Big bluefin on Kensaki Jig

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Walt Bailey, owner of Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle in Oceanside nailed this 200-pound bluefin tuna this weekend using a Williamson Kensaki Jig.
Bailey fished aboard the Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth.
Will try to get a photo of how he rigged the jig.

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    Walt Bailey, owner of Pacific Coast Bait & Tackle in Oceanside nailed this 200-pound bluefin tuna this weekend using a Williamson Kensaki Jig.
    Bailey fished aboard the Pacific Voyager out of Seaforth.
    Will try to get a photo of how he rigged the jig.

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    :urno1: Thanks for the jig info!
     
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    Still don't have a photo, but Walt related that he used a 9/0 Mustad tuna hook on the tail, and the "dual" Tady hooks [7/0?] on the nose.
    He said all three hooks were firmly in the fish.
     
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    Just got off the phone with Captain Mike Lackey of the Vagabond.
    On his just-returned trip, he hooked and handed a 200-pound bluefin using the 220-gr. Williamson Kensaki in "zebra glow" color.
    He had it rigged with a single Mustad 9/0 "heavy cord" single hook on the tail end.
     
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    280gr. Jig.
     
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    I'd be more interested in hearing how people are working knife jigs successfully on heavy gear. Still a drop and steady retrieve or doing something else to impart action in lieu of traditional speed jigging, etc.
    I was on the PS 3 day. Got a couple good ones by getting to the depth and pumping/winding through the depth the fish were. Like a steady pump and wind. They’d bite on the sink as well. Marking your line length seems to be pretty helpful.
    I was fishing Talica 20 will 80lb braid to a short 80lb wind on leader tied to a 200lb crimped bite leader. Fishing 300g SK jig.
    Rod was Calstar 775H.
     
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    A very well-known San Diego captain said his passengers have been doing exceptionally well this past week on bigger-grade bluefin with the Kensaki in the 220gr. size in the "pink/silver zebra glow" color.
    Discard the stock hooks [of course], and he has been rigging them with a 9/0 single hook on a short piece of very heavy cord, at the tail end only.
     
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    A very well-known San Diego captain said his passengers have been doing exceptionally well this past week on bigger-grade bluefin with the Kensaki in the 220gr. size in the "pink/silver zebra glow" color.
    Discard the stock hooks [of course], and he has been rigging them with a 9/0 single hook on a short piece of very heavy cord, at the tail end only.
    Tail end only? No hooks off the head? That's interesting...
     
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