Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by yessokk, Dec 17, 2017.
Yup, God is good.
Yes,,,, 1 turn every 4-5 seconds this is important don't get impatient and start reeling faster. I slow reel in until about 3/4 of the way in then speed crank in to change out the bait. All of my hits came during the first half of the retrieve .....away from the boat.
Thanks for the tip. I have found that to be effective as well. I do it with two slight variations: 1. I shoulder hook the bait. the bait digs deeper that way, like a slant face lure (eg: Marauder), and they are less likely to get foul hooked. 2. when I use lever drag, I usually put less drag on it, like half way between free and strike. I believe that when a fish hitting the bait at high speed, there is less chance of it getting ripped off from the hook. That might not have been necessary for smaller 4 inch baits in Walt's case. my $0.02.
I like the shoulder hooking idea. Adding the wt. 2-3 ft in front of the bait helps to get it down. Regarding the drag setting I don't know if that is a benefit. All 4 caught on the slow retrieve had about 6 lbs of drag all 4 got hooked on the strike. I will need more experience with the technique to make a determination.
It is certainly something to consider implementing.
Thanks for the additional suggestions. Everything helps.
Great report and info Walt, glad you got out and got some. I'm foaming a
week off #8 deltoid surgery and healing fast feels like. Hope to be back
in the game come spring again. Good to see you,Cory, others out fishing.
Good solid report with the critical details..... nice one!!
If they don't inhale it on the retrieve and you just feel something other than the slight struggle of the bait, flip it into free spool and watch the line come ripping off. Then it's you're standard fly line bite, wait 3 seconds and put it in gear. I learned this the hard way after having the first bite on the retrieve just feel like the bait turning it's head a bit more than normal, as I'd experienced before, then half my spool was gone. Hook pulled and line wasn't chafed so it didn't pull out of the soft flesh inside the mouth. Fish didn't swallow the hook, short bit the bait. Had it happen exactly the same a few more times, went into free spool and waited for the the fish to take off and run, didn't have that problem.
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