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  1. afraser

    BFT Foamers ???

    Anything broken the spell on the BFT feeding on the microbait? I would guess the frozen flying fish would do it. Or a very small lure. How micro was the microbait?
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    Any tips or tricks for a 1st timer Bluefin fishing this week?

    Love the 10 things not to do list. Here are a few to do's: 1) Use a ringed circle hook. Don't set the hook, when you get bit, move your drag up to maybe 1/4 of strike. Maybe 1/2 to 3/4 strike after 5-10 seconds, then to strike after the initial run. If it's really running, you will have to...
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    GT knot tutorial.. It's in this article. Maybe it's just a spectra tag end, but there are definitely 2 lines of spectra leaving the figure 8 in the gt knot in the photo. Wouldn't a rizutto finish work better also?
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    GT knot tutorial..

    I think I read the article where this knot was reviewed and a picture of it shows double spectra leading into the knot which of course would make it stronger than the other single line knots. Maybe it ties better than the other knots even with doubled spectra. So the 100% thing isn’t just the knot
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    GT knot tutorial..

    One of the key issues for knots are sharp bends in the fluoro. This one has at least 2 sharp bends. It is unlikely this is a stronger knot if both it and the fog are tied correctly, but maybe the double bend from the figure 8 keeps the braid from putting too much pressure on any single bend...
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    Reel suggestion for bluefin

    I like a reel that I can fish 80 or 100# on, that way I can go "stealth" at 80 and still have the power. Avet 30 ex does that for me, with heavier drag and very durable. I have 4 of them (2 30 and 2 30w), never had a maintenance issue. The 30 is good for both bait and flatfall fishing.
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    New Lo Ann 6/15/20 be prepared for a sinker bite

    I bought a bunch of white masks just to keep the heat down. I’m bringing extra on my trip next week.
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    Recipe suggestions, too much bluefin, need help...

    I promise I'll make up for this post with a fish report next week. Meanwhile, I'm going fishing 4 days next week and I already have 100+lb of bluefin in my freezer. With the thick bags from 5star, the bluefin was as good this week as it was when I caught last year. Anyway, I don't have an...
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    New Lo Ann 6/15/20 be prepared for a sinker bite

    I feel your pain. Had a 4+ hr fight on 50lb with a 300+lb fish using an avet jx raptor and a 5ft ugly stik rod, lost it at gaff.
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    Yummy Flyer vs Dead Flyer for Bluefin (video)

    Outstanding! Now if only you had some of the blowups on film, those are amazing. Keep the camera rolling!
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    New Lo Ann 6/15/20 be prepared for a sinker bite

    I say that was a damn fine report. Getting bit on 50-60# during the day is a key takeaway as is bringing 6-12oz sinkers. Thank you for the detail. Was anyone chumming up the macks or were they just on the chew? Also, were there many people getting bit by bigger fish and not getting them?
  12. afraser

    Rod and reel type

    I like to see techniques and tactics that worked/didn't work. Unless it is exceptional, the rod and reel is not that important. But whether pink or clear fluoro worked, or 40 or 60lb worked, that is useful. Also size and type of lures, and sometimes hooks and hook placement. Could also...
  13. afraser

    Try this site.

    Try this site.
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    Excel 2.5 Day Teport

    What’s your favorite way to fish sinker rigs? Let line out, hold for x seconds, ? I have no good solution which is why I ask.
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    Best way to hook Flying fish?

    Second way except with point facing the tail. That's the best practice that I've seen.
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    Big bluefin first try

    The 4 string kite sounds like overkill. The regular square fishing kites with a helium balloon behind it work great. Not party balloon tank helium. I've probably put that one out about 50 times, so I'm not exactly an expert, but I've done it enough to be comfortable with it. I also have a...
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    Why aren’t there more limited load trips now?

    If you are going on a boat, be prepared to wear the mask. There is no way to stay 6 feet apart on a boat, so the only way to minimize any infections is if EVERYONE wears a mask. If one boat goes out and 50% or more of the passengers end up with this virus, then ALL of the boats will get shut...
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    Big bluefin first try

    So, everyone says use a short kite rod, at least that's all I've read. I've had much better luck using a longer kite rod, maybe 7 feet. You can move the kite out of the profile of the boat better to catch more wind, and you can use the rod's length to quickly pump the kite into the air. Mind...
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    6/11 Bluefin Report + Lessons Learned

    Fantastic! I hope everyone heeds the boat distancing thing. That was a key observation. That combined with chumming. If you are low on helium or just want to save your balloon, you can do it. Pass your line through a ceramic kite ring, rig terminal tackle normally. Then rubber band the...
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    Why aren’t there more limited load trips now?

    And that's why I fish the bow. Unfortunately I think I will have a lot more company now. Also, how can they say 6 ft of rail space per angler? You can only count one side of the boat and the stern, or just the stern if you are on anchor.
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    Bloodydecks Condor 6-11

    Friends don't let friends fish 40lb on the sinker rig :). Just kidding, nice catch and report.
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    Advice on fishing small circle hooks

    If you look at fish hooked with smaller hooks, often the hook pierced the jaw instead of going around it. The circle hook essentially works like a can opener, so it doesn’t need to be as sharp as a j hook. The problem with a j hook is when the fish comes at you at an angle that causes the hook...
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    Why aren’t there more limited load trips now?

    Reduce the load, raise the price. Are there any of these trips now? Normally it is just to have more space, but at least some of us would prefer to go on trips with less than 20 right now, let alone 30. Im sure the demand is there.
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    Bad idea fighting these bigger bluefin on lighter line

    Nice! What did it weigh? Your reel should be fine if it was a raptor. I used a Jx raptor on a similar fish and fight, reel did fine.
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    What is a good small spinning reel, 3000 size, with high gear ratio?

    I’ve looked everywhere and I can’t find anything really fast. Best I found was the abu Garcia rocket 3500, but it only has 40 in per crank. This is for inshore fishing.
  26. afraser

    3.5 day trip recommendations

    I would rent a 100lb setup, or borrow one. Buy one if you can. 3.5 days means you will likely have opportunity at bigger fish at gray light and at night with a flatfall. It can double as your trolling rod. I’ll put it this way, I bring 4 100lb setups and an 80 for my “stealth” bait rig, 2...
  27. afraser

    Long casting rod and reel

    I have brought surf rods on trips before. Sometimes they are quite useful. Long casts to bluefin that sink out, casting poppers to nightjacks, and reaching kelps that are beyond the reach of others. I think I have 2-3 10ft rods that I routinely bring. I have a 10' daiwa coastal salt pro that...
  28. afraser

    BREAKING NEWS: San Diego Party Boats have the green light to run NOW!

    Any idea what the protocols are for the overnight boats? Apparently they have a long list of things to comply to in order to run.
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    Cow on 40lb (heartbreaker)

    40# blackwater is like 50# of most other lines, both in strength and thickness. Fish 50# fluoro at least. They will bite 60 premier, which is more like 50# of other fluoro. Still a great fight, sooooo close. I've been chasing one to make up for the 300# or so fish I lost at gaff 2 years ago...
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    Long Range Reopening Plan

    At least some of the boats should run with lighter loads and corresponding higher prices. Reduce load by 1/3, raise price by 50%, same money for the boat. I can't see getting on a boat with 32 fishermen and another 8-10 crew.
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    Advice on fishing small circle hooks

    I usually use the ringed demon circles in 3/0 size. They are considerably smaller than most 1/0 and 2/0 alternatives. If they fish are over 100#, I'm using meatier hooks though. Pretty much I use unringed 4/0 super mutus but leave the knot slightly uncinched so there is a small loop. At...
  32. afraser

    Bluefinn 6/4 Got our 1st Cow for 2020

    I did the exact same thing 2 years ago, but it was on 50lb. Lost inside of long gaffing range. They only had one long gaff so they waited, it dove around the bow and ping...
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    Are masks a deal breaker?

    It would NOT be a deal maker for me to have to wear a mask. I so much want to go fishing that wearing a mask is no big deal. But if it’s not required, currently, that would be a deal breaker. Masks don’t protect the wearer, they protect everyone else by reducing the distance the virus travels...
  34. afraser

    5/29 BFT near the Upper Hidden

    How much did that weigh? Nice to hear you he bait is working.
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    5/28 BFT Biters

    MORE!!! That was awesome. Finally we get the bite on film. How quick did you have to deploy the kite once you had them on sale near. I need to know if I have to practice this to ge5 my timing down :).
  36. afraser

    Bluefin on Reel Hard

    I'm always a big fan of using a small balloon 20 feet above the bait. The balloon will lightly set the hook so by the time you reel tight, it is already in place. I noticed this when I fished the bobber balloon for YFT. Never missed a hook set.
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    Bluefinn 5/27/20 Down and Tight

    Great post, don't know why more people don't share numbers. The fish move anyway, just gives a better idea of what conditions to match.
  38. afraser


    You have to mark your line at least every 100, I do 50 marks too. Put rod in trolling strap, with dry line, and use hand pulls to count line while boat is moving. Once you get 200 feet out you will need to adjust drag so it doesn’t go out too fast. You want to pull the line off the reel not...
  39. afraser

    G Fly Flying Fish Baits Now In Stock

    That is a fair price. They are close to a fish per bait. Most of us would spend that for 150-350lb bft.
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    BLUEFINN 5/21/20 Blue water

    I love how we are all so jaded now that 115lb bluefin aren’t jumbos anymore! Nice catch!
  41. afraser

    All corona news is not Bad

    I was at least hoping for a corona 12 pack story or something...
  42. afraser

    Tricks to use in a picky bite

    I actually like several of these!!! I am so chunking this year, or next if that is the case... I haven't had them go with the small coltsnipers, but I will try again Don't put your fluoro leader on the reel. I have 1-2 rods set up with long leaders that wrap around reel handle and then hook...
  43. afraser

    Why the launch ramps are closed

    There is no need to close ramps if people practice social distancing, that is the key. You have 10x more chance of getting it at the grocery store. Eliminating this activity has nothing to do with flattening the curve. Don’t pay in/accept cash, or if you do, spray it down with alcohol based...
  44. afraser

    FG vs RP

    I know I’ve said it before, but the easiest way to tension the line is to tie a loop on the end and secure it somewhere, I use the reel handle. It’s also easier to tension the knot with a loop on the end.
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    FG vs RP

    If your leader goes onto the reel, how do you avoid memory so you aren’t using coiled line? I still use windons so I don’t have to put much of the leader on the reel. It’s either that or I’m tying 15+ fg knots on the boat, which just takes too long. Or is there an especially good fluoro...
  46. afraser

    BREAKING: Gavin Newsom Issues Order For All Of California To Stay Home

    There is also a corona virus in cows that has been transmitted to dogs and turkeys. Just saying it could jump to humans in the US too, albeit it would be different than the covid19.
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    BREAKING: Gavin Newsom Issues Order For All Of California To Stay Home

    No, this is a coronavirus just like the other coronaviruses MERS and SARS. Mers came from close contact with camels (insert funny joke here), Sars from a cat. Lots more coronaviruses in other animals. Covid19 will not be the last coronavirus we see, and the next one could start in any country...
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    BREAKING: Gavin Newsom Issues Order For All Of California To Stay Home

    This virus comes from close contact with a particular animal. Animals aren’t countries. It could easily start in the US as there are many other corona viruses. China did Drag their heels a couple of weeks , but then they did us a favor with their lockdown. They gave us extra time , we should...
  49. afraser

    Pacific Queen March 13th-15th

    Honestly, I almost never use low gear, even for cows. If you have the right technique, you don't need it. Only when I need a break AND I have the fish settled down into death spirals do I use it. But then you have to be ready to switch quickly if the fish turns toward you. You just have to...
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    Pacific Queen March 13th-15th

    Yeah, but it's really about abrasion resistance. Your 30# is more like 15# if the fish tail wraps, crosses other lines, or line crosses the fish to the other side of the mouth. If you have 60, and lose 15# of strength, you still have 45#. You CAN pull harder than you think in perfect...
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    Pacific Queen and Tomahawk reporting big BFT in their counts

    Which 1/0 or 2/0 circles are strong enough and big enough to handle a larger bft, say 150 or so?
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    Pacific Queen March 13th-15th

    which 1/0 circles are best for 120# bft? I always thought the 1/0's were too small to have enough purchase. Also, never drop on "bigger" tuna with 30#, that's a no-no. Min 40#, realistically 50-60#. If I can get a bigger bait, I drop with a long 80# leader.
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    Long Range shutdown?

    long range trips have 30 people tops on them. If they reduce it to 5-7 day trips (for Big bft or alijos), then you probably don't have a lot of increased infection chances. Takes 2-8 days to show symptoms. How many people would you come in close contact with during 7 days? It's more than 30...
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    How many of you cancelling LR trips?

    Yes this is an issue. That said, unless you are staying in your house for the same 15 day period, you will probably come into contact with more than 40 people. Maybe have an agreement that everyone self quarantines 5-7 days ahead of any really long trip.
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    Yeah, you're not getting it. For catching viruses in general, what you say is correct. However the Covid19 virus lives on surfaces up to 2 days, so all of the products touched by the cashier were first touched by the customers, then you touch all of your products again. I'm 99% sure you don't...
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    The 2 million number is accurate, but you come into more contact with people at the grocery store than you do on a boat. Just do the numbers. 200 people came before you in the check out line and the cashier touched every item they touched, then touched yours too. That's well more than the 40...
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    How many of you cancelling LR trips?

    I've put a lot of thought into this and frankly, you have much more risk going to the grocery store than you do going on a boat. With 32 people on the boat, let's say 40 with crew, you only have 40 people that you come into contact with. Now if one has it, you will get it, but then they should...
  58. afraser

    single hooks for snipers

    Or you can use a circle or J hook attached to the line and a very short bridle to the front of the lure. Even better action. Works if you are fishing for 60# and up tuna.
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    cow tuna sardine hooks

    I use the 2004 most often as well. The 8/0 and 9/0 are my favorites for large sardines or similar baits. If I have to go with a small hook but for big fish, then its the super mutu 4/0, ringed and unringed (for bft). For flatfalls at night, the 13/0 ringed 2004 hooks are awesome when bridle...
  60. afraser

    Alabama Rig/Jig combo

    For which application? I sometime use a mini spreader bar with 8 squid and a chasebait that works well on YFT, top 5 lure I've tried. I tried a lure with 3 100g hookless coltsnipers in a line and 1 chasebait for bft for no hookups. Still want to try that one more.
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    Cow jig reel?

    Don't like the clicking sound of the avet 30? I got used to it, especially since I think it has the best handle. I prefer this reel to the mak 20 for jigs. I usually have 2 rigged up for flatfalls or pl68s. The mak 20 actually has too good of a freespool for jigs IMHO. Great for bait, but I...
  62. afraser

    And then I woke up...

    My wife makes fun of me as I have these nightmares all the time about forgetting to bring gear on a trip. Or not being able to find the hook or lure I need. I forgot a bundle of rods upon leaving the boat once. Fortunately they called me before I got far. I think I’ve mentioned forgetting...
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    Which 100lb Pink Fluorocarbon?

    Pink is less visible in off color or green water. There was a test in one of the fishing magazines and it was clear. In SF bay pink outfishes clear flouro 2:1 or better.
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    Avet JX Raptor fill up

    I have 2, both filled with 50lb threadlock, which breaks at 90#. Used up to 22# of drag without breaking, more during near empty spool on a 300lb class bft, which broke when the fish dove under the boat at gaff and the line touched the hull. I strongly suggest upgrading to pro ex handle if...
  65. afraser

    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    We are all so spoiled... But yes, if you spend the time to upload a photo, please say how it was caught. 30 words won't kill ya.
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    372 Super Cow caught on lower banks.

    Kite? Big bait? Sardine? What was used? We all want to know....
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    SD Bass Assassin has 2 Cows!!!

    How come they never say how the fish are caught? Saying they caught a big fish is nice, but it would be more interesting if they mention how it was caught, what bait, time of day, hook, line size, drift/anchor/run-n-gun, maybe even a description of the fight. Are they biting on top or with...
  68. afraser

    Kite set up

    The mak 20 is setup fine. You need heavy leader, 10 ft of 200+ Fluoro or 300 mono. You can use a regular 2 speed reel for the kite. I’ve done it many times and you aren’t dependent on electricity or a drill. Bringing in the kite is easy. Personally I prefer a small balloon marker 20-30’ft...
  69. afraser

    Fishing for bluefin in a war zone

    It's only when you have a fighter jet buzz you at what seemed like 200 feet (we could see what the pilot was wearing, it was that close), twice, that you realize how close you are. That night we also saw explosions on SCI, big fiery ones. After 5-6 seconds, I'm like, where's the sound, then...
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    Weird hollow loop tag issue

    I've never had the end of the spectra pop out on an endloop and I would not fuse it to add bulk, keep it clean- maybe resnip the end if you can. Only reason I can think this would happen is it is slightly too long, but it shouldn't affect performance. Now if it is coming out in the middle, not...
  71. afraser

    11/4 New Lo Ann report. 11 BFT, 104 YFT.

    Even though it was a little harsh, I have to agree, someone should have stepped up. The captain can fish anytime. I mostly go on these trips ONLY to try to catch one of the big bft so to give up a chance at reeling in a super cow, that is a missed opportunity that someone else would have...
  72. afraser

    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    Great, so I got from your post that you can keep 10-12 of them in a tank. Thanks! That's good info. I hear what you are saying about it being difficult, but the kite is difficult, and was considered far fetched. According to a story I heard, one of the first times it was tried on the RP...
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    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    Perfect! Yeah, already cleared that idea with the captain, but wasn't sure on the longevity in the slammer. Maybe that is the best solution, certainly the easiest. I was just thinking of making an external tank with several tuna tubes in it that would be filled with water from either the hose...
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    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    Yeah, I saw these, I guess it's a good product, but the pump is like $15, the plastic "sock" is a couple of dollars at most, the only thing special is the flow regulating nozzle, and I think I could have that made in a 3d printer for $10 or less, but they charge $150 for each of these. If I had...
  75. afraser

    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    Why use a hook instead of bridling? I don't like the bridle buddy system as I don't like that it pulls the fish's mouth open a bit.
  76. afraser

    10/27 The San Diego, YFT Skipjack.

    Were any of the skipjack small? Say 5lb or less?
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    Jumbos still at San Clemente island?

    You have a point, it will affect the bait. Still, no point if all you do is get to watch them swim away after you hook them. You have to match the bait for sure, but you can make it work on 60#, certainly 50#, definitely not below 40#. Go with short top shots, 8-10feet, tied to braid, no mono...
  78. afraser

    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    Thank you. If I was rating answers, that would be the best one :). An example of the very thing I asked about. I will have a man-bait rig ready to go, but the skipjack and BFT are not in the same area, so that really doesn't work. I plan on bridling instead of hooking it in the back or...
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    Jumbos still at San Clemente island?

    The best way is to have a rotating time period, 20-30 min, and whoever is up then gets to fight the fish. I personally don't mind sharing the fish, especially if there are only a couple caught, but I don't want to share fish if people aren't catching because they are using 30# line. Nothing...
  80. afraser

    Is it possible to keep big baits alive on sport fishing boats?

    So question 1, will skippies or small yft stay alive in the big tanks on a big sport fishing boat? I am hoping to catch a couple of small ones and bring them to the big bft grounds. Has anyone tried this yet? Question 2, if they won’t stay alive in the tanks, is there a way to rig up a few...
  81. afraser

    Its go time - 6 day trip leaving 10/26 on The Gun

    Just 1 100lb rig? Too few, especially if you fish local for the big BFT which just came up again.
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    will LR boat let me troll my own lure ?

    Right, longer, deeper, OR shorter.
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    How many set ups?

    Only 13? No problem. You need a minimum of 3 wahoo rods, 2 jig, 1 bait, and a minimum of 3 cow rods, just in case the bite is short, so you are at 6 and haven't even started to fill out the quiver. If you are popping or surface iron fishing, you'll probably be over 13. There is plenty of...
  84. afraser

    Oct 12-19 Searcher trip report

    Thank you for the writeup. I've wanted to go to guadalupe, but have never been, but it's as much to see the sharks as the fishing. If I was planning a pure fishing trip, then it seems the boats would be better of targeting the local yft and bft, which are bigger than the fish at guadalupe.
  85. afraser

    First time on the Intrepid, Dec. 10-20, 2019

    I went on a trip where they went with 12, so if they want to make the trip a go for next year, they might "invest" in it this year. I found myself alone fishing during the day at the bank for several hours during the day, or maybe with a 1-2 other anglers. Wait, they took out the...
  86. afraser

    Fluorocarbon for wind-ons for Cow fishing

    So if the water is less than clear, pink will actually disappear better than clear. In fact, in green or murky water, clear fluoro is actually quite visible, although you are not likely to find that on a long range trip. So fluoro breaks based on diameter. So if you have a good manufacturer...
  87. afraser

    Bring it or leave it at home...

    There's a difference between a 25 and 30# rig? Just change the leader... And bring the heavy gear... on any trip.
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    will LR boat let me troll my own lure ?

    So, I don't know why all the negative feedback. Honestly, if it isn't harming anyone else and/or the captain/crew says no problem, then of course you can troll it. Use your judgment as to when and where. Remember the boat sometimes makes sharp turns, so you either need to be longer or deeper...
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    Dont know where this belongs....

    Come on guys, the owner or captain of the boat has to make the angler whole. It's not even a question. The easiest way is to offer a couple of trips to more than offset the cost, since that doesn't actually cost the boat anything. The captain/owner can figure how to deal with the deckhand if...
  90. afraser

    YFT on San Diego Full day trip

    100% they will be around on the 26th... I have a trip on the 28th. But seriously the water is still warm and we don’t have a lot of storms yet and there is plenty of bait, so there will not be a big change.
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    PQ 1.5

    That's about right. Pick a good bait, handle bait with care, hook bait appropriately for the situation, use right size hook, line, leader, and don't cast in the middle of a bunch of lines. All that adds up to higher catch ratios. I was on a trip recently. Went up to the captain and said: it...
  92. afraser

    10/14 Big bluefin Tuna still at sci

    Music to my ears!!!! Now, about that next trip....
  93. afraser

    Drone Video of Tuna Following Guadalupe Great White

    No wonder the sharks attack hooked tuna, they’re pissed off and hungry
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    What is best line for casting to big bft with conventionals?

    So if it was straight braid on top, which one? JB has been the problem for me. Even at 100 hollow. It sticks once it gets a little used. The jb 80 is a little better. I have several line types that I tried on spinners, but I’d rather just go to what works that has already been tested. As...
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    What is best line for casting to big bft with conventionals?

    Alright just to be clear, I am fully stocked on the spinning popper rod side (I have 3 outfits, all with stellas). But I have an extra 10' conventional rod and the hx and hxj raptor reels already, both with 100# spectra. I don't like the way they cast with straight spectra despite the magic...
  96. afraser

    What is best line for casting to big bft with conventionals?

    Okay, I'm asking what mono to use assuming I want to cast my HX or HXJ raptor (both have magic cast) without dealing with spectra backlashes. Magic cast does not stop backlashing. That means that the mono will need to be 75 yards or so. That said, which line and what lb test?
  97. afraser

    Spinner set-up for 'lupe

    50lb threadlock, you can put 25lb of pressure on fish, or more, especially during the death spirals. It breaks at 80-90lb. I've brought 80lb yft to the boat in 3 minutes with that line using a spinner and a 10' rod. Of course that was on a stickbait with treble hooks, so maybe that helped.
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    What is best line for casting to big bft with conventionals?

    So I have an avet hxj and hx, and I'd like to rig one of them up to cast lures to the bigger bft and not have so many spectra backlashes. What is the best mono line strength and type to use at a top shot for casting? I was thinking 60 lb mono of some kind, or should I be using something else...
  99. afraser

    What size top shot for casting poppers on conventional?

    So I've used 100% braid, but the overruns are just too tough to deal with in braid, especially when casting in a run and gun format. If I switch to a mono top shot, what should it be (lb, brand, length), assuming I am fishing a popper or stickbait for the bigger models? Will be on an Avet HXJ...
  100. afraser

    Spinner set-up for 'lupe

    I've had no windknots so far with the 50, and opening it up for windons is not a problem either. Of course 80 will be easier, but you get more than 450yds of the 50 on it, just in case Mr. Big gets ahold of your lure.
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    Spinner set-up for 'lupe

    This is the killer all around setup. Can be used for bait, bombs, popping, jigs, etc. I have a similar one. Although I have it on the 10' black hole rod, which casts stickbaits and poppers ridiculously well. Use seaguar 50 hollow, breaks at 90lb, and you have a setup that can handle fish...
  102. afraser

    With a little help from my SDLR friends... (rigging flatfall's)

    It does work perfectly for cows, but most tuna eat small jigs the same, they inhale them. So if you are using a popper or large stickbait, it might not work as well. Maybe even very large surface irons too. If you ever watch underwater videos of tuna feeding, they always inhale the food and...
  103. afraser

    With a little help from my SDLR friends... (rigging flatfall's)

    You don’t need the quick clip, there is already an easy release. You loop the lure on first, then with the other end of the Kevlar, you bend the end loop backwards so it’s parallel with the line, and pull the line thru it to make a slip knot. You put that over the hook. To remove you simply...
  104. afraser

    American Angler Ken's Custom Guadalupe Island Report Version 2

    Great report, by the way, when lifting a fish on the final death circles with a spinner, you can gain more line if you hold the spool on the lift. You can let go if the fish takes off.
  105. afraser

    Come on Saturday

    Don’t sit on the rail. If you do, at least wear a body cam...
  106. afraser

    Tuna Seiners

    What would be a good split then??? I think 97 for commercial and 3% for residential is not reasonable. How about 50/50? More if its all hook line commercial, but the purse seining should be outlawed.
  107. afraser

    2.5 this weekend. Any point to bringing 50/60?

    If you fish bft at night, I'd bring 80 or 100. If it's calm 50/60 is tough to fish during the day, but if the big ones are around 60 is the minimum.
  108. afraser

    Fall Topwater Yellowfin From San Pedro

    Thanks for the update. That is great info. I usually fish floating stickbaits and the yft can't lay off of them. I might have to mix it up with a few more poppers. Are you adjusting the size to match the hatch, or just using the same size popper? I have them from 4" to about 12" and...
  109. afraser

    Fall Topwater Yellowfin From San Pedro

    So did you try anything else, or only the popper?
  110. afraser

    Fall Topwater Yellowfin From San Pedro

    Nice! Can't wait to do it myself. Although you can sneak up on the schools better if you have a longer rod to cast from farther away. I personally use a 10' rod and 50lb spectra with a high speed spinning reel. Did you only use poppers or did you try stickbaits or iron too?
  111. afraser

    With a little help from my SDLR friends... (rigging flatfall's)

    I've only caught about 6 fish this way, and only 1 cow. I did hook another cow on this rig but was sawed off by someone not following their line (everyone that caught a fish in that bite caught a cow, so I'm pretty sure this one was too). I missed one bite on a retrieve that I recall, but I...
  112. afraser

    Tuna Seiners

    That point is fair. It does make it harder for people far away from coasts to buy fresh fish. But that's kind of the point too, where you live determines your local resources. Lot's more beef available in Texas. Lots. I was using actual research studies that show that although recreation...
  113. afraser

    Tuna Seiners

    You are actually agreeing with me. Commercial fishing didn’t make you well off, it only supported you and your family. Recreational fishing jobs would be just as supportive but they are 30x more numerous. It’s not better economically, it doesn’t benefit society more than recreational...
  114. afraser

    American Angler Ken's Custom Guadalupe Island Report Version 2

    It was rhetorical. No need to over analyze
  115. afraser

    American Angler Ken's Custom Guadalupe Island Report Version 2

    "emotionally spent" tuna? I never thought to ask them...
  116. afraser

    Tuna Seiners

    Maybe we are talking past each other. The value for a ton of tuna is way higher when fished recreationally compared to commercially. It's more than 30 to 1 according to the research out there. We don't have an unlimited supply of tuna, so if we were trying to maximize the economics, we'd...
  117. afraser

    Tuna Seiners

    Actually, I don't think commercial fishermen should be allowed to make a living using nets. Hook and line? Fine, single lines, and hooks. Then you at least preserve most of the school. The problem with seining is it wraps entire schools most of the time. Plus they contribute way fewer...
  118. afraser

    New Lo-An 10/3-10/6 Happy Birthday Adam

    Great report. Watch the ibuprofen, if you take that much they need to do a kidney check on you after 4 weeks. There is no need to go down to 15#, 30# is fine, you just need lively bait, short leaders, and tail or butt hook the bait.
  119. afraser

    Looking for jumbos

    Sea adventure 80 has some big bluefin trips this month at hmlanding.
  120. afraser

    Quality Yellowfin 10/5

    Any top water lures tried?
  121. afraser

    Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

    I’ve written about a couple of times, pic in profile. Easiest method is use a length of Kevlar and make a loop on each end, end, and loop it on the lure then onto the hook. Allows for quick changing of lure without retieing,
  122. afraser

    With a little help from my SDLR friends... (rigging flatfall's)

    I use 11/0 or 13/0 ringed eagle claw circle hooks tied directly to the end of the line with the flatfall bridled, attached to bend of hook. Far superior hookup and hook to land ratios on big fish. The multiple hook rig will work but you are more likely to get bit off and the lure action will...
  123. afraser

    Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

    You get better action on the lure, more hookups, and a higher hook to land ratio if you bridle the lure with a large circle hook. Try to keep the bridle at or under 1 inch long.
  124. afraser

    Has anyone fished skippies for the cow BFT?

    I've never seen a skippie in a YFT stomach, but they sure eat them.
  125. afraser

    Has anyone fished skippies for the cow BFT?

    Since we fish for cow YFT with skippies all the time, has anyone tried it or seen it tried on these big bluefin? Might need to catch the skippies or little yft somewhere else and put them in a tank, but it would seem these bft would not pass up such a nice meal.
  126. afraser

    Techniques for cow bft?

    So I'm likely going on a trip at the end of the month and I'd like to discuss what has been tried and not tried for the jumbo bft. Obviously this year drifting with a live or recently dead flyer on the kite/balloon has been great. It worked last year and now everyone seems to be getting it...
  127. afraser

    Kite policy on sport boat

    I gotta say, that is overkill on the wetsuit for the flyer. Either use a long balloon, not fully inflated, or a strip of a dark pool noodle and rubber band it to the top. The bait will stay straight up and float with nothing on the side or underneath the bait.
  128. afraser

    SCI 9/27 Big BFT & a Marlin!! 4K Video

    Now THATS a video, got the bite and the key parts of the battle. Awesome job. Any idea why so many missed hookups? That was crazy. It’s not like the flyer is moving fast.
  129. afraser

    Big Bluefin Or Bust Trip Departing Sunday September 29th on the Thunderbird

    Are you fishing a kite with a balloon or just a straight helium balloon? If just a balloon, how high are you rigging the balloon?
  130. afraser

    Kite policy on sport boat

    Those balloons used for making animals are great for floating a dead flyer out. Don't even need to blow it up, just barely fill it with air and rubber band it to the top of the flyer, works well in testing...
  131. afraser

    Kite policy on sport boat

    Other boats use the 20-30 minute limit on rotation, especially near SCI, while others fish the kite for you and just call out numbers when bit. Personally, I'd prefer to fish the rod myself, including for the bite, and just go with a rotation, but you do whatever the captain says upfront.
  132. afraser

    Marking braid with a sharpie?

    I thought I came up with that pro tip. I have the same setup exactly. Super easy. To count your line, take off all hardware and put rod into trolling straps, let the line out by counting it one foot at a time by pulling it out by hand under slight drag. Mark every 100 ft to 4-500. It will...
  133. afraser

    FG knot tips

    So I didn't see this before, but I accidentally came across an easier way to tie this knot with just 2 hands. Make a loop with a simple overhand knot in the end of your spectra, put the loop over your reel handle and tighten it up. You can do the over under with the fluoro in less than 30...
  134. afraser

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    Yeah, on the hook with a lot of people is tough. Especially if wind and tide are together. I would still try "casting" perpendicular off the bow and trying to get the bait to run far away from the boat before it got back to the stern. You should be able to get 100-200 feet away before getting...
  135. afraser

    Wow!! Purple Zucker(?) Wahoo

    There's a wahoo in the video?
  136. afraser

    Red Rooster trip report.. Guadalupe Island and off shore

    Thank you for the report. I think you have to mention the brand of hook when you mention size now. I fish the 3/0 demon circles by mustad and they aren't much bigger than a size 2 in other hooks. I also don't cast anymore, I just hook the fish differently if I want it away from the boat...
  137. afraser

    Grande 9-13

    The crew was fishing because it was slow, so more people would catch fish. As long as they hand off its a bonus. Last trip I was on, I thought we were having a pretty good day, I had caught or handed off 4 or 5 fish, my roommate did the same. When I remarked to the captain that we were doing...
  138. afraser

    Anybody Fishing Blue Fin This Saturday?

    Buy frozen flying fish in San Diego, bring a kite, helium tank, and 36" balloons, fish a rigged flying fish on top of the water near san clemente island. If you put your line through a solid ring and attach the ring to the line with a rubber band, you can attach your balloon to the solid ring...
  139. afraser

    EPIC Aztec 2-day Report 8/26-8/28

    Never let go of a rod until the other guy says "got it"
  140. afraser

    Can you fish flyers without a kite or helium balloon?

    Almost always the balloon will be on the opposite side of the drifting baits. It won’t go as far as the kite.
  141. afraser

    Can you fish flyers without a kite or helium balloon?

    So I tested out one of those long shaping balloons, just putting a tiny bit of air in it floated a yummy flyer perfectly. Rubber band that to the back of a natural flyer should work too. I also have a half dozen of the yummy flyers with the folded wings and chin weights that I picked up in a...
  142. afraser

    So, I went fishing again...

    I use the 3/0 demon circles all the time on fish to 80lb. Never a problem but then again I’m not using 20 lb of drag. If the bigger fish are around, I switch to the 4/0 super mutus, which will catch 300lb fish. For decent bait, I switch to 6/0 super mutus, and at night nothing less than 8/0...
  143. afraser

    Success Sportfishing with 5 Super cow BFT's..

    Pool noodle float? Or something similar? Is that what's in the picture above?
  144. afraser

    Can you fish flyers without a kite or helium balloon?

    Since there are at most 2 kites on the boats I’ve been on and only 2 people fishing, is it effective flylining a flyer or a yummy? How would you fish them.? I’ve thought of a few ways. I was thinking of using a heavy duty popping cork in front of the flyer and a thin balloon on top of flyer to...
  145. afraser

    Success Sportfishing with 5 Super cow BFT's..

    Okay how would you fish them.? I’ve thought of a few ways. I do bring a kite so if the boat only flies one I will ask to deploy. I’m sure I can find a volunteer to help. However how to fly line? I was thinking of using a heavy duty popping cork in front of the flyer and a thin balloon on...
  146. afraser


    Thank you again. Great info, and rest assured it’s not proprietary info. Seems like they only used one kite? Just ran two baits off of it. Live or dead flyers? I think I saw you say they were live, but wasn’t sure. I’ve fished fresh dead just bobbing on the surface and they work great. No...
  147. afraser


    Awesome, just awesome. Going out on a 3.5 day on 15, I pray we don’t have yellowtail on the menu. You said you had 2 bait rods for flying fish, how are these fished? I personally hate the idea of a handoff but I understand it. Then everyone gets to fight these brutes instead of chasing...
  148. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80

    So, I’ve ridden a lot of different boats and the sea adventure 80 is one the best non-long range boats. More staterooms, 10 for 20 people, more rod storage including a 40 or so rod rack right at the tackle box Station , which is as big as the ones on the largest long range boats, a second level...
  149. afraser

    Best price for Seaguar Floro Premier?

    Stop whining about it not being a report. It is related to our fishing and anything in chit chat gets fewer answers. I’ve tried. If it helps other anglers, I say ask away. Buy fluoro online but out of state.
  150. afraser

    BFT foamers; who, what, when, where, why?

    I two oz torpedo is about the right length, but it doesn't "swim", so it. Maybe worth a try though. Paint it up, put on a hook.
  151. afraser

    BFT foamers; who, what, when, where, why?

    HIgh speed poppers, stickbaits, or lures that splash will often cause a reflex bite in foamers. If you cast ahead of the boat, you will not be able to reel fast enough, so cast at an angle so you are reeling perpendicular to the boat slide, then you get the most speed when retrieving. I tried...
  152. afraser

    Poppers on “The Slide”?

    Actually the way to do this is before the slide you let your popper out past the trollers. When they say wind in the trollers, you reel in at the same time. You should avoid the bait fishermen this way. Works best when the captain turns the boat before stopping.
  153. afraser

    Crew Members Fishing

    When the boat is sliding up on a school, the rule should be, cast and move down the rail, that way everyone gets a prime cast and doesn’t block others. You can easily get 6 to 8 casters then. The only problem is too many anglers want to wait too long or simply can’t cast far and block the cast...
  154. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 3.5 6/26-6/30

    Well, let's just say that the 1.5 day right before this trip was better, and that was slow. Saw more bft schools than I care to count. They were up on top and foaming every day. Every day. Temp was 66-70 degrees. Yes 70. I casted directly into foaming schools using several stickbaits, 2...
  155. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80, 6-24 to 6-26, bottom of the 9th

    They usually start about 3:45 or 3:50pm, depending on which day of the week it is. In reality, it was overcast, so as soon as it got a little darker, don't recall the exact time.
  156. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80, 6-24 to 6-26, bottom of the 9th

    1.5 day, not expecting too much, but boy are there are a lot of non-biting bluefin schools. We got a couple of smaller yellowfin on poppers and stickbaits, other than that we got bupkis all day. As it got later in the afternoon, we started to pick up a bluefin here and there, mostly that...
  157. afraser

    Too many rods?

    With less fishing time, you often need more rods to maximize your chances, mostly so you don't have to rerig. I bring like 14 on a normal 2.5-4 day trip. 4 cow rods (2 for flatfalls, 1 for bait with weight, one for bait), 3-4 popping/stickbait rods, 1 light long casting rod, 2-3 40-60 rods...
  158. afraser

    Line to leader system?

    Why cast? There really is no need. Either shoulder hook, back hook or butt hook your bait, swing him out gently and make sure he runs the direction you want. If he swims the wrong way, hold the spool until he does swim the right way, then let him go. Light tension from thumbing the spool...
  159. afraser

    Line to leader system?

    . Don’t put the leader on the spool, that works too. You can get 3 rod lengths if you wrap your line around your reel and hook near the tip. You still have two bends in the line but nothing like putting the inserted fluoro on the spool.
  160. afraser

    Aztec 6/18

    50lb Yellowin, mmm, sounds like it's time for popper fishing!
  161. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80, 1.5 day, Mon 6/24, BFT, going for sure

    I am on this trip and since they were nice enough to make it a for sure go, I thought I'd pass it along here. Only 2 of us so far, will probably be less than 15 total is my guess, but they are going for sure already. Fishing for BFT. Mike got 29 100-130lb BFT on a 1.5 day just this week...
  162. afraser

    Top Gun 80 Sun 6/23- Wed 6/26 anyone going?

    Sea Adventure 80 has a 1.5 day that is a guaranteed go on Monday. Then a 3.5 day after that with a couple of spots left. I'm on both.
  163. afraser

    Line to leader system?

    Agreed, it is all about how well the bait swims. When I hook a bait, clearly the skin around it changes color, it is darker around the hook puncture. I try to use 4/0 super mutus when the bigger fish are mixed in, just cause, but they do put a big hole in a bait. A thin bridle in the back...
  164. afraser

    Line to leader system?

    So couple of questions, which has more effect on a bft bite: the visibility of the larger hook or the fact that the larger hook puts a bigger hole in the bait and slows it down? I've been hooking a lot of baits in the shoulder and back to hide the larger hooks, but perhaps there is a better way...
  165. afraser

    Bft jig rigging

    This is exactly when it is a problem, when the line rubs across the teeth, especially on big fish. On fish under 100lb, it's probably not going to matter. Assist hooks dangle above the lure too on the drop, so they don't increase hookup on fish in that situation, but they would help on the...
  166. afraser

    First trip for the mustang

    2 5/0 trebles, they aren't getting away.
  167. afraser

    Line to line knot vs. Swivel for mono to flouro connection

    Only benefit for a swivel is when you have an anchor point close to the hook. So putting a swivel below a weight or a balloon helps minimize fluoro twist and keeps it less visible.
  168. afraser

    Bft fishing- why wait to go?

    I avoid the CF by fishing the bow with bait, usually requires waiting for 30 seconds or so for boat to stop. It's great until 5-6 other people start figuring out that trick. Either that or a back hook or belly hook a bait and have it swim away from the crowd until the drift finally pulls him...
  169. afraser

    Bft jig rigging

    I lost a jig using 200# spectra to a 200lb bft, I did not have it doubled though. I switched to kevlar assist cord, no problem on the next fish. I also saw a bft bite through one of two assist hooks on jig.
  170. afraser

    BFT charter 7 days plus

    If anyone wants to join, we will be targeting bft on a 3.5 day on June 26 on sea adventure 80. The same group has been going out for about 5-6 years now and we’ve gotten bft the last three years. Kites, flyers, flat falls and bait. Some giveaways but you must bring you paper, rock, scissors...
  171. afraser

    Quick Royal Star Three-Day report

    Hey, what was the best technique with the sinker rig? Slowly let it out? Hold it at a certain depth? Wind and stop retrieve? Also, how do you keep the circle hook from sliding through and catching the bait in the side? I've resorted to shoulder hooking when using mutus, but is there a...
  172. afraser

    BFT charter 7 days plus

    Yes, that sounds right. I was just saying we also found the larger grade YFT, that is, bigger than 100# in US waters too. I caught the only one on the school and it was 75# but the captain said there were much bigger ones. The schooling bft this year seem to be in the 60-80lb category though...
  173. afraser

    PQ 6/1...Viva la Colt Sniper!!

    If night or gray, go big on the hook, at least 10/0, I use 13/0. Drop to 9/0 during the day if you want or if there are only smaller fish. Use 300lb Kevlar assist hook line or bft will bite off your lure. My avatar has a sample pic, I use a shorter attachment line now, about 1 inch after...
  174. afraser

    Top shot or not

    I stopped casting baits , I just swing them out about 20 feet, so I’d rather give the bait the lightest line to pull which means no top shots, shortish fluoro leaders and hooking the bait in the back or butt. The bait will swim much further than you can cast, every time.
  175. afraser

    Fish Report May 31-June 3, 2019

    Couple things about the setup in the video. One, I usually let the weight hang. I will often shine up weight too to get it to sparkle a bit in the water and if it is dangling it will move more, and if that's not working, I'll use a very dull weight. Two, it's the same adage as before, follow...
  176. afraser

    BFT charter 7 days plus

    I'm down for one of these trips. I'd rather do one (or 2) long bft trips than a yft cow trip right now with only HB open as a major target now. Have to find some more options, they are out there. At least with the bft, you know you don't have to run 4 days to get to them. I do like topwater...
  177. afraser

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

    I fished the JX raptor at 25lb of drag for 4 hours on a fish, so it can handle it. Put 50-60lb spectra on it and you will have enough line for all but demon fish, and I mean cow sized demon fish. I now have 2 of these reels, both filled with about 500yds of seaguar hollow 50. I had the large...
  178. afraser

    Bluefin Fishing, The Ugly Truth 5/31-6/2

    Made my day, I know it wasn't fun, but the story will live on longer than if you had an average or even just a good day. Wide open on brown trout, one of the funniest lines I've read in a long time.
  179. afraser

    PQ 6/1...Viva la Colt Sniper!!

    Great report, did you notice if they were on small bait? I've had luck casting the colt snipers into boils, but you really have to get to them from a distance, so a long rod, lighter line, and a nice casting reel. Also, if those flatfalls were bridled with large circle hooks, then you get one...
  180. afraser

    Pre-rigged flat falls

    If you want to increase the hook to land ratio on the big bluefin, bridle the lure with a large circle hook, 11/0-13/0. 90% of bites are on the drop, so this method is superior to the assist hooks or multiple j hooks in terms line chaffing. Everyone that's tried it has landed their fish or got...
  181. afraser

    1.5 day BFT gear question

    I'd have a 50-80lb 8 foot UC rod that shuts off mid way and an avet hxj raptor with 80# braid, preferably with the pro handle. You can fish it down with a 40# leader or fish it up to 100 or 130# leader for flatfalls. I'd rather have 2 rods, but if I had to have 1. Personally for the...
  182. afraser

    Spinning reel for YT, tunas

    I would suggest a conventional unless you are going on a private boat. In my experience, the kids always put the rod on the rail at some point, which would make conventionals a much better option. You don't need to cast, just teach him to hook the bait in the back and the bait will swim away...
  183. afraser

    Top shot or not

    For most fishing I use about 8 feet of fluoro, maybe 10. For bft I’ll start with 18-20 feet and fish it to about 10. It’s all about giving the bait less bulk to pull, but bluefin will shy away from a shorter leader. No need for a top shot, really. You can do it, and it might help with pulled...
  184. afraser

    $2000 to catch a 200 Pounder

    12/0 hooks are for the little fish... Seriously though, I use a 13/0 ringed eagle claw 2004 hook (from when bridling my flatfalls for fishing at night or gray. During the day I drop it to 11/0. I bring extras on my trips for other people as it really helps improve the hook to...
  185. afraser

    G Fly Flying Fish Baits Now In Stock

    So could we safely assume they would sell out of soft plastic replicas as well if they made them? I was trying to talk a manufacturer into making perfect replicas of the California flying fish and selling them for 40 or 50. I bet they would sell a lot. Any thoughts?
  186. afraser

    Which Circle Hooks for Bluefin???

    Demon circle 3/0, no ring. Tie and SD jam knot and don't cinch all the way tot the hook. Less metal to reflect. I have found a difference in bites between ringed and non-ringed hooks for BFT. For bigger fish, I switch to 4/0 super mutus, no ring again. If you have mackerel for bait, or...
  187. afraser

    Anyone ever used a zwing on one of the LR boats?

    They clearly work for wahoo on the east coast so I could see that working, but I’d like to try it on the bft that don’t want to come up. What color was attracting the makos? I’ll try the other color.
  188. afraser

    BFT charter 7 days plus

    I’d book an extended bluefin hunting trip. Without the buffer zone option it would likely be a better shot at a cow than a LR trip. Have to let the anglers work the kite though, if they want. The crew only option on that reduces the fun.
  189. afraser

    Shogun 13/7 in January sponsored by Integrity Expedition Gear

    Better off doing a 7 day bluefin only trip when the flyers are around. They don't do those, but you'd have a better shot at a cow and it's right in our back yard, no 8 days of travel. I'd sign up for that in a heartbeat, especially if they are going to fly 2 kites with fresh dead or live...
  190. afraser

    Anyone ever used a zwing on one of the LR boats?

    I was buying something else and came across the zwing, again, and thought it might be useful for trolling lures at depth for bluefin. Don't need a downrigger arm or anything, just drop it over the side (with some padding), and send lures or trollable baits down. We've used shower curtain...
  191. afraser


    As long as you have wind, and it's not in the same direction as the current, there is no reason a balloon should tangle with the flyliners. If you have light wind, use a bigger balloon, or two (aka the dolly parton rig, makes for good conversation...) You will then be able to stay far from the...
  192. afraser

    What would you bring. 3 day May 31-June 2nd??

    take 2 flatfall rods or one flatfall and one sinker rig rod. I got caught with just one flatfall rig in a short bite. First one got bit and sawed off and didn't have another rod to drop in right away. Bite lasted 5 minutes. It was the only school that bit that night.
  193. afraser

    Shogun 13/7 in January sponsored by Integrity Expedition Gear

    66 YFT in 7 days of fishing is not what I'd call doing "extremely well" unless they are all cows. With 15 people, that'd be 4.5 fish per person in 6 or 7 days of fishing. I'd consider that a slow trip. Maybe still worth it for the fly/fly aspect though.
  194. afraser


    I think fishing bobber balloons, like a few other techniques, like fishing the slide, should be done on a rotation basis. Only 3 max for bobber balloons. I mean, you can do 4 or 5, but you have to really work together and that doesn't happen often enough. To do multiple balloons, it helps if...
  195. afraser

    Pacific Queen - 1.5 day - 4/28-4/30 - Sunset Showdown

    How exactly did you have the drag set high enough to have the rod ripped out of your hands? Or did something happen to cause a change in having the drag off? I'm just trying figure out how it is possible. Maybe the drag accidentally was kicked into gear?
  196. afraser

    Shogun 4 day 4/16, who's going?

    Had some other things come up that kept me from a report. So usually on a 4 day, you get 3 days of fishing, but the Captain put us on yellowtail the first day until dark. Lost my favorite surface iron, but we did catch a good number, 30-40 I think. Then we motor on to the bluefin grounds. Most...
  197. afraser

    Shogun 4 day 4/16, who's going?

    The nice reports made me pull the trigger. Should be one of the only boats going that far and with nice bait (one would hope). Seems it sold out, anyone else going?
  198. afraser

    What's the bait like now?

    Going on a trip on the Shogun this week, anyone know what the bait is like?
  199. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    Wait, you make catcalls to underage girls? That seems okay to you??? WTH is wrong with you? You like getting on a boat with a captain that drinks 6-8 beers on a trip? How about a taxi like that too? Some people have no [email protected] sense. You really think Mike is a "good" captain? So be it...
  200. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    I didn't take fish back because we didn't leave until late the next day. In my experience, if it isn't frozen when you fly, it isn't going to be good when you get back home. I would have taken them to the resort, but it was our last day and that was the only available day.
  201. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    When you tell the truth, it isn't flaming. Maybe he drank to excess that day and it caused all the other problems. Maybe some people enjoy being ridiculed, perhaps you do too. Maybe people like it when the captain goes around to the other customers on the boat complaining about another...
  202. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    Maybe you like being yelled at by someone who is drunk and takes chances with your life and that of your kids. Each to his own I guess. And it doesn't matter where the controls are when the captain isn't using them. There's a reason he can't keep a mate on the boat...
  203. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    Yeah, nothing like fishing next to rocks, breaking 6 foot waves with a captain lit on 8 beers that endangers everyone by leaving the control tower. You're right, no reason to be pissed off.
  204. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    I thought about it, and now I believe I have to mention it. Captain threw 6-8 beer cans down from the tower at the end of the day. I didn't see the mate drink any, but possibly. I believe it contributed to him coming down from the control tower when we were close to the rocks. Probably...
  205. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    The crew wanted them. The mate was decent so why not? Released the marlin. If we were staying longer would have kept them. Guess they need a flash freezing and shipping service in Cabo....
  206. afraser

    Cabo report 3/31 and renegade Mike boat review

    Four of fished on the Renegade Mike boat for a full day offshore. Mike was very reasonable with the lunch,picking some up for us at a normal price. However, somehow he forgot the licenses, but offered to pay half the price of the higher priced ones at the marina. all good so far. Went to...
  207. afraser

    How to find a kelp paddy with a drone?

    Actually, that is almost a great idea. They use kites for aerial photography, called KAP, why not tow a kite with a camera that has wireless transmission. Should get way more viewing time as no battery is needed for flying. I have a kite the flies almost straight up, so that would actually...
  208. afraser

    Cabo airport return - do reels need to be checked?

    Flying in is fine, It's flying out that is the question. Just wanted to be clear what I was asking. Cabo has special rules that are different than other mexican airports.
  209. afraser

    Cabo airport return - do reels need to be checked?

    Last time I went through cabo they made me check a fishing rod in checked baggage (instead of carry on- it was very small), but I don't remember if the fishing reels had to be in checked bags. If so, I won't bring high end spinners.
  210. afraser

    Foamer Rig Options

    Like Choate said, you can simply "walk your tuna" in the direction you want once the death spirals have started. Just do it before the top of the turn and lead him a bit. It's actually not difficult, aside from holding 28# of drag or more.
  211. afraser

    Identifying your rods

    You can order tape in custom colors too, eg your favorite sports team. Or pick an unusual or bright color. Once had a similar rod left to me when someone walked off with my much better rod. Not entirely sure it was accidental, but the tape reduces the chance. Way easier to find all 10 rods...
  212. afraser


    The big long range boats are doing several 3 day bluefin trips this spring, independence and intrepid are two of them. I’d book one of those as the experience will be top drawer and they have more bait capacity.
  213. afraser

    Favorite feature of individual boats you ride...

    Rocket launchers on Excel (and Indy), why doesn't every boat have these??? I second the smooth ride on the intrepid, but all of the big boats are good for that. Fly/fly or at least ride/fly trips on some boats. Getting beat up for 3-4 days is never fun, although the wahoo bite at the stones...
  214. afraser

    Favorite feature of your favorite equipment?

    The sound of an avet reel when a big fish takes a bait, before the drag is set. Also, the pro handles on the avet reels, even have them on my sx and jx raptors! Easy to hold, easy to use with heavy drag. Fishing gloves, man they make a difference in a long battle. The in line cameras are...
  215. afraser

    Foamer Rig Options

    You will have more opportunities with a high speed spinning reel for running and gunning. As was mentioned, they make a harness adapter for spinning rods. The high speed spinning reels are faster than all of the conventionals that are castable (I think only the tallica in the billfish version...
  216. afraser

    Best fishing in Cabo late March?

    I will be in cabo the last week of March and it seems to be between seasons. I’m not too interested but in bottom fishing, but it isnt clear if offshore or inshore would be better for a group of 4. If offshore would it be better to go far offshore or to the finger banks? We would prefer...
  217. afraser

    Fish 3 times the line test

    Does almost count? We touched the leader so I guess it counts in some circles. Last summer, 250# + bft on 50lb test, 4 1/2 hours just outside of gaffing range 3 times. Had him laid out on the surface just couldn’t reach him with anything more than the longest gaff so they waited for the next...
  218. afraser

    Best organizing ideas?

    Might I suggest A trash bag for dirty clothes. Keep it sealed. Shoes or boots stay in hall. I put clothes in 2.5 gal ziplock to keep them organized. I like rigging up top. So much saner. I do have a spreadsheet for which rod gets which reel, leader, hooks or lures. Easier to figure that...
  219. afraser

    Which braid would you rather use?

    Unless it is JB line, in which case the 80 is stronger than the 100, and larger in diameter. So exactly why is it called 80???
  220. afraser

    RP Line One 18 day, 1-20 thru 2-7-19, Part 4, Lessons learned

    I'll tactfully pay attention until I feel the need to resort to bribes :) Sometimes, you just aren't doing the right thing. Had that happen on one trip. Couldn't get bit. Finally asked for help after switching lines, hooks, rods, etc. Trick was using a bronze hook with no ring. The fish...
  221. afraser

    extra efforts re wahoo?

    All you have to do to avoid the [email protected] on larger boats like the excel is to have a slide rotation. No reason 4-5 people can't go in on the slide, especially if they cast diagonally off the stern. The problem is having 10 or 15 go in. The main reason the excel does so well, is it has so...
  222. afraser

    extra efforts re wahoo?

    No fishing the slide? Why? The trip costs $5-$6k, what are we worried about losing a $50 lure? Or a single wahoo? Misplaced concern in my opinion. Let’s get as many people hooked up and then work out the tangles. Most people are good at avoiding tangles. If you are fishing tuna and...
  223. afraser

    Production JRI Intruder Makes It's Debut

    So, I put a camera down with the intruder lure last year. They get hit way more than they hookup. I have video of both tuna and wahoo hitting the lure and not getting hooked up. They hit the back of the lure. It was clearly a strike as the line is no longer straight. Not sure if there is...
  224. afraser

    Which tuna hooks for fly lining bait?

    For bft to 60lb, I use unringed hooks and just don't cinch the knot all the way down so you leave a loop. Personally, I like the mustad demon circles in 3/0. Pretty large gap and the 3x are still pretty thin. I am not missing a lot of bites with this setup and haven't had a straightened hook...
  225. afraser

    If one was to use an avet sx raptor for light to medium setup?

    I bought an sx raptor when they first came out and it has been my go to bft reel for anything under 80lb and is my wahoo bait reel. So it is overkill for halibut and ling but it will work. I have 40lb hollow and I upgraded the handle to the pro version, it’s bigger than the reel, but it’s very...
  226. afraser

    The hate is real

    It's about time this debate reignited. It must be winter... For every job there is an optimum tool. For long casts into the wind with topwater lures while the boat is moving, like chasing porpoise or moving schools, nothing beats a 8-10 foot spinning setup. Works great for wahoo bombs too...
  227. afraser

    Are there any 6-8 day late spring trips targeting BFT?

    Seems like most of these trips are going to alijos, but yft are usually scarce then and wahoo nonexistent. I’d really like to find a trip that will target bft, assuming the big ones return, especially since most of the lr boats have so much bait capacity and will fly 1 or 2 kites. I’m skipping...
  228. afraser

    Excel Team Hoo Cow Hunt - 16 Day....Jan. 15-31 Roll Call

    Must be biting, it’s almost 10am and no report??? Not like we aren’t checking twice a day to see what’s happening ...
  229. afraser

    Lighter Leader and Bigger Tuna - Rail Tips and Equipment - Newbie Questions

    The short fore grips are harder to use the rail for sure and the longer ones make it easier to lift the fish as the fulcrum is farther down the rod. But it can and has been done. It doesn’t much matter what line size you have, but more the size of the fish compared to the line and rod. An...
  230. afraser

    Anyone ever used pre-rigged deadbaits for trolling?

    On the east coast, most trolling that I've seen is done with pre-rigged weighted ballyhoo with a sea-witch on the nose. Catches everything from Marlin to dorado. Has anyone tried any of those in our waters for YFT or BFT? You can buy them frozen, prerigged, so maybe worth the effort???
  231. afraser

    If you had to start over...

    Stella 14k and black hole 10 foot rod. Outcasts everything else I own. Glad I have it but wish I had it sooner. Fishes poppers, stickbaits for tuna to 150lbs and is a great wahoo rod with 53 inches per crank. Fastest reel on the boat most of the time, enough to cast ahead of the boat and...
  232. afraser

    First Long Range Trip Looking for Tips and Advice Please!

    I switched over to those fishing shirts by huk and other companies. They are light and the long sleeves mean less sunblock. Gloves! I wear a half finger glove on one hand and a full glove on reeling hand. I feel I can put twice the pressure on a fish. With spinning gear, 2full gloves. Plus...
  233. afraser

    Light line super?

    Wait, owner makes a super mutu in 3/0? I only see them down to 4/0.
  234. afraser

    Yellow Fin Tuna Fishing but Not Long Range

    With boils like that, I"d have to cast topwaters to them. Yellowfin that are busting on top will take a stickbait over a live bait much of the time. The not being allowed to flyline the bait would also be a tip killer IMHO. No problem them keeping the fish.
  235. afraser

    What technique to stop overruns us8ng heavy flat falls?

    I call BS on this. We have thumbs? Seriously, thumbing the spool with a 500g, which I said in my post, still results in small overruns. Just one spools worth, but it’s annoying and.results in having a lure that falls and is stopped, with thumb pressure. I’m looking for a constant rate of...
  236. afraser

    What technique to stop overruns us8ng heavy flat falls?

    I was reading someone’s post about which reel to buy and I recalled my experience using a mak 20 for flat falls, which resulted in constant small overruns. Mostly because it spins so freely, I’m constantly having to thumb the spool or the side plate to take out the overrun. Any suggestions on...
  237. afraser

    To Much Stuff! How do you cut it down?

    The wahoo and top water fishing really take up the bulk of the room. 3-4 trays for stickbaits and poppers including two deep trays which also carry all of the giant trebles. A couple trays only have 5 lures in them as some of them are very large. If it wasn’t so much fun paring the top water...
  238. afraser

    2019 Bluefin Trip(s)

    Mid June has been consistently producing and so has late july and late September. Fish the full moon so the bait comes up, otherwise it and the bluefin May stay too deep. July and later is best for fishing the flyers on the kite. A multi day on the vagabond on a trip with good anglers woulD be...
  239. afraser

    What was your fish of the Year?

    Lost a 250# bluefin after 4.5 hours getting it to almost gaff range 3 times. Also on a 5'3" ugly stik jigging rod and an jx raptor with 50lb line. Nearly spooled in first 60 seconds. Turned him with 50yds of line max left after a 450-500 yd run. We chased him (on a sport boat, not a private...
  240. afraser

    Intrepid 16 Day, Departing 2-17-2019

    I think we are agreeing that the trips should target big fish. But, I've been on enough trips where we've had 5+ days of catching big fish. Why not take 2 hours after that to catch a little grouper or other table fare? I don't see the point of sacrificing 2 hours of table fare fishing for 2...
  241. afraser

    Intrepid 16 Day, Departing 2-17-2019

    I totally get the wanting to catch big fish on these trips, but I've been on trips where we caught big fish for 5-6 days, off and on, and the captain didn't want to waste 2 hours of trying for big fish. 2 hours? Really, that's a sacrifice? The beauty of going after grouper, aside from being a...
  242. afraser

    Spectra brand weights

    So, the specific gravity of fluoro is 1.77 (water is 1) and mono is 1.15, which is why fluoro sinks faster. Meaning it also has more weight than mono. But obviously, having a refractive index similar to water is what makes fluoro invisible and beneficial. Finally, it's the drag that really...
  243. afraser

    Short Range Boat Recommendation w/ individual staterooms

    Bluefin: Aztec, Vagabond, Pacific queen (3-4 staterooms) General: Sea Adventure 80, Shogun.
  244. afraser

    3 turn uni and Spangler knot test

    Only way to tell is to put it in the water with bright sunlight. If you can't see a difference in the line, then you've done a great job tying the knot. I've yet to be able to do it myself and I'm pretty careful.
  245. afraser

    3 turn uni and Spangler knot test

    I have to test, but I think crimping provides an advantage in stealth that a knot does not have. When you crimp, you don't disfigure the line at all, when you tie a knot, even when wet and done well, it still changes the shape of the line ahead of the knot, so the line is a little more visible...
  246. afraser

    50 or 65 braid for Yellowfin Popping

    50 hollow seaguar, breaks at 90lb or so. Lots more line on the reel, I can vouch for the line strength as well.
  247. afraser

    Fantasy of Throwing Jigs without Wearing Myself Out

    When looking around for fish I will often send the popper out well before the slide and start only after the boat is out of gear. End up with a 150yd "cast".
  248. afraser

    Fantasy of Throwing Jigs without Wearing Myself Out

    I have an hxj raptor 2 speed on the rainshadow rod. I don't like fishing poppers with conventionals as you really have to make sure the line is tight on the reel for the next cast. A tranx would work better, but you have less line capacity, maybe use the seaguar hollow 50 which breaks at 90#...
  249. afraser

    Fantasy of Throwing Jigs without Wearing Myself Out

    The rainshadow 10' rods are heavy. Maybe the brand new ones are better, but I had 2 of them (just one now), and it wore me out way more than any other rod I have, and I usually bring 3-4 10 foot rods so it's not the length. Okay, they are mostly light rods, but the 10' black hole blank would be...
  250. afraser

    Old Glory Does It Again Big Grade YFT

    That looks like prime topwater fishing conditions. Was anyone fishing topwater lures?
  251. afraser

    14 day trip report.....

    Best 14 day trip plan right now? I'd say alijos for a few days, then cortez bank for YFT and BFT. Limit out on wahoo, YT, yft, and bft.
  252. afraser

    Mutu Hybrid?

    I don't know, the mustad demon circle in 3/0 has been my secret weapon for picky bluefin under 100#. The hooks stick ridiculously well and haven't deformed yet. Deckhands have a hard time getting them out. I had 5 baits and 5 bites one morning last week using these hooks on 40 and 60lb fluoro...
  253. afraser

    What to do between noticing you are crossed and the arrival of a deckhand?

    I don't think a fish is that important unless it is a fish of a lifetime so I'm not cutting my line if half a spool is soaking. In most cases, just unwrap, but loosen drag to freespool so you don't put any tension on the line if a bite happens. If you both have a fish, you go the other way and...
  254. afraser

    Aztec 2.75 11/8-11 lots of 50-60lb bft and a couple bigger ones

    Showed up early to avoid chaos driving through LA. I hear locusts are on the way. Boarded 10am for 11am departure. Boat loaded massive amount of bait, I brought a light load (for me) of 9 rods this time, 4 cow rods and a 40,60,80# rig, + 2 popping rods, used all but one cow rod. Straight to...
  255. afraser

    How to rig jumbo squid for BFT?

    So, I usually use 1 or 2 glow sliding sinkers, 1-2 oz each with a single large circle hook for 1lb squid (about 14-18" long). Question is, should I be using heavier weights, another circle hook, switch to J hooks, switch to a dropper loop, or pin the weight ahead of the squid 2-3 feet? Not...
  256. afraser

    learned a few things

    The ramp up doesn't work, you have to fish light drag. I broke several off with 20# and 30# titanium that chewed through. I would suggest fighting them like a king mackerel. You let them run, and bring them in with less than 10# of drag. With bait, you have less worry about having the hook...
  257. afraser

    DAMN about 3-4 boats with limits of BFT today 11/5

    Vessel finder shows they are at cortez and a little in from cortez. Tempbreak shows there is a nice plume of warm water there and to the north, with much hotter water closer to SCI and south.
  258. afraser

    Super Cow Bluefin

    Were there a lot of casualties? Curious what line/leader people were fishing during the day. At night, its straight rope, but what do you drop down to during the day drifts for bait? I plan on 80 or 100 seaguar premier which is a little lighter than other brands, but maybe 60 too? Anyone...
  259. afraser

    Super Cow Bluefin

    I couldn't wait any more, just booked a 2.75 day trip to target them. Guess, I'll definitely bring the cow gear now. I'm guessing the assist hooks were upgraded, or did those stock hooks actually hold up?
  260. afraser

    What's a good bunk on the Aztec?

    I just booked a 2.75 day this week to try for one of those cows, and now super cows, but if I remember correctly some of the bunks are super small and some are extra wide. The landing did not know which. Can anyone make a bunk suggestion? Much appreciated.
  261. afraser

    Considering a 2.75 trip on Aztec, need some info

    So I went on this boat last year and can't remember details and I might go on the trip this Thursday. I had a tiny bunk last time, can someone recommend which ones are the good ones? Last time the guy from the landing said they were all the same and they clearly were not. Also does anyone...
  262. afraser

    Intrepid 14 day Nov. 6-20 Roll call

    Good luck guys! Had a great time on this trip a few years ago. Hope you do well.
  263. afraser

    Wahoo bomb colors

    I use a fast reel (53"/crank), but I do find the color makes a difference. I've seen specific colors work better than others including blue/silver (especially at HB), dorado green (Alijos), orange and red (alijos). That said, I have the rainbow in bomb colors (blue, red, black, yellow, purple...
  264. afraser

    Those huge poppers and stick baits made for GT

    Some of the expensive lures actually do work better. Smith baby runboh, straight tied, no split ring or swivel, has the best action of any lure I've fished. Similar to a Shimano Orca, but with better s swimming action. Got a 72# yft on the porpoise near SD last month, so you don't have to go...
  265. afraser

    Conquest on the New Lo An

    Anyone fish the bigger squid? Considering going out and would like to know what is or isn't working.
  266. afraser

    10/2 didn't suck, WFO Skippies and YT, and a bonus

    Is it really November???? Nice catching.
  267. afraser

    17 for 17 on the Pacific Dawn Oct 27-28 1.5

    I think there’s something to that match the hatch thing...
  268. afraser

    17 for 17 on the Pacific Dawn Oct 27-28 1.5

    Can someone just make a realistic plastic flyer that we can use already... Clearly these flyers look much different than the existing plastic yummy flyers. The ones around san clemente and catalina are darker, more like a sardine, and larger than the yummy flyers. I'd have no problem paying...
  269. afraser

    Try video on the troll

    I was reading another post and it reminded me of how much fun it was to watch the troll after the fact using a waterwolf (or similar) camera rigged 3-5 feet ahead of the trolled lure. If you use a wire leader, it is easy to attach to the front of the leader with a couple of split rings. A...
  270. afraser

    DTX Minnows

    So... it sounds like the design shape is good, but need to be more durable. Maybe if its a little heavier it will stay down better. The 2 that I have seem to pull to one side a bit, so I just trolled on that side. No one hooked up, so I can't judge catching effectiveness. I do think bigger...
  271. afraser

    17 for 17 on the Pacific Dawn Oct 27-28 1.5

    I think we are in violent agreement. If you troll the flyers, angle them, if you are fishing frozen flyers drifting or on anchor, you should have them rigged flat. I watched the Vagabond crew get dozens of bites on cow sized tuna while drifting because they were hooked up already or were just...
  272. afraser

    17 for 17 on the Pacific Dawn Oct 27-28 1.5

    The frozen flyers should lay almost flat, especially since you want it to sit and bounce on the surface when you are not moving. The rigging above seems to make the flyer hang at an angle, which is ideal if you are trolling.
  273. afraser

    Epic Trip on the Poseidon 10/24-10/28

    Wait, you had near limits on day one and still wanted to fish another day of YFT? Those fish will be around every year, the BFT will not. The key to BFT fishing is a good bait AND letting him soak a long time, like 200-300 yds long. Do not recast a new bait unless your current bait isn't...
  274. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 reviews? 2.5 day 11/2

    This is one of my favorite short trip boats (less than 5 days). Staterooms for 20 people, big bunks otherwise, and like mentioned before, very wide and carries lots of bait. They will fish for smaller fish to appease some of the customers, which I actually don't like if the big fish are around...
  275. afraser

    17 over 200!

    Even the Sea Adventure 80 had 7 over 200 and lost a couple over 300 at the boat. I would think a 7-8 day trip targeting them big bft might have a chance to eclipse the cow record. Load up with big and average sized squid, big macks, and a maybe a bunch of flying fish and it would be game on...
  276. afraser

    What angle are you working on?

    Seaguar thread lock hollow for 50#, jb for 40, 60, 80,100, 130# hollow. The jb 40 is reserved for my very small reels, sx raptor Stella 8k, but I do like the seaguar 50 for med to heavy applications on medium reels. I use it on my jx raptor and Stella 14k, but I might switch my other wahoo/med...
  277. afraser

    What angle are you working on?

    line and lure saltwater conditioner and I think the other one is reelsnot. Not sure which is better, I used the line and lure on the spinning reels and the reelsnot on the conventionals, but couldn't tell a difference. I don't believe either degrade the line, some conditioners do. So far it...
  278. afraser

    What angle are you working on?

    I use the 50lb hollow on the medium rods, not the heavy ones, but I did fight a 250# fish for about 4 hours on that 50#, got it to just about gaffing range twice. Ultimately, the line broke when the line touched the boat (rod was too short). Worth having as an option though for fish under 200#...
  279. afraser

    Sharing a lure that brought me Bluefin Success plus a few pics from SoA 6day

    For distance and bigger gear you can tie on a torpedo sinker and put the hoagie lure on 3-4 feet back. The it will sink better and you can cast it farther.
  280. afraser

    Casting Clinic

    Or you could learn how to hook your sardine so that it swims away from the boat. Casting is a great skill, but at least half of the time the sardine is dazed when it lands it seems. Unless the fish are biting on the splash, this works great.
  281. afraser

    Long Rod cheating

    Get a 10' black hole rod and add line conditioner to your line to really cheat, you will really be able to cast far. I tried the line conditioner and it toned down the wind knots and I think it made for longer casts. For fish to 100lb the 10' rod is not a problem (caught a 72lb yft last week...
  282. afraser

    70-100lb yft on porpoise in us waters

    They were orcas, the water was Caribbean blue and 78, the "fish" was full of dolphin, and I was using a banjo minnow. We were just outside of the tres Marias.
  283. afraser

    70-100lb yft on porpoise in us waters

    We were on our way from SCI to fish the runt yft and came upon a school of porpoise in US waters (9/27). Captain didn't see much, but I cast a topwater stickbait into the melee and a 72# YFT crushed it, coming out of the water. Brought it to the boat in 5 minutes or so and the rest of the boat...
  284. afraser


    Mark your line to 400' at 100' intervals. If you are at 45 degrees, you are essentially at 2/3 of your line out (divide by 1.4 if you want to be exact). If you are at more than 45 degrees, get a heavier lure. If you are less than 45 degrees, say 30 deg, then subtract 15% (or 1/7) of the amount...
  285. afraser

    Where but fresh large squid in San Diego

    I would like to bring a bunch on a trip but I don't know the region. Is there any place close to the sport boat landings to buy the larger squid, fresh or fresh frozen? Thanks!
  286. afraser

    4.5 Day on the SA80 10/17-10/22

    I'm already going on the 4.5 day trip starting this sunday. Mike McDaniels is the captain of the boat and should be driving for both trips. I bet we will be targeting the bft for part of this trip as the weather just came down and the fish have been relocated.
  287. afraser

    9/21 SCI - 2 In The Box By 8:00 AM - Flat Calm Conditions

    Bout time someone returned to SCI this week. Way to go! Any chance you can let us know about whether they are marking the same volume of fish as before the weather came up or if they mark larger fish too?
  288. afraser

    How Many Lures Are Enough?

    Well I tried to go light last trip and of course I was missing the small lures that the fish wanted. Never again :). An example of the madness, I just bought a deps 250 to try on the bft and yft next week. I'm not crazy, I bought it used. Have to rerig the hooks, I think maybe just a large...
  289. afraser

    RP Next Week...yeah baby!

    Better off fishing SCI and local for big bft, yt, dorado and schoolie yft. No wahoo, but then no 4 days of travel.
  290. afraser

    If you had 4 fishing days out of SD, where would you fish?

    Obviously the captain makes the call, but where would you want to fish over 4 full days? Seems the bft reports from SCI are quiet (the Vagabond hasn't reported its last trip- anyone know about that one?), maybe with the fish moving a bit north toward Catalina I last heard. And the yft are kind...
  291. afraser

    Popper Jig Choices

    Well, the one I fish looks like an Orca in the floating version, but it doesn't fully float with big hooks, and I usually fish it with a retrieve stop motion using just the reel. 1/2 crank, pause, 2 cranks, pause, etc. If it gets here in time, I'm going to try one of those deps slide swimmers...
  292. afraser

    How often do you recharge your Flat Falls?

    Was that during the day, gray, or dark? And was it a smaller version or the 250g?
  293. afraser

    Popper Jig Choices

    Most success with a popper for yft was with the heru skipjack 120, and 150 when I wanted to keep the little ones away. 120 seems the right size. However, I have way better luck with a flashy stickbait. YFT are usually suckers for those fished on top. As for bluefin, I only got one small one...
  294. afraser

    How often do you recharge your Flat Falls?

    I charge mine every drop with a high power black light. Then again, I also move away from other anglers so who's to say what the reason is. It does seem though, when the school wants to bite, the glow jigs get bit more. When its a pick bite, the non-glow jig might be just the little...
  295. afraser

    Drag Settings For Deep Water Flat Fallin’

    If you tighten the drag too much at the very beginning, before you are sure you are clear of all other lines or fish, you are likely to have the slower moving line and will more easily get sawed off by a crossing line with a fish. Keep it to 15-18# of drag until you've gotten the fish clear...
  296. afraser

    Roll Call Sea Adv 80 4.5day Sept 23

    Anyone here going on this trip? One spot opened up so I grabbed it. Only 22 on this trip for 4.5 days. Hopefully we can spend at least 2 days chasing bft instead of 4 days of chasing 5lb yft that are better for bait than for keeping. I personally would like a bit of redemption for losing two...
  297. afraser

    Anyone own the new Avet HX 5/3 Raptor?

    The raptor series is not as tough as the ex series. Use a 30 or 50, not the wide, for dropping flatfalls. If you put the rod on the rail you shouldn't get too tired, besides you should be jigging the lure at the target depth.
  298. afraser

    Local Yellowfin (late report and important tackle recommendation)

    Thanks for the write up. Yellowfin love the poppers and other topwater baits.
  299. afraser

    How to make wahoo bomb heads bite resistant?

    Seems every trip I come back with heavy teeth marks in the torpedo sinkers I use for the heads of the wahoo bombs that I make. Is there a really hard epoxy or some other surface treatment I could use on the lead portion of the wahoo bombs to make them a little more bite resistant so the wahoo...
  300. afraser

    Rod and reel for 200lb+ bluefin?

    I would not throw in with less than 80# line if you are fishing bait and there is a chance of big fish. I spent 4+ hours on a fish because I went in with the "heavy" gear 50lb spectra, 60lb fluoro. Mind you, the captain did initially say they were small fish, so a lot of people went in with...
  301. afraser

    When They're Eating Micro Bait. . .

    Maybe run all teasers but tied to a larger circle hook which is in front of the teasers. Either that or all teasers and an assist hook down the middle. Then you don't limit the size hook you can use. Also, you can rig a torpedo inline maybe 2-3 feet ahead of the baitball, which will allow a...
  302. afraser

    Flatfall techniques

    I think it'd be worth having the 500g just in case the current is strong. That way you can keep the lure in the strike zone longer. But it still seems the reports show that the 250g is working better in regular current.
  303. afraser

    Line Conditioner?

    Has anyone used one that they liked for spectra or fluoro? I'm hoping this will help with wind knots that I get from not using a swivel on my stickbaits (if I use the swivel, the action is less).
  304. afraser

    Stuff I've learned

    1) Don't get pissed at losing a fish, even if it was someone else's fault. You will catch more fish and losing a fish once in a while is part of the experience. That said... 2) Don't be an ass and throw in right next to someone who is hooked up. If you hook even a skippy, you will saw them...
  305. afraser

    Stock vs After Market hooks on flatfalls

    That was the best info on how these lures work. Thanks for sitting at the bottom of the pool! You just have to have the courage to let the spool run without touching it, or just barely touching it.
  306. afraser

    Which boat can be chartered for a 3-5 day BFT trip in 2018?

    I know its late in the year, but if I wanted to put a charter together for a 3-5 day trip to target the bigger bluefin, which boats might have availability for this year? Probably late september to mid-october. I see a couple of boats that have completely unfilled spots for a couple of of 1.5...
  307. afraser

    Most 300lb,200lb,and 100lb YFT Caught in a Single Day

    I think if some boat decides to dedicate 7 days to fishing the bluefin at SCI with frozen flyers and flatfalls, the 300 lb fish on a trip will be higher than any previous trip including long range trips. The fish are there, we saw them on the sonar. There are private boats that have caught 2...
  308. afraser

    Leader Length Redundant Dumb Question

    If its a pick bite, I'll use 20-25' for bigger fish or bluefin. Otherwise, I'll fish 10' or so. If it's schoolies, you can keep cutting until about 5 feet. You should worry more about other people's lines near your bait.
  309. afraser

    New Braided line finger protection.

    The real test is how does the product react with fish slime, sunscreen, and repeatedly getting wet, not to mention the spectra. Do you use it on your right thumb which touches the spool and how does it affect the feel. And does it become slippery, eg does it make it harder to hold onto the rod...
  310. afraser

    If you had one reel

    The mak 20 or the avet 30 are both fine. You won't get spooled with either if you set them up with 100# hollow with 100 yds of 130 spliced on top. The avet 50 sds if you want straight 130. Just make sure to set your drag to 28-30 at strike and you likely won't use half the line even on the...
  311. afraser

    Rod recommendation for casting small sardines/anchovies

    Unless the fish are boiling where the chum goes in you really don't need to cast. You need to direct your bait to swim the right direction. Either a belly or a back hook will work, but you keep your rod tip close to the water so the bait swim away from you instead of down. Swing the bait out...
  312. afraser

    How to set up your flatfall rig

    While the line is dry put rod in trolling straps and let out the line behind the boat while it is going by pulling it out by hand one foot at a time. Don't use a flatfall, use a heavy torpedo sinker. Stop at 1,2,3 and 400 feet and mark line with permanent black marker. I do 8-12" inch marks...
  313. afraser

    Flatfall techniques

    For every other type of jig, you are probably correct. For the flatfall, where 90% of the bites are on the sink or while jigging, the circle hook is better. But I'd either put the circle hook in the front bridled or on an assist cord tied from the front or the back. A 7/0 super mutu is too...
  314. afraser

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    So, 1) Do it before it gets wet, it is easier, 2) I just did it last trip with a black sharpie, it works, just takes a couple extra passes with the pen.
  315. afraser

    Topgun80 - Historic 17 Cow BFTs 3.5 day report

    While boat is moving, put an easy to reel jig on, put the rod in trolling clips with enough drag to barely let line out, and count out the feet, stop the line at 100 ft intervals and mark with black permanent marker, 1 line for 100, 2 spaced lines for 200, etc. one person can do this easily...
  316. afraser

    Bg80 big BFT

    That's how you do a trip! Since shimano doesn't make a 500g flatfall that I know of, what brand were you using?
  317. afraser

    turn left or turn right

    If the bft were a permanent fixture, then I can see turning left. But these big bft are a relative novelty. They might be gone in a few years and they weren't here 5 years ago. I've been on enough trips catching lots of yt or yellowfin or even wahoo. They are great fun, but why not target the...
  318. afraser

    Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

    I tested several other glow lures. Not conclusive but I had bites on the standard flatfall and none on two other similar glow lures including a heavy falling lure. Also, big circle hooks rarely pull. If they set, you pretty much have to cut the line to lose the fish.
  319. afraser

    Islander 2.5 day August 8th-10th, 2018

    There should be two kites flying if you aren't moving fast or are drifting. It isn't hard to get them to separate. Either move the balloons slightly to opposite sides or use a little weight on opposite corners. For drifting it's as simple as one in the bow and one in the stern. 20 minute...
  320. afraser

    Islander 2.5 day August 8th-10th, 2018

    I guess the cats out of the bag with the frozen flyers. Classic match the hatch. Now why don't any of the yummy flyers look exactly like these flying fish we are using???
  321. afraser

    Avet Pro EX 30/2 line capacity

    I brought a 206# bft to the boat in 5 minutes on an avet 30 ex with 28-30lb of drag (although 2 pulled gaff shots necessitated a total of 15 minutes of fight time) on 100lb line. The avet 30 is a bulletproof reel for me. Less maintenance than others, fewer problems. Maybe a little chunkier...
  322. afraser

    Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

    I use a minimum 130 on bite leader, but I use a circle hook, so it is less of an issue. If I was fishing J hooks, I'd be using 170 or 200# bite leader. These fish have bitten through 130 with j hooks, so why take that chance?
  323. afraser

    August 25-27 2018 – 2.5 day trip on the Poseidon

    If I signed up for a trip 24 hours before it was to go and it only had 8 people on it (and it had been that way for almost a week), but when I got to the dock there were 20, I wouldn't be happy. Everyone has to make a living, so I get the point of bringing in additional customers (why not do it...
  324. afraser

    Poseidon; when an epic trip turns out "not so epic"

    Fair enough, but why not make the trip a guaranteed go at 7 people if you know you are going to make calls the day of the trip? Maybe make the calls 2 days before so you can more comfortably guarantee the trip is a go. Like I said I called twice, latest at 5pm, even asked the landing to...
  325. afraser

    Bluefin Fried My Mak

    I believe the drags froze and the line buried into the reel as a result. All of the fish caught were 180-220 so it was probably in that category too. I can't count how many times Mike reported fish under the boat, a truly excellent job of captaining that day and night. I personally dropped...
  326. afraser

    Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

    So I buy most of my ringed hooks form guy, including the 13/0 super mutus that I use to bridle the flatfalls. If you want to catch more big bft, don't use j hooks, use a large circle ahead of the lure. On the drop or jigging it is 2x more effective at landing fish hat bite the lure. Note if...
  327. afraser

    Poseidon; when an epic trip turns out "not so epic"

    This trip had 7 on it and was not going to go at 5pm the day before It was due to go. I called twice. Offered to buy 2 tickets if they would be guaranteed to go and go for bft at least one day, but that was a no on both counts. If it ran with 20, then they weren't all full paying clients...
  328. afraser

    Poseidon; when an epic trip turns out "not so epic"

    I almost went on this trip, but hey couldn't guarantee it was a go and they didn't commit to bluefin fishing. Sorry for your trip. Mi won't go on that boat I guess.
  329. afraser


    Braid split ring pliers will easily open the heaviest split rings. People borrow mine all the time. If you are getting bit more on the retrieve then your jig is not fluttering correctly and you are missing bite opportunities. Put heavy hooks up front and it will flutter better. As for the...
  330. afraser

    Let's leave these biting cows and catch yellowtail

    It was an open party trip. If you want to catch yt, there are dozens of options now. 3/4 day boats catch more yt. If you want to catch big bft with a crew that really knows how there are only a few options. Two trips ago they caught 16 the first day then 12 the next. That was pretty much...
  331. afraser

    Let's leave these biting cows and catch yellowtail

    oh it was almost an epic trip, until a few complained that 11 bft over 180lbs each was not fun fishing. Went for a 3 day on the vagabond Great crew and generally a fun group, but I'll never understand why in the middle of great cow fishing, with even better sign, people want to leave and...
  332. afraser

    Attaching Shimano Flat Fall Jig

    Not bit on the retrieve. As I said, 95% of the bites are on the sink or jigging, so I'm not worried about the retrieve. The tuna swim 30+ mph, I can't reel that fast, so they are going to swallow the lure. If they don't get the hook, they won't feel it either, like they might with a j hook...
  333. afraser

    Best Trolling Lures YFT

    Mini bait-o-matic lure in purple (4.5" I think). It dives and wobbles and its small. It catches when other lures don't.
  334. afraser

    Attaching Shimano Flat Fall Jig

    pros: the fish can't use the lure as leverage Cons: no bite leader, lower hook to land rate Best way to maximize fish landed is to use a short bridle circle hook. 80% hook to land rate in fish over 100# assuming you are using 100lb line.
  335. afraser

    Anyone ever used a deps slide swimmer in saltwater?

    I've been looking for a replacement for my favorite stickbait that has been discontinued and came across the deps lures which have a similar side to side swimming motion. Are these lures able to handle heavier fishing such as for tuna? Or do I need to rig some assist hooks off the front...
  336. afraser

    Bridle set up flat fall OK for smaller tuna?

    The majority of the fish are taken on the drop or when the lure is jigged. There is maybe a 5% chance you get bit and the fish doesn't swallow the lure, in this case there is no hook to stick them so they are likely to come back. These lures are small. Tuna down to 10Lb will swallow them...
  337. afraser

    2.5 Day Gear Recommendations

    The 4/0 super mutu is the ticket. It will catch 200lb fish. If you have a decent bite or you are fishing big fish only and have big baits, maybe go to a 6/0. I fish no rings with bluefin. They can see the reflection of the hooks better with the ring I think. Just don't cinch your line down...
  338. afraser

    2.5 Day Gear Recommendations

    That's about what I'd bring. I'd only have one rig for 25-40lb fluoro, just change leaders if you are sure there are no big fish, hint: there are. I won't go in with less than 60 if there is some sign of big fish, 80 is obviously better. Have to have the 100 for fishing at night or in the...
  339. afraser

    Bridle set up flat fall OK for smaller tuna?

    Don't use a flat fall out of the package. At a minimum change the hooks. For the bridle setup, just use a smaller hook and keep the length of the bridle under 1.5 inches. I'd use at least a 4/0 super mutu, just in case you hook a larger fish, you will at least have a chance. If you want to...
  340. afraser

    Pacific Queen 7/13-7/15 Trip

    Your braid twists with the death spirals and at the end of the fight the twists stack up. It is worth using a swivel to a bite leader for me, although it is 2 more points of potential failure. I'm sure that was art of the problem on the 250lb or so fish I lost at gaff too, but that was on...
  341. afraser

    Flat Fall Rigging

    Make a loop, overhand knot, pull tight. Same on other end. 300 should work. Overall length 1.5-2 inches.
  342. afraser

    Flat Fall Rigging

    I would use minimum 100lb. Personally in the dark and gray, I use a bite leader anyway (130 -150lb fluoro) as the line may run across the fish's mouth during the fight, eg. when he flips over or surfaces. My last fight, I felt the fish turn over at least a half dozen times and he came to the...
  343. afraser

    Just returned - Condor 1.5 day

    You mean like the kevlar leader on the assist hook on the lure you have pictured? It is the same. When the lure drops, on lures rigged with assist hooks, the hooks are above the leader, as is the kevlar cord. In daytime, I might drop to 8/0 or 9/0 hook. Keep the kevlar to 1.5 inches. Plenty...
  344. afraser

    Flat Fall Rigging

    Someone suggested I post a photo and an explanation, here you go. Here is a photo of the bridled flat fall. I tie a loop in each end of a very short Kevlar leader, ends up about 2 inches long, and loop ends around lure than the hook. You can quickly change the lure if you want. I use 11/0...
  345. afraser

    Just returned - Condor 1.5 day

    Here is a photo of the bridled flat fall. I tie a loop in each end of a very short Kevlar leader, ends up about 2 inches long, and loop ends around lure than the hook. You can quickly change the lure if you want. I use 11/0 or 13/0 owner circle hooks, but you can use smaller ones for smaller...
  346. afraser

    Just returned - Condor 1.5 day

    2 for 12, damn. If you want to make it 80% hook to land, bridle the flatfalls with a large circle hook. If everyone would switch to this method, there would be a lot more success.
  347. afraser

    Flat Fall Rigging

    Cut off the assist hooks. You could upgrade them, but really, the best method is to bridle the flatfall. Tie your leader directly a large circle hook, ringed preferably, and tie your flatfall to the bend of the hook with 250lb + kevlar cord. 8 for 8 so far that I know of. You'll hook more...
  348. afraser

    Pac Voy 7/7-7/8 BFT, YFT, YT...Video and Pics

    Nice catch. Bridle your flatfalls with a large circle hook when fishing in the dark or gray. Way better hook to land ratio, especially on bigger fish.
  349. afraser

    Need rod suggestion for avet jx raptor

    Hopefully I can lean on the collective knowledge on this board. I'm looking for a new rod on the off chance I hook a big fish using this reel again, I'd like to find a rod that can handle 25# of drag, use the rail, and is very light. Preferably 7-8 feet long. Mainly this is for tuna under...
  350. afraser

    On water report: Tomahawk on COWS now

    Try a larger sardine, 4/0-6/0 circle hook, 1/4-1/3 down from head hooked in back and get the bait way away from the boat and other lines. Go to bow early, drop in early on stop, or wait until most people have moved past the stern and steer the bait away from the other lines. I've hooked 2...
  351. afraser

    50# 60# reel advice

    Avet jx raptor, it's the narrow version of the LX, so easier for jigging. Will hold 500+ yards of hollow 50. Enough drag to reel in a 250lb tuna. Also still on sale I think. Get the power handle added for $10.
  352. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 6/27-7/1, 4hr cow tuna...almost

    Failure was on the spectra where it touched the boat. It was also very twisted from all the circles which lowers the line strength too. Probably could have added more drag at end of fight, but.... Line held for 4 hours, so no complaints on that. I made the leader and it held up, short glued...
  353. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 6/27-7/1, 4hr cow tuna...almost

    Both actually, most people came up to watch since most of us know each other. That and it was clearly a big fish and the only bite of the day to that point. Some people continued to fish. That's how I caught a 145# bft a couple of years ago, when someone else was fighting his fish.
  354. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 6/27-7/1, 4hr cow tuna...almost

    Went on our annual trip on SA80 for 3.5 days. Always a great group, and the crew was as good as always. They really worked overtime to fix some boat issues and never had a doubt things would go smoothly. I got to the boat early so I could rig the many rods and reels I had (one for each...
  355. afraser

    You All Have Exhausted Me

    A few more things to ponder Top shot vs no top shot Short fluoro vs long fluro leader Butt vs nose vs back vs collar vs shoulder hooking Slow vs stopngo vs fast retrieve on bait Poppers vs stickbaits vs surface iron Spinners vs conventional ( of course) Long rod vs medium rod for casting...
  356. afraser

    Finally got a Bluefin...American Angler

    To increase your hook to land ratio (like to 80%), bridle your flatfall with a large circle hook, 11/0 or better tied directly to line, attach the flatfall to the bend of the hook with 250# kevlar cord.
  357. afraser

    Flat Fall sink rate

    I'd be more worried about getting a loop around a finger and then a bite since you have to have your hand on the bail to flip it over (and I use spinners frequently, I know its an issue). If you get a fish running before you flip the bail, you have to actually lower the rod tip while you flip...
  358. afraser

    Reel for flat falls

    What you could consider is a 7-8 foot rod so you can lift the flatfalls a bit further when you jig them at the right depth. Either that or match with a slow pitch rod. I prefer avets, like the hx, hxj raptor with the larger handles, or a 30 ex. The 30 is a bit big, but it is bulletproof and...
  359. afraser

    Flat Fall sink rate

    I suggest testing your line and lure. Drop it for 10 seconds, while already in the water, count the number of cranks up to the surface, usually 36" per crank or so. For a 250g flatfall, it was about 10 feet for every 6 seconds in freespool. And yes if you put your thumb on the spool, the...
  360. afraser

    Swivel or not for poppers and stickbaits

    That is one possible reason, but that is not the problem. Having looser than normal line resulting from popping is more likely the cause, especially when combined with some line twist. If I eliminate the twist with a swivel, maybe that does the trick. The question is where to put the swivel.
  361. afraser

    How much weight is lost from bleeding fish

    From the captains on the Excel, they said after extensive testing they found the fish to lose 10% for being gilled and gutted, but how much weight is lost from just bleeding a fish? I was guessing 2%, but not sure. Humans have 7% blood by weight and I'll assume it is similar with fish, but you...
  362. afraser

    976-Tuna 2 day on the Prowler 6/17-6/19

    Nice trip, thanks again for the report. What is that small silver lure? I don't recognize it.
  363. afraser

    Swivel or not for poppers and stickbaits

    So, after too many wind knots, I'm considering using swivels on my poppers and stickbaits. Question is, put the swivel right on the end of the line with a split ring attached to the lure or put the swivel 2 or 3 feet ahead of the lure? Personally, I've found I get better action with a straight...
  364. afraser

    How did you last get Spooled?

    A few years ago had a near spooling on a mid range spinning outfit. Turns out the bluefin were a bit bigger than expected. Hooked a good one on a long soak and I guess I had the drag set too low. You know that sound when the drag is whining at high speed? Well it was doing that and then it...
  365. afraser

    Fathers day on the Freedom

    Well maybe a Little deodorant would help out your fellow fishermen :). The wheel says your next trip will be great. Maybe have the deckhand bait you up or take a hook and hand. Sometimes just getting started, even with help, makes all the difference.
  366. afraser

    Fathers day on the Freedom

    Maybe you are using sunblock or deodorant that isn't washed off completely ? Good bait, clean hands, and a good attitude will get you an average number of bites.
  367. afraser

    Tomahawk/187 Jigs 1.5 day late report

    What size line and circle hooks did you have to use for the bite?
  368. afraser

    Using flat jigs

    So for trolling, yes you can use circle hooks if you target a fish that tends to swallow the bait as opposed to mouthing or slashing it, eg wahoo. I've watched video of tuna biting on the troll, they always turn after the bite. But the flat falls are in a different category as they mostly get...
  369. afraser

    Tough 2.5 day trip on Sea Adv 80 this weekend

    Had high expectations. We ran 200 miles south in an attempt to get in on the bft schools that were being targeted by 3 long range boats, but by the time we got down there the fish turned off. Bluefin, go figure. Lots of schools, none wanted to play. So after 4 hours of fishing and only 1...
  370. afraser

    Using flat jigs

    Large tuna always inhale the entire flatfall jig, even on a fast retrieve. No way anyone is reeling at 40 mph, so the tuna always have time to inhale the lure, and if you look at underwater videos, they usually change direction after they bite. I suppose if the tuna swims at exactly the same...
  371. afraser

    Spinners on the Rail?

    A little light??? Wasn't it at 14#? :) Very good effort and a great catch though. You started off a nice bite! I did notice last year that you had your drags set much higher though :). I would highly recommend against using a shoulder harness from a standing position (sitting in a...
  372. afraser

    Nomad design dtx minnow

    The lure trolls under the prop wash, so it is in blue water even when close. It does pull a lot of drag at 8 knots. You have to use a heavy reel. I almost have it in strike on an Avet 30. Also, a marauder trolls right below and sometimes in the prop wash. Put a waterwolf camera on the line...
  373. afraser

    Does A Longer Rod Always Mean A Longer Cast?

    I've bought 2 different daiwa coastal rods and I think they are great for this application. I have the 10' rod for casting surface irons and colt snipers. 20# line with some 60# spliced on the front for harder casting. 100yd casts are common. You will have more trouble bringing fish in on a...
  374. afraser

    Using flat jigs

    Once you try this you'll never go back. The evidence is 7 for 7 on the fish that I've seen hooked on this rig. It works well. Not necessary for small fish, but better than assist or j hooks on fish over 100lbs.
  375. afraser

    Using flat jigs

    Circle hook bridled 1.5 inches in front of lure, which is tied with Kevlar to the bend in the hook.
  376. afraser

    Any Reason NOT To Bring 9' Surf Spinner on 3 Day?

    Ditch the mono and go straight braid with a shorter leader, 5-7 feet. You will be able to cast further than most and your bait will swim well with no mono to pull around. You can catch fish to 30lb or so with no real problem. Might take a while, but it will be fun. The deckhands always...
  377. afraser

    Tips for Fortune 2 day (6/18 - 6/20)

    Fish the bow, boat drifts stern first.
  378. afraser

    No. of anglers on boat - How important?

    In order of importance: 1) Does the trip fit my schedule 2) Do I know the crew or anyone on the trip? 3) Is the trip a good value and targeting the fish I want? 4) How full is the boat? I do not like combat fishing, even with 31-34 friends. I'd rather pay more for fewer people...
  379. afraser

    Pacific Queen long rod storage

    easy storage on PQ, I believe the sides don't have an overhang.
  380. afraser

    Avet jx raptor or penn torque 30nLD2

    I recently bought the avet jx raptor, had the larger handle put on. With the current 10% discount on avet and only an extra $10 for the pro handle, it seemed worth it and its about $180 cheaper than the penn, which looks great as well. Spooled with seaguar threadlock hollow 50lb which breaks...
  381. afraser

    Flat fall - Shimano factory hook replacement

    Use a 1.5-2" bridle. Tie your leader directly to a 9/0+ circle hook, use kevlar to tie flatfall to bend in hook or loop it on. Corner hookup every time. And yes it works on the retrieve, we don't reel nearly as fast as a tuna swims, so they swallow the jig plus some line every time. This...
  382. afraser

    PV vs long range

    For that short of a trip, take the PV trip. However, there are fly/fly trips that leave out of cabo after 3 days of traveling from/to SD. You can either ship your stuff to the landing and have them load it or bring it to Cabo if you don't have much.
  383. afraser

    Yet another flat fall question...

    Braid doesn't have abrasion resistance. I use loop to loop or FG knot connections for at least 4-5 feet of fluoro plus the 2-3 feet of bite leader. Or you can just use a circle hook and then just use 7-8 feet of 100-130# fluoro straight to the hook or lure (depending on if you bridle the...
  384. afraser

    Live bait rod preference

    Ugly Stik tiger rods, regular or jigging, work just fine and won't set you back more than $70 each. I use the100-200lb jigging rod as my live bait rod that has 40# spectra. If you hook your bait right, you don't need to cast far.
  385. afraser

    Awesome time on the Tomahawk Sportfishing!

    Nice! Great write up. Did anyone toss poppers, irons, or other topwater lures at the foamers?
  386. afraser

    Nomad design dtx minnow

    what size hooks are recommended for this lure for trolling for bft? 9/0 or higher? Also, how much success has there been with bluefin with this lure? I have the medium and large version of this lure in sardine pattern.
  387. afraser

    Picking A Bait

    just a larger sardine that was overlooked because of a red nose and/or body
  388. afraser

    Picking A Bait

    Always try to catch the liveliest bait. I will intentionally put my hand in the bait tank quickly to see which bait reacts most. That's your winner. Tuna have no problem catching a lively bait. You want yours away from all the rest. I would also consider a bigger slow bait it just has to...
  389. afraser

    RR3 cited for overlimits in 2017

    The boats give out exactly 30 tags? Since when? Okay so how many fish does 1 dorado count as? It says 2=5, not 2.5 per fish, so if you have 3 dorado on a multi day, does that count as 6 fish? No one ever discussed this on a boat that I've been on.
  390. afraser

    Best Split ring pliers

    For heavy split rings I've used the braid pliers. Very good easy care too. Feel more like a prodessional tool than any other split ring pliers I have
  391. afraser

    Do you prefer boat limits or personal limits

    There is no way to tell what fish is going to bite, even in a school of yellowfin. Plenty of tuna species swim together as do other fish. No way to tell for sure.
  392. afraser

    Most fish caught on a single day and an entire trip of long range fishing?

    I once got 6 fish over 180lb in one day about 4 years ago. Since we were generally cutting off anything other than cows, I kept 1 of those. I caught 16 fish over 180lb that trip and 1 120lb fish that I caught on a jig, so we kept that one as I wanted the jig back. Think I kept 4 total...
  393. afraser

    6/7 Sea Adventure 80 2.5 day

    On the trip, party of 3. Full boat, guess I'll be fishing the bow throwing top water lures. At least 2 of us will be up early dropping flatfalls.
  394. afraser

    Do you prefer boat limits or personal limits

    Personal limits, but I'm still doing C&R or hook and hand. There is no guarantee that the fish you hook is the same species you limited on, unless you kept 30 fish on a long trip somehow. I'll switch to just popping or jigging if I have to, but no way I'm calling it quits just because I...
  395. afraser

    Are they catching any mackerel for bait in sd?

    last year we caught macks while the boat was at the bait barge. Are they catching any this year yet?
  396. afraser

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    I've fished flatfalls with 11/0 and 13/0 circles on the front, the lure tied to the bend in the hook, and with 11/0 J hooks on the back. The J hook didn't stick on the one bite I got on it, the circle hook was perfectly in the corner on the 2 fish I caught on it (and went 3 for 3 on other fish...
  397. afraser

    SoCal Bluefin Leader lb test Recommendations

    Anything over 30, I'd use circle hooks or heavy leader as bluefin have teeth. Big bft will bite through 200# spectra, happened 2x that I saw. Generally, 30-80lb BFT, I'd go with 40# fluoro and a 2/0 or 3/0 circle hook. Over 100lb I'd go with 80lb fluoro and a 4/0 super mutu circle. For...
  398. afraser

    Excel Okuma Trip Lessons

    Always a fun read! Sorry you didn't get a cow. This was not the best year for those anyway. Better chance getting a cow bluefin. Anyway, fishing late with a big bait works. If you are alone or just 2 of you, you can even put the rod in the trolling clips and leave it in freespool with the...
  399. afraser

    Slow pitch jigging rod for cow bft and flatfalls?

    Just wondering if this type of rod exists and would it be worth it fishing flatfalls or other slow fall jigs for the big bluefin on the west coast? Up to 250lb bft. Never fished spj style, but willing to try it out if it will fish the lure better than straight yo yo jigging.
  400. afraser

    What is a good length

    Depends on the bait. Small bait, consider shorter leaders like 6-8 feet. Normally, I start my leaders at 15 feet and fish them down to 8 (or 5 in a hot bite). If you use the leaders for bigger fish, eg over 150, consider changing the leader or at least looking at it to see if it is stretched...
  401. afraser

    Your Most Embarasing Long Range Experience.

    Tops for me has to be the time I loaded all my stuff on the boat for 3 day trip. I was all happy, sitting in the boat relaxing on the way to the bait tank, but I put my hands in my pocket and realized I forgot I left my car in line in the parking lot waiting for a parking spot. Told a...
  402. afraser

    Awesome fun on the Liberty

    Gray light should mean big hooks and 130-200lb leaders. I'm guessing no one had big hooks j or circle. Would have been nice to land at least one. Don't even drop a flatfall in the gray or dark if you don't have 11/0 hooks and 130lb bite leader.
  403. afraser

    Best beginning LR trip?

    IMHO take a couple of the cheaper 2.5 day trips or a 3.5 day before july. You will have a shot at big bluefin. If funds are tight, I would not take one of the long range boats. They are super nice and have more creature comforts, but when I was 16, I couldn't care less about that. Go during...
  404. afraser

    Flat Fall jigs

    If it isn't daylight, use a bigger circle hook. Dark or graylight use a 10/0-13/0. Lure works like a sea anchor and will help the hook set in the corner. Tuna bite and turn, so as long as you come tight, you should have a hook up, even on the retrieve.
  405. afraser

    Several Questions, Seeking Input

    I've fished poppers with up to 5/0 trebles (yes, they are crazy large) on both the Excel and the Intrepid, never a problem. Cast right into porpoise, no problem. I believe I have video doing it from the stern as well, so just depends on how crowded it is ( you fish the upside of the current if...
  406. afraser

    Does color really matter?

    Min 130 Fluoro for wahoo jigs. Fluoro is much harder than mono. I fish 150 clear fluoro, usually knotted, fewer loops for wahoo teeth to catch on. Also color for jigs absolutely matters. I have some of the fastest retrieve reels (up to 53"/crank) and the right color makes the difference, not...
  407. afraser

    How to fish the Yummy

    You'll make what, max $200 off of this? You are better off giving it away for free with registration and then remarketing to those people with actual products/services. Kind of misleading if you don't actually have any content available in the thread. At a minimum, your title should say...
  408. afraser

    Alternative Hook Rigging for Surface Irons

    Has anyone tried to add weight to the back (or front) of the jig after switching out trebles for singles. I was trying to figure out why the action would be reduced and the only thing that makes since is more drag or weight. Could use either lead tape or split shot on the back.
  409. afraser

    10/7 Big Bluefin on Flat Fall @ SCI

    Rig the circle ahead of the lure, tie lure to bend in hook with Kevlar leader, corner hookup every time.
  410. afraser

    Getting spooled? throw it in with a back up rod!

    I've seen 3 backups go in, twice. There really is no drag from the fighting reel at that point, you are simply waiting for the fish to swim the direction you want or the boat chases the rods down, which happened both times. One was a tuna, the other ended up being a manta ray. I personally...
  411. afraser

    Meat preservation advice from Wicked Tuna

    Get the fish bled then get them cold quickly. Flash freezing while vacuum packed is best, which is why I pay for processing on all big fish, local or long range.
  412. afraser

    Long range Reports

    Satellite trajectory was changed this year. Only communication is between boats. On our trip this year, captain couldn't even call land. A bit disconcerting despite there being 2 other boats nearby.
  413. afraser

    how much spectra is enough

    450 yds will work in 95% of big fish situations. There are those 5% that it won't work (demon fish, giant fish). I fish a reel with only 450 yds of 100lb and that has worked on cows, but never encountered the demon fish on that setup.
  414. afraser

    Shipping rods from CA to PV

    I've flown united several times with the bazooka rod tube set at about 80". Charged for one extra bag, $50. Bring the united sporting equipment page if you must.
  415. afraser

    First 3.5 Day on the Apollo fishing Puerto Vallarta (PV)

    I would carry one heavy popping rod on these trips. If you find a school on bait but they aren't hitting the cabillitos, they will take a stickbait or a popper. I fished the islands on a superpanga (it was a 4 hour ride each way from punta mita) and we slow trolled live bait through heavy...
  416. afraser

    Braid Advice for Spinning Reel

    I've had trouble with JB 100 on spinners and sometimes JB 60 too, mostly a wind knot issue. Use a swivel and the 50# threadlock and you will be better off. For bigger fish, use 80lb JB, which is actually stronger than 100lb (and larger diameter).
  417. afraser

    Ronz Lures for Bluefin

    They work on the east coast because the bluefin feed on sand eels. Might work, but I'd rather stick to stickbaits, poppers, flatfalls and a few high speed jigs. I have tried the ronz lures on smaller YFT, yellowtail, and dorado, they work, but at a slower rate than other lures. Maybe I'm not...
  418. afraser

    Need help on poppers

    Cabo 120 reels are not very fast, so keep that in mind for your popper fishing (something like 40 in per crank or less, not the 50 often listed, I measured it). They can work, but you really have to crank to make them work. Really tough if you are running and gunning, and having to reel while...
  419. afraser

    Bait fishing with a coffee grinder

    There is really no reason to use a spinner for bait unless you either have small bait, or you just want a change. I use one all of the time for tuna up to 80lb. The trick when you let line out is to hold the line by putting your right index finger on the spool while you hold the rod in your...
  420. afraser

    Deep Diving Plugs for Wahoo

    Thay are difficult to reel in while a long range boat is still driving. You can also try putting a 1-2lb trolling weight, with wire, ahead of a lure that doesn't dive. They make prerigged trolling weights for wahoo trolling, very common on the east coast.
  421. afraser

    First big game reel, why not an Avet?

    Buy a gently used avet 30 or 30w (if you are cow hunting). I think I have 4 of them (2 each) and no trouble with any. Less trouble with salt than the HX raptors (have those too). You can send an avet in for cleaning 1x every 3 years and be fine. 30s will hold 600+ yds of 100lb jb line, the...
  422. afraser

    The big X is in them at Hurricane

    Hilarious!!! Have you ever been on one of these trips??? If you are having a trip like that, they cut off everything under 200 at the boat, which the started after day 1 on our trip. I believe I kept 4 of the big fish and lost a lot of hooks :). C&R, it still works...
  423. afraser

    The big X is in them at Hurricane

    I sent out a 5lb skipjack, I got back a 25lb yft hooked in the mouth on a 7691 hook. Crew saw the whole thing. Maybe a shark ate part of it and the yft ate the rest? I don't know. Didn't catch any sharks otherwise, so I can't say for sure that is what happened.
  424. afraser

    The big X is in them at Hurricane

    33 is a nice trip, but not close to a record. That has to be over 50 right? I've been on a 40+ trip and that wasn't near the record I was told. I think I was the only one that didn't get a cow on that trip, but did get 16 fish over 170 or so. By the 7th or 8th day in a row of catching big...
  425. afraser

    bluefin tuna behavior

    The last few years they started biting more in May-July, but last year they started even earlier and they are STILL biting (3 fish over 100# on 1.5 trip this week on PQ, plus half the fish 50-70lb). Mid-June would be my best bet, take a 3-5 day trip during that time. If you are a private...
  426. afraser

    A couple of underwater photos

    The lure is being trolled and is under fairly high tension, very hard to reel in straight in high gear. Maybe 15-18lb of drag? The line is bent because the fished knocked it off course on the strike. If a fish hits the lure and doesn't get hooked, every line will look like this one, which was...
  427. afraser

    A couple of underwater photos

    All missed the lure or just watched it. No drag taken on either of the bites. And yes the wahoo ws upside down.
  428. afraser

    Jig/Popper setups

    One cast and retrieve the conventionals are fine, but after several casts and retrieves your line is not laying correctLy, there are light wraps or even loops in it and the line is all too one side, even on a narrow reel. You can't just push the line with your thumb to keep it on track, you...
  429. afraser

    Jig/Popper setups

    Back brace is not a good idea, I've done that. I never have back problems and using that harness nearly killed my back during the fight. It needs to be used while sitting, not standing. And yes check the drag while wearing the harness. 40lb is completely doable.
  430. afraser

    Jig/Popper setups

    Just make sure you test your drag ahead of time so you know how much you can put on the fish. Had a guy take over 2 hours on a fish because his drag was set at 18lb or something. Minimum mid 20's, I set the drag in the high 20s or low 30s
  431. afraser

    What ever happened to the "Hooker Intruder" reproduction lures?

    I've trolled the dark purple a few times with no hookups. However, since I had a trolling camera on the line, I could see fish strike it twice without getting hooked, one wahoo, one tuna, even caused the lure to change direction. I wonder if there is a better way to place the hooks or...
  432. afraser


    Recreational fishermen do not put a dent in the tuna fishery, not even close to comparable to the commercial fishery. Why are we still catching "wild fish" for commercial food? We don't allow that on land anymore. We still allow hunting, with limits, for personal take of food, which is akin...
  433. afraser

    Time Limits on Kite Fishing

    Important note, there is no kite jail on the Intrepid. They fish the kite for you and hand you the rod once bit. You can continue to fish a regular bait until then. Best of both worlds unless you like to fish the kite (which I do). Can't count how many times the kite fishermen are told their...
  434. afraser

    Slowest trip in 5 years

    Your post, intentionally or not, is very misleading. I was there, so this is how it actually happened. There were 3 boats leaving the same day for the bank. Excel departed SD and arrived first and HB, then the RR3, then the Indy, which is pretty slow comparably. Indy anchored in a spot that...
  435. afraser

    Slowest trip in 5 years

    Went on the Red Rooster, great crew, great service, great accommodations. However, the fishing was just sloooooow. Went straight to HB, no stopping along the way, I know a lot prefer that, but with bluefin biting, fish at guadalupe and fish at Alijos, I would have preferred a break in the 4...
  436. afraser

    Which landing is the red rooster?

    I've never been on the boat before, which landing is the boat at?
  437. afraser

    Should 16 day trips take a day on the bluefin grounds?

    Sure, but I sign up to catch quality fish in good numbers and we will still go long Bluefin are considered better quality table fare, but I'm not sure I know the difference. Still, why skip biting 100-300lb fish to go look for other 200lb fish, especially if you still get to do both? We have 8...
  438. afraser

    Rainshadow rctb 80xxh

    I'll tell you in 3 weeks, I just had one made for a cow trip, but it was delivered directly to landing so I haven't seen it. Was told it was like 770xxxh only longer, we'll see. I personally kept it at 8 feet so I can use it for better flatfall jigging and for keeping the bobber balloon line...
  439. afraser

    Should 16 day trips take a day on the bluefin grounds?

    I'll take the frozen. All sushi is frozen. It comes out great if you use a processor. I'd rather have it preserved in initial state than 5+ days in the RSW (the fish I had last year that was 8 days in the RSW did not come out well). I happen to be on a flyback trip, so the only option is on...
  440. afraser

    Should 16 day trips take a day on the bluefin grounds?

    Has everyone been watching the reports this week? Yesterday there were boats with 40+ 100-200lb bluefin in local waters. If the bite continues, should the long range boats take a day or half a day to stop on the bluefin grounds? I mean compared to the last reports at Hurricane bank and the...
  441. afraser

    Spectra question

    Double the solid, put 5 feet into hollow, I pull the loop out and put the spool with the hollow thru the loop, then pull it back tight. Some then serve the end of the hollow, but I think that is unnecessary unless you use 1 braid that stretches more than the other
  442. afraser

    RR3 post T-day roll call, Moffat trip

    So final day of packing for me as I leave for socal tomorrow. Who else is on this trip? I started putting tackle together but I swear somehow my tackle box shrunk!
  443. afraser

    Larry Brown 10 day on the Intrepid

    I don't know whether to laugh or cry that story was so good. Definitely praying for shrimp on my upcoming trip.
  444. afraser

    Bluefin cows still biting in local waters

    23 bluefin over 160 with 7 still hooked up, 1.5 on Aztec
  445. afraser

    Reels that don’t but SHOULD exist

    Okay, not a "reel", but there should be custom molded reel handles to fit your hand, especially for larger reels. I would bet a fair price point is $60-75. Easy to do with today's materials.
  446. afraser

    Reels that don’t but SHOULD exist

    Okay, for some time now, I've been asking avet for: HXJ raptor (or a castable ex 30Narrow) with a very high and a normal gear (eg. 8:1 and 4:1), so 60+ inches per crank in high and a normal fighting gear for "low" with drag in excess of 35#. Avet says no one else has asked for that.
  447. afraser

    Reels that don’t but SHOULD exist

    No, but a drone will take your sardine out for you a lot easier than a cast :).
  448. afraser

    Anyone tried a double trouble below a bobber balloon?

    Chandeliers don't seem like they attract tuna. I've tried them many times and have not been successful yet. I've had better success with the chunk or a dead squid than a chandelier. The single bait on a bobber does work, very well. But sometimes the bite shuts off of the bobber. I thought...
  449. afraser

    Anyone tried a double trouble below a bobber balloon?

    On the off chance wind and tide are exactly aligned, I agree the bobber balloon will be difficult to use. This has happened maybe 2 or 3 days when I've been fishing on anchor. If the wind is blowing hard, it is also difficult to use the bobber balloon, but can be done if you reduce the size of...
  450. afraser

    Wahoo leader question

    Why not just use circle hooks and 12" leaders? Should be long enough to stay away from the teeth. Circle hooks clearly work, often see wahoo caught while tuna fishing, then again often the straight fluoro gets the snip.
  451. afraser

    Anyone tried a double trouble below a bobber balloon?

    3 was usually the limit the boat's I've been on have stated. But it isn't hard to do 4 if people agree to use different size balloons and people wait for the swing of the boat to deploy their balloon separate from anyone already out. For example, if there are already 2 medium balloons out...
  452. afraser

    Bluefin cows still biting in local waters

    Just in case you can't wait for you long range trip, both the Aztec (7 fish 160 to 225) and the New Lo-An (5 fish 140-200+, I have no affiliation with either) have caught multiple bluefin cows over the last couple of days. If I wasn't going on a trip in 9 days, I'd be on one of those 1.5 day...
  453. afraser

    Anyone tried a double trouble below a bobber balloon?

    I see two ways of doing it. One, just like a single bait, but 7-10 feet below with maybe 2 or 3 feet legs for the double trouble. Or, put a weight just above the double trouble and then set the baits down 10 or more feet below the balloon. I'm not worried about tangling with bait fishermen...
  454. afraser

    Looks like the RR3 found a few at the bank

    No supers, but a few cows and plenty of high 100 fish it seems. Complete kite rotation on day 1. I'm not saying I'm ancy, but....11 days and counting. Last few days to buy gear I don't need. Intrepid is also there and picking away at cows.
  455. afraser

    Catchy Tackle 15 day on the Intrepid.

    Where do you catch those tuna with the silver muzzle? Seem to always find them on the Intrepid... Thanks for the report! What size weights were working the sinker rigs or was it all over the place? Also, were you the only boat in the buffer zone? I found that with multiple boats...
  456. afraser

    Those 3/0 circle hooks

    3/0 hooks are not 80lb hooks, use the 4/0 super mutus, no ring for stealth. Hook the bait in the back or shoulder and you minimize the hooks visibility
  457. afraser

    Red Rooster 15/12 Nov 7 open spot

    This is sure way to lose customers. Doesn't matter if you are "right" or "correct", if you can make it right for the customer without actually hurting your business, eg. a credit on an unfilled trip, then you really should.
  458. afraser

    Intrepid weights in....

    Sure would be nice if they said how they caught them in the reports. I mean, don't they know we are living vicariously through these reports !&!&!#&! :)
  459. afraser

    Circle hooks on jigs search "bridle" and it is about a page down in the searches
  460. afraser

    Red Rooster 15/12 Nov 7 open spot

    Most boats will allow you a credit (all or partial) toward another trip that isn't full, that way they don't lose money. That's the human thing to do. I wouldn't ride a boat again that did the total stiff arm.
  461. afraser

    Circle hooks on jigs

    Thanks for the input. The hooks at the back are better for little fish. A circle hook in the front is better for big fish, especially tuna and on the drop. Give it a try, you'll see.
  462. afraser

    Circle hooks on jigs

    The one in front is most likely to end up in the corner. Test it out, it is 100% in the corner if the fish bites on the drop. How do you put the circle hook on the back? With assist cord so it swings freely or just with 1 or 2 split rings.
  463. afraser

    Circle hooks on jigs

    So for flatfalls, I have had good luck rigging a circle ahead of the jig but I'm wondering if it might not improve the hookup rate to have a second circle hook on the back, especially in low light conditions. Clearly, the preferred hook is the leading circle hook, but on a retrieve, sometimes...
  464. afraser

    Change out hooks on iron for long range?

    So I have a bunch of new iron, both heavy and surface, and I'd like to know if I should switch out the stock treble hooks for use on long range, assuming we are targeting wahoo and yellowtail with these (I will definitely change out those for large tuna). Any suggestions on how to decide...
  465. afraser

    Let the Listing Begin

    I really think it is worth trying a circle hook ahead of the jig, maybe even a second one on the back too. 13/0 or bigger. That should help minimize losses on the jig.
  466. afraser

    American Angler off the water report

    Best sunset picture I've seen in a long time. Great report!
  467. afraser

    Hurry up and Wait

    Which long range boat doesn't board by booking number??? I've got #20 on an upcoming Trip, I expect to board 20th. Crazy to do it any other way. If a charter master books the boat, then he is on the hook for the money, he should get to board first along with people he brought in the charter...
  468. afraser

    Big Fish

    The 200lbers are blowing out on the lower banks??? Dare I say it, sounds like a great opportunity for another cow on the popper!!! Why oh why didn't I take the earlier trip... 3 weeks to my trip on the RR3...
  469. afraser

    500 mile drive for a 1.5 day shot at bluefin mini-cows on Aztec

    Popperfest! No bluefin, but the topwater action on the 40-60lb yellowfin was outstanding. No love on metal, even though they were eating anchovies. Cast into the porpoise, the tuna will find your popper or stickbait. Contrary to what Andre said, I was EXPECTING there to be tuna with the...
  470. afraser

    500 mile drive for a 1.5 day shot at bluefin mini-cows on Aztec

    2 rods? I'd feel like a monk. I'll cull it to 7-8, but with fish all over in size, can't show up with just two. 7 is the final number. Dropped 1 40, 1 100 and the light spinner. I will come unprepared for a foamer that has either 60 or 200lbers so the two popping/stickbait rods must stay...
  471. afraser

    500 mile drive for a 1.5 day shot at bluefin mini-cows on Aztec

    I have a 16 day trip in 3.5 weeks, but I just could not stand the local reports any longer. Sundowner of bluefin to 100lb today on the Aztec, half the boat bent at once. Anyone been on the Aztec fishing for these bluefin in the last two weeks? I realize it is an evening and morning bite, but...
  472. afraser

    Let the Listing Begin

    Seems like we should all go with Andre and borrow something from him :). Make one rig for each, bring fluoro in 40, 60, 80, 100, 130, 150/170/180 and make what else you need on the boat. It won't be much. 5 100lb leaders 5 130lb leaders 1 80lb leader If you are popping 2-3 100-130 casting...
  473. afraser

    Why don't we bridle our big baits and kite baits?

    Especially with the skipjack, is there a reason we don't bridle them other than it is more difficult to do? Even macks on the kite, maybe we should bridle those too?
  474. afraser

    Best Raptor for yo-yo: HX or HXJ?

    Hxj gets almost 400 yds of jb hollow, so plenty of line. I have both reels and its way easier to yo yo with hxj.
  475. afraser

    the trump has pissed off MX over WTO labeling.

    Worst negotiating technique. PO a country you want to cooperate with over something relatively small. If we aren't careful China will become Mexico's main trade partner. That would be a disaster, and we'd definitely lose access then.
  476. afraser

    Fitness for cow trips

    I keep a 25lb weight at my desk. Finish a task, pick up the weight. Can't stress enough the need to improve grip strength. I keep one of those near my desk too, maybe I'll put one in the truck too now that I'm within 4 weeks of my trip. The cardio is obviously needed. I like that the deep...
  477. afraser

    10/24 Big some big BFT on the Aztec...

    So no kite, just the greenstick? I bring a kite now just in case the boat doesnt have one.
  478. afraser

    flouro mono

    I agree, the SD Jam knot uses the least amount of line. If you have a short leader and don't want to replace it after every fish, this knot will let you keep your leader for more fish. But if you are fishing cows, might want to change the leader anyway after each one.
  479. afraser

    flouro mono

    I like the SD knot, 5 turns is good in heavy leader, 6 in 100 premier. The SD knot, if tied right, allows the tag end to stay inline with the main line. Bend the tag back until it is parallel with the main line. It has to be more stealthy this way. If the 3 turn uni tag end lays parallel...
  480. afraser

    Insane Wahoo on JRI Surface Iron

    sooo, it looked like a slow wind in, is that right? Just to get the lure working and no faster? Also, which single hook did you put on and it it better than the treble?
  481. afraser

    Spectra to spectra knot?

    Either a small bit of tac glue or a nail knot would do it for sure, at the insertion point. Still, the line is doubled, and wrapped around the hollow once (could be done several times).
  482. afraser

    Spectra to spectra knot?

    So how about doubling the insert? And maybe making the loop big enough to pass the reel (end of main line) through it, that way the line goes inside of the hollow line, out and around the hollow line, then back into the hollow. I have no way to test, but it would seem impossible for it to come...
  483. afraser

    Popping knot

    Has someone tested to see which is stronger/better: 1) FG with hitches 2) FGwith risuttto finish 3) FG with 1-2 hitches, thn risutto finish 4) Any of the above knots, with glue I would tend to think having the FG and risutto pushing against each other would create a weak spot in the...
  484. afraser

    old school harness guy, trying to learn the rail

    If you sit on the rod, you don't necessarily have to "take it out" to move. You simply walk/move quickly with it in the same spot, a bit like having a very heavy stick horse toy, you know, one that weighs 30lb or more (from the drag). And if the fish is away from you taking line, don't forget...
  485. afraser

    Let the Listing Begin

    If I have to limit to 12, then I'm borrowing someone's rod for bait fishing! I also prepare a list of rod, reels, and likely lures, hooks, and leaders. Best to do all the leaders in advance for loop to loop so it takes less time on the boat! 2 100# popping rods (stella 18 and 20k) 1 100#...
  486. afraser

    loop to loop

    You have to change the loop over time??? I have never done this, some rods have the same end loop for 5 years. I also take care to only pick the top shot loop when I'm undoing the cats paw, 1 time only, why more?, it doesn't improve strength enough to matter. Your weak spot is the knot to the...
  487. afraser

    old school harness guy, trying to learn the rail

    Don't let go until you say "got it?" and he replies "got it". My son has gone on trips with me and now at home when we pass the ketchup, we do the same thing.
  488. afraser

    How to Rig Yummy Flyers for the kite

    Because they don't swallow the lure on many strikes as it is in the air half of the time. Would work fine if you trolled it without skipping. Anyway, 300-400lb leader should mean no worries on chaffing.
  489. afraser

    old school harness guy, trying to learn the rail

    Don't forget you can sit on your rod butt while putting the rod on the rail and gain a lot of leverage once the fish is up and down. Just one more fighting position to minimize wear on specific muscles. I fought one cow with this technique that happened to be in the shade the entire fight and...
  490. afraser

    Your "Go to" Cow Tuna Hooks and why?

    I have no complaints about either the eagle claw 2004, which have never bent for me, and the owner super mutus, which haven't broken for me, but I've seen both fail. I personally have been going to no rings the last year, tied with a small loop in the line, and I honestly don't know if it made...
  491. afraser

    have you tried trolling Yummy Birds/flying fish?

    They need to be trolled to the side in clear water, so the captain has to point the boat perpendicular or even slightly with the wind. It can work behind the boat, but it is much more effective to the side. 50% of the time in the air, make sure it is really skipping. The fish will follow it...
  492. afraser

    What I learned on my last 10 day

    Gotta love a yellowtail pulling 25# drag and straightening a big hook. I swear fishing those things on heavy drag is as close to a cage match fight as any fishing can be. And how did you get spooled on a talica 25? Doesn't it hold 600 yds of 100# and have a 45# max drag!?! Seems more like a...
  493. afraser

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    I'd like to see the layout of the existing racks so I can see what the best plan is for me to put my tackle box somewhere given that I have boarding number 500 or might as well be. Maybe by looking at the rack, I can tell if it worth it to bring a stand and put my tackle box on that, like is...
  494. afraser

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    I believe this is an older video before they extended the tackle rack. I saw two of them and they both had shorter racks.
  495. afraser

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    So I can put 50# of drag on my Black hole surf rod, should I need it???
  496. afraser

    Red Rooster tackle rack area, anyone have a photo?

    They redid the tackle rack recently I believe and there are no photos that I can find online of the tackle area. Not on the boat website, not in videos, can't find them. Anyone have a photo of it? Thanks!
  497. afraser

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    Some manufacturer or aftermarketer has to make a 2 speed reel that has 1 very high gear and 1 normal gear, like an avet hx with 8:1 and 4:1 speeds. And the HX does not get 47" per crank, more like 42" unless they are filling the spool so much you can't actually use it for high speed cranking.
  498. afraser

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    I checked it, it's only 53" with the 20000 spool. These manufacturers sure do lie about their specs! The daiwa hyperspeed does get a legit 61-62" per crank, but you can't turn the handle very well under tension, including reeling in lures. Would have to use a very lightweight streamlined...
  499. afraser

    Daiwa Saltist 8000 WAHOO SLAYER

    The cabo does not have 50" in per crank, it is mismarked on some websites. It only has low 40's, 41 or so in per crank, I just measured it. Kind of PO'd about it too, I bought 2 last year. Still work but they are not fast. To make up for that mistake I got a stella 18000 and put a 20000 spool...
  500. afraser

    Power handle on Avet sx raptor?

    I want to use the Avet power handle grip, the one used on the ex models, will that fit the existing arm of the sx raptor?
  501. afraser

    1st cow trip LR gear

    You can use those rigs fine. I would also consider fishing the 250g flatfall in glow. Upgrade the hooks, fish heavy leader.
  502. afraser

    1st cow trip LR gear

    That'll do. You could have a dedicated row for fishing lures for cows, or fishing with live skippies but you can get a loaner or two for that. I have four heavy bait/ jig rods and I get a loaner just for for fishing the skipjack as bait. When someone catches a skippy, you have to have your...
  503. afraser

    Swapping out a stock handle for a t-bar style

    Will the avet power handle fit on the sx raptor? Which parts do you have to buy to make it work and is it easy to do or do I need to have a professional do it?
  504. afraser

    How to solder solid rings

    is there an easy setup for the bronze rods and the mapp gas? I thought I had everything with the silver, now it appears that doesn't work on jigs well? Which torch and gas, and which bronze rods, should be used? I link or a specific description that I can look up would be most helpful. Thanks!
  505. afraser

    Power handle on Avet sx raptor?

    i often fish this reel for wahoo but the handle is reallly small. Can I put the large avet power handle on th existing so rapto arm or do I have to replace the arm too, and is that possible?
  506. afraser

    Top Gun 80 2.5 Day Oct 16th

    Apparently, I'm that guy, and his brother, I always bring 12 rods or more. Last trip I used 11 different rods, so they do come in handy. Sometime you have rods you don't use because they are "just in case" rods. Like a heavy rod for the kite, or a light rod for dorado, or a heavy flatfall...
  507. afraser

    Line matters: visibility vs bait resistance

    So, if I understood correctly, white is better if the bait stays near the surface as the background is white, and blue/green are better if the bait is deep (same for copper and silver wire). As for keeping the line off the rod, you wrap it around around the reel 1/2 a turn and then put the...
  508. afraser

    Line matters: visibility vs bait resistance

    How short? Pick bite, I like 20 feet, I try not to put it on my reel though, a bit tricky, but you can do it with rubber bands if you have a short rod. Usually I fish about 15-18', which is just outside of the spool, to the tip, around the reel, put hook near the tip again. You get 3 bends...
  509. afraser

    Shady overnight trip

    Where is the stress from joining a jackpot??? You win, great, you don't, same as if you didn't minus $10-20. Given the what you spent on the trip, it's no big deal. Personally, if the crew helps with that fish, then I donate to the crew, if not, then I just tip the normal percentage. Might...
  510. afraser

    Searcher Gets a Cow at the Lupe

    I'll take a cow BFT any day :) Same for a YFT cow. But the big gear I was suggesting was for what eats the YFT cows at guadalupe...Jokingly of course. 200lb IS light line for those fish.
  511. afraser

    Searcher Gets a Cow at the Lupe

    The cows have been much closer to SD, bluefin cows that is :). Maybe someone should fish some 200# wire leader, and use a 80w, that will catch (or hook) a big one!
  512. afraser

    favorite way to hook a sardine?

    Previous comment is right on. To a specific spot or boil, nose hook. You want the splash of the bait hitting the water. Cast to where the chum is going in and make the bait splash! However, most of the time, the fish are boiling out of range. Sooooo, I like to back hook the baits (butt...
  513. afraser

    Best Long Range Boat

    I go by: 1) Fits my schedule 2) Number of people on trip (I'm never going on one of those 30 passenger trips, again) 3) There isn't anything that I don't like about the boat/trip/passengers. Honestly, most boats have some compromise in them, eg. I really like the excel, except that they don't...
  514. afraser

    AA 8 Day Report

    I found the Sunline FC very stiff. Probably really good for wahoo leaders. I thought it had more memory than premier as well. FWIW.
  515. afraser

    Guadalupe Night Fishing

    At Clarion, there is always the chance for night jack fishing on poppers. Insane if it is on. Giant explosions of white water on a calm surface at night. Caught them to 25lbs on one trip. Skip jigs also work. Once they get clued in to your lure, you may have to switch to something else...
  516. afraser

    Long Range FISHING Reports

    I like this version better. I hate having to look in multiple forums in the California offshore report to check for reports as well as related info. I'd be fine with just making a sticky post at the top that was reports only. That's an EASY fix!
  517. afraser

    130 lb floro to wahoo jig

    130? I use 150-170# fluoro. Straight tie. I use 4 turn sd knot, but the 3 turn uni works too. I'll be using the FG knot to tie the spectra to the fluoro.
  518. afraser

    Collapsible iron rod for air travel?

    The rain shadow rods are a bit heavy. I have one in conventional, sold the custom spinning version. It will beat you up. I must have caught 50 little yellowfin at hurricane bank all on the popper on the 10' spinner and it was tough (the cows had backed off) Had to really want it. If I...
  519. afraser

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

    Frankly, I like a challenge. Big fish on a popper, wahoo on topwater or on bait on my light rod. I will be trying to get wahoo on a surface iron this year. Nothing like a skying wahoo! Of course cow tuna on whatever. I would like to have some fish that I wouldn't otherwise get on any other...
  520. afraser

    donkey? is it the right term

    Used the rail? What's a rail? Let's call it a wooden harness.
  521. afraser

    Tackle Box stands?

    Okay, so no milk crates, but every video I see, there are milk crates, which is why I asked. On the RR3 there is a lot of unused space between the rail and the end of the tackle rack (looks to be about 10feet to the rail). Far more than any other boat that I have been on recently. It seemed...
  522. afraser

    Tackle Box stands?

    So, I have a very high boarding number (on the RR3, like 19 or 20). With tackle space limited, especially top rack space, it seems I will likely have to use the deck if I want to have a place for my tackle box and a couple rods. What type of stands, if any, are suggested, or should I just use...
  523. afraser

    RP knot failure

    So has anyone used the ft knot on a popping or surface iron rig where the knot gets cast many times? I'd like to know if there is any degradation in strength after repeated casts. Also is there anything special that has to be done for the knot to withstand pulling on cow tuna? E.g. Glue, or...
  524. afraser

    Rodless Again

    That is so bad you can't do anything but laugh I guess. I had all my gear stolen from my garage one time so I know how you feel. Think of it this way, you will definitely have some nice gear in the near future. Just rods or also reels and tackle? I always take my reels into the hotel...
  525. afraser

    welding rings on hooks

    Okay, so what's the easiest method to do the whole process? Is making your own rings easy and worth the effort? If not, what size to buy? Also, anyone have a video of the welding technique? I've read a few articles on how, but there seems to be a bit more technique to it then they are able...
  526. afraser

    Condor or Producer?

    Target the 10lb YFT??? Are you kidding? Best BFT fishing ever and you want to make sure you get 5 little yellowfin that are less than a year old? If the BFT aren't biting, sure try something else, but everyone that targets the BFT gets some or at least has a chance at them. We spent 3 days...
  527. afraser

    Top Gun 80 3.5 day trip

    3.5 days and you went down to fish 5-10lb YFT??? I'd be pissed! If you spent 3 days targeting the BFT and larger YFT, everyone gets a shot at a bigger fish and still plenty of fish to go home with. This is why I am wary of taking a mid range trip with a boat that doesn't state it is targeting...
  528. afraser

    Maximum pound test for Avet HX Raptor?

    I have 2, one is is the hxj which I use on a conventional popping rod and even that one is straight 100lb (I think there is about 400yds of jb 100 on it). It has the power to handle an occasional cow, but how often is the bite straight cows anyway? So works fine as a cow setup, but I wouldn't...
  529. afraser

    Bluefin or yellowfin cows?

    Really? I've seen 24 year old women who've never fished before stick with it the whole fight, save going around the anchor or getting out of a tangle. Most everyone that goes on these trips sticks the whole fight out in my opinion. Generally the only ones that don't stick it out have some...
  530. afraser

    Bluefin or yellowfin cows?

    The ranger just decked a 270lb bluefin. Maybe some boat should do a hardcore 5-7 day trip exclusively for big bluefin??? Might have a better chance at a cow without the ride... All day drifting for bluefin or trolling yummees, folowed by gray light and just dark flat fall fishing.
  531. afraser

    Royal Star 15/12 or Intrepid 16

    So after all those posts, thanks by the way, I opted for a 13/16 on the rooster. Turns out that this year the kids are out of school until Jan 8, so the intrepid trip was out. The RS wasn't a guaranteed go with 12 and the rooster is about at the same time, or on the same day as the excel and...
  532. afraser

    Jump from 8 to 10 day

    Hey Chris! Do you have a rod for flatfalls or will you just stick to jigging? I would have a 30 sized reel or an hx raptor or similar to dedicate for flatfalls or a PL68, since I know you won't want to rerig your jigging rods :).
  533. afraser

    Grande 1.5 Day (Sat. 9th/ 9pm - Mon. 6th/6am)

    No one talks about the 5 little bluefin they caught. But the one big one that got away, that's a story that you remember. If the big fish are there, and you have the tackle, you should at least try.
  534. afraser

    The one that should have gotten away but didn't

    I just had one of these! Sorry to repeat a recent story, but it fits the theme of OP. I woke on the first night of 3.5 day trip at 230am or so to the sound of scrambling feet. I hurriedly got dressed and got to my 250g glow in the dark flatfall bridle rigged with a 13/0 circle hook. 230am...
  535. afraser

    Grande 1.5 Day (Sat. 9th/ 9pm - Mon. 6th/6am)

    That was what the captain said. I'm not saying he's not a good captain, I'm saying he deliberately targeted the smaller grade because of the crowd on the boat without telling the passengers. That said, we did have a decent trip, but other boats in the area had big fish, so it was clearly a...
  536. afraser

    Grande 1.5 Day (Sat. 9th/ 9pm - Mon. 6th/6am)

    Some boats are tourist boats and some boats are trophy chasing boats. The grande seems to be more of a tourist boat. Nothing wrong with that. They will go where they think there are fish. The captain told me he didn't want to catch larger tuna as we had too many rookies on the boat. That...
  537. afraser

    The one that got away...

    Since switching over to circle hooks and 100# braid or better, my hook to land ratio has been sky high, as I believe is the case for most people. I don't believe I've had a big fish get away that I didn't replicate on some subsequent bite. The technology and technique has really come a long...
  538. afraser

    Stop crowding the sport boats! Grande report 8/31 & 9/1

    I guess if you want to make it equal, putting each other in their shoes, it's not 15k vs the cost of 1 ticket. It's 15k vs 5-6 people's salary, the mortgage on the sport boat, and 20+ tickets, so yes, the economic difference is huge, but more like 15k vs 500k. Not to mention a private boater...
  539. afraser

    Stop crowding the sport boats! Grande report 8/31 & 9/1

    You know when you are too close, both sporties and private boats. Accidentally drifting too close is not the issue, boats are deliberately stopping within 100ft of the sportier with the chum. It's not like they are running up to a breaking school, they are mooching on the chum line. Just stay...
  540. afraser

    9/5 Ass kicking and a half and a PB

    Can't stress the right bait for these fish enough. If you put your hand in the well and no sardine stands out, ask for a new scoop. Butt hooking works, so does back hooking, both ways you can guide your bait away from the boat. You don't let him go until he is pointed in the right direction...
  541. afraser

    Targeting 300+ lb YFT

    Imho if you want a super, fish a skippy, I Keep trying but no luck, last time a breast hooked skippy lasted 4 hours before I gave up and let him go. So far all of my big fish have been either on the bobber balloon, early in the trip, or a sinker rig. I might try a helium balloon double trouble...
  542. afraser

    Royal Star 15/12 or Intrepid 16

    I'm looking at going on one of two trips and need some advice. I took the Intrepid trip last year and would consider this year again, but I've never done a fly back trip and not spending 4 days riding back is appealing, but so is an extra day of fishing. So my questions are: 1) Is the flyback...
  543. afraser

    Stop crowding the sport boats! Grande report 8/31 & 9/1

    That's the thing, there was no showing up "after", it was strictly the private boats mooching off the sport boats who dumped a lot of chum. The school wasn't on the surface, they were all sonar marks! And a couple breezers. The sport boats located the schools, got the fish to bite by...
  544. afraser

    Stop crowding the sport boats! Grande report 8/31 & 9/1

    Okay, first the rant. Bluefin schools were everywhere, you just had to find one that would bite. I was on the Grande on both 8/31 and 9/1. On both days, we'd finally get a school to go, like 1 out of 10, and within an hour we'd be encircled by private boaters, some within 50 feet (not yards...
  545. afraser

    Which boats for back to back 1day trips this week?

    They can always say no, but the last two were fine with it. Helps if you say you will rotate anglers through so everyone gets a turn if they want. Anyway, went with grande. It will be packed with 30+ on thursday evening, but at least its 85 feet.
  546. afraser

    Which boats for back to back 1day trips this week?

    So, I have a dilemma. I have 2 days I can fish, but no 2 day trips are available (fishing thur and friday). I'm primarily interested in bluefin or bust trips, so which boats are best? Options: Grande back to back, only 7 on wed night, but already 29 for thursday up to 36 new lo-an back to...
  547. afraser

    Prowler two day - Aug 25-27 - I hate bft

    I put 11/0 J hooks on mine and they work fine too. The problem is the hook is not likely to set in the corner of the jaw, if it does, you are golden. That's why either the circle hook or 200# leader is needed on jigs with j-hooks. I was astonished at how big and sharp the teeth are on a 200lb...
  548. afraser

    Prowler two day - Aug 25-27 - I hate bft

    Bit through the assist cord on both hooks! Wow, 2 for 30. If you are fishing for these big fish, you can help your landing rate by rigging the flatfalls marlin style, eg. bridling them with a big circle hook. No hooks on the back, just a 11-13/0 circle hook tied to the line and the flatfall...
  549. afraser

    Outer Limits Huge Bluefin Epic Drone Footage

    Awesome! Sure is nice when they get the fish on the first gaff. I had one pull out of the first gaff twice.
  550. afraser

    The one that got away, a fish tale.....

    Cork puppy provides a lot more grip for deckhand style rods. I have them on all my deckhand rods, just in case.
  551. afraser

    How to Rig Yummy Flyers for the kite

    Wouldn't using 200lb line and multiple anglers shorten the fight and thereby have the same result as backing down on a fish? Of course it would. Also wouldn't a gut hook single hook be worse than a treble hook in the mouth of a fish? Of course it is. Try to find a captain that believes a...
  552. afraser

    Custom hooks CTR

    So I've had skippies last hours while hooked with giant 7691's, so I'm not sure I see the point of this rig for those baits. I would rather bridle the bait, one rigging needle and some heavy spectra works well and is quick enough. For sardines this looks good but I echo An earlier comment that...
  553. afraser

    Flatfall leaders

    130 is routinely chewed thru with these bluefin. If you are lucky enough to hook them in the side of the jaw, then 7 feet, the length of the biggest fish, is minimum length before spectra. Either use circle hooks or fish a 3ft section of 200-300lb leader, or use a chafing tube over your line...
  554. afraser

    How to Rig Yummy Flyers for the kite

    IGFA guidelines are sporting? I don't think backing down on a fish is particularly sporting but it is allowed by igfa . I sometime use 2 5/0 trebles on lures for big bft and yft. Catching a cow tuna on a lure is very sporting. Trust us. If anything a single hook is more damaging as it will...
  555. afraser

    Assault Glow Jigs for the Blue Fin

    If there are no hooks on the lure then it won't break. Bridle these with a big circle hook 2.5inches in front of the lure. The stock hooks do break, I've seen it. Even worse stock hooks often hook deep inside the fish and you get chaffed off after a long fight. I'd really like to see more...
  556. afraser

    Assault Glow Jigs for the Blue Fin

    These lures work! We had two fish hooked on them when I was out last. But you either better have 200lb leader, or you need to rerig them or you will get chewed off. Big bft have sharp teeth. I bridle all my bft jigs with large circle hooks, with the lure tied to the bend in the hook. Way...
  557. afraser

    What's your favorite 30# fly line sardine set up?

    10 foot daiwa coastal spinning rod with 20lb spectra that tests out at 40lb on any decent $200 spinning reel will outcast conventionals when using light baits. But I only bring this out when there are no fish over 40lb. Casts a surface iron well over 100 yards. It's ridiculous. If there are...
  558. afraser

    Custom Rigging Flat fall jigs

    Best bet for rigging these is bridling them with a big circle tied directly to the end of the line and then looping on an assist cord directly to the bend of the hook. No hooks on the lure itself means it will have the most action. Guaranteed corner of the mouth hookup every time so less like...
  559. afraser

    Flat Fall jigs

    I you are fishing for bluefin, tie your leader directly to a 11/0 -13/0 circle hook. Then tie the flat fall to the bend in the hook with assist cord, should be about 3" to hook. If you do it right, you can easily change lures by simply taking the loop off of the hook. Works way better than an...
  560. afraser

    Knots for heavy leader

    You are looking for a secure knot, not the highest strength knot as this is mostly a bite leader. You won't put 150# of pressure on the fish I don't think. So any easy secure knot will work. I use SD jam knot, but with 4-5 turns. 3 turn uni works great too.
  561. afraser

    Flat Fall Rig

    If you want to increase your landing rate percentage, use a circle hook on these bluefin. Tie your leader to the circle hook, and then tie or loop your flatfall directly to the bend in the hook with assist cord. These fish will bite through 150# fluoro if you have a big fish. Only protection...
  562. afraser

    What type of fishing recommended in Cerritos area?

    Going for a week to Cerritos. Is it worth surf fishing? What is best bet to catch in August? Or should I just scrap it and take a panga out of Todos or La paz? Thanks!
  563. afraser

    Shimano is smart

    Really? Just 2 months ago they were everywhere, at normal prices. I bought 4 extra. BTW, if you get one, and are fishing for cows in the dark, take the hooks off and rig a big circle hook bridle style ahead of the lure. Guaranteed improvement in success rate.
  564. afraser

    First time fishing on a kite Saturday

    Great job and wait to stick to it. Now I have to rerig all of my yummy's with a single hook coming from the tail.
  565. afraser

    How to make a Yummee Flying Fish "Cow Tuna" Kite Rig

    A small balloon is the way to go, attach with a thick rubber band, don't reel it into the release! Dark color balloons are best. 20-30 feet above lure. It will also set the hook for you before you get tight to the fighting rod.
  566. afraser

    Any local cows caught without a kite?

    If you put a 36" helium balloon to keep the kite up then it is easier (for square kites). Just troll perpendicular to the wind or at least not with or against the wind directly and you can do it quite easily. The key is getting the yummy outside of the wake in clear water and keeping it...
  567. afraser

    2 1/2 COW and a record breaking 285lbs BFT!

    So, the captain on the Excel routinely measures gilled, bled and gutted fish compared to the whole weight, and he found that you have to add 10% back to get the true weight. Again, this is after many fish measured, so that's a super cow! 285+10% = 313#. Any special techniques used? Or just...
  568. afraser

    Skip... Skip... They bite - SD Offshore BFT - 7.16.17

    Have you ever rigged a balloon to your line way above your flyer to help set the hook? I have had good success with that technique as a bobber balloon, I don't see why that wouldn't improve the connect rate on take downs with the kite too. Doubles as an indicator if you aren't already using...
  569. afraser

    How do you guys fish Shimano Flat Fall?

    Glow in the dark and non-glow flat falls 3am -6am. Worth a drop early if you are marking fish. This year expect to have a shot at big bluefin in the dark if the bait stays around.
  570. afraser

    Sauerfish strikes again 7/8

    So how should the yummy's be skipped? I had a long time captain set it up so that the Yummy's were mostly on top of the water, but not often airborne. Basically looked like the end of a rock skipping. However, I read that it was better to have the yummy hitting the water every second or so...
  571. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 3.5 day june 30-july 3

    Here's a couple more pics. I think we thought there would be more opportunities for pics but 6 of the eight fish were caught in the dark that first morning. If people had been better rigged we should have had 15-20 fish, but again n all that first am in the dark.
  572. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 3.5 day june 30-july 3

    I'll send pics when I get back home but the setup is real easy. Tie the end of your flouro leader to a big circle hook, preferably ringed, 10/0-13/0 is fine. Get a short piece of assist leader or Kevlar cord and tie a loop on each end so the total length is about 3 inches. Then simply loop the...
  573. afraser

    Sea Adventure 80 3.5 day june 30-july 3

    It was good and bad. Very first night, captain stops on a school at 2 am. A few fishermen got up and at 230am the bft bit! Everyone that was out just about got a bite or got tangled before they got a bite. I think only 2 fish came out of that though. Many tangles. I got up at 3 and saw all...
  574. afraser

    Condor Sportfishing

    The bft bit in the dark. Our boat had 25 bites that day and we got 7 fish. If you want to have a high percentage of catching the bigger bft in flat falls you should rig a large circle hook directly to the end of the line and tie the flatfall to the bend in the circle hook. You won't get bit...
  575. afraser

    Is this normal? 6 hours tied to the bait dock to make it a 2.5 day trip.

    The bait receiver is a great place to fish. It is normal to stay in harbor if the fish are close and the run in is short. Of course, it might have been nice to find one of those bluefin schools at night, they do bite then.
  576. afraser

    6/10/17 - 189lb BFT on the Kite! @302

    How high should the kite be for trolling? I know we want to get it wide of the boat, but is there a limit of how long we want the line from the yummee to the kite connection?
  577. afraser

    Just Keep Skipping Just Keep Skipping - Jumbo BFT

    How do you get it to tack 150yds outside of the wake??? Weights, flags, what??? Inquiring minds.... Also, I don't know if it matters, but I notice there is an egg sinker in the front. There are clear egg sinkers if that helps.
  578. afraser

    Just Keep Skipping Just Keep Skipping - Jumbo BFT

    Awesome catch. When you are trolling with the kite, how far off to the side does it need to be to be effective (outside of the wake)? How far back? Do you also run a regular trolling line or just the kite?
  579. afraser

    What's the ideal hook setup for flatfall jigs?

    Exactly! Which is why marlin rigged might work as the circle hook is ahead of the jig.
  580. afraser

    What's the ideal hook setup for flatfall jigs?

    Yes, thanks, I'm in that thread, but no one had tried the circle hooks. With a 50-70% casualty rate on these bigger fish mostly due to chew offs, I'd like to up my odds with a circle hook. I guess the only way is to try it out, but I was hoping someone had some experience with circles either...
  581. afraser

    What's the ideal hook setup for flatfall jigs?

    I posted this in the long range forum and they suggested to post it here instead. Since the bluefin are taking flatfalls quite regularly, I'd like to rerig them with better hooks. I've rigged some with large j-hooks on the back, but that means I need to use really heavy leader for abrasion...
  582. afraser

    longer spinning rods for casting irons for yt and yft

    What's the max drag rating on these rods, especially the 10' rod? If we happen to hook into a larger class fish (eg. over 150#), will the rod handle 20-25# of drag or not and at what angle (45, 90 degrees)? Can it be harnessed with a spin strap? What is the sweet spot for lure weight for...
  583. afraser

    Flatfalls and circle hooks

    Since the bluefin are taking flatfalls quite regularly, I'd like to rerig them with better hooks. I've rigged some with large j-hooks on the back, but that means I need to use really heavy leader for abrasion resistance. I know I could rig a circle off of the front of the lure with a...
  584. afraser


    I brought a blender with mixers one trip and it was appreciated. I bring a dip net as some boats have larger bait wells and its hard to get that really fast bait. Have backup rigs ready to go, rods and lures, I hang a couple on my tackle box ( no trebles tho). I bring my own pillow and...
  585. afraser

    Favorite Hook Knot

    If you have a machine to test your knot, please test the line without a knot first, then you know what the actual breaking strength is. I see many posts of people saying their 50# line broke at 47# with their knot and say its an almost 100% knot. It's more likely that the line overtests, so...
  586. afraser

    Favorite Hook Knot

    Depends on the target. Bluefin get hooks without rings and SD jam knots that are not completely pulled tight to the hook. Palomar for knots under 50lb. If I need to preserve leader though its back to the SD jam knot. If I do it right, I can tie the knot and only lose 3-4 inches. I don't...
  587. afraser

    If you take 2 overnight trips in a row, can you leave fish on boat?

    Yes, if they offered a 2-2.5 day trip during the week I'd take it, but since those don't exist until June, I'd like to have two says of fishing. I could do an overnight followed by a 1.5 day, but I have to switch boats, then I'd definitely have to unload the fish. So no one knows if the boat...
  588. afraser

    Help with PV/Nuevo charter

    Get a taxi to Punta Mita and get to the fish quicker. We took a day trip with this captain and it was great yellowfin fishing: Capt. Elias Caldo Big Tuna Fishing Charters Punta de Mita, Mex 322-138-7488
  589. afraser

    If you take 2 overnight trips in a row, can you leave fish on boat?

    I'd like to go on 2 overnight trips in a row, but wonder if I have to offload fish from day 1. If I don't, do they count towards my daily limit on the second trip? If I do have to offload from an overnight trip, are the fish processors around at night? Anyone have any advice on this...
  590. afraser

    Flat fall set up

    With normal jigging I'd see a potential issue but with a flatfall, its already going slow and he tuna will inhale it all including the hooks, so then it is just a matter of the hook setting without "setting" the hook. Should be just like bait a simple click into gear with light drag and the...
  591. afraser

    Flat fall set up

    Do the flatfalls need a hook on the bottom to make them fall right? Also, why not use a circle hook? It's not like the tuna don't inhale the lures. And if so, rig the circle hook from the top or bottom? I was looking at how they rig pitch baits for marlin and the circle hook is rigged ahead...
  592. afraser

    8 day long range gear help ...

    Boats don't have spin gear so if you want to use it bring the TwinPower and a rod. I fish avet sx raptor for wahoo on an ugly stik tiger jig stick and it's strong enough for most of the wahoo. I got two at hurricane bank as the tuna shied away from the wire leader but the wahoo did not. You...
  593. afraser

    4/1 on the Old Glory

    Does the old glory still have the bench seats on the bow that keep you from leaning into the rail? Also do you know which flat fall size and color?
  594. afraser

    The one thing you forgot to bring?

    Forgot the car. Left it in lot waiting in line for a parking spot. Power cord for computer (well it was good for 4 hours anyway). And of course forgot the bag of leaders and windons once. Lots of retying. I have a list of each major item and I take a picture of everything now and check it...
  595. afraser

    Skippy hook and other man bait questions for Wahoodad

    I had a skippie last 5 hours with it hooked in the breast. No biters, but no other biters either, so...
  596. afraser

    1st 16 dayer what Terminal tackle is absoulutely nessary

    The boat is likely not to have 80lb fluoro, 2oz torpedos, and extra balloons, bring your own, rubber bands too. Always bring enough 100# and 130# fluoro too, I've seen the boats run out, several times. If you are drift fishing, eg at clarion, the 2oz sinkers are great, even better if they are...
  597. afraser

    just got back from the Bank and...

    I LOVE to fish through lunch. Got one on a trip this year when everyone was eating. In past years, there would be only a handful of us. This trip on the Intrepid just after Christmas only had 12 people on it and at lunch I literally had the entire boat to myself! I used to tell stories about...
  598. afraser

    Incredible feat

    I'd say the hook holding was probably the most incredible part. What was it like a 1/0 or smaller light wire hook?
  599. afraser

    Would you bring a bass rod?

    Surprisingly effective for halibut at the bait barge too. Caught two last trip out of 5-6 bites. Deckhands had great fun catching skipjack and rainbow runners at night with it too. If calicoes are on the menu, it's a great rod to have. Overall my bass rod probably caught 15 fish last trip...
  600. afraser

    free spool

    I believe in casting baits for one reason only, for the splash to get the attention of the tuna, otherwise I find the cast with 100# line is mostly counterproductive (short cast that slaps the bait down too hard, or it attracts the little fish that are often hanging around up top). For cow...
  601. afraser


    Hey, that's the tradeoff! A stella 18k stock is 53" at 5.7:1, switch it out for a 20000 spool and you can get more like 60" per crank with the same 5.7:1. You have to want it to fish cows with that setup, but its doable (and its been done).
  602. afraser


    People have trolled the yummee flyer, it works okay, but it really has to be pulled upwards by a kite or balloon to make it skip properly. Yummee flyers also come in the "wings in" design, but those are more for below surface retrieval. The closest you can come to this with a castable lure is...
  603. afraser

    free spool

    Best technique for tuna is to pick the best bait and hook it so it swims well. Time and time again.
  604. afraser

    First post! Hello Fishy, Soda Pop, Wahoodad and all you cool cats of West Coast fishing lore!

    So, scopolamine patches can be ordered online without r/x, if you just want it to arrive in the mail. I've done this for years. 5 more days...
  605. afraser

    Roll call Intrepid Dec 28, 14 day

    No one here on this trip? It is going with just 12 anglers right now. 7 days...
  606. afraser

    What is an ideal arsenal for upcoming 15 day trip

    I feel so much better about my gear after reading this thread :). It's not crazy to have 5 heavy bait rigs! I personally went through 4 in less than an hour once (1 tuna, several skippies and sharks). I had 4 rigs and I ran out and had to rerig, which is only putting on a new L2L leader and...
  607. afraser

    Talica 5O For Cow Tuna?

    I don't know how many times I fought big tuna while staying in high gear the entire time, but it was a lot. Having a real low gear isn't absolutely necessary, and can get in your way sometimes (eg, when the fish charges or you need to gain a lot of line on a fish circling toward the boat).
  608. afraser

    Smart and Efficient Long Range Packing

    May I suggest bringing an extra empty plano tray. One big one that can hold whatever's on your line at the end of the trip. No figuring out which lure goes in which box, at least until you either get home or get to calm seas. Makes packing up a lot quicker. As for the paring down the tackle...
  609. afraser

    Roll call Intrepid Dec 28, 14 day

    Only 11 passengers booked so far on this guaranteed to go trip, anyone here going? Reminds me of a trip I took on the Excel where half of the passengers stopped fishing after getting their fish for the day leaving the boat to 10 or 11 of us for the remainder of the day. 24 days and counting...
  610. afraser

    Hooker Intruder XL on eBay

    Is there any tuning or special rigging that should be done with this lure? I bit the bullet and bought one a few months ago but haven't used it yet. Standard wire harness I assume, but is there anything to change to make sure it swims the right way and what should I be looking for to make...
  611. afraser

    Attaching hoo bombs

    They both work, use whatever you feel comfortable doing. I tie mine as I don't need to bother with crimps, but there is no specific advantage to either. Not like you are trying to get a lot of action out of a wahoo bomb nor will crimping decrease or increase your cutoffs. Crimping does give...
  612. afraser

    it happened!

    No video? Dang! As no one got hurt, that would have been awesome. Still great to see. Nice reflexes by the way. You stopped the lure just fine. The competitive nature of the wahoo just caused an usual jump right at the boat. I had one sky with my lure about 20 feet from the boat coming...
  613. afraser

    What is an ideal arsenal for upcoming 15 day trip

    I'd make sure to have 4 setups for big yft with one of them setup for skipjack as bait, meaning at least 700 yds of 100-130 line.2 rods for wahoo, one bait one bombs, and 1-2 rods for popping/surface iron. You need multiple yft rods bc sometimes you have sharks or small fish that tear up your...
  614. afraser

    Thoughts on line color

    Supposedly white blends in with the sky with fish looking upwards. Maybe. But if you are a using a short leader, the fish will see your spectra, but will they care? Sometimes. The biggest problem in my opinion isn't your colored spectra, but that of anyone who's line is right next to your...
  615. afraser

    Preferred connection for hollow to solid

    What about for casting heavy spinning popping outfits, eg. with 100# leaders? Doesn't the pena knot cause the line to slow down on the cast and cause wind knots?
  616. afraser

    Preferred connection for hollow to solid

    So does it improve or reduce performance if you wrap the loop of solid around the hollow line? You do this by pulling the loop from the double spectra out enough so that you can pass the end of the leader (or reel depending on which way you are going) through the loop. I don't know if this...
  617. afraser

    Ideal length to cast your bait from the boat

    I have found hooking your bait in the "shoulder" and then directing your bait in the direction that you want is the best way to get the bait "out there". I usually have enough line out so I can swing the bait out and have it land softly, no casting needed. However, if they are biting near the...
  618. afraser

    Wahoo bait leaders

    As for your tools, just mark them with paint, tape or a magic marker. More often than not tools go missing because someone picked it because it looked like theirs, or they used it and put it back in a different spot. I don't know how many times I've had extra hooks put down in front of my...
  619. afraser


    The 80, if stronger than the 100, is also thicker, so you will get less line on your reel using 80. At least that is the case with jb.
  620. afraser

    Guadalupe Island In Jan

    If they were there last year, they will return and with a year's more weight to them. A lot like the bluefin off SCI this year (plenty to 150-200lbers this year but not last).
  621. afraser

    Problems With Pig Tails

    Hate seeing those curls in white. I have not been successful in fixing those. If the leader is long enough, it shouldn't affect the visibility of the leader. Pulling on it works if you also apply heat, but that is harder inside the spectra. I retie in this case.
  622. afraser

    Best Long Range Boat

    5-6 day trip are best for Guadalupe. Id take at least a 7-8 day trip, then you get to go to Alijos and possibly Guadalupe depending on permitting. Really best option is just to bite th bullet and take a 12 plus day trip and be able to target cows. 10 is usually too short for cows and 5 is too...
  623. afraser

    Apollo Lupe 2016

    Thanks for the help. I really appreciate posts with insights on what works as opposed to only hearing what was caught. Are you still using the tac glue short insertion top shots? I've used them but started adding a nail knot for insurance. Also, why short leaders on chunk? Does it change...
  624. afraser

    Seaguar/Yo-Zuri Line Tests

    I like the 100# premier too. I like that it is thin enough that I can fish 25-30 feet of it in a picky bite and the sardines still swim well. That worked on the bluefin, albeit I was using 80#, but still similar.
  625. afraser

    16 Day Nov/Dec

    Used 60 at HB one time, capt even suggested it as no one was getting bit on anything. The 60 did the trick. Fortunately, they were not cows. I have spectra on every rod so switching to "60" is just a matter of having the leader available. Just bring the leader. They won't have 40 or 60 on...
  626. afraser

    Backup rigs

    A lot of times people don't recheck their drags and they change overnight. Had a trip this year and a guy fought a fish for 4 hours, got it, but afterwards found he only had 13-15# of drag. Be ready to fish 33-35# of drag, or at least have your reel set for that. And check your drags each...
  627. afraser

    Backup rigs

    Another reason to put the heat on a fish early, no need to put your rig into the water. If you can't stop them on one rig, you have to lower the drag on each subsequent rig so you are likely just to end up chasing the fish down (watched that done that twice). Personally, I'd rather crank up...
  628. afraser

    Seaguar/Yo-Zuri Line Tests

    Seems like you have to put the diameters with the line as well, actual ones. Seaguar premier is much thinner so it explains the lower strength. I have no problem fishing it as 100# line expecting it to break at 98#. I would like to see how other brands stack up, especially the soft steel...
  629. afraser

    Putting the Tackle Box on a Diet

    Split your tackle over two smaller tackle boxes. Voila, half the weight. Seriously, I put my wahoo jigs in a separate bag and only pull out a couple that I might need and hang them off a ring on the the back or side of my tackle box. Same thing with yo-yo irons.
  630. afraser

    How does that lineup thing work again?

    Board by number seems fair to me although I never get one of those low numbers. That said, it would polite if people would not take all of the top rack with 5 huge tackle boxes (eg. SKB 7200 with rocket launchers), when 8-10 smaller ones would fit and help more people. I'd like to see...
  631. afraser

    Arm and hand cramps

    Switch between conventional and spinning gear, especially good for wahoo bomb fishing. Worst arm cramps I got was casting poppers and iron ahead of a moving boat for bluefin. Had to crank faster than the boat and keep the lure moving. Seemed I was reeling faster than when I fish for wahoo.
  632. afraser

    Big Bluefin on the Sea Adventure 80 Aug 31

    I have experienced several occasions where the only difference between a bit e and no bite was the use of ringed hooks. I suspect the rings offer more surfaces to reflect light but I am guessing. You can get the same effect as a ring by not cincing the knot all the way to the hook. I...
  633. afraser

    Why not use straight braid to fluoro?

    Mono top shot is a bad idea in my opinion. The fish can use the stretch to get its head down and extend the fight, which is always bad. I'd use a longish Fluoro leader for these fish, 15-25 ft, just because they are line shy. Normally I keep it under 10 and retie at 4ft. I can't remember...
  634. afraser

    Big Bluefin on the Sea Adventure 80 Aug 31

    I would try to use stealthy "heavy" gear on these fish. 60-80lb seaguar premier fluoro, and 20-30feet of it. No ringed hooked, only circles without rings. Hook the bait so the hook is least visible to fish from below, top of head or back. And make sure you get your bait away from the other...
  635. afraser

    Strength training for fishing

    I don't recall it ever being "easy" bringing in a big tuna. There was one that came in after 20 minutes or so where I Fought the fish in the shade of the pilothouse the whole time, and I was immediately ready for another, but that was only once!
  636. afraser

    Islander 8/23-26...Karma?

    I love reports that give you great info as well as tell about the catch. I was on the pacific queen earlier this year, and they said they had bft bite thru 130. They recommended 150-200 for a bite leader on flat falls at least early and late. If there are fish in the 100-200lb class, why is...
  637. afraser

    The Bigger Bluefin...

    I would not go in the water with less than 80 fluoro if the big boys are around. Just use a bigger bait if you can and at least 20 feet of fluoro. There is a reason they are catching 80-100lb fish but losing a lot of others. The others are probably bigger fish. If you use a long fluoro...
  638. afraser

    Boat mishaps

    A lot more people casting poppers with 2 big treble hooks nowadays. It really pays for everyone to : 1) Alert others by saying "going out" or something like it before EVERY cast of a lure 2) Not walk behind other anglers without telling the anglers you are there, especially at the bow 3) If...
  639. afraser

    Inline kite fishing or trolling possibilities?

    Clearly an inline kite is harder to set up for bait than a 2 rod system. Piece of cake for fishing a yummee flyer though. Just add weight to the nose until you get the right balance between current wind conditions and the total weight. However, I'd like to fish with bait as well, as you get...
  640. afraser

    1st trip: borrow or buy?

    You already bought the tackle, having your own gear will allow you to feel comfortable making changes to the line or leader whenever you want. As others said, the 40-50lb outfit will get used forever, so get one you like. If you don't know what you like, you can get plenty of ideas on these...
  641. afraser

    Strength training for fishing

    A harness will do wonders to give you rest during the fight. You have to find ways to rest during the fight. I know some captains say if the line isn't going out, you have to be reeling in. IMHO, taking small breaks helps the angler get the fish in faster and this is easier to do with a...
  642. afraser

    Just Keep Skipping ... Just Keep Skipping - Another big one on the Jihad

    How much weight, if any, are you using to keep the flyer close to the water?
  643. afraser

    Inline kite fishing or trolling possibilities?

    We all know how effective the kite can be, so I'm wondering why we can't use them more often. That said, has anyone tried trolling a bait or yummee flyer off of an inline kite? Of course the kite would get destroyed on a fish, but if we don't care about that (eg. the kite is cheap), any way to...
  644. afraser

    10' Rainshadow popping rod

    Can this blank be made into a spinning popping rod? And any idea of the max drag rating or lifting power?
  645. afraser

    Constitution and Aztec got 35 80-120lb yft today

    its not my report but i did see the fish counts on the landing sites and all I can say is wow. When have we had such a good shot at big fish in one day range? And that is with a lot of casualties. If you thought the bluefin liked poppers, wait until you try with yellowfin! Think we are...
  646. afraser

    Educate me on Jigs, Iron and Poppers...

    The captains I have fished with usually will yell out where to cast for the guys fishing topwaters on the bow. Never had any complain except for casting at the stern. Don't know why even that would be a problem if you just commit to casting underhand. The excel does have the "no lures" for...
  647. afraser

    yellowtail popping with spinning gear

    Which popping plugs do you like for yellowtail. I recognize a few from the earlier post, but which ones for yellowtail? And of the stickbaits, which ones do you like for yellowtail?
  648. afraser

    A Few Guadalupe Questions

    You can always use tac glue with short insertions and a nail knot for extra security. You can make these as windons too. This way you can customize the length and have no tag ends sticking out to catch the other lines.
  649. afraser

    Overnight New Lo An fishing 8/6

    I found that a long fluoro leader helps when fishing bait. I used 30 feet of 80# fluoro with a circle hook in the top of the head for most stealth. It was the only bait fish we caught on our trip. Next time I might add a few feet of 100 or 130 fluoro to the end with a small, heavy-rated...
  650. afraser

    Seiners Unbelievably Suck! Exotics was Great

    No, the 2 fish per day limit should be fine. But we can't go back to 10. We could say only 1 fish per person over say 130# though and 1 smaller fish. Rod and reel anglers don't kill off a school, even if everyone catches a fish. Also, a commercial recreational angler is someone on one of the...
  651. afraser

    Seiners Unbelievably Suck! Exotics was Great

    I read a bunch of research on Pacific Bluefin (PBFT) and several things are clear: 1) Bluefin are actually social fish. They show other PBFT where the good hunting grounds are. This is why we have seen PBFT for the last few years. They are returning fish, not new fish. 2) Seiners wrap...
  652. afraser

    Seiners Unbelievably Suck! Exotics was Great

    Seiners will cause the entire pacific BFT fishery to close down. I'm fine with commercial fishing with rod and reel, but all commercial netting and long lining for BFT has to stop. It is a waste of a resource. They don't make $20/lb, which is less than what rec fisherman pay it total, so even...
  653. afraser


    This would be the best solution IMHO. Although 150-180# fluoro isn't bad either for a bite leader.