8/22 Yellowfin (+ tips for success)

ryanhead

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I wasn't going to post because of the volume of recent reports, but we did pretty well and hopefully this helps someone out. Got 12 good grade yellowfin in the 226/302 area.

  • THEY WANT SMALL BAITS!!! I hooked 7 yft by choosing particularly small sardines. When I chose bigger sardines, they wouldn't touch them. Also, really small, thin hooks. Size 4 light wire, same hooks I use to flyline nightcrawlers for trout. 3 fish came on a 60g colt sniper that was about the same size as our smallest sardines and one fish ate a 4" black and purple tuna clone on the troll. If we hadn't been intentional about fishing smaller baits, we might have come home with nothing.
  • Fish are spread out over a huge area. We found our own school on the edge of the fleet and had them blowing up around the boat for an hour so don't be afraid to get away from the volume of boats.
  • Troll until you find meter marks and start chumming. Guys are running around chasing boats and birds but the water is so dirty that the birds can't find the fish and running up on other boats just pushes someone else's fish down. The fish wouldn't bite trolling rigs well, but trolling forces you to slow down to a speed that doesn't push down the fish and that should allow your sonar to function effectively.
  • Also got 2 fish on reverse dropper loops with a 5 oz weight when we saw sonar marks but were low on bait and didn't want to chum. If you can't get the fish to come up, put your bait in front of them.
 

Geo-Fish

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Spot on report. I concur, we experienced the same thing Friday....

The only thing I might add is light line...15, 20 and 25.....we got bit more on the rods with those weights and Fluoro. But only 15lb test on Izor....Went out Tuesday and used straight Izor.....Friday the Fluoro made the difference.

Ironically, once we found fish biting on sonar marks, the Sporties would stop on us....So it definitely goes both ways, but they usually steal your school....Just sayin....

Great report
 

stuman

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I wasn't going to post because of the volume of recent reports, but we did pretty well and hopefully this helps someone out. Got 12 good grade yellowfin in the 226/302 area.

  • THEY WANT SMALL BAITS!!! I hooked 7 yft by choosing particularly small sardines. When I chose bigger sardines, they wouldn't touch them. Also, really small, thin hooks. Size 4 light wire, same hooks I use to flyline nightcrawlers for trout. 3 fish came on a 60g colt sniper that was about the same size as our smallest sardines and one fish ate a 4" black and purple tuna clone on the troll. If we hadn't been intentional about fishing smaller baits, we might have come home with nothing.
  • Fish are spread out over a huge area. We found our own school on the edge of the fleet and had them blowing up around the boat for an hour so don't be afraid to get away from the volume of boats.
  • Troll until you find meter marks and start chumming. Guys are running around chasing boats and birds but the water is so dirty that the birds can't find the fish and running up on other boats just pushes someone else's fish down. The fish wouldn't bite trolling rigs well, but trolling forces you to slow down to a speed that doesn't push down the fish and that should allow your sonar to function effectively.
  • Also got 2 fish on reverse dropper loops with a 5 oz weight when we saw sonar marks but were low on bait and didn't want to chum. If you can't get the fish to come up, put your bait in front of them.
Good info, sinker rigs, light line, #4 hooks and small jigs.
 
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Geo-Fish

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Weird. I was out Saturday and they bit the larger sardine and heavier/bigger colts...same area
Maybe it was the day, but when I used a larger than 4” bait I wouldn’t get bit. I got bit immediately on 3-4” lively baits.

The bait was excellent on Friday.....Lived the whole trip. Maybe 100 alive in bait tank when we arrived back at Shelter. So thick I couldn’t see my needle nose at the bottom of the well....

It’s rare that we actually throw “live bait” as chum. Towards the end of our trip we threw a few out, if that says anything....
 

fishsmith

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Thursday I caught fish on big and small sardines. 20# and #2 j-hook (fished like a circlehook). Also, drop your bait in and then drop 2-3 live ones to follow your bait out. When flylining, after already catching a fish, your spectra can be sticky on the reel, which causes the bait to swim fast then do a wheelie or endo, depending on nose or butt hooking. try to keep the bait swimming without being stopped by the sticky spectra. If you don't get bit within 2 minutes, rebait.
 

Geo-Fish

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Good info, sinker rigs, light line, #4 hooks and small jigs.
#2 Owner Mutu Circle Hooks were the ticket for us on Friday......

We went 11 for 11 on corner of mouth hook sets and no lost fish.......Had to let #11 go. Only two of us on board......That doesn’t happen often with YFT (Skippies = yes). But you’ve gotta reel in a double bendo for it to count.

It’s been awhile since I’ve had to gaff my own fish, I was solo the last time.......I had to do it 3X...
 
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r8rs4lf

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Great info for people that have upcoming trips. Thanks guys!!

How about the reels? Fathom 12/15, Trinidad 14a, etc. good enough as far as capacity?
 
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Great info for people that have upcoming trips. Thanks guys!!

How about the reels? Fathom 12/15, Trinidad 14a, etc. good enough as far as capacity?
bass gear worked fine for me. Tranx 200, tranx 300, conquest 300. Used bass gear no problem brought fish in within 5 mins. 30# braid to 15/20 fluoro 10’ long.

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ryanhead

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Great info for people that have upcoming trips. Thanks guys!!

How about the reels? Fathom 12/15, Trinidad 14a, etc. good enough as far as capacity?
These aren't big fish, no need for fancy gear. Caught all my fish on a 25 year old sealine 20, 50# chinese braid, short 20# mono topshot and 1 cent j hooks (aliexpress size 13). Small graphite reels make it easier to fish the smaller baits.
 
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r8rs4lf

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These aren't big fish, no need for fancy gear. Caught all my fish on a 25 year old sealine 20, 50# chinese braid, short 20# mono topshot and 1 cent j hooks (aliexpress size 13). Small graphite reels make it easier to fish the smaller baits.
Fancy gear....LOL

Would love to fish a SL20, but they want too much at the swap meets!
 

Geo-Fish

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My SL20 is still relevant and rips em in like a champ!

My son is getting a kick outta my 20 year old gear.....
 
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Tha is for the information gentlemen...I’ll be going out on the Tribute Tuesday night.
 
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Capt Devo

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I wasn't going to post because of the volume of recent reports, but we did pretty well and hopefully this helps someone out. Got 12 good grade yellowfin in the 226/302 area.

  • THEY WANT SMALL BAITS!!! I hooked 7 yft by choosing particularly small sardines. When I chose bigger sardines, they wouldn't touch them. Also, really small, thin hooks. Size 4 light wire, same hooks I use to flyline nightcrawlers for trout. 3 fish came on a 60g colt sniper that was about the same size as our smallest sardines and one fish ate a 4" black and purple tuna clone on the troll. If we hadn't been intentional about fishing smaller baits, we might have come home with nothing.
  • Fish are spread out over a huge area. We found our own school on the edge of the fleet and had them blowing up around the boat for an hour so don't be afraid to get away from the volume of boats.
  • Troll until you find meter marks and start chumming. Guys are running around chasing boats and birds but the water is so dirty that the birds can't find the fish and running up on other boats just pushes someone else's fish down. The fish wouldn't bite trolling rigs well, but trolling forces you to slow down to a speed that doesn't push down the fish and that should allow your sonar to function effectively.
  • Also got 2 fish on reverse dropper loops with a 5 oz weight when we saw sonar marks but were low on bait and didn't want to chum. If you can't get the fish to come up, put your bait in front of them.
This guy knows how to do the report...just the guts of it!
Thanks dude
 
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nmthree

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Is Fluro necessary?


These aren't big fish, no need for fancy gear. Caught all my fish on a 25 year old sealine 20, 50# chinese braid, short 20# mono topshot and 1 cent j hooks (aliexpress size 13). Small graphite reels make it easier to fish the smaller baits.
 

ryanhead

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Is Fluro necessary?
Water is really dirty and green. I don't think the fish care at all about mono vs fluoro. That cheap green maxima that the salmon guys use up north would actually match the water color well and might be worth a shot.
 
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surfgoose

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Since fluoro is the same specific gravity as water, it tends to sink rather than float like mono. Plus it is practically invisible in the water, kind of like a single eyelash across your eye. Is it there? This can be a real advantage in a fly-line situation.

If it cost a bunch of money it would be questionable. But fluoro from a whole bunch of makers is really not very expensive if you get it in larger spools, or have it put on from a very large spool at a store like Turner's. 25 pound Seaguar classic is less for a hundred yards, loaded onto your reel, than a 25 yard minispool. All of my reels now have a cast length of fluoro over the braid.
 
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