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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    Greetings from Icy Bay Lodge… First and most important, we hope you are all safe, healthy and making it through these unprecedented times we are all facing. This is the first email update that has been sent which is for all of our clients currently scheduled for 2020. There will be a similar...
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    big red drum blitz in Texas

    I am in Texas. I fished red drum at a jetty this afternoon. I encountered big school of big drum. It was one cast one fish for 30 minutes I had 4 big drum upto 40 lb and dropped many. All on 3 oz spoon. 12' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 2 oz - 8 oz rod and IRT 600 DD reel used
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA ATTEND Fred Hall Show !!

    We extend our show special prices until March 31. You get 10 percent discount for purchasing one rod or one blank and 15 percent discount for purchasing two rods or blanks with free shipping. Check www.jignpop.com
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    I talked with Todd. He has important thing right now. He will contact you soon for the deposit. If You are in the list, you are in. I had time to check other lodges in Alaska. I can say no other lodges come close as far as fishing is concerned. You will have life time experience if we can go...
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA ATTEND Fred Hall Show !!

    Our booth number is #1244. We are at different location this year.
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA ATTEND Fred Hall Show !!

    We shipped rods and blanks to the show. See you guys at the show.
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    Black Hole USA surf rods/blanks at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    OK. we bring some Heru lures.
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    Black Hole USA jigging and popping rods/blanks at Long Beach Fred Hall Show

    We bring Heru and Carpenter poppers though the quantity is limited.
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    Black Hole USA jigging and popping rods/blanks at Long Beach Fred Hall Show

    Check our Black Hole USA jigging, popping, inshore, offshore and surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach
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    Black Hole USA surf rods/blanks at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    Check our Black Hole USA surf rods/blanks at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. We have 9'2" - 12' surf rod from calico bass, halibut, striped Bass, yellowtail or rooster from the shore.
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA ATTEND Fred Hall Show !!

    We decide to attend Fred Hall Show in 2020. We found next year has the same issue as New England Saltwater Expo and Fred Hall Show are the same dates in 2021. We can not miss Fred Hall Show two years in a row. So we decided to attend Fred Hall Show this year. Fortunately we got a booth as some...
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA doesn't attend Fred Hall Show

    We decide to attend Fred Hall Show in 2020. We found next year has the same issue as New England Saltwater Expo and Fred Hall Show are the same dates in 2021. We can not miss Fred Hall Show two years in a row. So we decided to attend Fred Hall Show this year. Fortunately we got a booth as some...
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    Long Beach Black Hole USA doesn't attend Fred Hall Show

    Due to same dates with other major show in NY, we can not attend the Fred Hall Show in Long Beach this year.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    All remaining three spots are taken. We are all set now.
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    testing 12' Black Hole Striped Bass Special for drum in Florida

    12' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 3/4 oz - 4 oz, 1 oz - 6 oz and 2 oz - 8 oz rods tested. These long rods are good for longer cast.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    Thanks Kevin for your kind words. :) You and Josh will enjoy to fish on the Intrepid. The Intrepid is one of the nicest boats among long range boats. I fished on different long range boats out of San Dieog for 10 days - 16 days. But I go to PV for cow and Panama for yellowfin popping every...
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    Two spots on June 21 - 27 are taken depending on payment. However, two spot got open on June 28 - July 4.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    The Icy Bay Lodge is arguably the best destination to catch big halibut, ling cod or rockfish using light 6 oz - 8 oz jigs in 100' water in the entire Alaska. It is possible you catch 1000 lb fish on jigs a day.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    It is time to send deposit. Guys on the list contact Todd Robertson of Icy Bay Lodge for the deposit.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    Due to cancellation, a few spots are open. 3 spots June 28 - July 4, 2020
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    PV trip starting from today

    I am leaving PV. I will post surf fishing later.
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    PV trip starting from today

    wonderful trip. We booked the next year trip already.
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    PV trip starting from today

    We only used Black Hole USA rods. Mel brought his 9 custom Black Hole USA rods consisted of Black Hole Giant rod, Black Hole Cow Special rods, Black Hole Cape Cod 450 rods as well as 250g rods and Mr Shin brought four prototype Black Hole rods from Korea.
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    PV trip starting from today

    We had pretty good trip by catching about 10 tuna upto 130 lb, 2 sail fish, one dorado, 70 lb Amoco jack and 70 lb wahoo. The first day started around the 1st Island and we had decent bites, but we decided to go to up to the 3rd Island looking for cow. But we didn't see any tuna there and we...
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    PV trip starting from today

    Ice Cream lure with 11' Black Hole Stiped Bass Special 2oz-8 oz rod
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    trip to Florida

    I was sick for the whole trip to Florida for two weeks. I rarely fished on the Pulley Ridge trip. Here are some pictures of Pulley Ridge trip. Everyone use slow pitch jigging rods. Jigging rods used; Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rods Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rods...
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    PV trip starting from today

    My best 282 lb yellowfin was caught in PV in 2005. I am way overdue to break the record. :)
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    PV trip starting from today

    Carlos known as snookmafia is my guide. He is also pro staff of Black Hole USA rods. He provide Black Hole USA surf rods if you need them.
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    PV trip starting from today

    Rooster in not in season, but we had pretty good rooster fishing in Dec a few years ago. And I got a nice rooster in early spring this year which is not in prime season.
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    PV trip starting from today

    I am at Newark Airport waiting for a flight to Puerto Vallarta. We are fishing cow for 3 1/2 days with Ozuna brothers. Dong M Shin is joing from Korea for filming for Korean fishing TV show. I hope he fights a few cow for the show. After fishing cow, we are going to south for rooster and jack...
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    trip to Florida

    I plan to drive down to Florida for fishing tomorrow. On the way down, I plan to fish Virginia Beach and NC for speckled trout and grouper if weather is good. While in Florida, I plan to fish tarpon, snook and drum from the shore and head for Key West to fish Dry Tortugas/Pully Ridge with Capt...
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    Heru Skipjack arrived

    Small quantity of Heru Skipjack arrived. I don't think they last long. Check www.jignpop.com
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    Jigging in socal for tuna or yellowtail(depth)

    No matter how deep you fish, try 100' - 200' down for tuna. That is the prime zone.
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    yellowtail jigging and popping in Korea

    After meeting with NS Black Hole, I went to south to fish yellowtail on a boat with Dong M Shin, TV fishing host in Korea. Yellowtail were willing to bite. we fished three days on a boat and caught lots of yellowtail. Some were big and some were small. I used 6'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow...
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    looking for two anglers on the Marlas for 3 1/2 trip

    The spots are taken. Thanks for showing interest
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    looking for two anglers on the Marlas for 3 1/2 trip

    That is great. Go ahead. We are going to tuna fest on Dec 10. You , your wife and your son in law are welcome to the party. :) One spot is taken. One more to go.
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    looking for two anglers on the Marlas for 3 1/2 trip

    Due to cancellation, we are looking for two anglers who can fish on the 50' Delta with Danny Osuna brothers for 3 1/2 days starting Dec 6.
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    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    150 cm yellowtail using 9' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 3/4 oz - 4 oz rod
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    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    Here is 60 lb yellowtail ( 150 cm) using prototype 9' Black Hole Striped Bass Special rated 3/4 oz - 4 oz rod in Korea.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    Salmon eggs (ikura) are still not popular among American. Among 8 anglers at the lodge, only one or two anglers wanted to try to eat ikura. But they are highly prized at Japanese sushi restaurants.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I ate coho salmon for dinner tonight. It was so good. Ikura ( salmon egg) is so popular that my family and friends asked more. :) I will bring home more ikura next year.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    Icy Bay Lodge is a special place for halibut/ling cod or for coho. I thought the coho trip is the first and the last trip as Sept is the prime time for fishing and I rarely can find time for coho. But I changed my mind. I might do it again next year as coho fishing was so much fun. :) Salmon egg...
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    Coho at Icy Bay Lodge, AK

    The background is Saint Elias which is the second tallest mountain in Alaska. We were very fortunate to see the full view of the mountain as it is rare.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    The background is Saint Elias which is the second tallest mountain in Alaska. We were very fortunate to see the full view of the mountain as it is rare.
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    500 gram jigging /spinning rod

    5'2" Black Hole Cape Cod 450g jigging rod. The rod is one of the strongest rods, if not the strongest in the market. I doubt any other brand jigging rods got more giant than the 450g rod. fighting a giant
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    Coho at Icy Bay Lodge, AK

    No kings. They are around in June and July.
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    Coho at Icy Bay Lodge, AK

    In retrospect, coho salmon fishing on spinning rod and fly rod are very enjoyable and fun in relaxed atmosphere. The Icy Bay Lodge is top class lodge and provides everything with excellent guides, food and lodging. The lodge is located in remote areas off Yakutat, AK.So only quests of the lodge...
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    The trip is finally over. I am in NJ now. In retrospect, coho salmon fishing on spinning rod and fly rod are very enjoyable and fun in relaxed atmosphere. The Icy Bay Lodge is top class lodge and provides everything with excellent guides, food and lodging. The lodge is located in remote areas...
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I thought salmon are not hungry and they hit lures as reaction bite. But I was wrong. They chase Blue Fox #4 lures aggressively. I am also impressed with the effectiveness of flies.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    Bear is a big concern to fish solo. :) I had bear spray with me. Coho were caught on the left of the lodge. While other group went coho on a vehicle, I decided to stay at the lodge while fishing and working computer. But There was no wifi service. I had about 20 coho and missed a lot while...
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I bring home two boxes of vacuum packed fillet of coho and not frozen salmon egg ( ikura). They were caught from the ocean. As you know, taste is gone when caught in the rivers.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    Wifi at the lodge was down last 4 days. I am flying to Seattle. It was just fabulous coho fishing. I had 29 coho on a fly rod and 40 coho on new 8'6" Black Hole rod rated 1/4 oz - 1 oz yesterday. They say coho fishing in the rivers are better, but I prefer to fish from the beach
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    We are having great coho fishing here. Water level in the rivers are low and we are fishing in the mouths of the rivers. I used prototype 9' Black Hole rod rated 1/4 oz - 1 oz. I thought the rod is a little weak but I am convince it is not after landing 50 coho with it. I even landed coho on...
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    Sitka -- Great Fishing Great Place -- weird size limits (slots) suck

    I like to use light tackle for big halibut or tuna, I but always use heavy drag for big fish.
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    Sitka -- Great Fishing Great Place -- weird size limits (slots) suck

    I am at Icy Bay Lodge off Yakutat. I am fishing coho, not halibut. Maybe we might try halibut one day. Of course all jigging. :)
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    Sitka -- Great Fishing Great Place -- weird size limits (slots) suck

    Why do you fight halibut to complete exhaution ? I've never seen halibut float or sink after releasing them. They usually shoot down very quickly.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I will take lots of pictures and videos. :)
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    It looks I have right lures. :) Thanks for the info.
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I have no idea what kinds of lures work for coho. I bought some lures at a local tackle shop in NJ.
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    Sitka -- Great Fishing Great Place -- weird size limits (slots) suck

    I like to catch big halibut on jigs. To do it, you got to catch and release small halibut. I don't really concerned to bring fish home. I saw many charters in Alaska not to release halibut and go to the dock early. That is not my type of fishing. I don't fish with them anymore. You don't...
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    coho at Icy Bay Lodge, Ak

    I am in Newark Airport heading for Icy Bay Lodge, AK for coho with fly rods and spinning rods. I am bringing three new light 8'6", 9' and 9'6" Black Hole spinning rods to test them for coho. Weather looks fine and coho are there.
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    yellowtail popping from the shore in Korea Aug 28 - Sept 1

    I fished yellowtail on poppers from the shore in Chuja Islands, Korea with my daughter from Aug 28 to Sept 1. We had a blast. We caught many and lost many. The biggest yellowtail of 150 cm (59") was caught by my friend, Terry Cho who used prototype 9' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 3/4 oz - 4...
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    All spots are taken depending on payment. I will take waiting list.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    OK. Marshall, I put you down for June 21 - 27.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    OK. Doal. I put you down for June 28 - July 4. Spots are filling fast. Not many spots are left.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    OK. Ken. I put you down for June 28 - July 4. The dates of July 12 - 18 are taken by one group.
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    ICY BAY REPORT

    I just posted the dates.
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    Icy Bay Trips in 2020

    I booked three trips to Icy Bay Lodge in 2020 as more anglers show interest in fishing there. June 21 - 27 June 28 - July 4 July 12 - 18
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    ICY BAY REPORT

    good to hear you and your group had great time there. I booked three weeks next year to accommodate anglers. :)
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    It was fun to fish with you. The only missing fish was king salmon on our trip. But king salmon showed up this week big time. They saw birds working on the way to halibut ground and got limit king salmon within 10 minutes on jigs.
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    I got 80 lb halibut using the ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel yesterday after catching and releasing many ling cod in 30 lb - 50 lb. 12 years old Josh got 140 lb - 150 lb halibut with the Al Gag jig I gave, but unfortunately the big halibut escaped even with harpoon...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    I got 80 lb halibut using the ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel yesterday after catching and releasing many ling cod in 30 lb - 50 lb. 12 years old Josh got 140 lb - 150 lb halibut with the Al Gag jig I gave, but unfortunately the big halibut escaped even with harpoon...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    I got 80 lb halibut using the ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD reel yesterday after catching and releasing many ling cod in 30 lb - 50 lb. 12 years old Josh got 140 lb - 150 lb halibut with the Al Gag jig I gave, but unfortunately the big halibut escaped even with harpoon...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    Friday Today is the final day. We opted to go offshore for big ling cod and possibly for big halibut. We landed big ling cod and big yelloweye rockfish, but big halibut eluded us. We went to halibut ground close to the lodge and had non-stop action of halibut in 10 lb - 40 lb range on small jigs...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Friday Today is the final day. We opted to go offshore for big ling cod and possibly for big halibut. We landed big ling cod and big yelloweye rockfish, but big halibut eluded us. We went to halibut ground close to the lodge and had non-stop action of halibut in 10 lb - 40 lb range on small jigs...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    Thursday We looked for halibut today. We fished close to the lodge. The first spot produced 105 lb halibut by Mike using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod. Marshall lost big one again, but he got 94 lb halibut later using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod. Capt...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Thursday We looked for halibut today. We fished close to the lodge. The first spot produced 105 lb halibut by Mike using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod. Marshall lost big one again, but he got 94 lb halibut later using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod. Capt...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    Wed is non halibut day. You can not target halibut on Wed. We did some sightseeing in the bay and put shrimp traps. We fished black bass on jigs and we got limit ( 5 per person) within one hour. We tried to jig king salmon for the rest of the day without success. You don't have to buy...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Wed is non halibut day. You can not target halibut on Wed. We did some sightseeing in the bay and put shrimp traps. We fished black bass on jigs and we got limit ( 5 per person) within one hour. We tried to jig king salmon for the rest of the day without success. You don't have to buy...
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    Advice for hotel in Anchorage - Katmai Lodge trip

    Book a cheap hotel in Anchorage and use Uber to get there it cost about $15 for uber one way.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Thanks Ken. While jigging halibut in 60', we got a few king salmon on jigs. We didn't catch many big halibut, but we have tremendous fun catching halibut in 10 lb -50 lb one after another with 4oz- 6 oz jigs using light tackle. The biggest halibut is 105 lb using Black Hole Slow Pitch jigging rod.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    I couldn't post last couple of days because wifi signal is weak. Bring small jugs for king salmon as we got a few king salmon on jigs.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Ken, when do you leave for Seattle ? I lost all my Al Gag jigs and I like to order them to be sent to you.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Thanks. Everything is here. :)
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    See you Ken. We will scout for big halibut for you :)
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    Marshall had his personal best ling cod and he lost big halibut as the line was tangled with anchor line and I lost big halibut as the 40 lb line got broken. I got rid of old line and spooled with new 40 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line. We tried hard to catch big halibut without success. On the way...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Marshall had his personal best ling cod and he lost big halibut as the line was tangled with anchor line and I lost big halibut as the 40 lb line got broken. I got rid of old line and spooled with new 40 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line. We tried hard to catch big halibut without success. On the way...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    halibut dinner yesterday
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    This ling cod is probably about 50 lb. I think this is the biggest ling cod I got off Icy Bay Lodge. My personal best is 58 lb caught off Langara Island, BC years ago. We had three big ling cod close to 50 lb yesterday.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    Unfortunately king salmon fishing has been very slow. This ling cod is probably about 50 lb. I think this is the biggest ling cod I got off Icy Bay Lodge. My personal best is 58 lb caught off Langara Island, BC years ago. We had three big ling cod close to 50 lb yesterday.
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    We had many big lingcod and yelloweye rockfish on jigs, but big halibut didn't show up for unknown reason. Luckily I got 82 lb halibut with 5 oz Al Gag jig which is used for striper. I used 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod and IRT 600 DD reel. Later I used the ultra light...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    We had many big lingcod and yelloweye rockfish on jigs, but big halibut didn't show up for unknown reason. Luckily I got 82 lb halibut with 5 oz Al Gag jig which is used for striper. I used 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod and IRT 600 DD reel. Later I used the ultra light...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    We arrived at Icy Bay Lodge. Mel brought lots of drinks as usual. :) nice pork prepared by Chef Rick. glacier ice Jigs from 5 oz to 12 oz. We normally use 6 oz - 10 oz and the reason I brought 12 oz jigs are sometimes big halibut prefer bigger jigs. I brought light rods. The...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    We arrived at Icy Bay Lodge. Mel brought lots of drinks as usual. :) nice pork prepared by Chef Rick. glacier ice Jigs from 5 oz to 12 oz. We normally use 6 oz - 10 oz and the reason I brought 12 oz jigs are sometimes big halibut prefer bigger jigs. I brought light rods. The...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    I just check in for a flight to Yakutat. Good thing is Alaska Airline allows three free check-in bags within Alaska.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip, AK in 2019

    I arrived at Anchorage, AK after long 7 hours flight from NJ. We had dinner at famous Glacier Brewhouse. The place was packed though it is not cheap. After dinner, we went to famous ice cream shop nearby. I couldn't believe long line waiting for ice cream in chilly weather a 10 pm. We fly...
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    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK in 2019

    I arrived at Anchorage, AK after long 7 hours flight from NJ. We had dinner at famous Glacier Brewhouse. The place was packed though it is not cheap. After dinner, we went to famous ice cream shop nearby. I couldn't believe long line waiting for ice cream in chilly weather a 10 pm. We fly...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    See you guys on Sunday. :)
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    coho/halibut at Icy Bay Lodge in September ?

    Anyone is interested in coho/halibut combo trip at Icy Bay Lodge, AK on Sept 8 - 14, 2019 ? The lodge is very popular for coho in Sept and Oct. Todd Robertson says there are still halibut and big ling cod around in Sept. If weather is bad, we can concentrate on coho fishing in rivers. No other...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    The remaining spot is taken. All set.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Time flies. It is only two weeks away to fish Icy Bay Lodge. My daughter caught 150 lb halibut with light jig last year and she join the trip this year again to break her own record. :)
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    suzuki ( Japanese seabass) popping in Korea

    I went to Chuja Island in Korea for seabass popping from the shore last week. It was very short notice trip. Weather was gorgeous and I expected to see lots of Suzuki on this trip. But I could land only a few Suzuki using 10' Black Hole Suzuki rod for three days. I landed a couple of nice fluke...
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    tuna popping in Panama in May 2019

    It's been very busy fishing around and I finally can post report of tuna popping trip in Panama in May. I've been fishing Panama about 10 times and I think this trip is the best as far as tuna popping is concerned. We tagged and released 151 tuna, mostly on poppers, between two boats in 5 days...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    We need one angler for the Icy Bay Trip on June 23 - 29, 2019. One angler can not make the trip due to change of jobs. Due to short notice, you get $1000 discount for the trip. If anyone is interested in the trip, let me know.
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    cubera/rooster hunt out of PV

    We fished 4 days on a mothership trip out of PV arranged by Carlos Ernesto Sanchez known as snookmafia. We lost many big cubera, but rooster were not in biting mood as big rooster followed our lures and turned away at last moment. We encountered tuna on the last day and chased them with poppers...
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    giant on the Good Times out of Oregon Inlet, NC

    We had 5 yellowfin on the Good Times out of Oregon Inlet, NC today, but big bluefin eluded us. We decided to use only popping rods and jigging rods tomorrow. Benni got a hit on jig today, but he thought it was bottom :) Our spirit high for tomorrow.
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    giant on the Good Times out of Oregon Inlet, NC

    We fished today. Daniel Tereso and myself were the only fishermen. Daniel is surf fisherman in MA and he never caught tuna before. My mission is to let Daniel catch his first tuna and my mission is completed. He had 2 yellowfin and one 400 lb bluefin which was released. We had hard time to...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Here is video of ling cod. You will get plenty of big ling cod on light jigs.
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    slow pitch jigging on Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts.

    Glow jigs work at night as well.
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    slow pitch jigging on Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts.

    Another observation is the Yankee Capts uses huge sea anchor. The first day was pretty rough, but I could use only 8 oz jig in 250' 300' thanks to the sea anchor. Here are pictures of the trip. I used economic version of 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod for...
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    slow pitch jigging on Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts.

    Here is a picture of 70 lb -80 lb AJ caught by Ray Rekehs, rod builder in Florida using 6'3" custom Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod on the Pulley Ridge trip two - three years ago. There were only Ray Rekehs, Bryan Diez and myself who used slow pitch jigging rods on the trip. The...
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    slow pitch jigging on Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts.

    I fished on the Yankee Capts on a short notice while I was fishing in Florida to test new Black Hole surf rods. After catching a few drum using the new surf rods, I headed for Key West. On the way to Key West, I tried tarpon using new Black Hole surf rods unsuccessfully at night. There were 23...
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    slow pitch jigging on Pulley Ridge Light trip on the Yankee Capts.

    I just returned from the trip. I will post report and pictures soon.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Your setup is just fine.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    One spot is still open on the second trip from June 30 - July 6.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    You need Trinidad 16 spooled with 20 - 25 lb line for king salmon and you need heavier reels like Trinidad 30 or Avet LX with 50 lb - 60 lb line for halibut or lingcod.
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    rooster in PV

    Yes. bonefish. He used small bucktail.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    You don't need to bring rods. Bring your reels of your choice.
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I highly recommend to stay one night at Yakutat or Seattle/Anchorage t to meet at Yakutat Airport in the morning. The bush plane leaves for the lodge from Yakutat Airport around noon. I also recommend to book a flight from Yakuta to Seattle/Anchorage in the afternoon as the flight from the...
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    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I make sure you are the same person who emailed me. :) I am looking forward to fishing with you. You will have life time experience if weather is good enough to go offshore.
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    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    We display prototype 10' and 11' Black Hole Striped Bass surf rods at the Fred Hall Show. The rods and blanks will be available in May Here is 11' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 2 oz - 8 oz for nice rooster in Mexico.
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    looking for one angler to join mothership trip in Panama

    I am looking for one angler to join mothership trip to Panama. One angler had stroke and he had to cancel the trip. The rate is $2,900 per person plus tip and airfare for 5 days fishing. The rate is much cheaper than other lodges charge. We are fishing full 5 days from May 8 - 12. We fish...
  123. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Can you give me your real name ? I am checking deposit paid and I don't know who is who. :)
  124. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Yes. we have one spot open on the second trip June 30 - July 6.
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    rooster in PV

    http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y2/ksong/rooster/20190201_080622%20-%20Copy_zpsx6jqe3dg.jpg[/IMG][/URL]
  126. K

    rooster in PV

    I got a 35 lb rooster using 11' Black Hole Striped Bass Special 2 oz - 8 oz rod and IRT DD reel. 2 oz Ice Cream lure used. I am still In PV. I will post videos soon.
  127. K

    rooster in PV

    My friend Carlos said big body of rooster moved in as warm water moved in. Normally it is not rooster season there. I decided to go while warm water is there. I am leaving for PV tomorrow to fish 4 days. It is perfect time to test our new Black Hole Striped Bass Special surf rods for big...
  128. K

    Tony Pena 1948-2019

    RIP Tony Pena
  129. K

    Tony Pena: RIP

    RIP Tony Pena We have been friend each other since we fished together in Panama about 10 years ago.
  130. K

    GT and sailfish using light 9'6" Black Hole Suzuki rod

    The 9'6" Black Hole Suzuki rods are very light rod to catch small fish. The blank weighs only 4.4 oz. I doubt the rod can handle 100 plus lb tarpon, but the rods can handle permit.
  131. K

    mothership in Panama May 8 -12, 2019

    Tuna there are not hook shy. You don't have to hide hooks. Here is a picture how they fish.
  132. K

    mothership in Panama May 8 -12, 2019

    The beauty of the mothership is the fishing ground is only 30 minutes from Coiba Island rather than running 2 hours from the lodges. Unlike other operation, the mothership at PSFL is roomy and very comfortable with only 8 anlgers (2 boats). It is a bargain to fish 5 full days for less than...
  133. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    OK. I assume Chatt can not come as he doesn't contact me. One spot is open on June 30 - July 6 trip. The lodge said the would fill the one spot at their shows in winter. So it is not necessary to fill the remaining one spot.
  134. K

    mothership in Panama May 8 -12, 2019

    Within one hour after I posted, the spot is taken by a lucky angler. :)
  135. K

    mothership in Panama May 8 -12, 2019

    One spot becomes open due to cancellation. If you don't fish on the mothership before, you don't know how convenient and comfortable the mothership operation is. We tagged and released about 20 - 30 tuna a day last year. It is a dream trip for tuna lovers. Let me know if anyone is interested
  136. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Chatt, Please contact me as soon as possible. We need your confirmation.
  137. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I think all spots are taken. But you never know what will happen. :)
  138. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Chatt, the spot is yours. The angler can not go. Contact Todd Robertson at www.icybaylodge.com and send deposit.
  139. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I will give the answer by this weekend as I am waiting for the final decision by other angler.
  140. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    The group said they can not come. You and your son are in. Let me know as soon as possible.
  141. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I asked one group to give me the final answer by tomorrow noon. I can't wait any longer as other angles are waiting,
  142. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    All spots are taken temporarily. We need deposit. Until we don't get deposit, it is temporary. Some canceled the trip before making deposit and I don't want to happen it again.
  143. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Hi David, glad you can join Pierre from Panafishing. He is a great guy and great fisherman. We will scout for you guys. :)
  144. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    It is full now depending on deposit payment. If there are two spots open again, I let you know.
  145. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    Come to Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA to see the rods. We will display them at Black Hole USA booth.
  146. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Contact me as soon as possible.
  147. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Great. Looking forward to fishing with you again. Don't expect to catch another 244 lb halibut on a jig. Even in Icy Bay Lodge, it is not easy to duplicate that feat. :)
  148. K

    grouper jigging in Florida

    I fished with my friend Capt Carlos Bastos out of Holiday ( near Tarpon Spring), Fl yesterday. Grouper don't bite on jigs all the time, but they are in biting mood on jigs. There were so many big red snapper hitting jigs and we had to move not to catch red snapper. :) I even got a nice 24"...
  149. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Great looking forward to fishing with you again. :)
  150. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    45 lb snook ? Wow. For snook or rooster, I can use light surf rods as they fight in open water. But cubera snapper is different story. They go into structure as soon as they are hooked. I plan to use 80 lb braid for main line for big cubera snapper on our trip to Mexico in April 2019.
  151. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    We have a few spots open due to cancelation. It is not easy to arrange this kind of trip. :)
  152. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    You can call the lodge directly to pay deposit. We will provide rods and you just bring reels of your choice.
  153. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    You call him to pay deposit as you did last time. Todd said there is slight increase of the rate next year.
  154. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    It is time to send deposits.
  155. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    You should check our 9'6" and 10' Black Hole Suzuki surf rods.if you target snook or smaller fish from the surf.
  156. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    Here is another video of fighting a nice drum using the light 10'6" Black Hole Striped Bass Special surf rod rated 3/4 oz - 4 oz. in Florida.
  157. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    We try to test the light 10'6" Black Hole Striper Bass Special rated 3/4 oz - 4 oz for rooster. We couldn't catch any rooster, but jack cooperated out of South of PV last week.
  158. K

    New thin surf rods from Black Hole USA

    The new surf rods will have one of the thinnest diameters, if not the thinnest. We plan to introduce them next year. We are testing the rods extensively now. We call them as Black Hole Striped Bass Special surf rod Here is rod weights of prototype 10'6" Black Hole Striped Bass Special surf...
  159. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    When you fish Cancun again, try Capt Roberto Navarro out of Playa del Carmen. He fishes on a panga out of beach.
  160. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    A few years ago, two anglers had too much magarita before boarding, and couldn't fish for the whole trip. :)
  161. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    As soon as you arrive at PV, they pick you up and leave the dock around 6 pm. You fish next three days and travel to the dock at night on the third day and arrive at the dock around 7 am. So you can take a flight to leave PV in the afternoon. No waste of time.
  162. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    As most bites are from balloon or kite, I think it is too many if you fish more than 6 anglers. I worked as a cameraman and it did not take turn for kite or balloon. So the price is not expensive at all considering how hard crew work and how comfortably we could fish and there is no extra for...
  163. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    they have 6 bunks. I heard new 50' Delta will have 9 bunks. The cost is $2175 per person based on 6 anglers for 3 1/2 days fishing. It includes everything except tip. Cancun for fishing ? :)
  164. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    But we have very experienced anglers. They knew we are very unlucky on this trip. They all like new 10' El Pescador boat which has lots of rooms on the rail and cabin and bunks are well maintained. They all want to come back next year. Everyone brought home 50 lb vacuum packed fillet of fish.
  165. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    We started drift on the third day and we started to catch small tuna in 50 lb. I did not bother to take pictures of those small tuna. :) One custom Black Hole rod with live skipjack intended for cow got a hit. Steve fought the fish. It turned out to be a nice 50 plus lb cubera snapper. Ross of...
  166. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    Capt Danny suggested to troll live skipjack early in the morning on the next day. It was not difficult to catch live skipjack or bonito. We missed three hit before we hooked up a decent tuna. Fred fought the tuna using custom Black Hole Giant rod. We marked tuna all day, but they did not...
  167. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    We had anglers all over the US. Three from West Coast, two from Mid West and two from East Coast. . We left dock around 6 pm and got bait around La Cruz. We headed on top of the Islands. We were confident Capt Danny Osuna would find tuna for us. The first day was slow. There were not much...
  168. K

    3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna on the El Pescador Dec 6 - 10.

    I have been fishing with Osuna brothers in Dec for years. This time we fished on a new 50' El Pescador. I couldn't what to expect before I saw the boat. As soon as I saw the boat in Marina Vallarta, I felt this is the boat I want to fish. :) The boat is truly walk around the boat and has lots...
  169. K

    epic yellowtail popping in Korea

    I attended 30th Anniversary of NS Black Hole Company in Korea. While I was there, I went yellowtail popping in Wangdolcho on the East Coast of Korea. Dong Man Shin, Korean fishing TV host, arranged the trip. I've never seen acres of acre of feeding frenzy of yellowtail like on this trip. It was...
  170. K

    Pulling @ Pulley Ridge (Lengthy and Pic Heavy)

    Wow, great writeup. it is pleasure to fish with you again. We had wonderful group of experienced anglers. It is privilege to fish Pulley Ridge as you got to get the right boat and weather has to be good for 3 days.
  171. K

    GT and sailfish using light 9'6" Black Hole Suzuki rod

    I abuse rods to test to the limit. But this angler is worse than I am by catching nice GT and sailfish in St Lazarus Banks., Africa. The retail price of the rod is only $195.
  172. K

    Pulley Ridge/Dry Tortugas jigging trip on Oct 25 - 28, 2018

    John fighting a nice AJ using economic version 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch rod and IRT 400 DD reel. The retail price of this rod is only $185, but the rod is as good as high priced slow pitch rod.
  173. K

    Pulley Ridge/Dry Tortugas jigging trip on Oct 25 - 28, 2018

    It was an excellent jigging trip. Ryan used Temple Reef Slow Pitch jigging rods and they look nice.
  174. K

    Pulley Ridge/Dry Tortugas jigging trip on Oct 25 - 28, 2018

    nice grouper using ultra light Black Hole Cape Cod Tai Special rod and IRT 500 DD (double drag) spinning reel. The blank weighs 1.4 oz and the rod weighs only 3.8 oz. This rod is probably the lightest slow pitch jigging rod on the market.
  175. K

    Pulley Ridge/Dry Tortugas jigging trip on Oct 25 - 28, 2018

    We had great jigging trip using light slow pitch jigging rods in Pulley Ridge/ Dry Tortugas on Oct 25 - 28. The majority catch were grouper and mutton. I used ultra light Black Hole Cape Cod Tai Special rod( blank weighs mere 1.4 oz and the rod weighs only 3.8 oz.) and IRT 500 DD reel. I used...
  176. K

    action of 8' prototype Black Hole Suzuki Light rod for albie and striper in Cape Cod

    The 8' rod rating is for 1/4 oz - 2 oz to catch small albie or schoolie striper, flounder, calico bass, sea trout ect from the shore or on boats. We are using 1 1/4 oz small jigs.
  177. K

    fighting a giant using popping rod without harness

    Japanese angler Ajichi san came to Cape Cod from Japan with ths sole purpose of fighing 400 plus lb giant with spinning gear. His wish was granted as he had an opportunity to fight a 400 lb ( estimated) giant with his 7'7" prototype Carpenter rod with Capt Jimmy the Greek in Cape Cod yesterday...
  178. K

    PEI giant on standup on Sept 17 - 21, 2018

    It is always fun to fish with you. :)
  179. K

    PEI giant on standup on Sept 17 - 21, 2018

    We fished with Capt Greg Norton. We fished close to PEI for two days and we encountered slow fishing. Capt Greg run his boat to Nova Scotia and we encountered good fishing like good old days for last 2 days. Mel from California used his custom spiral wrapped Black Hole Giant rods. He landed...
  180. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    I put you on the list on the first trip starting from June 23, 2019 as Kev and his son cancelled the trip. We have one opening on the trip starting from June 23, 2019.
  181. K

    Heru Poppers

    JIGNPOP should get them by Sept.
  182. K

    Slow pitch jigging rods

    fighting halibut using economic version of 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod.
  183. K

    Slow pitch jigging rods

    Learn from seeing video of Japanese anglers first. Then you develop your own style of slow pitch jigging. Not every fish respond to slow pitch jigging. Grouper, snapper, cod, halibut, ling cod responds to slow pitch jigging while AJ or yellowtail prefer fast moving jigs.. Tuna are mixed. Some...
  184. K

    Slow pitch jigging rods

    I see you are pro staff of Temple Reef, No wonder Temple Reef should be good rods as Randy is very knowledgeable fisherman.
  185. K

    Slow pitch jigging rods

    Benwah said: In this case, they are not both "slow pitch" rods. The Evergreen is designed for the Longfall technique, and the Black Hole rod is designed, well, at least the label says slow pitch. With regard to the Black Hole series of rods, in my opinion, for what its worth, they are more...
  186. K

    halibut jigging trip at Icy Bay Lodge on July 22 - 28 2018

    Fred using 7'3" Black Hole Charter Special rod Ken's 244 lb halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod Dannon's catch using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod Dannon fighting 197 lb halibut Dannon's 197 lb halibut David releasing halibut. He used...
  187. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    I should nention about food prepared by chef Rick You can expect those kind of food at top notch restaurants
  188. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    There is no guideline how nany fish boxes you bring home. Normally we bring hime one or two boxes. If you want to bring more, let crew know and they prepare for you free of charge. We normally release halibut or ling cod when we go offshore. We kept two halibut and released all halibut on last...
  189. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    We had another epic halibut fishing on jigs We released all halibut in 50 lb -140 lb exceot two. Dannon got 197 lb halibut on a jig using light Black Hole Caoe Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod. What a finish of the trip.
  190. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    The regular rate is $4500 for 5 days fishing Contact Todd Robertson for available dates. I know someone booked dates after and before my trips and they are looking for anglers
  191. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    As Wed is nonhalibut day we spent while catching black bass, shrimp and doing sightseeing We spent inshore fishing in thursday as weather was not great. AWe got snall halibut and lots of black bass, but I didn't bother to take pictures. Today is the final day and we are going to fish offshore
  192. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Ok. I put you on standby list.
  193. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    Ken Ross landed 244 lb halibut using light Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod. We had excellent halibut jigging with 50 lb - 130 lb in the morning
  194. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    As I expe ted all had their life time experience. Some fished Alaaka before and some is new. All agree they've never seen such a good fishing before. Didn't I say they would life time experience if we can go offshore. :) We releaed halibut in 50 lb - 100 lb later. All used light jigs with light...
  195. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    It is not good starr. I left my laptop computer at secutity check at Newark Airport and they lost my fishing rod case at Seattle airport. I m glad i left fishing rods at Icy Bay Lodge.
  196. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    Ok. I put you on the list. All spots are taken for both trips..
  197. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    We still have opening on June 23 - 29, 2019 trip. Yakutat is very nice place. The average halibut is better than most destinations in Alaska. You can fish salmon in the river and you can rent a skiff to fish salmon and small halibut. However, they don't fish the area Icy Bay Lodge. The area...
  198. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    Weather looks good. See you in Yakutat Airport on Sunday morning.
  199. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    Nice fishing with you Steve. Now you know all my previous reports are true and I did not exaggerate. :) The only concern is weather. The weather looks fine as of now.
  200. K

    Icy Bay 07/22 - 07/28 2018

    They are comingg from different parts of the US. They are coming from California, Minnesota, Florida and Texas. Our staff, Jane and Esther join the trip from NJ. Everyone will use light Black Hole rods. I recommend to bring light reels and some jigs/teasers of your favorite though you can use...
  201. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    As long as weather is good, you can expect good fishing there. :)
  202. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    We brought 2 -3 boxes per angler home. Though they provide as many as angler request free of charge, we voluntarily limit to 3 boxes per anglers (150 lb).
  203. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    OK. Thanks. The second trip in 2019 is full now.
  204. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    We have only one spot open for both trips.
  205. K

    how to fight big fish with light slow pitch rod

    Mike demonstrates how to fight halibut with light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod. He got tons of big fish with the light rod for 5 days out of Icy Bay Lodge, AK last week. It is no no to fight on high sticking position with such light rods.
  206. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    The final day. Finally we had rain and it became windy. We stayed close to the shore. We started to troll for king salmon, but bait and salmon were gone. We decide to anchor very close to the shore ( 1 mile). I didn't expect much and I thought our trip was over. But to my surprise, there were...
  207. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    The final day. Finally we had rain and it became windy. We stayed close to the shore. We started to troll for king salmon, but bait and salmon were gone. We decide to anchor very close to the shore ( 1 mile). I didn't expect much and I thought our trip was over. But to my surprise, there were...
  208. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    We opted to go offshore again as weather was gorgeous. We could see the summit of Mt Saint Helias which is second tallest mt in Alaska. I did not take many pictures as most halibut was 30 lb - 60 lb. We must caught about 30 halibut and countless ling cod/rockfish, all on jigs. We kept two halibut.
  209. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    We opted to go offshore spot again as weather is gorgeous again. Tomorrow's weather forecast is good, but you never know in Alaska. We could see the summit of Mt Saint Elias, ,second tallest mountain in Alaska When anchored, halibut didn't respond at all unlike on Tues. When we decided to...
  210. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    Wed is non-halibut day. So we chose king salmon jigging. We got only 2 king salmon on jigs, but king salmon were there as we landed 3 king salmon and lost three on troll. We still caught halibut while king salmon jigging. We released them all. Chris got two king salmon on FCL LABO SL 120g...
  211. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    Wed is non-halibut day. So we chose king salmon jigging. We got only 2 king salmon on jigs, but king salmon were there as we landed 3 king salmon and lost three on troll. We still caught halibut while king salmon jigging. We released them all. Chris got two king salmon on FCL LABO SL 120g...
  212. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    It was another gorgeous day. Jumee's 150 lb halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod. 80 lb halibut using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod 115 lb halibut by Chris using 6'3" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod nice halibut by Steve...
  213. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    It was another gorgeous day. Jumee's 150 lb halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod. 80 lb halibut using 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod 115 lb halibut by Chris using 6'3" Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod nice halibut by Steve...
  214. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    You don't have to buy ice here. :) black bass is a nuisance here. My first ling cod using light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod My daughter Jumee got her first ever ling cod using the same 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod. her first...
  215. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    You don't have to buy ice here. :) black bass is a nuisance here. My first ling cod using light 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod My daughter Jumee got her first ever ling cod using the same 6'8" Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch jigging rod. her first...
  216. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    heading for Yakutat from Seattle arriving at Yakutat waiting for a plane to Icy Bay Lodge at Yakuat Lodge bar. heading for Icy Bay Lodge our cabin food was excellent prepared by Chef Rick It is 11 pm and it is time to go sleep for the next day fishing.
  217. K

    jigging trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK on June 24 - 30, 2018

    heading for Yakutat from Seattle arriving at Yakutat waiting for a plane to Icy Bay Lodge at Yakuat Lodge bar. heading for Icy Bay Lodge our cabin food was excellent prepared by Chef Rick It is 11 pm and it is time to go sleep for the next day fishing.
  218. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    heading for Yakutat from Seattle arriving at Yakutat waiting for a plane to Icy Bay Lodge at Yakuat Lodge bar. heading for Icy Bay Lodge our cabin food was excellent prepared by Chef Rick It is 11 pm and it is time to go sleep for the next day fishing.
  219. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    As long as we have good weather to go offshore, you can expect good fishing. Unlike in Sitka where you fish deep for halibut, we fish in 80' - 100' with light rod and light jigs.
  220. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    We just arrived at Seattle from Yakutat. We leave for NJ tomorrow morning. What a trip we had. Here is a sample video.
  221. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    My daughter Jumee is small, but she is tough unlike his father :) She landed 150 lb halibut using Black Hole Cape Cod 80g jigging rod on a jig. She stayed on the rail all the time and she used heavy 16 oz jigs for big halibut.
  222. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    Hi Ken, good to hear you started new charter business. Send your message to me.
  223. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    Wed was non-halibut day. We relaxed by catching king salmon on the third day. We jigged them first and we got two on jigs. We started trolling and they responded. We got three and lost three in two hours. On the fourth day, we ventured out to offshore spot. When we anchored, halibut didn't...
  224. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    We tried king salmon jigging yesterday, but we had only two on jigs. Trolling was good.
  225. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    We are having fun with great anglers from West Coast and East Coast. First day was big ling cod day and second day was halibut day. Crew told us we filled three boxes of filleted fish ( 50 lb each box) for each angler already. Some plan to bring 4 -5 boxes as it is free of charge though airline...
  226. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    I brought extra light rods for you to use see you tomorrow morning
  227. K

    annual trip to Icy Bay Lodge, AK starting tomorrow

    I have been fishing British Columbia and Alaska about two dozens times. Now I settle down at the Icy Bay Lodge and fish there annually just because fishing is fantastic, especially on jigs. I got 270 lb halibut on a jig on the first year. The beauty of fishing there is you can use light 8 -...
  228. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    OK. I put you on the second trip. Thanks.
  229. K

    Icy Bay Lodge trip i 2019

    dates are set as follows: June 23 - 29, 2019 June 30 - July 6, 2019 If anyone is interested in the trips, let me know.
  230. K

    rod testing trip from Virginia Beach to Mississipi

    I fished with Eric on the next day evening/night. It was not hot bites like yesterday. But we got bigger red drum in 45 lb - 50 lb range. Eric fighting a nice red drum using ultra light Black Hole Tai Special rod. The blank weighs only 1.4 oz and the rod weighs 3.8 oz. nice red drum I...
  231. K

    rod testing trip from Virginia Beach to Mississipi

    I was thinking about testing rods for fluke, seabass, haddock and cod in Cape Cod - Maine during Memorial Days, but weather is no good. So I decided to go south. I contacted Kenny Bruce in Virginia Beach to see how drum bite. He said fishing has been consistent. So I decided to fish drum in...
  232. K

    Black Hole 250 Gram Cape Cod Reel ?

    Avet Raptor reel
  233. K

    Black Hole 250 Gram Cape Cod Reel ?

    In fact, Black Hole Cape Cod Special jigging rods can be excellent bait rods. Here is 250 lb cow using Black Hole Cape Cod 250g rod with bait.
  234. K

    Black Hole 250 Gram Cape Cod Reel ?

    I used JM Ocean Devil Pe8 reel to catch 200 lb bigeye on a jig with 7'3" Black Hole Challenger Bank 731H rod. The reel has round knob handle. I had hard time to turn the handle. After the trip, I recommend not to use the reel for big fish. I had to help an angler who fought big tuna using...
  235. K

    Black Hole 250 Gram Cape Cod Reel ?

    yes if you look for big fish.
  236. K

    Popping ! Popping tuna in Panama

    I fished on mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018 Though we got many tuna on bait, we used popping rods whenever tuna pop. There are not many places you catch tuna on popper like in Panama. I brought new heavy prototype 8'6" Black Hole popping rod, but I gave up using it after the first day...
  237. K

    Black Hole 250 Gram Cape Cod Reel ?

    I don't recommend the round knob handle to fight big fish. It is a pain to turn the handle for big fish. I don't think they tested the handle for big fish at all.
  238. K

    Incredible tuna fishing on a mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018

    We caught many big mullet snapper or pargo by catch. But I don't bother taking pictures of them. I am glad your group concentrated on tuna on this trip. . I have a few anglers who want to join next year, but the trip is full already as the group this year want to repeat next season. :)
  239. K

    Incredible tuna fishing on a mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018

    Mel having a hard time to fight 180 lb tuna using his custom Black Hole Cape Cod 250g/JM PE10 reel. He regret not to bring his bucket harness after the fight. :) popping Mel fighing tuna with his custom 8' Black Hole Magic Eye 804S popping rod. The soft and light rod is perfect to catch...
  240. K

    Incredible tuna fishing on a mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018

    When you arrange a trip, you never know what kind of fishermen you get. But we had excellent fishermen and they are fun to fish with. We had 8 anglers from NY, NJ and California. We took Copa Airline. I took from JKF, NY to David, Panama. There is a new system that you don't have to recheck...
  241. K

    Incredible tuna fishing on a mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018

    I used 60g, 90g and 120g Skipjack and all worked. Good luck on your trip.
  242. K

    Incredible tuna fishing on a mothership at PSFL on May 8 - 12, 2018

    We tagged 85 tuna for two boats and we released many as tags were ran out. We had at least over 100 tuna on our boat for 5 days and mostly were released. This is my 9th trip to Panama and this trip must be one fof the best for tuna fishing. I fished on a mothership at Panama Sport Fishing...
  243. K

    haddock/cod jigging in Cape Cod on April 28

    I had a good fishing with Capt Jimmy the Greek out of Green Harbor, MA on Sat. It was stupid fishing and we got our limit by 10:30 am though we released keeper size haddock. We ventured out for red fish in deeper water and we found them. Four anglers jigged and Capt Jimmy used bait, but it...
  244. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    Yes. it is kind of prototype duel drag reel. It gives more max drag.
  245. K

    Suzuki (Japanese seabass) using 10' Black Hole Suzuki rod in Korea

    I fished three days on islands off Jeju Island in Korea just for Suzuki on lures. I fished 22 hours for three days and I got the only Suzuki on the last day. It was a hard work by casting after casting, the reward was huge as this was my first Suzuki on lure. I never got tires by casting as the...
  246. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    I am planning to do it again in 2019 as there are three anglers who want to go in 2019. The dates are not set yet, but it is probably from late June to early July.
  247. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    The trip is full , but we can add one angler. You got to bring your own rain gear and boots. The departure date is July 28.
  248. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    I have been using IRT 300 - 500 reels two years. they are very durable. I usually don't care reels. I just wash them and I never open the reels for maintenance. But the reels work just fine. :)
  249. K

    what is a good 8' rod for Stellas 14k & 18k for throwing poppers

    The rod is rated upto 60 lb, but you can use 80 lb braid.
  250. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    Today is the final day. After spending some time to catch bait, we fished around Three Kings. Immediately we got kingfish on jigs left and right. I used the same Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT 600 reel with 400g Catch jig. After releasing two, I asked John to use my gear to take video...
  251. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    Capt Mike decided to go hapuka/seabass in deep water on the third day. I thought he would go to King Bank for mix of hapuka and kingfish we we did in 2005 and 2007. But he ran the boat 3 hours to the different spot. We fished 250 meter ( 750'). We used to catch big hapuka and bass in 150 meter...
  252. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    On the next day, they tried to catch bait for two hours early in the morning which is the prime time to jig. I thought this trip is exclusively for jigging and I was not happy about it. But Capt and majority fishermen like the mix of jigging and bait fishing. So I had to adjust myself for peace...
  253. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    We left 4 pm. We ran 6- 7 hours to anchor in a bay in northern tip of island. On my previous trips, we ran to the Three Kings directly. On the next morning, we ran about 2 hours to jig kingfish. After we caught small kingfish we ran another 2 hours to fish King Bank. On the way to the Bank, we...
  254. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    Anglers from NZ provide transportation which is a big help for us. After driving 5 - 6 hours, we arrived at Mangonui Harbor. We found out we were fishing on the Cascade with Capt Mike, not the Tracker. That was great as I fished on the Cascade in 2005 and 2007. Capt Mike turned out to be very...
  255. K

    Three Kings, NZ trip on April 3 - 8

    The Three Kings Islands trip is finally over. It took 20 hours from NJ to Auckland, NZ. Three of us from the US arrived almost at the same time though we took different flights. We spent the first day relaxing in downtown of Auckland.
  256. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    Today is the final day. After spending some time to catch bait, we fished around Three Kings. Immediately we got kingfish on jigs left and right. I used the same Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT 600 reel with 400g Catch jig. After releasing two, I asked John to use my gear to take video...
  257. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    Capt Mike decided to go hapuka/seabass in deep water on the third day. I thought he would go to King Bank for mix of hapuka and kingfish we we did in 2005 and 2007. But he ran the boat 3 hours to the different spot. We fished 250 meter ( 750'). We used to catch big hapuka and bass in 150...
  258. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    On the next day, they tried to catch bait for two hours early in the morning which is the prime time to jig. I thought this trip is exclusively for jigging and I was not happy about it. But Capt and majority fishermen like the mix of jigging and bait fishing. So I had to adjust myself for peace...
  259. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    We left 4 pm. We ran 6- 7 hours to anchor in a bay in northern tip of island. On my previous trips, we ran to the Three Kings directly. On the next morning, we ran about 2 hours to jig kingfish. After we caught small kingfish we ran another 2 hours to fish King Bank. On the way to the Bank...
  260. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    After driving 5 - 6 hours, we arrived at Mangonui Harbor. We found out we were fishing on the Cascade with Capt Mike, not the Tracker. That was great as I fished on the Cascade in 2005 and 2007. Capt Mike turned out to be very diligent and likable Capt. Jason who works for Catch Tackle was...
  261. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    The Three Kings Islands trip is finally over. It took 20 hours from NJ to Auckland, NZ. Three of us from the US arrived almost at the same time though we took different flights. We spent the first day relaxing in downtown of Auckland. Anglers from NZ provide transportation which...
  262. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    We arrived at Auckland this morning. We plan to leave for the boat tomorrow morning. They say the boat leave around 2 -3 pm tomorrow ( April 3). I believe they leave form Mongonui. It is good to have anglers from NZ as they pick us up at the hotel. :)
  263. K

    Black Hole USA trip to Three Kings Island, NZ starts.

    I am on a plane to Auckland, NZ for Three Kings Island jigging trip. I fished there in 2005 and 2007 and this trip is probably my last trip there because of my age. I had memorable trips there and I hope we can repeat it. We plan to use light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rods as well as light...
  264. K

    jigging and popping at Panafishing Lodge in Panama

    I had a great time to fish with you in Panama. Now we will enjoy another great time at Icy Bay Lodge off Yakutat, Alaska in July. That is another paradise of light jigging tackle for big halibut, ling cod or yelloweye rockfish. :)
  265. K

    Self-Guided Alaska Fishing Trip

    Yes. The rental boats out of Leonard Landing lodge is for inshore
  266. K

    ICY Bay Lodge trip on July 22 - 28, 2018 added

    One spot on the June trip is taken. We still have spot(s) on the July trip. All jigging in shallow water using 6 - 10 oz jigs. Black bass is a nuisance there. :)
  267. K

    Self-Guided Alaska Fishing Trip

    If you decide to fish Yakutat, I highly recommend Leonard's Landing Lodge for unguided boats.
  268. K

    ICY Bay Lodge trip on July 22 - 28, 2018 added

    Anglers who planned to join our July trip decide to go in Aug. So two spots are open again on July trip. One angler who was going to go in June trip wants to go on July trip. So actually we need one angler on the June trip and one angler on the July trip.
  269. K

    ICY Bay Lodge trip on July 22 - 28, 2018 added

    I fished British Columbia a dozen times and Alaska a dozen times. This lodge is first class lodge like a lodge in Langara Island off Queen Charlotte Island in British Columbia. You catch halibut anywhere in Alaska, but it is rare to catch them on jigs in shallow water like in Icy Bay Lodge.
  270. K

    ICY Bay Lodge trip on July 22 - 28, 2018 added

    The trip is full now. Thanks guys who show interest.
  271. K

    11' and 12' Black Hole East Coast Special for rooster

    We have new 10', 11' and 12' Black Hole East Coast Special for rooster. Those rods will be tested in Cabo, East Cape as well as south of PV, Mexico this summer by Cabo guide Wesley as well as world famous land based fisherman Dennis Verreet. Come and check at Black Hole USA booth at Long Beach...
  272. K

    New 9'6" and 10' Blak Hole Suzuki Surf rods

    Yes. the joint is 50/50
  273. K

    New 9'6" and 10' Blak Hole Suzuki Surf rods

    Surf anglers in San Francisco area bought three 10' Black Hole Suziki rods yesterday. They asked 5, but we needed a few rods for the show. :) They say they've never seen such a light rod for surf fishing. They are targeting striper. The rod is designed for smaller fish like perch or schoolie...
  274. K

    Black Hole USA at Fred Hall SHow in Long Beach

    Come and check our jigging and popping rods at Black Hole USA booth (1313) at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. We developed economic version Black Hole Charter Special Slow Pitch rods. I tested the rod for snapper, grouper, striped bass, cod, drum, ect. The retail price is only $185.
  275. K

    New 9'6" and 10' Blak Hole Suzuki Surf rods

    Some even used the 10' Suzuki rod for trout using 1/4 oz lure.
  276. K

    New 9'6" and 10' Blak Hole Suzuki Surf rods

    We developed very light surf rods to cast 1/2 oz - 3 oz for perch and even for trout. The blank weighs only 3.7 oz and 4.4 oz. Though the rods are designed for small fish, we already had 30 lb striper, 40 lb drum and 40 lb pargo. Check the rods along with other regular surf rod at Black Hole...
  277. K

    ICY Bay Lodge trip on July 22 - 28, 2018 added

    I decided to arrange another trip to ICY Bay Lodge trip off Yakutat, AK as some want to go There this year. The July 22 - 28 dates are the only dates available at the lodge, but those dates a re great for fishing as well as weather. We have 3 -4 spots available now. If you like to jig for big...
  278. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    We use 40 - 50 lb main braid line and 60 - 80 lb leader line. We use drag of 16 - 20 lb.
  279. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    I decided to arrange the Icy Bay Lodge trip again on July 22-28 .this year as several anglers want to go. If you are interested in the trip, let me know. We have 4 -5 spots available.
  280. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    I plan to go to Icy Bay Lodge again in 2019. If you are interested in the trip, let me know.
  281. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    I believe they have openings on July 22 - 28 this year. I plan to go back to Icy Bay Lodge in 2019 too.
  282. K

    Heading to Yakutat in July

    Check Leonard's Landing Lodge. You can rent a small boat to fish in the bay for king salmon and halibut as well as they arrange all trips.
  283. K

    Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    Here is action video of fighting big rooster using 10'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Surf Nano rod in East Cape, Baja. As you see in the video, the bend is almost parabolic, but the rod is strong to catch 200 lb tarpon and big shark from the beach. Soft tip makes lure present better and parabolic...
  284. K

    Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    10' Black Hole Suzuki rods are not designed for steelhead or salmon, but you can use the rod for them as they are light, but strong and has moderate fast action. You can cast 1/2 oz lure with the rod. The blank weighs only 3.7 oz. action of 10' Black Hole Suzuki rod for big drum.
  285. K

    jigging and popping at Panafishing Lodge in Panama

    I think he was using Accurate Valiant reel. He said the reel is great except it is hard to move lever on high drag.
  286. K

    Where Should I Try Next In Alaska

    I fished Kodiak 3 - 4 times. When I fished there for the first time, I was fascinated with great king salmon jigging as well as good halibut fishing. But king salmon fishing slowed down on my next trips and it is not easy to catch big halibut. On one trip we had fabulous halibut jigging in 80 ft...
  287. K

    Where Should I Try Next In Alaska

    When I fished Icy Bay Lodge, I did not expect much, but I liked the location. It is a remote place off Yakutat. I fished a dozen time in Alaska and a dozen times in British Columbia. But I never fished Yakutat by then and that was my next destination. when I fished Icy Bay Lodge, I immediately...
  288. K

    Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    9'6" and 10' Black Hole Suzuki rods These ultra light rods are designed for small fish from the surf casting small 1/2 oz - 3 oz lures. The economic version rods are only $195 - $215. We tested these rods heavily for striper, albie, snook, drum or rooster. This ultra light rod is good for perch...
  289. K

    Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    10' Black Hole Yellowtail/Surf II regular and heavy
  290. K

    Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach

    Check our new Black Hole USA surf rods at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach. We have surf rod models from tuna/GT to perch from the surf. 10'6 Black Hole Cape Cod Surf Nano
  291. K

    Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    We got an replacement. That was quick. :) Here is general info if you want to fish there. The regular rate is $4500 which includes everything except airfare to the lodge, tip, tax and fishing license. They clean, freeze and pack fish free of charge. They have top notch operation. They can...
  292. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    I found the replacement depending on the payment.
  293. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    Yes. We are using light tackle like Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rods. Just bring the reels you like.
  294. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    The rate is $4000 except airfare to the lodge, tip, tax and fishing license The original rate is $4500 and they give $500 discount for our trip. We are 7 anglers and there are no other group except our group for the whole trip. The lodge is located 60 mile off Yakutat and there is no other human...
  295. K

    Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    Due to cancellation, we are looking for one angler who can join this fabulous trip on June 24 - 30, 2018. This trip is an ultimate jigging trip for big halibut, ling cod and yelloweye rockfish as well as king salmon in a remote area with stunning view. It is common you catch 1000 lb fish on jigs...
  296. K

    need one anlger to join Icy Bay Lodge jigging trip in Alaska

    Due to cancellation, we are looking for an angler for the Icy Bay lodge jigging trip in Alaska on June 24 - 30, 2018. This trip is an ultimate jigging trip for big halibut, ling cod and yelloweye rockfish as well as king salmon in a remote area with stunning view. It is common you catch 1000 lb...
  297. K

    Black Hole USA attends Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA

    See you there Dustin. :)
  298. K

    Black Hole USA attends Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA

    No. the Long Beach show is the only show we attend.
  299. K

    Black Hole USA attends Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA

    we have upto 13' blanks with which you can cast irons. :)
  300. K

    Black Hole USA attends Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA

    We are going to display all Black Hole jigging and popping rods/blanks at the show. We also display all models of surf rods and inshore rods. If you want to see any particular model at the showl, let me know.
  301. K

    jigging and popping at Panafishing Lodge in Panama

    Hi Tony, I like to see what kind of fishing they do though I wanted popping rooster to test our new rods. My mission was accomplished. :) The jigging areas are not far from the shore in 120' - 150'. But it was rough. Capt did fine job by power drifting and we could use light 4 - 8 oz jigs.
  302. K

    jigging and popping at Panafishing Lodge in Panama

    I just returned from jigging and popping trip out of Panafishing Lodge in Panama. I fished Panama 8 times and all trips were for tuna around Coiba Island/Hannibal Bank. But this trip was for inshore jigging and popping for rooster, cubera, grouper or snapper fishing around Pedasi area. This...
  303. K

    Panama mothership at PSFL in May 2018

    The final spot is taken depending on deposit payment. They will enjoy fishing on the mothership. It is totally different from fishing on long range boats or land based lodge.
  304. K

    Panama mothership at PSFL in May 2018

    pictures of previous trip. As you see in the picture, we use relatively light tackle.
  305. K

    Panama mothership at PSFL in May 2018

    All spots are taken for a boat with 4 anglers now depending on deposit payment. Only one spot is open for a boat with three anglers.
  306. K

    Panama mothership at PSFL in May 2018

    The cost of the trip is $2750 based on 4 angler on a boat and $3650 based on 3 anglers on a boat. So total fishermen on this trip is 6 - 8 guys. I am extra as a cameraman. It is very good price for fishing 5 days on a mothership. You arrive at David on May 8 by noon and they pick us up to the...
  307. K

    Panama mothership at PSFL in May 2018

    I am looking for a few anglers who can join our mothership trip at Panama Sportfishing Lodge from May 9 to 13 2018 for fishing 5 days. We fished two boats with 3 or 4 anglers per boat. Due to cancellation, we need a few anglers. I fished 5 times in Panama before I went on the mothership and this...
  308. K

    yellowtail jigging and popping in Korea

    See the light rod action for big yellowtail.
  309. K

    yellowtail jigging and popping in Korea

    They just sent a video of my fighing a nice yellowtail from Korea.
  310. K

    giant using Black Hole Giant rods in PEI

    Mel is very artuculate and he changed all 70' 200 lb mono leader line by splicing every trip no matter what and Capt Greg changed the 200 lb fluoro leader line after one fight. John Kim is next turn. He used Thomas' 6' custom Black Hole Ginat 6 inches cut off the tip. The rod looks much...
  311. K

    Looking for one fishermen on 3 1/2 days trip with Capt Danny Osuna in PV

    I have a PV trip with Capt Danny Osuna for 3 1/2 days ( Dec 9 - 13) in 2017. I am looking for one angler to replace a cancellation. The dates in the prime for big yft. I have been fishing with Cape Danny Osuma in Dec last 4 years in a row and we had always fantastic trips.
  312. K

    giant using Black Hole Giant rods in PEI

    I was tired from Korea trip, but I had to drive to PEI as I soon as I arrived from Korea for taking pictures and video as Mel's group are using his custom Black Hole Giant rods. I left 1:00 am and drove all ngiht to PEI to overcome jet lag. I met Mel's group in the evening with Capt Greg...
  313. K

    yellowtail jigging and popping in Korea

    I joined the yellowtail jigging and popping trip to a remote island in shouthern part of Korea. It took about 5 hours to Mokpo Harbor from Seoul and it took three hours ferry to the island. It is a small island with populations of only a few hundreds. We took a boat to fish for three days...
  314. K

    new Penn Slammer III High Gear reel

    New Penn Slammer III 6500 High Gear reel from Penn just arrived in time for yellowtail popping in Korea. The 6500 has 40lb's of drag and has a ratio of 6.2:1 47 inches of line retrieval per turn of the handle. The reel will be tested for yellowtail in Korea, drum or tarpon in Fl, striper in Cape...
  315. K

    slow pitch jigging for cod

    Squidding technique has been used for cod jigging for decades. Squidding is simple. You just crank steadily for 10 - 15 cranks and drop to the bottom again if you don't get hit by cod. On the recent cod trip, I experimented slow pitch jigging using the light Black Hole Challenger Bank 691UL/IRT...
  316. K

    Where to Buy Seven Seas Hooker 1 Jigs?

    We buy Seven Seas jig primarily for tuna and I found 220g works best. That is why we stock 220g jigs mostly. I suggest to try FCL light jigs. They are proven tuna jigs.
  317. K

    tuna jigging time !!

    I prefer to use fluoro carbon for jigging, not it is not necessary to use fluoro carbon for popping.
  318. K

    tuna jigging time !!

    Ron Z is used mostly as casting lure though it can be used for jigging. Small slow pitch jigs work great for tuna. For yellowtail, long jigs and short jigs work.
  319. K

    tuna jigging time !!

    He used Stella 20000 filled with Jerry Brown Hollow 100 lb line. Hogy lure was used. Hogy lure is similar to Ron Z lure. Adam said the hook on the Hogy is stronger.
  320. K

    tuna jigging time !!

    Bryan landed a nice bluefin on Ron Z using Black Hole Cape Cod 450g jigging rod out of Long Island, NY. Fighting time was 20 minutes.
  321. K

    87" (350 lb) giant using a popping rod in Cape Cod

    Adam landed 87" (350 lb) giant using 7'5" Black Hole Cow Special popping rod with hogy lure in Cape Cod today.
  322. K

    700' cast by Mike Basnite using 12' prototype Black Hole surf rod

    I am in Florida after ICAST show to test new Black Hole surf rods with Mike Basnite. He cast about 700' using 12' prototype Black Hole Cape Cod Surf II Heavy rod with 8 oz sinker. He even cast over 400' with light 1 1/2 oz - 2 oz wooden plug with the rod. He said the rod is very versatile to...
  323. K

    action of Black Hole Cape Cod 150g for tuna

    It is just yoour preference. You fish using conventional rods only and it is akward to use spinning rods. Some never use conventional rods.
  324. K

    action of Black Hole Cape Cod 150g for tuna

    Yes. you are missing. :)
  325. K

    action of Black Hole Cape Cod 150g for tuna

    The angler is obviously in high sticking, but the rod didn't break. :)
  326. K

    fighting giant with spinning rods

    Here is a video by Blacktiph. Dennis uses 7'5" Black Hole Cow Special and Josh uses 6' custom Black Hole Giant rod.
  327. K

    goliath grouper with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86 Nano rod

    Dennis Verreet fighting a goliath grouper using 7'5" Black Hole Cow Special rod with lock-down drag ( 60 lb). The one-piece rod is simply the strongest among popping rods and are designed for giant, cow or marlin. Even so, it is amazing the rod didn't break as the goliath fought under the boat...
  328. K

    Black hole challenger bank 7'6" mh or 8'h

    rated upto 60 lb, but many angler use heavier line than 60 lb
  329. K

    goliath grouper with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86 Nano rod

    He fished from the beach and it is technically on the water.
  330. K

    goliath grouper with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86 Nano rod

    Here is Dennis Verreet's catch of goliath grouper using 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86 Nano popping rod in Florida. He must have more confidence in Black Hole rods than I do as I wouldn't try the rod for monster grouper. :)
  331. K

    striper on surface lures in Cape Cod Bay this afternoon

    I fished striper on surface lures with Capt Jeff of the Honey Badger in Cape Cod Bay this afternoon and see lots of striper on surface.
  332. K

    what is a good 8' rod for Stellas 14k & 18k for throwing poppers

    180 lb yft with the 801H rod in Panama
  333. K

    what is a good 8' rod for Stellas 14k & 18k for throwing poppers

    big bluefin in California with 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H rod
  334. K

    what is a good 8' rod for Stellas 14k & 18k for throwing poppers

    I recommend 801 Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H spinning rod. The rod is very light (under 10 oz), but strong enough to land 100 - 150 lb tuna.
  335. K

    9'0 for big tuna and YT on the iron?

    small tuna and yellowtail are not difficult to land using 9' rod. Here are pictures of fighing 80 lb tuna with 9'6" Black Hole Striper rod in Panama.
  336. K

    Black hole challenger 801h or BH cape cod special 80n?

    What are waiting for ? Bluefin fishing started there. :) I plan to fish bluefin in California soon.
  337. K

    Black hole challenger 801h or BH cape cod special 80n?

    Our happy customer in California sent pictures of catches with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Nano and 8' Black Hole Challenger 801MH model
  338. K

    limit catch of seabass on one drift in 4 minutes

    I fished seabass with Capt Jimmy the Greek out of Cape Cod yesterday. It was a silly fishing in shallow water (25'). I could catch a limit of 5 seabass on one drift in 4 minutes even I used jigs without adding any bait if I did not release them. 5 seabass limit with limited season is just...
  339. K

    Black hole challenger 801h or BH cape cod special 80n?

    The Black Hole Challenger Bank 801 H should handle tuna upto 200 lb. If there are more 200 plus lb tuna, I suggest to go with 8' Black Hole Cape Cod 80G(graphite) or 80N (nano). Recently the 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod 86N (nano) are popular. the Black Hole Challenger Bank 801 H's tip got broken...
  340. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    Hi Tony, Fishing was good as usual. We had to find school of dophine ans we usually found them.
  341. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    Main reason to go to Panama is to get tuna on poppers. We didn't stay for bait fishing too long and we chased tuna on surface for the whole trip. guys loved it. Jorge from Virginia Beach is an avid offshore fisherman, but he never caught a tuna on poppers before. He hooked up a tuna with 8'...
  342. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    We tested 10' Surf II ( Yellowtail) Heavy rod for tuna. The rod barely bent for a small tuna. The rod should be good for bluefin on the long range boats out of San Diego.
  343. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    we fought a nice black marlin on a jig for 30 minutes. Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g rod and JM PE10 filled with 130 lb Jerry Brown Hollow line were used. I tested the light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch 632 rod for tuna. The rod is only 6 oz and we landed 100 lb tuna with it in Panama...
  344. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    We started bait fishing again when we arrived at Hannibal Bank. We had huge fish, but it turned out to be a monster manta ray. releasing tuna catching a rooster with 9'6" Black Hole Striper rod mothership
  345. K

    mothership of Panama Sport Fishing Lodge on May 12 - 18, 2017

    We had a great trip on a mothership of PSFL last year and I arranged the mothership trip again with 8 anglers this year. I was a fun trip catching lots of tuna on popping rods. We released all tuna except a few for dinner. The Hannibal Bank was hot before your trip, but tuna were on and off...
  346. K

    9'6" Black Hole Striper rod for 80 lb tuna in Panama

    This rod is not designed for tuna, but I used it to test the strength of the rod. I used about 25 lb drag of Penn Slammer III 7500 and the reel is excellent. I can say the rod is good for any size of stripers or yellowtail. :)
  347. K

    10' Black Hole SurfII Heavy for nice kingfish(yellowtail) in NZ

    Jack Fin - official Argo 240 -F.
  348. K

    Light tackle time on Cape Cod

    Capt Rich is one of the nicest person I've met. You will enjoy fishing with him.
  349. K

    10' Black Hole SurfII Heavy for nice kingfish(yellowtail) in NZ

    Dennis Verreet's catch of nice kingfish (yellowtail) using custom 10' Black Hole SurF II Heavy by Rays Custom Works. He uses almost lock-down drag with 112 lb line.
  350. K

    squid jigging in Cape Cod Bay

    We got to eat first before saving them for bait. :)
  351. K

    squid jigging in Cape Cod Bay

    I drove up to Cape Cod to deliver Black Hole surf rods to Red Top on Sat ( May 6). After delivered, I asked Capt Jimmy the Greek of the On Time to go squid fishing in the afternoon. He thought I am crazy as all charter boats cancelled due to weather. But my buoyweather forecast indicated wind...
  352. K

    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    good advice from experience.
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    Hannibal bank 4-15-2017

    We fished out of a mothership of PSFL last May and we released all inshore fish. We are going to fish there again in May this year and we are going to release every inshore fish.
  354. K

    longer spinning rods for casting irons for yt and yft

    Here are pictures of catches with 10' Black Hole Yellowtail rods.
  355. K

    longer spinning rods for casting irons for yt and yft

    I observed that many anglers on long range boats use 10' long conventional rods. I tested 10' prototype Black Hole rods for bft on a long range boat. I could cast farther than most anglers with the spinning rod. We are introducing 9'2", 9'6" and 10' spinning rods (10' conventional rods will...
  356. K

    Upgrading my slowpitch setup

    The Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch 581HR3 is $360 and 632H2MF is $370. They come with expensive Fuji SIC guides. The advantage of using Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rods are their strength for their sizes and weight. You can land any sizes of yellowtail and decent sizes of tuna with the light...
  357. K

    Why 2 piece popping rods?

    Most Black Hole popping rods are two-piece rod for travelling. Some airline even charge extra for two-piece rods in a rod case. We developed one-piece popping rod called Black Hole Challenger Bank for those who prefer one-piece rods and don't travel. We have 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank M...
  358. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    As much as I wanted to fish again, we have another fishing show on April 1 and 2, and I leave for GT popping in Oman on April 3. So I have to cancel the Wed and Thurs trip. They had a life time experience on the trip. I fished out of Oregon Inlet/Hatteras for bluefin last over 20 years and I've...
  359. K

    Black Hole C66RR "Rubber" jigging rod?

    Black Hole USA rods are designed for the US anglers and maintain highest level of quality control in a factory in Korea. Cheaper models of NS Black Hole rods are made in a big factory in China which we don't carry yet. But the quality of Black Hole rods made in China is much better than other...
  360. K

    Black Hole C66RR "Rubber" jigging rod?

    No, those rods are Black Holr rods, but they don't provide any warranty if you buy them overseas.
  361. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    The Good Times h had two 100" (about 600 lb) and 72" (about 210 lb) bluefin today. I might fish there again on Wed and Thurs.
  362. K

    Poppers Vs. Stickbaits? Floaters or Sinkers?

    When I choose poppers or stickbait, I choose proven lures. There are times when poppers work and there are times when stickbait work. Cape Cod bluefin prefer stickbait, but bluefin in NC hit popers as well as stickbait. I start to use poppers first when I fish unknown areas as it is a blast to...
  363. K

    Black Hole C66RR "Rubber" jigging rod?

    when you buy Black Hole rods in Korea on ebay, don't expect warranty. We are contacted by anglers who purchased Black Hole rods and the rods got broken. But we can not do anything about it.
  364. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    releasing 600 lb giant
  365. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    The best time to fish bluefin in NC is Feb and March. When we fished there we saw Japanese anglers from Japan.
  366. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    The charter rate is $1500 - $2000 per day plus tip. We opted to fish with 4 anglers. But you can fish with up to 6 anglers.
  367. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    Here is pictures of 102" (about 650 lb) giant caught with 6' Black Hole Giant rod in NC a few days ago.
  368. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    Day 3 John had to work on Sunday and Greg from Virginia replace him on March 26 trip. I also had to miss the trip. While I was driving to the north, Bryan sent a message at 1:30 pm. He said bites were great on poppers and they returned to the dock already ! Am I a human banana ? They told me...
  369. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    When we got to the area where we fished, many boats were fighting tuna. We used jig and poppers for a while for nothing. We decided to trolll with green stick. Wirhin 15 minutes, tuna was on. We landed and released about 350 lb (85") in 20 minutes and resumed trolling. Within 10 minutes we had...
  370. K

    NC bluefin on March 24, 25 and 26

    I booked the Good Times out of Oregon Inlet,NC from March 23 to 26 to fish two days. But weather looked great from Marh 24 ro March 26 and we decided to fish three days. As most catches are giant recently, I pepared for giant tackle. Tomo from MA, John from NY and Bryan and Marco from FL...
  371. K

    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    mmsblee, I can not reply for your pm for unknown reason. We have Black Hole Cape Cod Yellowtail blanks. If you buy them at the show, we will ship them free. t
  372. K

    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    Dennis Verreet pulled 44 lb drag with 10' Black Hole Cape Cod Surf II Heavy rod at Fred Hall Show.
  373. K

    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    We are having fun. Alan Tani pulling 45 lb drag at 45 degree angle with 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod.
  374. K

    Looking for feedback: Creating a conventional outfit for fishing poppers and flatfalls on 12+ days

    And also check 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H conventional rods. The rod weighs only 10 oz, but are capable of landing 200 lb tuna. You can see them at Fred Hall Show.
  375. K

    Looking for feedback: Creating a conventional outfit for fishing poppers and flatfalls on 12+ days

    We are at Fred Hall show in Long Beach now. You can land 200 plus lb tuna with 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Nono rod if you don't do high sticking. The rod was used by Dennis Verreet who attend at our booth for landing big yellowtail in 20 kig - 30 kg within a mintues by locking drag from the...
  376. K

    show time at Fred Hall Show by Black Hole USA

    We set up our Black Hole USA at Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, CA. Booth number is 1313. drinking time. We are going to have fun.
  377. K

    lifting three gallons of water with 10' Black Hole Cape Cod Surf II Heavy

    Here is a video of lifting three gallons of water (25 lb) with 10' Black Hole Cape Cod Surf II Heavy rod. The blank weighs only 8.4 oz. Check the rod and blank at Long Beach Fred Hall Show.
  378. K

    Fred Hall show Long Beach March 1-5, 2017

    Check our Black Hole USA booth for the cow rail rods/blanks.
  379. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    We are going to use jigs, popers and bait whatever anglers like.
  380. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    I have to decide to go with three anglers or four in a few days as we have to give anglers' info to confirm our reservation of flight to Ascention Island. There were only 4 seats available now.
  381. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    Basil, thanks for the info. I thought I don't go to Ascention Island this year until Matthias contacted me recently. We reserved four passengers on the plane to Ascension Island and I am looking for the 4th anglers. We go even with three anglers if I don't get 4th anglers. I wil decide within...
  382. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    There are only two flight to the Island a week. So the trip is 6 days or 9 days and I choose 6 days as 5 days action packed fishing is good enough.
  383. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    It is a short notice as Capt just informed that the second boat is available. It is 27' - 28' boat and it cost around $850 euro per day. I don't think fishing in the Island is more expensive than fishing here excpet airfare.I don't know why your friend said it cost 15K. The airfare from London...
  384. K

    Acension Island Trip on June 14 - 20 2017

    I am looking for 4th angler to join the Ascension Islane trip on June 14 - 20 2017. The cost is about $2000 to fish 4 days on a boat with 4 anglers except tip and airfare. The airfare is about $2000 from the US. This is a life time experience for tuna lovers.
  385. K

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    We talk about tuna jigging nowadays. But I was not allowed to jig for tuna when i fished bluefin in 100 lb - 150 lb on a charter boat out of Hatteras, NC about 20 years ago. When Capt saw my thin tuna jigging rod, he must thought it was a joke. :) Nowadays, every boat out of Hatteras are...
  386. K

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    jigabite in UK carries some Black Hole Cape Cod popping rods. But I don't think they carry our Black Hole Cow Special popping rods.
  387. K

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    If you look for cheaper, but durable reel, Penn Slammer III could be the answer, but nobody tested the new reel for big tuna. It gives 50 plus lb drag.
  388. K

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    You can buy the blank for customization.
  389. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    The trip is postponed to 2018.
  390. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    The trip is postponed to 2018.
  391. K

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    Stella or Saltiga
  392. K

    Popping for bluefin tuna.

    I recommend our 7'5" Black Hole Cow Special popping rod. This is one-piece rod and many giant in 600 - 900 lb were caught using the same blanks in PEI, Canada. I don't recommand the Saragosa reel for giant at all. Here is 400 lb giant using the Black Hole Cow Special rod in Gibralta, Europe.
  393. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    You can not fish two days in Three Kings Island. You need at least 4 - 5 days to fish there.
  394. K

    Reels for slow pitch rods

    No slow pitch jigging reel is close to JM PE 3/4 reel. But it is pricey.
  395. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    The trip is on the Cascade. Check http://www.cascadecharters.co.nz/ The rate is about $1800US plus transportation to the boat, two night staying in Oakland and airfare per person based on 6. The $1800US (estimate) includes everything on the boat for 5 days. It is very cheap by any standard...
  396. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    The dates are set from April 20.21 for 5 days.
  397. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    Due to cancellation, I need a few guys who can go on the Three Kings for big yellowtail (kingfish) and giant seabass jigging for 5 days starting from April 20, 2017, It is a dream trip for jiggers.
  398. K

    Need a few for Three Kings Island in NZ trip

    Due to cancellation, I need a few guys who can go on the Three Kings for big yellowtail (kingfish) and giant seabass jigging for 5 days starting from April 20, 2017, It is a dream trip for jiggers.
  399. K

    testing new 9'2" and 9'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper Surf rods

    When I said I used 20 lb drag with the light 9'2" rod to land the big drum, some were doubtful. So I made a pulling test on 20 lb at New England Fishing and Outdoor Expo in MA yesterday. Not bad for such a light rod.
  400. K

    The correct setup (BlackHole, Maxel, Truth, Avet)

    Just in case you can not make Fred Hall Show, I give you some explanation of your jigging rods. First of all, you decide whether you use normal short jigging rods or long jigging rods. For short jigging rods, Black Hole Cape Cod Special 250g you mentioned is a good starting point. You can enjoy...
  401. K

    The correct setup (BlackHole, Maxel, Truth, Avet)

    If you can make Fred Hall Show in Long Beach, visit our Black Hole USA booth. Seeing is believing. We are going to display most of jigging and popping rods. Any qestions you make will be answered immediately. :)
  402. K

    Dry Tortugas Trip on the Yankee Capt on Jan 20 - 22

    It was last mintues decision to take the trip while driving down to Florida to test new Black Hole surf rods. After testing the light 9'2" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper surf rod for drum, I drove down to Key West. Surprisingly I met Dick Meirowitz there. I was long time ago when I fished with...
  403. K

    testing new 9'2" and 9'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper Surf rods

    I tested the 9'6" for 30 lb red drum when I visited Florida. I drove down again to Florida to test light 9'2" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper surf rod. The rod is light and thin ( the 9'2" blank weighs 4.9 oz.) and I was wondering the rod has enough backbone and power for big stripers or other...
  404. K

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    We have kingfish (yellowtail) jigging trip to Three Kings Island, NZ on the Cascade in late April, 2017. The trip is ultimate jigging trip. Here is a video of fighting nice kingfish(yellowtail) on jig on the Cascade.
  405. K

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    Longer butt is a standard for Japanese style jigging rods. If Janapese style jigging rods have 11" - 12" butt section, something is wrong. :) Here are pictures of Japanese style jigging rods. Black Hole Cape Cod, Ripple Fisher, Hots and JM rods from the bottom.
  406. K

    Best Black Hole (or ?) blank for yo yo/vertical YT?

    If you jig only YT, Black Hole Cape Cod 80g or 150 g can do the job done. I am going to Three Kings Island, NZ in April for kingfish(yellowtail) in 40 - 80 lb range and I plan to experiment light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rods. The rod weighs only 5 - 6 oz, but they proved to be...
  407. K

    30 plus kg rooster using 10'6" Black Hole Cape Cod surf rod in Mexico

    Adrina caught/released this magnificent rooster from the surf using 10'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Surf rod in Mexico in 2016.
  408. K

    Florida trip to test new 9'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper surf rod

    As soon as I arrived from the trip to Korea to discuss about new Black Hole surf rods, I left for Florida to test new light 9'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper rod. I met our pro staff Lyd and Mike Basnite and spent two nights there to test a few surf rods including 9'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Striper...
  409. K

    monster tarpon using 10'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Surf rod

    Monster tarpon by Daniel Rodriguez using 10'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Surf rod. It took 45 minutes to subdue this monster.
  410. K

    gag grouper in NC on Dec 23, 2016

    I drove to Florida to discuss with our Black Hole USA pro staff for the new Black Hole USA surf rods and fished grouper with Capt Joe in NC on the way up to NJ. We fished pretty shallow in 65' - 80' and gag grouper were there. I tested light 5.5 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod with JM PE6...
  411. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and a happy Holidays.
  412. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and a happy Holidays.
  413. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Hi David, Merry Christmas and a happy Holidays,
  414. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and a happy Holidays. Let me know which blanks you need at Fred Hall Show.
  415. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and a happy holidays, David. Give me your opinion of 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod when you have a few cow with it.
  416. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    Merry Christmas and a happy holidays.
  417. K

    Dennis Verreet fighting big shark using 10' Black Hole surf rod

    Dennis Verreet is a world record holder of yft with 240 lb from the shore. He fights a potential FL record shark using 10' prototype Black Hole rod.
  418. K

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year from Black Hole USA

    See you guys at Long Beach Fred Hall Show in 2017
  419. K

    10' Black Hole Surf Rods are coming

    Casting test of 10' Black Hole surf conventional rod by Mike Basnite. He cast 100 plus yards with 3 oz lures. Here is his comment on the 10' rod. --------------- Finally been able to take a break from my busy schedule and had the opportunity to hook a few fish lately In the past I asked...
  420. K

    Action of ultra light Black Hole Cape Cod Tai rod for yft

    The Tai Special rod is designed for jigging snapper. But we found it can handle even tuna. The blank weighs only 1.4 oz and the rod weighs 3.8 oz. It is amazing the little trout like rod can handle big fish.
  421. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    action of ultra light 3.8 oz Black Hole Cape Cod Tai Special rod for a small yft
  422. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Andy fighting a nice yft using custom Black Hole Cow Special II rod on the Marla out of PV on Dec 5, 2016
  423. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    We found the length of butt section of the rods are adequate. If it is too short, you have problem to reel when you put the rod in the rod holder and it becomes too high sticking position as you fight on high rail like the Marla on the bow.
  424. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Squid in 150 ft down got bites with big tuna and we had lots of bites with mahi mahi with cabbies. It seems tuna definitely prefer squid and it was eash catch of squid at night.
  425. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Scott ran the boat while tuna fishing was pretty slow, mahi mahi fishing was pretty good. It was great to use light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod with IRT400 reel. Andy took 20 minutes to land 150 lb yft, but he took 15 minutes to land a good size mahi with light setup with light line. He...
  426. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    On the Pamana trip in May, we lost a cow using ultra light Black Hole Tai rod after we saw cow using 30 plus lb drag. Every body on the boa laughed I would try the rod for big tuna, but they were supportive and would like to see it. Finally we had a chance to fight tuna with the tiny 3.8 oz rod...
  427. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Super Cow Capt Andy of the Good Times Charter out of Hatteras, NC finally got a super cow over 300 lb. The big tuna hit squid deep. Again Black Hole Cow Special rod. I observed closely how the rod performed. My conclusion is the Cow Special rod can handle any size of yft whether some like...
  428. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    April got a nice tuna after losing a big cow as the leader line got broken just under the boat. I liked to see her land the big fish and it was so close. Custom Black Hole Cow Special rod was used.again.
  429. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Strangley tuna hit bait on the same rod again and again. The same Black Hole Cow Special rod. Andy from Dana Point had his best yft of 150 lb. I am glad he joined the trip at the last moment. See the rod action of Black Hole Cow Special II rod.
  430. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Catching squid at night was no problem. We caught tuna with squid in deep as well as with cabbies on balloon. We lost a couple of fish at night as everyone slept. :) Mel fought a decent size tuna using his custom Black Hole Cow Special II rod. The Cow Special rods was originally developed for...
  431. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    We fished south of the First Island. It was pretty rough on Sat/Sun, but it was fishable. Fishing was picky and tuna were widely spread. We had bites at night one night and they bite during the daytime next day. There was no clear pattern. The first tuna was a big cow. April fought the tuna...
  432. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Yes, we bring 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod for testing.
  433. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    Fishing reports are good around Corvetina/El Banco areas, but we probably fish around the First Island. Here are my light reels for tuna and snapper.
  434. K

    10' Black Hole Surf Rods are coming

    Lyd Basnite got tarpon using 10' prototype Black Hole rod on her first cast last night.
  435. K

    10' Black Hole Surf Rods are coming

    We try to sell them under $400 per rod. But it might be a little more than $400 for 10' Black Hole rod as the blank is expensive.
  436. K

    10' Black Hole Surf Rods are coming

    They are two-piece rods.
  437. K

    3 1/2 trip with Capt Danny Osuna out of PV starts from Dec 3

    The long waited trip is only a few days away. We had blast on the 3 1/2 trips with Danny Osuna last two years and I expect action packed trip. We have been using light Black Hole rods for cow successfully and we are going to use/test Black Hole rods on this trip. The main rods for cow are...
  438. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    It will be action packed fun trip. We are going to use Black Hole Giant rods and Black Hole Cape Cod 450g rods as well as 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rods for cow. For smaller tuna under 150 lb, we are using Black Hole Cape Cod 150 g and Black Hole Slow Pitch rods for bait fishing and jigging. 8'...
  439. K

    10' Black Hole Surf Rods are coming

    We have been testing the 10' rod for tuna, tarpon, drum, shark or rooster for a whole year and we are going to introduce them before fishing shows start next year. The rods are light, but extremely strong. Probably the strongest surf rod ever introduced.
  440. K

    Guadalupe Rod for a 14 year old

    I fished Guadalupe on the Shogun and I observed Black Hole Challenger Bank 731H or 761MH should be good choices for tuna there. The rods are light ( 9.7 oz for the MH model and 10.0 oz for H model) and are very strong to land 150 - 200 lb tuna (H model). You can use 60 lb line for the H model...
  441. K

    Flatfalls and big tuna

    I like simple. One big hook is good enough.
  442. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    Let me know your flight schedule I arrive at PV at 1:40 pm on Dec 3.
  443. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    That is great. Alan must liked what he experienced with Capt Danny Osuna last year. Good luck on your trip.
  444. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    Andy, glad you can join the trip. I have been fishing in PV since 2005. I believe you have better chance to land 200 plus lb tuna with Capt Danny Osuna. We have excellent fishermen as well as very nice person on the trip. You will enjoy fishing with them. I am looking foreard to fishing...
  445. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    Andy, glad you can join the trip. I have been fishing in PV since 2005. I believe you have better chance to land 200 plus lb tuna with Capt Danny Osuna. We have excellent fishermen as well as very nice person on the trip. You will enjoy fishing with them. I am looking foreard to fishing...
  446. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna

    The spot is taken. I will hold the spot for him until tomorrow.
  447. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna

    One advantage of joining this trip is you don't need bring any tackle. All Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g rods, 6' Black Hole Giant rods and 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rods will be provided.
  448. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    We were releasing 200 plus lb tuna on our last trip in Dec 2015 when we fished with Capt Danny Osuna. We haven't had any bad overnight trips with Capt Danny Osuna.
  449. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna out fo PV

    The dates are from Dec 3 - 7, 2016. One angler can not make the trip and I am looking for an angler to replace him. Let me know if anyone is interested in.
  450. K

    One spot is open for 3 1/2 days with Capt Danny Osuna

    The dates are from Dec 3 - 7, 2016 and the trip is out of PV. One angler can not join the trip and I am looking for an angler to replace him. Let me know if anyone is interested in.
  451. K

    testing 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod for 300 lb bluefin

    Yes, the 7' rail rods and blanks should be available at the Fred Hall Show in 2017.
  452. K

    testing 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod for 300 lb bluefin

    Bluefin bites was excellent in Cape Cod and I had to shorten Florida trip to join with Capt Jimmy the Greek on Nov 19 by driving from Florida to Cape Cod as I wanted to test 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for big bluefin. The rod is designed for long range boats out of San Diego and I...
  453. K

    Incredible power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb tuna

    striped bass with Black Hole Slow Pitch 662 rod yesterday.
  454. K

    Incredible power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb tuna

    cod jigging with Black Hole Cape Cod Special Slow Pitch 662 jigging rod
  455. K

    Incredible power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb tuna

    striped bass with Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch 662 spinning rod and IRT 400 spinning reel today.
  456. K

    Another "Recommend-A-Reel" Thread. Sorry

    By the time you go on 10 days fishing, Penn Slammer III will be available. I fought a nice tuna with the reel and I am impressed though I need more testing the reel for tuna. I recommend Penn Slammer III 7500 for tuna and 6500 for wahoo or yellowtail.
  457. K

    Incredible power of light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for 100 lb tuna

    Here is a video of fighting 100 lb tuna using light Black Hole Cape Cod Special Slow Pitch 632 rod in Panama in May 2016 The rod is very light, but shows power.
  458. K

    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for yft

    We don't distribute to our dealers yet as blanks are in prototype stage. We have a few 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod blanks. You can send an email to Jane of [email protected] or call her at 201-568-7617.
  459. K

    Popping combo for BFT - HELP!

    Here is pictures of landing 35kg GT from the rocks using Black Hole Cape Cod Special 86N rod. Dennis used almost lock-down drag.
  460. K

    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for yft

    Offshore tuna jigging and popping out of Port Aransas is my favorite. I hope I can find time to fish there soon.
  461. K

    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for yft

    I tested the 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for yft on a recent 9 days Shogun trip. The rod is for 100 lb - 300 lb big yft and it was pretty easy to land 90 - 100 lb tuna with the rod
  462. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Jigging and popping were slow. But we had a great time as we enjoyed fabulous wahoo and tuna fishing. Food was fantastic. Crew worked hard and anglers fished hard. my tackle I become addicted to casting lures for wahoo after this trip. I had a hookup on...
  463. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I didn't see any issue with the short rod. I caught two yellowtail using bait as jigging was slow.
  464. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    While most anglers use light setup for tuna, they use heavy stuff for yellowtail. Yellowtail make spectacular runs and it can cut line as they are caught near bottom. But I'd rather use light setup with heavy line. I used Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g jigging rod and JM PE6 filled with 80 lb...
  465. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Most anglers use pretty light 7' rods with 3/0 - 4/0 size reel for tuna. As they use 50 lb - 60 lb leader line, it takes long to land 70 lb - 120 lb tuna, but they all enjoy fighting. Jamie fought a 100 lb tuna with 7'3" Black Hole Challenger Bank H conventional rod and the light rod is good...
  466. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    As Jalos11 posted, it was a good day. we anchored once and never moved. It was amazing how good kite bites were. Jigging and popping suck, but I am having fun to fish live bait. :) Both tuna were lost while fighting with IRT spinning reel and Penn Slammer III. Both reels seem to have excellent...
  467. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    It is strange. When I used the 7500 for 10' prototype Black Hole rod in Cedros Island, it fit. But the new replaced reel doesn't fit. So I used the Slammer III for 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank H for bait fishing. I had one and it made spectacular run. The drag is superb. Turning handle is so...
  468. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    We had fabulous wahoo fishing at the Rocks. I had hit on Capt Jimmy's Bomb on the first cast and stayed with it. I used 10' prototype Black Hole popping rod and it is not difficult to fight and land a wahoo. I tried popping for wahoo, but no taker. We are heading for the Lupe for tuna and...
  469. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    We had fabulous wahoo fishing at the Rocks. I had hit on Capt Jimmy's Bomb on the first cast and stayed with it. I used 10' prototype Black Hole popping rod and it is not difficult to fight and land a wahoo. I tried popping for wahoo, but no taker. We are heading for the Lupe for tuna and...
  470. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    First night yellowtail fishing was slow. We caught only 2 -3 yellowtail. We had decent tuna fishing on the next day, but it was not hot. We are heading for the Rocks for wahoo. We will arrive at the Rock around 2:00 am on Monday.
  471. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Everyone on this trip is experienced fisherman. All got 100 plus lb tuna before.
  472. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I will update our fishing, but wifi is on and off. I feel bad and I can't eat. Food I took before the trip must be bad. But I determine to fish hard. :)
  473. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I will update our fishing, but wifi is on and off. I feel bad and I can't eat. Food I took before the trip must be bad. But I determine to fish hard. :)
  474. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    We are going to fish Guadalupe in 4 - 5 hours. Our plan is to fish Guadalupe - the Rocks - Guadalupe.
  475. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    We are going to fish Guadalupe in 4 - 5 hours. Our plan is to fish Guadalupe - the Rocks - Guadalupe.
  476. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I will be in San Diego around at 9:00 pm. I call you when I get there.
  477. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I definitely can give ideas what jigs are working and when they are working after the trip.
  478. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    It might be too late for dinner as I arrive at San Diego late, but we can have a drink together. :)
  479. K

    RP knot

    PR knot don't fail if you tie it right.
  480. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I plan to arrive at San Diego on Wed ( Oct 5) night.
  481. K

    Trinidad TN20a

    Kil, I hope you catch a big one on the spinning rod with your new Slammer III reel! I planned to use Penn Slammer III for yellowtail from the shore while I was in Korea, but I couldn't go because of bad weather. The reel looks good with enough max drag (50 plus lb) for tuna or yt on the...
  482. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I arrived from Korea last night and I start packing. I have to minimize my tackle as I fly, but it is not easy. :) 2 10' prototype Black Hole spinning rods 1 10' prototype Black Hole conventional rod 1 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank H spinning rod and 1 conventional rod 1 8' Black Hole...
  483. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    We released 10 giant from 650 lb to 900 lb.
  484. K

    Trinidad TN20a

    I'd rather use 80 lb - 100 lb mono top shot for 100 plus lb tuna on surface iron. I can;t wait to test 10' prototype Black Hole conventional and spinning popping rods for them on the upcoming 9 days Shogun trip.
  485. K

    Trinidad TN20a

    If there are small tuna or yellowtail on the surface, 40 lb line should be fine.
  486. K

    Trinidad TN20a

    Here is the Shogun's recommendation to fish Gualarupe. Recommended Tacklefor fishing the Island per Captain Aaron: We have been using nothing less than 60# Flurocarbon; 80# when it's biting or the bigger fish get on us. I highly recommend a two speed reel that are near full of spectra. A 5...
  487. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    They changed the departure time from 1:00 pm to 10:00 am. It gives a problem as I booked the flight from NJ to San Diego one month ago and the fight arrives at 10:15 am on Oct 6. I have to change the flight though it cost more on a short notice. I am in Korea now and I have to leave for San...
  488. K

    What lures for 7 day Guadalupe Island trip?

    It will be good opportunity to compare jigs(irons) as I am going to use different jigs.
  489. K

    Giant using Black Hole Giant rod in PEI

    When herring are there, giant are there too.
  490. K

    ALL PRODUCT TESTING RESULTS FOR ARTIFICIAL LURES

    Nice write up, Jamie. I am on a plane to Korea for the meetings with NS Black Hole to discuss next year's project. Nothing comes easy. You got to dedicate yourself to develop rods. We tested 10' prototype Black Hole popping/surf rods extensively and I am pretty happy with the testing results...
  491. K

    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for giant in PEI

    I will bring two 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rods for other anglers to test on the 9 days trip on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands.
  492. K

    IF I wanted to return / exchange a Black Hole rod?

    When is your trip ? I can meet you in Florida when I fish Florida in Nov. I bring Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H, Cape Cod Special 80N and 86N for you to check.
  493. K

    Air Travel with an 8ft. Popping Rod?

    The maximum length of rod case allowed is 115 linear inches (L + W + H) on a favorable airline like United. So 8' rod case can not be allowed on most airlines.
  494. K

    Testing 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod for giant in PEI

    We tested the 7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod for 750 - 800 lb giant in PEI. The fightng time was about 45 minutes. The Nano rod has soft feeling like glass rod, but it is light as graphite rod. The rod will be tested for big yft on long range boats.
  495. K

    Giant using Black Hole Giant rod in PEI

    We had 10 giant using Black Hole Giant rods for 4 days with Cap Greg Norton in PEI. The best option is Acid wrapped rod with bent butt for giant on standup. We used 40 - 45 lb drag initially and we could land all giant in 20 - 60 minutes. Here are pictures of actions. Mel fighting a giant...
  496. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I am not surprised you did very well with slim Benthos as yellowtail like slim long jigs. We had incredible trip in PEI while landing 10 giant in 4 days. We used Black Hole Giant rods.
  497. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I am heading for PEI and Cape Cod tomorrow for 9 days bluefin fishing. When I come back from the trip, The Shogun trip is only 10 days away. :)
  498. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    I will be in Florida in Nov.
  499. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H or 731H can be used for deep drop or grouper fishing as well as casting irons for tuna, wahoo.
  500. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I left 6 Black Hole Challenger Bank rods at H & M Landing tackle shop to be used on the trip. I normally don't bring many rods on a long range trip, but this trip is an exception as I bring some extra rods for other anglers to test.
  501. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    No, we don't.
  502. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Here is action of 6' Black Hole Giant rod for 850 lb giant in PEI a few days ago. I am bringing a couple of 7' Black Hole Giant rods for others to test them. They used 55 plus lb drag.
  503. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I let you use my Tai rod on the trip. :)
  504. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    The rod is not for everybody. You can break the rod easily with a slight mistake.
  505. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Jamie, glad you tried the 3/8 oz Tai rods for wahoo and tuna. The rod shows how Black Hole rods are technically advanced. Here is a 250 lb yft when we brought the monster fish under the boat, but the rod got broken when an angler(not in the picture) lifted the rod when the tuna charged hard...
  506. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Bu the thin wall doesn't do well with the railing. That is my concern. I broke two 8' Cosmotech rods while railing for tuna after using the rods for several years.
  507. K

    Observations about fishing a Certain Island that starts with a G

    You cover them all. Catching tuna on poppers is a challenger when tuna are picky. I had 8 yellowfin on Heru Skipjack before breakfast on the Maximus out of PV, but we had hard time to get yft on poppers on the Excel trip which fished off PV. Only small lures worked for yft on the trip.
  508. K

    Observations about fishing a Certain Island that starts with a G

    What kind of poppers did you use for yft ?
  509. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    I am thinking about making longer fore grip of The Challenger Bank rods for the West Coast anglers.
  510. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    8' Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H spinning rods were out of stock for a while due to demand of bluefin popping on the West Coast. Now the 8' spinning rods arrived. We are also testing 10' prototype Black Hole conventional and spinning rods. I am on the 9 days trip on the Shogun sponsored by...
  511. K

    35kg GT off the rock by Dennis Verreet

    The world record holder of yft off the rock got 35 kg GT off the rock using 8'6" Black Hole Cape Cod Special popping rod. He used 25 plus kg drag !!
  512. K

    Giant using Black Hole Giant rod in PEI

    Here are pictures of 850 lb giant caught using 6' Black Hole Giant rod using on 55 plus lb drag. The fighting time was 50 minutes.
  513. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    The trip is only one month away. For casting irons/lures, I will bring 8' Challenger Bank and 10' prototype Black Hole popping spinning rods as well as conventional rods. Mike got a nice tarpon from the beach in Florida using the prototype 10' Black Hole rod a few nights ago.
  514. K

    any bluefin yet in pei?

    Giant are there now. Here is a picture of Black Hole Giant rod in action for 800 lb - 900 lb on the Capt Greg/Spenser boat in PEI a few days ago.
  515. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I will bring Black Hole Cape Cod 150g as well as Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rods on the trip and you are welcome to use/test them action of 12 oz Black Hole Cape Cod 150g rod. 6 oz Black Hole Slow Pitch rod in action
  516. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Cape Cod 150g rod is a traditional jigging rod for 100 g - 200g jigs The Pioneer Slow Pitch jigging rod is lighter to be used for small inshore species though the rod can handle bigger fish. Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch jigging rod is upgraded version of the Pioneer slow pitch jigging rods.
  517. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    If you prefer long rod, the Challenger Bank 801M is good for 20 lb - 30 lb line.
  518. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Black Hole Slow Pitch rod. The rod is like Calico Bass rod, but can handle big fish.
  519. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I will start with 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod with 100 - 130 braid. After testing rods, I go with Black Hole Cape Cod Special 150g, 250g or 450g with 80 lb - 100 lb braid. And, I go after tuna with light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod with 80 lb. I even will try with ultra light...
  520. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Great you are on the trip. I am looking forward to meeting you and fishing together.
  521. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    jig for tuna Many West Coast fishermen drop big jig and crank fast for tuna. You will hear many report that they catch tuna on slow jigs like flat fall jigs. It is not surprising as we have been catching tuna with similar lures for years. Some species like yellowtail or AJ like fast moving...
  522. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I tried to find a new factory, but I am still working on it. The painting job of the original Super Sardine jigs were terrible. But they work for tuna. :)
  523. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Live bait fishery is far more advanced on the West Coast as we usually use dead baits. :) But chunking with dead baits is very effective which long range boats on the West Coast rarely do. I am going to stay with jigging and popping if they work. I don't keep any fish and catching many is not...
  524. K

    The Bigger Bluefin...

    I rarely experienced big tuna in 100 - 200 lb range bite only on 40 - 50 lb lines though I go to use as light as 20 lb for small tuna.
  525. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Jigging and Popping Where ever you go, it is the same. jigging and popping work only certain conditions are met. I intend to use live bait as other anglers and go for jigging and popping if the opportunity comes. When you hook up tuna or yellowtail on jigs or poppers, it is a special. West...
  526. K

    Black Hole Challengers - Game time!

    Thanks Eric for your kind words for Black Hole Challenger Bank rods. We can make stronger rods than the Challenger Bank rods, but it seems the Challenger Banks are good enough for yellowtail and tuna on the west Coast. The Challenger Bank 801H spinning rods were sold out for a while, but new...
  527. K

    The Bigger Bluefin...

    What is advantage of using 40 or 50 lb lines for big tuna unless they are line-shy ? 100 lb bluefin can be landed in 10 - 20 minutes using right setup. The longer you fight, the more you have chance to lose. Here are pictures of 200 plus lb tuna caught in Cape Cod. a few days ago and...
  528. K

    Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

    My favorite tuna jigging rods was 8' GUSA Wahoo and 8' Cosmotech rods which are superior to my custom Calstar 700XH. Both GuSA Wahoo and Cosmotech are parabolic. Here is a picture of 172 b yft on a jig using GUSA Wahoo rod on the Q105 in 2005. I had an epic fight with 250 lb on a jig using the...
  529. K

    Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

    Fighting with fully parabolic rod with backbone is like fighting with shorter rod which gives more leverage to fisherman. When fighting big fish with parabolic rod, the rod has to have backbone. The rod bends to certain degree pulled by big fish, but it has to have the resilience like you see in...
  530. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    You can land faster with short rods, but it depends on how much drag you use.
  531. K

    Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

    Guys who used to use fast action rods are not comfortable with parabolic action rods at all. But there is huge advantage of parabolic action rods with proper backbone to fight big fish. Try 700XH with 50 lb - 60 lb drag to fight 600 - 900 lb giant and see what happens. :)
  532. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    7' and longer rail rods become main trend on long range bots nowadays. But fighting tuna with short and light rods are much more fun and are very effective. While I bring 2 - 3 7' prototype Black Hole Giant rail rods for others to try, I will bring a few short Black Hole Cape Cod Special...
  533. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    my yellowtail setup Contrary to other West Coast fishermen, I am going to use short rod for yellowtail jigging and bait fishing. The 1st choice of rod is 5'2" Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g jigging rod and JM PE6 or PE8 filled with 80# JB Hollow/ 130 - 150 lb leader line. The 450g rod is...
  534. K

    Jig stick

    Wait until Bob Sands sponsored 9 days trip on the Shogun. We are testing 10' two-piece (butt joint) Black Hole rods (spinning and conventional). We landed 80 lb tuna with it in Panama. The 10' Black Hole rods ( spinning and conventional) will be available at Fred Hall Show in 2017
  535. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Hi Phillip, I am short and I am 68 years old guy. If I can cast 80 - 100 yards with 10' spinning rod, you can easily cast over 120 yards as you are big and strong. :) When I fished Cedros a few days ago, my fishing partner is life time conventional user for casting irons, But it took only one...
  536. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Here is a comparison picture of 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod and 7' Calstar 700XH. The weight of both rods are almost same (21 oz for 700XH and 22 oz for Black Hole Giant rod). But you can use over 50 lb drag for the Black Hole Giant rail rod as we used upto 75 lb drag with the 6' rod...
  537. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I made a special order of 10' prototype Black Hole conventional rod for casting irons by Phillip of Bob Sands Tackle who join the trip. He usually cast 100 yards using a long conventional rod and I like to know how far he can cast with the 10' prototype Black Hole conventional rod as I can cast...
  538. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Yes.the trip is from Oct 6. For strange reason, I continue to say the trip start from Oct 3. :)
  539. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I had seven big bluefin over 100 lb on jigs on a party boat out of NY and I asked to cut my line to release them as it is impossible to lift them without gaff. So I lost seven jigs, but I was very happy. :)
  540. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    Even 20 one night too many for me. :) I hope they bring a big net so that I release all of them. If they don't have it, I might bring a telescope net for releasing yt.
  541. K

    Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

    I used to use the 700XH using 22 - 25 lb drag to catch 50 - 100 lb tuna. But the rod is not for 30 plus lb drag. See the soft bend of the tip even I don't push hard.
  542. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I had about 50 ling cod in 30 - 40 lb range on jigs a day in Alaska this year. I felt like I had non-stop action all day. I can't imagine how he managed to catch 50 big yt a night.
  543. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I heard one guy had 50 yt and 3 yft one night in Guadalupe. I am contend with 5 yt and a few yft on jigs at night while fishing all night. :)
  544. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    It was a great to meet you at Bob Sands. I am looking forward to fishing with you on the trip. I will bring some extra rods for you to test. The 7' prototype Black Hole Giant rail rods will make a debut on this trip. :)
  545. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I think we catch lots of tuna in Guadalupe Island. I will be happy just to visit Alijos and catch a few wahoo on poppers.
  546. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    One of the purposes of the trip is to show what our light Black Hole rods can do to Bob Sands tackle staff as Bob Sands is our major Black Hole dealer in CA.
  547. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    I hope they don't go to Cedros as I just got back from Cedros. :)
  548. K

    Question about dropper loop and two-speed reels

    I do lots of bottom fishing like grouiper, AJ or yt. The key is to bring up the fish off the bottom as quick as possible before they make a run to the bottom. I let you know how I do for yellowtail in Guadalupe and Alijo Rock soon. :)
  549. K

    9 days on the Shogun sponsored by Bob Sands

    The trip starts from Oct 6th. Is it too early to talk about trip ?:) But I am excited because I tried to fish Guadalupe and Alijo Rock for yellowtail when I was in a hunf for monster yellowtail. I didn't have much knowledge about good quality tuna fishing in Guadalupe and wahoo in Alijo Rocks...
  550. K

    Is a Calstar GF 700xh strong enough for cows?

    You can catch big fish with light rods using light drag taking long time. The question of " Is the rod good for 30 plus lb drag ?" is more appropriate.
  551. K

    Question about dropper loop and two-speed reels

    I don't use two-speed reels for yt. The prime gear ratio for power and speed is 4:0 - 4.9 for me. If I have to use two-speed reel for yf, I start with high gear ratio like I use high gear ratio for tuna and go lower gear when tuna make death circle. My reasoning is you have more chance to lose...
  552. K

    Question about dropper loop and two-speed reels

    If line get broken, use heavier line. If a rod got broken, buy a better rod.:)
  553. K

    Red Rooster going to PV.

    David, good thing is there are many choices of boats now and you can choose whatever you want. :) We had so much fun on a mothersip in Panama, I am going back to Panama next year again.. I fished Panama 6 times and I thoutht that is enought. PV trip this Dec could be my last trip unless I find...
  554. K

    Red Rooster going to PV.

    You maybe right. But bait situation is the least concern whenever I fish with Danny Osuna.:)
  555. K

    Question about dropper loop and two-speed reels

    It is not the gear ratio of a reel, but the light drag which causes the loss of fish when hooked near bottom.
  556. K

    Red Rooster going to PV.

    I don't remember when catching bait was an issue while fishing there every year in last 6 years. But I fished there from Dec to Feb.
  557. K

    Red Rooster going to PV.

    There is little issue of baits as they can catch lots of squid at night. The issue is whether the RR can fish where smaller boats fish. When tuna bites offshore off the 1st Island like this year, they have no problem to catch nice tuna. But tuna swim and stay where they want. :)
  558. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    action video of IRT 400 reel and 6'6" black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for yellowtail. The total weight of the rod and reel is only 22 oz.
  559. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    After getting the Slammer III 7500 spinning reel, I spent many hours for casting without hooking any tuna. The reel cast great and handling is very smooth. Finally I had a decent yellowtail with the reel as you see in the video. Capt just dropped my camera and looked for a gaff as soon as I...
  560. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    My panga partner Tage and myself fought nice 35 - 40 lb yellowtail with IRT 400 and light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod yesterday, those big yellowtail easily take over 100 yards of line even on heavy 18 - 20 lb drag. I can say that the IRT400 is as good as any other 4000 size spinning reel...
  561. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    I had a few 8' rods in the rod case on United. Some airlines have more strict policy.
  562. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    We fished calico very close to the harbor for 15 minutes. We are going to fish calico today. Using same IRT400 reel and Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod for calico. The total weight of the setup is only 22 oz.
  563. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Cedro Island trip turns out to be bait fishing and trolling trip. There are not much surface action so far. So I used live bait for spinning rods. :) I hope we have some surface action to cast poppers/lures. Light Black Hole Cape Cod Slow Pitch rod/IRT 400 reel for 40 lb giant seabass. The...
  564. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    I am on the way to Cedros Island . We don't have the 8' MH rods, but we have blanks. The 7'6" MH blank weighs 4.4 oz. So I guess the 8' MH blank weighs about 5 oz I give the exact weight after I come back from the Cedros trip. The line rating is upto 50# and I am testing with 60#. The lure...
  565. K

    A Few Guadalupe Questions

    This thread is very informative. I can visualize what I expect and what I can not expect on my Guadalupe trip. Thanks guys.
  566. K

    Popping for BFT, YT, YFT, etc. on Conventional Gear

    My Cedros trip starts from Monday ( Aug 15). I am going to use 8' Black Hole Challanger Bank 801MH conventional as well as other spinning rods to cast surface lures. 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank 801MH/JM PE3 filled with 40# JB hollow The combo weighs only 29 oz. I hate heavy thing. :)
  567. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    I haven't done yellowtail popping much. When I fished in Korea, they prefer stickbait to popper. But pencil poppers worked great. When I see yellowtail popping video in San Carlos , the technique of poppers is pretty similar to tuna popping. I will find out in Cedros. :)
  568. K

    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    7 years old girl is ready for tuna popping. casting nicely with 8' Black Hole Challenger Bank 801H/Stella 14K http://vid2.photobucket.com/albums/y2/ksong/BHchallengerBank%20801H/IMG_0905%201_zps3nvybmhw.mp4
  569. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    My preferences are Monster Pencil with which I had a great success for yellowtail in Korea, Heru Skipjack and Heru Cubera for a popper and FCL CSP for stickbait.
  570. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    IRT(Innovative Reel Technologies) 400 reel arrived today just in time for Cedros Island, Mexico trip. I am going to spool it with 40# Jerry Brown hollow which break at 60#. Powerful yellowtail in 20 - 50 lb will be a good test for the reel. weight: 16 oz max drag: 25 lb gear ratio: 4.55 line...
  571. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Frankly, all you need is Tady 45. But I love to experiment with different lures. My choice of lures for yellowtail is poppers. It is so much fun and exciting to see explosion on the surface. Good news is yellowtail are biting in Cedros now.
  572. K

    norcaltunaclub.com 8 day trip report - Royal Polaris

    I made some search and found they catch yellowtail on jigs in Guadalupe. Some got them on poppers too. I will be ready for it. :)
  573. K

    norcaltunaclub.com 8 day trip report - Royal Polaris

    Thanks. It must be shallow to use 100g jig or there is little current.
  574. K

    norcaltunaclub.com 8 day trip report - Royal Polaris

    did anyone catch yt on jigs in Guadalupe ?
  575. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    My trip to the Cedros Outdoor Adventures start from Monday (Aug 15). I am going to concentrate on popping using spinning rod and conventional rod. Here are my tackle list: rods: 10'6' prototype Black Hole popping/surf spinning rod 8' Black Hole Challenger bank 801M spinning rod 8' Black Hole...
  576. K

    How Heavy fishing gear for Guadalupe?

    I know yellowtail is a street fighter and they utilize any structure when hooked. I have some plan for them. :)
  577. K

    How Heavy fishing gear for Guadalupe?

    My trip to Guadalupe is the opposite. " How light for Guadalupe ? " :)
  578. K

    How Heavy fishing gear for Guadalupe?

    I used to use 7' Calstar 700XH. The custom rod weighs 21 oz while 7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail rod weighs 22 oz with much heavier guides.
  579. K

    How Heavy fishing gear for Guadalupe?

    I am also on the 9 days Bob Sands trip starting from Oct 6. Jamie will be on the trip too.
  580. K

    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    JM PE20 reel. 120 lb max drag
  581. K

    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    When I fish Guadalupe in Oct, I am going to use 6 oz Black Hole Slow Pitch rods for 50 - 100 lb tuna using about 25 lb drag. :)
  582. K

    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    What I mean is the 7' Black Hole Giant rail rod is as light as normal Rail rod for 50 - 100 lb tuna. You don't have to use 35 lb drag for 50 - 100 lb fish unless you want to land them quick for a record. :)
  583. K

    Want to fish Guadalupe?

    Good luck, Paul. I booked the Cedros trip starting from Aug 15 and the 9 days Bob Sands Shogun trip starting from Oct 6 two weeks ago. Otherwise, I could jump on your trip.
  584. K

    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    Thanks for the order.. Good luck with the rod and give us your honest review after the trip.
  585. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    I usually put 10 rods in a rod case as most of rods are small and thin.
  586. K

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Chuja Island off Chejoo Island. It is pretty cheap. They charge $50 for lodging and meals for a day and $50 for a round trip to a small island by a boat. So you can enjoy all day popping in a remote island for $100 a day.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    This month. I fish yellowtail in Cedros Island from Aug 15 - 19 and stay in San Diego on Aug 20 and 21.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Didn't you notice same AJ fight differently depending on where you fish ? Our yellofin on the East Coast don't fight as hard as yft in Mexico. Yellowtail out of Loreto in Baja fought real hard when I fished yellowtail there years ago. It doesn't matter it is yellowtail or AJ. Both are good...
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    7' Black Hole Giant Rail rod to be tested.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Here is a video of fighting 60 plus lb AJ using 7'6" Black Hole Challenger Bank 761MH and Penn Clash 6000 in SC. The same setup will be used for yellowtail popping in Cedros Island in two weeks. I am old and I don't fight with power. :) and the catch.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    I am in San Diego on 20th and 21st. We can have drink together talking about tuna/yellotail popping :)
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    That is great. I will bring extra Black Hole rods for Michael to test. I leave for Cedros Island for yellow popping soon and I meet you in Los Angeles around Aug 20 or 21.
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    Thanks for the order. I need experienced fishermen like you to test the rod. Please use heavy drag of 35 plus lb.. Light drag is not good for testing rods. :) And give you honest opinion.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    The terminal tackle has to be the highest quality. You spend so much money for fishing.It doesn't make sense to save small money for terminal tackle. I used to use Gamakatsu treble hooks for tuna. I liked the hooks as it penetrate great as the hooks are thin. But I switched to Onwer's after a...
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    It is funny. It I was discussing Konish san's technique with my staff yesterday. I told them his technique is not for everybody. For popping, high sticking in split second is not avoidable, but it is not desirable to be in high sticking position for long.
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    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    It is interesting to see anglers fishing San Carlos, Mexico use spinning rods.for casting poppers for yellowtail while anglers fishing Cedros use mostly conventional rods for yellowtail.
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    It is so much fun to test prototype rods and reels like to explore untapped new fishing ground. :)
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    I don't see any issue with it. We use aluminum reel seat with 6' Black Hole Giant rods and don't have any problem to use 50 plus lb drag. The rod has fast action and it is 7'. See the picture below.
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    Am I ready for the Lupe

    Here is test done by an angler I know. You can trust his testing. I've got three Shimano spinning reels that I tested for max drag. My method was simple: turn the drag cap until it bottoms, no tighter, pull with a scale. Specs: Shimano Stradic 5000 FA 25 lbs. Max Shimano Stella 20000 FA 58...
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    Thanks for the interest. I suggest to use heavy 35 -40 lb or more drag for testing cow with the rod. 130 lb line is necessary. In fact, you can use the rod for smaller 50 - 100 lb tuna with the blank is as light as other models of rail rods targeting smaller tuna. I am going to test the rod...
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    Bluefin popping with spinning gear

    When East Coast fishermen go to the West Coast. Who need fishing processing company ? :) fishing on a mother ship in Sea of Cortez.
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    7' prototype Black Hole Giant Rail Rod

    I am going to test 7' Black Hole Giant rail rod for big tuna on long range boats as well as in PV this year. The 7' blank is extended from exiting 6' Black Hole Giant blanks with which at least 150 giant in 600 lb - 1000 lb in PEI using 50 lb - 70 lb drag last four years. The characteristics of...
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    Popping for BFT, YT, YFT, etc. on Conventional Gear

    Do you see any long range boat in the West Coast on which everyone use 8' - 9' long conventional rods exclusively ? Everybody uses 8' - 9' long conventional rods for deep water cod jigging in New England.