Archer Meatball

ahi lawaia

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Jan 17, 2008
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Hawaii
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CP
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Boston Whaler Conquest 21
oldmanadam, johndtuttle, and Boatrob - Thank you very much for getting this thread back on topic. :appl:

oldmanadam - johndtuttle is akamai and his reply regarding the malolo-looking lures is right on. The lighter hollow squids used on an Archer bar will do a better job of acting like real malolo (skipping on the surface) than the heavier malolo-looking lures, even though those might look more like real malolo. Plus, the hollow squids will stand up better to any fish abuse than the malolo-looking lures which are softer and will rip/tear.

Boatrob - Good to see that the bars have been working for you on the buoy fish but don't worry that the big fish won't hit those same bars. I had an ahi hit a 4.75" Archer bar but lost it when the hook pulled (my bad - didn't tell the cranker to go faster to keep tension when turning to go down sea). The main leader and rigging on an Archer bar can handle big fish so just make sure whatever chasebait you're using has leader and rigging that can do so too. If the bait in the area is small just run your bars with the similar sized teasers, and hang on! Good going again on your first ahi of the year; go hanapaa another one, good luck on Tuesday.
 

molokaipake

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May 8, 2008
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Kaunakakai, Molokai, USA
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capt clay
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24 foot power catamaran, "Hallelujah Hou", 18 foot Prima Sea flatsboat, "Keu" for flyfishing
Okay everybody hold on to your hats now. Back to the bars, stay focused now, we're not talking war stories or venacular, we're talking fishing here.

The biggest fish to date for me hooked on a bar was an estimated 5-600 lb Donkey of a Marlin. It was hooked last year on my birthday and it was hooked on a fatboy bar with the nuclear 15 inch chase pink/white chase bait. It also had a big Hayes hook on it, looked like a four inch gaff hook, seriously. Buy one and you'll see what I mean. I also caught an Ono on the same bar before it went bye bye.

I'm waiting for my first big Ahi on one, but to date have caught Otaru, Mahi, Ono and Ahi in the 25 lb size at the Fads. If anything,don't limit the size of fish that a bar can catch. Its only limited by the size of your imagination. I always have at least one in my pattern because I believe in them. I think any fish will bite them. Don't limit them to specific fish, everything will bite a bar, you just have to be willing to give them a try. Expand your mental and fishing horizons.........
 

munsen13

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Sep 4, 2009
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Molokai
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IA
Boat
17' Montauk
I concur with the Molokaipake about that marlin hit on the pink/white "fatboy" bar. I was on the boat that day when it snapped the outrigger in shallow water and it surfaced with all the squids on the side of its face (moneyshot picture). I was trippin out. First time I seen some marlin action.
 

the_codfather

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Sep 30, 2009
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Bluewater
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Leon
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19' Micronesia Marine Pilothouse, 'ONO'
I like to run at least one at all times, on the inside corner or rigger. Meatballs do best inside because they are bigger and have a heavier bar but my pro-bar works just fine on the short rigger. Also, make yourself a toad and run it, Im a firm believe in a good teaser.