After hours Tuna on 12-18 day trips-The Puffers

reel man

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I read a couple of posts that anglers were intentionally using dead puffers. What is the difference in fishing live puffers vs. dead. (Aside from the obvious reply that "One is dead and the other one alive.")
Sometimes the predator doesn't want any resistance that could hook up in it's throat. Sea Bass very commenly prefer fresh dead squid for the same reason.
 

Olddog8

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The RP does it again... excellent information on how it is done..

Now the zombie like appearance of anglers after 7 days of all nighter puffer fishing at the bank is quite amusing...

Does this mean we don't fish during the day ? of course we fish during the day.. some guys will take a quick nap after lunch when the fishing usually dies out..

Jeff
Sleep on the boat ride back or to Cabo
 

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The toxin found in puffers is Tetrodotoxin. It's a potent neurotoxin found in most puffers, but also porcupine fish and some others in that Order. It's the same molecule secreted by the skin of rough-skinned newts in the Pacific Northwest. It's what causes folks feasting on fugu to feel euphoria-----thus the fugu cuisine in Japan. Just a little too much of the toxin and the euphoria becomes death-----but what the hell, at least you die happy?