BLUE FIN FLAT FALL ROD AND REEL COMBO

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Holi-e-Mackeral

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Several weeks ago while on the RP, when we slammed the big bft on the flat falls in the middle of the night.. ATD 50, Calstar 770 XXH.. 205 # BFT, 6 min from hookup to landing.. 140 # fish, took longer..

Everyone on the boat was fishing 130# and we lost very few fish to break offs, did have some hook pulls etc.

Jeff.
 
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dunku

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nolan
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the one i paid a spot for
I will be buying two or three of these type set up's in the next year. I have been told by pretty much everyone (boat owner's, deckies, guys who fish big fish a lot more than I do) to buy a Mak 20 and/or Mak 50. but specifically, not to buy the 30
i have a mak 16 an 20. did not want the width so i got a visx 30 for the next size up, it is square
 
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Tom Honaker

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What rod and reel combo do you use for fishing flat falls for blue fin tuna?
7 foot 6 viper, mak 20 with 100# izor solid, marked every 25 feet, to a basil 130# 50 foot floro leader ( I know people say you you don't need floro at night) I like having that 50 foot leader, as soon as it's on the spool, bump the drag up and let em have it! I really like that longer viper, in my estimation it is a huge advantage. When the leader gets on the spool, I get down on one knee, have a crew member watch my angle, and I stare at the rod tip, it starts unloading, I'm grinding, you get 1 or 2 turns of the handle every circle, you win! So easy a caveman can do it!!!!
 
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vegasandre

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for the flat falls/vertical jigs here is what I use:

1- Large fish:100lb + fish and/or heavier jigs (250 gr-500 gr)-
Jigging Master PE10 on a Black Hole Cape Cod 52n 450 gr
100 lb solid braid to usually 150lbs ish fluor.

2- Medium to Large fish 40lb-150lb fish (150 gr-300 gr jigs)-
Jigging Master PE7 on a Black Hole Cape Cod 350 Gr
80 lb solid braid to usually 100-130 ish fluoro

3- Small to Medium- 15-75lb ish 60-200 gr jigs
Jigging master PE4 in Black Hole Cape Cod 250 gr
65 lb braid to 60-80 ish fluoro

4- YOLO rig 100 lb Plus fish and 250-500 gr lures
Shimano Stella 20k on a Synit 450 gr jigging rod.
100 lb braid to 150lbish fluoro
 
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dawnpatrol808

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HD
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for the flat falls/vertical jigs here is what I use:

1- Large fish:100lb + fish and/or heavier jigs (250 gr-500 gr)-
Jigging Master PE10 on a Black Hole Cape Cod 52n 450 gr
100 lb solid braid to usually 150lbs ish fluor.

2- Medium to Large fish 40lb-150lb fish (150 gr-300 gr jigs)-
Jigging Master PE7 on a Black Hole Cape Cod 350 Gr
80 lb solid braid to usually 100-130 ish fluoro

3- Small to Medium- 15-75lb ish 60-200 gr jigs
Jigging master PE4 in Black Hole Cape Cod 250 gr
65 lb braid to 60-80 ish fluoro

4- YOLO rig 100 lb Plus fish and 250-500 gr lures
Shimano Stella 20k on a Synit 450 gr jigging rod.
100 lb braid to 150lbish fluoro
Do you normally fish on private or party boats? Regarding your large fish setup, I am wondering how challenging it is working a five foot jigging rod on a party boat. I would also imagine it would be difficult to use the rail with that length of rod.
 
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vegasandre

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Do you normally fish on private or party boats? Regarding your large fish setup, I am wondering how challenging it is working a five foot jigging rod on a party boat. I would also imagine it would be difficult to use the rail with that length of rod.
I use them on both and on LR trips as well. Obviously the shorter rod is more dfficult (and the 1 speed reels as well ) after the fish is hooked...
But- you can rail it at times (except the stella jig combo of course) and I still often do-
and you can fish it for hours and hours without getting tired really due to half the weight of your traditional 100lb rod with 20 or 30 conventional reel on it.
and you can still catch a 500lb er with it.. ;)
Also get hit more on the retrieve than on the sink 20 to 1...
 
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