks, dogfish and other undesirables, lets you fish little tackle for little...
  56. Fred Archer

    COWTOWN TWO, OR COWTOWN TOO?

    Just got the report and pictures of a 380# yellowfin from my pal, the famous Minerva ("Minny") Saenz of Cabo San Lucas. Caught on live bait on Golden Gate on Minerva III with captain David on the wheel over the weekend. Man, what a toad! Felicitaciones Capitan David! Grande pinche atun...
  57. Fred Archer

    BOUNCE BALLING INFO FROM WAY BACK

    Here is Bloody Decker and Marine biologist (who has studied halibut professionally) and former commercial rod and reel halibut fisherman Matt Goldsworthy's (Vulpinus) chapter from "Secrets of the West Coast Private Boat Pro's". It is actually only one of two chapters on the technique, the...
  58. Fred Archer

    THE NEW SHARK CHUMMER'S BIBLE ALMOST HERE

    Threshers, makos, salmon and porbeagel sharks ONLY! No blue sharks, dogfish, skates, bluefish, or anything else that you don't want to catch. That's it.
  59. Fred Archer

    More halibut speed word from a pro

    Here is a little bit of what our newest contributor to The Halibut Fisherman's Bible, Ruben Valdez, has to say about trolling speeds. Ruben is a legitimate and licensed rod and reel commercial halibut fisherman and has been for many years now. We are very pleased to add him and his wisdom to...
  60. Fred Archer

    SHARK CHUMMING, MICKEY MOUSE STYLE

    Is this how you chum for sharks???
  61. Fred Archer

    GET OUT OF THE FAST LANE FOR MORE HALIBUT

    Has anyone noticed that a lot of BIG halibut have been getting caught by drifters lately? That's a simple statement of fact, not an attempt to start an argument with anyone who prefers a different way of fishing. In fact, in a way, this goes a different direction than the post I made here about...
  62. Fred Archer

    CATCH MORE HALIBUT...GET IN THE FAST LANE!

    I just posted this in the Tutorial Board, but not a lot of fishermen go there, so I'm posting it here (where not to many go, either!) for those who won't see it over there. It's from The Halibut Troller's Bible, which costs a lot less than a single halibut rig and that offers up a small fortune...
  63. Fred Archer

    HOLY HUMONGOUS COW CODS!

    Check these hawgs out from way back when I was running Shimano. We were in a shark tournament that day (those are my "Shimano Saltwater Angling Team" - "SWAT" shirts) and we marked a pile of bottom meat while we were drifting and chumming. Two drops, two triples, the first one was the three...
  64. Fred Archer

    WANT GIANT SIERRAS, WAHOO & DORADO TOO?

    If you do, visit the website and read the chapter from the upcoming Baja Book on the very different tackle, techniques and places where true monster sierra are caught, right along with terrific "by-catch" of big numbers of wahoo, dorado, school tuna, grouper, pargo, aj's, yellowtail and others...
  65. Fred Archer

    GOTCHA! DOINK!

    A couple of great shots of a big circle hook doing it's thing (no more fish lost to head shakes with those things!) and gill gaff doing its thing. Thanks to Randy Kane for sending these to me. This is a big Pacific halibut, the kind caught in Nor Cal on up to Alaska and even down here in SoCal...
  66. Fred Archer

    A DORADO'S COMMENTS ABOUT SPIDERS

    We polled a certain bull dorado about Spiders and fishing deep for them at dinner the other night. Main course was, ahem, dor...I mean mahi-mahi. Funny, we invited him back, but he never showed...burp! Check out the website for "Graduate School for Weed & Other Floater Fishing" It ain't...
  67. Fred Archer

    MAKING SKIPJACK MADE EASY - BUT B CAREFUL!

    A conversation between me and Crackerjack on another board that I thought might be of interest to some on this one... Hi Fred, Man you are preachin’ to the choir on the spiders. Everything eats them. I had a TV crew on the boat this summer and couldn't get a king salmon to bite to save...
  68. Fred Archer

    A taste of the new Halibut book

    From the chapter on zeroing in on big halibut and big by-catch. Don’t get me wrong – I don’t dislike smaller, legal flatfish. No way! Since one of the best sides of fish that have two eyes on one side of their heads is their wonderful taste, I don’t ever look down my nose at a...
  69. Fred Archer

    Message for Humbolt Jan

    Sorry, Jan, your message won't open for me. Try the regular PM? Or maybe on my forum?
  70. Fred Archer

    New Book Halibut Fisherman's Bible

    Just about ready...
  71. Fred Archer

    Skyrocketing yellowfin from Spreaderbar Bible!

    Check these shots from The Spreaderbar Bible out. These big yellowfin are chasing squid up to the top and blasting out of the water when they nail one. This is very common behavior for tuna on squid, which do very little jumping, so if you see skyrocketers like these and no flyers flying...
  72. Fred Archer

    New Dorado Book

    Ready to rock.
  73. Fred Archer

    TWO BRAND NEW TUNA BOOKS!

    BIGEYE TROLLER'S BIBLE SUPERBAR BIBLE ALMOST FOUR HUNDRED PAGES BETWEEN THEM. THREE HUNDRED AND TWELVE COLOR PICS AND DRAWINGS. MANY RIGGING SHOTS. MANY SPREAD DIAGRAMS. EMAIL OR PM ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DETAILS. KETA, PLEASE EMAIL YOUR EM ADDY. YOU HAVE BOOKS WAITING...
  74. Fred Archer

    BIG SQUID MIXED WITH DINKS

    SAW A POST TODAY THAT MENTIONED THAT ONE OF A COUPLE OF FISH HAD A FOURTEEN INCH SQUID IN IT. MOST WOULD NEVER BELIEVE HOW LARGE A SQUID A "REGULATION" TUNA WILL EAT. IT'S ALL PART OF MATCHING THE HATCH, THOUGH, AND ONE OF THE BITCHIN' THINGS ABOUT BARS IS YOU CAN SNAP OFF THE LITTLE CHASEBAIT...
  75. Fred Archer

    SAVE A GREAT DEAL OF MONEY

    THIS THREAD DOESN'T APPLY TO MANY HERE AS FAR AS THE MAIN CHARACTERS, BALLYHOO AND FLYING FISH FOR TROLLING ARE CONCERNED. HOWEVER, THE EXACT SAME THING APPLIES TO THOSE WHO BUY LIVE BAIT TO RUN OFFSHORE WITH, AND PROBABLY MORESO, SINCE MANY ARE SHELLING OUT 50-100 BUCKS A TRIP ON LIVE STUFF...
  76. Fred Archer

    HOW TO RUIN A LITTLE SPREADERBAR

    THERE ARE A COUPLE OF WAYS. THE FIRST IS TO REPLACE THE CHASEBAITS THAT COME WITH THEM WITH OTHER, AND WORST OF ALL, BIGGER STUFF. WEST COAST ALBACORE AND TO A GREAT EXTENT, TUNAS FEED PRIMARILY ON 2.5 - 3" BAIT. BOTH ARE FAR MORE LIKELY TO BE FIXATED ON THE LITTLE EASY-TO-CATCH BAITS...
  77. Fred Archer

    DOWNRIGGERS FOR TUNA AND MORE

    FROM A DISCUSSION ON ANOTHER SITE.... HAVE TO TAKE BACK SOMETHING THAT I SAID WRONG IN MY POST ON DOWNRIGGER FISHING. I WROTE "THE MOST IMPORTANT TRICK OF THEM ALL IS THE HUMBLE DOWNRIGGER". THAT ISN'T WHAT I MEANT. I WAS WRITING ABOUT THE FACT THAT THERE ARE A FEW DEEP FISHING TRICKS OTHER...
  78. Fred Archer

    NEW WAHOO BOOK

    IT'S NOW AVAILABLE. 246 PAGES. OVER 250 COLOR PICTURES AND RIGGING DIAGRAMS. TOP TECHNIQUES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, WITH MUCHO BAJA. A DOUBLE BOOK SET. THESE BOOKS WILL ACTUALLY READ THEMSELVES OUT LOUD TO YOU, FOR THE BEST WAHOO SEMINAR YOU'VE EVER BEEN TO. YOU CAN HAVE YOURS IN...
  79. Fred Archer

    ATTENTION SHARK FISHERMEN!

    THAT INCLUDES YOU EAST COAST GUYS TOO. FROM AN EMAIL I RECEIVED EARLIER THIS WEEK FROM A TOP NEW JERSEY CHARTER CAPTAIN... "After having read about and heard about shark trolling, I decided to give it a try. I tried trolling this past Friday and succeeded in releasing two makos. We also...
  80. Fred Archer

    SPIDERS....WOW!

    I THINK THIS EMAIL SAYS IT ALL. SPIDERS HAVE BEEN TEARING UP THE CALIFORNIA AND PACIFIC HALIBUT (YOU DID KNOW THAT THERE ARE TWO SPECIES, DIDN'T YOU?) AND BIG, "DOORMAT" EAST COAST FLUKE AND STRIPERS LIKE NOTHING EVER BEFORE. OF COURSE, SALMON ARE OFF LIMITS DOWN SOUTH, BUT NOT UP NORTH AND...
  81. Fred Archer

    THE FACTS ON DELIVERIES

    I AM GOING TO TRY THIS HERE FIRST TO SEE IF YOU GUYS THINK I'M DOING THIS RIGHT AND SO THAT I CAN DO SOME ADDITIONAL EXPLAINING. THE FACTS ARE THAT I HAVE BEEN HAVING AND AM STILL HAVING BIG PROBLEMS SIMPLY SHIPPING BARS, PRINT BOOKS AND SPIDERS. THERE HAVE BEEN REASONS THAT I HAVE BEEN...
  82. Fred Archer

    A GREAT NEW WAY TO TROLL..AND WIN!

    IF YOU ARE EVEN THINKING OF GETTING INTO A LOCAL MARLIN TOURNAMENT AND THINK THAT YOU STAND A CHANCE OF PLAYING "THE BIG GUYS' GAME" AND WINNING, FORGET IT! YOU NEED THE BATTLEWAGON, UNLIMITED BUDGET, HUGE BAIT TANKS, A BUNCH OF GUYS IN GYROS AND MUCH, MUCH MORE. TRYING TO DO THAT IS A...
  83. Fred Archer

    CALLING GOTTAFLY

    HEY GOTTAFLY! I HAVE LOOKED HIGH AND LOW AND CAN'T FIND THE MESSAGE YOU SENT ME. MY BAD, I'M SURE, BUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU ARE AFTER AND I'LL GET AFTER IT FOR YOU. (WAHOO BARS...OH, MERCY!
  84. Fred Archer

    TOAD VIDEO!!!!!!

    Here you go. This will be replaced with a far better quality vid very shortly, but even though Black Dog Video Productions isn't wild about this one and the lure part is lousy, I think it will do the job as far as letting you see what a great teaser a Toad is. YouTube - archer_products
  85. Fred Archer

    JUST LOOK AT THIS...MAYBE AGAIN

    I'm talking about the video of the SuperBars running. Forget the fact that they don't tangle for a sec and just imagine what those two meatballs of terrified bait do to tunas and everythng else that swims. Then picture the little jets or feathers that you are probably trolling all over the...
  86. Fred Archer

    How to release big lure-caught tunas

    Release big tunas? At first that thought will sound outrageous to some fishermen, but actually will likely become necessary if you are fishing Mexican waters in particular, you reach the legal boat limit fast, which is often the case if you are fishing good spreads of the right lures, in which...
  87. Fred Archer

    "Legends of Sportfishing"?

    I guess I should have started this Forum out with what follows for a lot of reasons, the first being that I feel so very honored to have been included with the group of truly world class captains in what follows. Second, some people who have read this magazine have made some "Legend" references...
  88. Fred Archer

    SOME SHARKIN' TIPS FROM DA BOOK

    Here are just a few of the tips that are in New Secrets of Modern Trolling, the second book ever written exclusively about trolling for mako and thresher sharks by anyone, anywhere. It is the distillation of two books before it, The Thresher Shark Book and the original Shark Troller's Bible...
  89. Fred Archer

    T-Shark Butchering tips

    When it comes to cutting the big ones, doing it swordfish style is a lot easier than carving those huge steaks, it makes the whole job a lot easier and faster and yields smaller, easier-to-freeze and cook steaks. The smaller steaks cook more evenly than great big ones. It's in my book New Shark...
  90. Fred Archer

    New, super cool way to rig squid!

    This is a great and easy way to rig live or fresh dead squid. Results in a primo looking bait. Also great for bridling fin baits, too. Available from [email protected]
  91. Fred Archer

    Awesome new way to bridle live or dead bait

    This is the QuickRig Bait Bridling Kit. What a great and easy way to bridle live or dead baits with Circle hooks or J's. The kit comes with the bridling tool and ten each, small, medium and large bridles. They are available through us at [email protected] First picture, bridling up a...
  92. Fred Archer

    WAHOOBARS

    SUUUUUWWWEEEET! From the new, about to be out book, "Secrets of the Wahoo Fishing Pros". With WahooBars, it's go fast, kick ass! Photos courtesy of Fishermens Fleet, La Paz, Baja California Sur. These guys are on the leading edge...what other fleet do you know of that runs SuperBars?
  93. Fred Archer

    Para mi amigos Mexicanos Mira!

    http://www.6sight.net/client_login/archer/mating_call.swf I apologize for the quality - we are new at this game. I don't apologize for the music, which I dedicate to all of the wonderful Mexican fishermen who I was blessed to have known in my years in Cabo and who I am proud to still have as...
  94. Fred Archer

    Testing Bar Video

    http://www.6sight.net/client_login/archer/mating_call.swf Wow! It worked! I apologize for the quality - we are new at this game. I don't apologize for the music, which I dedicate to all of the wonderful Mexican fishermen who I was blessed to have known in my years in Cabo and who I am...
  95. Fred Archer

    SuperBars in PV workin' da magic

    The two Josh's, Josh Evans and that Josh Temple are both doing a number on PV tunas on SuperBars. The big ones aren't there yet, but according to that first Josh, they couldn't buy a bite on feathers and cedar plugs, jets, or even live bait until they put the bars out and started hammering...
  96. Fred Archer

    WANT TO TALK TROLLING FOR SEABASS?

    And without being harrassed by ball busters and people who have zero experience doing this kind of fishing in the first place, and have tightly shut minds in the second? Well, you can do that here. Nobody is going to make fun of your or bust your chops for asking questions. This forum is...
  97. Fred Archer

    BAJA MAGIC TRICK

    I posted this on my little forum, but didn't want any Baja fans to miss it, so here it is. (To read the intelligent question by a Baja resident gringo that this is in response to, check out my forum.) Thanks for the input, Chris. Pescador Jim is one of the few who make the critical...
  98. Fred Archer

    BEST OF BOTH WORLDS TROLLING

    Here is something from the new, updated version of my book, "Secrets of the West Coast Private Boat Pros" that is probably the single most important piece that I have ever written for west coast fishermen. That book, by-the-way, is a huge one that is stuffed with information that you won't find...
  99. Fred Archer

    North vs. South Tuna Trolling

    Man, you northerners sure have fired up this new dock of yours big time! I welcome you to the legendary Bloody Decks and hope you have a great time, don't stress out the mods too much and do no beheadings of others here. This is a good, good place and you guys have a lot to bring to the...
  100. Fred Archer

    GraveDigger and Shorty are ready to rock!

    Oh, hey Paragon. I forgot. Chegidout...Unbelievable tough. And purty, too. Think of them as a soft Marauder or Rap that wiggles like sister Kate at the millionaire's convention, but unlike her and the plugs, never gets out of tune! Coming your way soon!
  101. Fred Archer

    SHOW PRICES - FACTS OF LIFE

    I see some folks complaining that there are no great deals on tackle at the Fred Hall Show anymore. Probably true, but understandable when you consider a few facts - not that that matters to most of us. Fact one that many show goers don't consider is that exhibitors PAY for each ten feet of...
  102. Fred Archer

    Fancy fishing made simple - mucho fish!

    This thread is about bait and switch fishing and how west coast anglers can put this supposedly all-pro technique to work for local fishing. It is not only a lot of fun, it has accounted for far more line class billfish world records over the past twenty years than any and all other lures and...
  103. Fred Archer

    Prices on SalmonSpiders and SpiderButters

    Posted this on the "way up north" board, but figured some of you others might be interested and this will save you time emailing us for the scoop. Thanks for the advice, Vulpinus. In case I didn't make it clear, the salmon pictures in my first Spider post were all caught on Vulpinus' boat. He...
  104. Fred Archer

    Old bars and big bluefins

    Here's a 150 pounder, one of four nice bluefin PK Howlett took last summer off of Massachusettes on a 12 year old SuperBar. He wrote "Caught solo one day last July. It was caught on one of the last one of the last remaining SuperBars that I have from you, probably more than twelve years old...
  105. Fred Archer

    SALMON GUYS AND (YAARRGGHH!) SPIDERS!

    New, hot salmon lures for those who might be interested...
  106. Fred Archer

    NOT JUST TUNA....HOTTEST NEW SALMON LURE!

    Some of the salmon guys have been joining us. This is for you guys...
  107. Fred Archer

    The new SalmonSpider tears up the kings!

    This is our new SalmonSpider lure and some of the salmon it caught this past season off of Northern California. The first anglers to use them all reported that the Spiders way outfished any of their other salmon lures. If interested, go to the Capt Fred Archer forum and find out about our...
  108. Fred Archer

    THE TOP TRICKS WITH DREDGES AND SPREADERBARS

    MAKE A TINY SPREAD A BIG ONE, BIG OR LITTLE BOAT That's basically what fishing dredges and spreaderbars can accomplish for you and is why they are among the top subjects being kicked around by offshore fishermen all over the place, except for here on the west coast. The reasons for them not...
  109. Fred Archer

    MIAMI BOAT SHOW PRICES FOR B DECKERS!

    I won't take up a bunch of space here or make a big pitch. If you are interested in seeing the best prices you will ever see on our SuperBars, Spiders, DaisyBars and RuckusRaisers, check out the announcement in my little Fred Archer forum. Sale ends when show ends, 2/18, so it's for four days...
  110. Fred Archer

    MIAMI BOAT SHOW PRICES FOR B DECKERS!

    Okay, the sale is on. Bloody Deckers can now get the same very low Show Prices that we are offering at The Miami Boat Show without having to be there. The procedure is simple. Just email Bob Melville at [email protected] and ask for the Bloody Decks Special Price Sheets and he'll shoot it back...
  111. Fred Archer

    ARCHER ARROW...RED ROOSTER AND BARS

    The Red Rooster and Nor Cal angler Henry Maze made fishing history on their last trip. The Rooster is now the first long range boat (bars are used on the Newport Landing overnight boats) to use and catch wahoo on SuperBars! The angler was Henry Maze. Details and picts to follow. Meantime...
  112. Fred Archer

    ARCHER ARROW...Great tail!

    Do you like king crab? If you do and you're a shark fisherman who keeps a thresher once in a while, you might want to keep that tail too, instead of trashing it or giving it to the kid down the street who keeps bugging you for one. Or, if you have a buddy who catches a thresher, he'll probably...
  113. Fred Archer

    TIME TO GET STARTED!

    Many apologies for not getting this rascal started sooner, but I have been putting in my usual 20/7 schedule writing, finishing and editing my new Best Marlin Lure Book that is also a virtual spreaderbar user's bible, and updating and editing "Secrets of the West Coast Private Boat Pros" book, a...
  114. Fred Archer

    Catch more albacore...and tuna

    This is from a discussion on an east coast website that had to do with the results fishermen back east and up in NorCal and Oregon and the ways that they are getting those results. The intention here is to try to point out that fishing different ways gets different results for the exact same...
  115. Fred Archer

    Bar Magic and sale ends this week!

    I won't be here to write this tomorrow, so I am doing it now. First, the bad news. Our Thank You DaisyBar Sale ends at the end of this week. It was a rousing success with many of you loading up on the lowest bar prices ever. We humped to get them ready for those of you fishing the MAW...
  116. Fred Archer

    More Spreader Bar info and Special Sale for BloodyDeckers

    Whoa! Rain? Hot damn, we need it. Nobody but a madman would be fishing today, so maybe it’ll be a good one to do a little reading that could result in private boaters catching a lot more tuna and to announce a very special sale for the membership. I’ll start off by saying, it's funny...