Bluefins and Rapalas

Barkoff

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So Bluefin up in the Monterey Bay is pretty rare. I’m trying to think how some of my existing gear that I already have, might play.

I have a lot of the old CD Magnums, CD 7’s up to CD14’s. Would towing a spread of matching CD’s bring any successes??
 

aguachico

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if they swim straight, sure. I donated about a dozen to my favorite shop for give aways.

great wiggle the cds, that metal bill...
 

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I read some of the Monterey reports last summer,most were caught on the medium/large (165-200) size Nomad lures.
 

Barkoff

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I read some of the Monterey reports last summer,most were caught on the medium/large (165-200) size Nomad lures.
Yes, but I’m retiring soon, my income will be cut in half.
I have always been a tackle junky, ignoring perfectly good tackle for the newest and greatest. Seems like a waste if the old stuff still works, and I don’t think BF have lost their interest in mackerel.
I have about 25 old CD’s in blue and green Mack, different sizes, I think I’ll get them all tuned and running straight, then see what comes our way.
I have to use those those, can’t see spending a few hundred on the new stuff, and then see the BF disappear.
I’ll give them a school of macs.
 
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skipjack

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The Nomads dive 30‘-50’ deep,the CD rapalas will dive 15-20’ if your lucky.
The Nomads bill is about 4 times larger than the CD’s.
Im retired,I know they are expensive,but it might pay off big time having at least one in your boat. Have your crew buy a few. Good luck!
 
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Barkoff

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The Nomads dive 30‘-50’ deep,the CD rapalas will dive 15-20’ if your lucky.
The Nomads bill is about 4 times larger than the CD’s.
Im retired,I know they are expensive,but it might pay off big time having at least one in your boat. Have your crew buy a few. Good luck!
True, I did buy a few X-Rap deep divers, they came a little cheaper, and did pop for a few madscads for casting, Nomad makes good stuff, but damn!
 

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I followed the bite up there last year. Seems like they were catching on rapalas and cedar plugs. The fish were 100 lb class fish. You cds are probably too small if cd14 is your largest. You would probably straighten out the treble. I still have several cd14s and cd18s. They were great in the day, but it seems the fish got shy. You would do better investing in a few heavier lures. I go up to Monterey Bay every year to crab fish. I tow my boat and camp for a week. It is a great area.
 

Jurel Hunter

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    whatever you troll, if you are going for bft, keep it 100 yds back or outside your wake w/ a kite. that said, i'd use the lure that works best. don't be a cheapass. what are you already spending on fuel, insurance, spool up your reels, etc?
     

    Barkoff

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    Brah, at some point it’s got to stop! At some point you have to use what you’ve bought, not run out and blow money on the latest and greatest, and not use tackle you’ve barely used. I mean I’m just asking if Rapalas are still effective, should I not bother to ask, just run out and drop another $200? The gas, the insurance, the line, ARE the reason I can’t just throw money at tackle for fish that may show up. Some of us can’t afford that shiny $900 2-speed, and have to try to make do.
    Must be nice.

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    CaptJgray

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    hell no....
    Sell the old shit you don't use right here on the classified section, use the money for the good shit.
    does zero bit of good where its at, someone wants it. trust me.
    you really don't want to be on a spot of fish wishing you'd bought 2 of something when the one you bought just got chewed off at color....
     
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    Phil mckracken

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    I think the main thing you would need to worry about is the way the rápalas are rigged to handle the class of fish that may or may not .... be there. Are the rápalas wired all the way through? In case the jig breaks etc.
    bluefin are so finicky as it is, why not try what you’ve got?? There’s been plenty of days I’ve thrown anything and everything at them. Some worked, some didn’t.... that day, then the next day, exact opposite.
    It’s fishing, and the best part of it is the catching.... when it happens.
     

    Tugboat64

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    Brah, at some point it’s got to stop! At some point you have to use what you’ve bought, not run out and blow money on the latest and greatest, and not use tackle you’ve barely used. I mean I’m just asking if Rapalas are still effective, should I not bother to ask, just run out and drop another $200? The gas, the insurance, the line, ARE the reason I can’t just throw money at tackle for fish that may show up. Some of us can’t afford that shiny $900 2-speed, and have to try to make do.
    Must be nice.

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    Use the old stuff, it was popular at its time for a reason. Like you said whats the point of buying all this stuff just to go buy that 59.99$ lure that releases in 2 weeks? IF you have one, I do highly recomend a cedar plug, they are productive; I troll a black and purple cedar plug daisy chain before I even think about my DTX's. Only bluefin I've ever caught on a troll were on a cedar plug and maurader.
     
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    Barkoff

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    Use the old stuff, it was popular at its time for a reason. Like you said whats the point of buying all this stuff just to go buy that 59.99$ lure that releases in 2 weeks? IF you have one, I do highly recomend a cedar plug, they are productive; I troll a black and purple cedar plug daisy chain before I even think about my DTX's. Only bluefin I've ever caught on a troll were on a cedar plug and maurader.

    thank you, I bit the bullet and bought a few X-raps for running deep, then I can use the old magnums closer and above them.
    When you all pull Xraps for Bluefin, how fast do you pull them on average?

    thank you for the reply.
     
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    Spoons

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    thank you, I bit the bullet and bought a few X-raps for running deep, then I can use the old magnums closer and above them.
    When you all pull Xraps for Bluefin, how fast do you pull them on average?

    thank you for the reply.
    5-7 knots
     

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