Cow tuna jigs

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Hey guys do you fish your flat fall jigs right out of the package for cow yellowfin and bluefin tuna??? If not how do you modify the hooks and terminal tackle to make it work ?? I have some 350 and 300 gram Shimano and nomad jigs who can I send them to for the upgrades??? Thanks
 
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    You may want to upgrade the hooks and split rings. Lots of tackle shops will do this for you, or you could go to the shop and ask them what they recommend then buy some Owner rings and more beefy hooks. It's easy to do. If you decide to do it yourself you'll likely need new split ring pliers.
     
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    You certainly should upgrade your flatfall-type lures to more, larger hooks and strong leaders (130# is a start, I use 200# fluoro) and there are lots of prior threads about doing this yourself, with pictures, if you use the Search option.

    But remember that these fish eat more things than flatfall-type lures. If I look around and everyone else is rigging those, I switch over to a very heavy Tady or Salas or my current favorite, a JRI 66. The main thing is to have a heavy leader because as alan760 said, the tuna almost always just inhales the whole lure. I put strong assist hooks at the top of my JRI and other lures in addition to the strong J-hook on the bottom. The idea is to hook him inside the mouth with multiple hooks, which will inhibit his ability to breathe, and giving you more of a chance to win the fight as long as he can't chew through your leader.
     
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    Simple, incredibly effective, and with less points of failure. This is a 12/0 Hayabusa magnum circle. Hooks up on the retrieve or fall all the same and the jig flutters more as well.

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    Rather then bazillion posts on how to rig jigs, it be cool to see a thread on how to hook fish ith jigs.

    Just the jig and a pick of it hanging out the mouth of a fish on the deck.


     
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    Lots of ways to skin this cat. Not sure any is the “right” way. I fish mine on 200-300lb mono leaders. I braze a big J on the back and a heavy assist hook at the top. I gave a guy an assist hook for his and get got 3 fish, all only hooked by the top hook.
     
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    Simple and incredibly effective with less points of failure. This is a 12/0 hayabusa magnun circle. Hooks up on the retrieve or fall all the same and the jig flutters more as well.

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    A BFT will chew through spectra, use kevlar cord instead, same stuff used for tying assist hooks. I have lost a lure while still catching the fish with 200lb spectra. Still worth it. Also you don't have to use ringed hooks, but I find they get the corner better. Easy way to test this is to through the lure into a large plastic trash can and pull it out quickly at a 90 degree angle. My avatar has the original version of this setup, but I use a shorter lead from the hook to the lure now, like yours, but with kevlar.
     
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    I use 150# fluoro, crimped, with a solid ring, and a Hyperwire split ring and a large in-line hook. This rig held on a huge bluefin last year that spooled me.
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    Down at Hurricane and Clarion. They love the flat falls. I mean the sharks. Lost two in a row and just gave up as it was getting expensive.
     
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    aflraser wrote:

    "A BFT will chew through spectra, use kevlar cord instead, same stuff used for tying assist hooks. I have lost a lure while still catching the fish with 200lb spectra."

    I haven't heard this before. I can't find any information on it online. Isn't Kevlar kind of nasty to work with because of it's stiffness?
     
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    aflraser wrote:

    "A BFT will chew through spectra, use kevlar cord instead, same stuff used for tying assist hooks. I have lost a lure while still catching the fish with 200lb spectra."

    I haven't heard this before. I can't find any information on it online. Isn't Kevlar kind of nasty to work with because of it's stiffness?
    Yes, it's true. Most of the better assist hooks are made with Kevlar. It's not stiff at all. It's braided line just like Spectra. BUT BF can and do chew thru Kevlar. It happened to me.
     
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    Yes, it's true. Most of the better assist hooks are made with Kevlar. It's not stiff at all. It's braided line just like Spectra. BUT BF can and do chew thru Kevlar. It happened to me.
    Absolutely they will chew thru kevlar. Seen it too. 2 assist hooks, 1 chewed thru, 1 still in the fish. But that's with full tension. With bridling, you don't have that issue. Not foolproof, but probably will get your lure back as well as the fish. Not seeing any pulled hooks or chewed leaders. I think the hook to land ratio was like 90% once people switched over to bridling on one trip. Small sample, and these were only bigger fish, but still... I'll try it out on smaller tuna next trip.
     
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    Absolutely they will chew thru kevlar. Seen it too. 2 assist hooks, 1 chewed thru, 1 still in the fish. But that's with full tension. With bridling, you don't have that issue. Not foolproof, but probably will get your lure back as well as the fish. Not seeing any pulled hooks or chewed leaders. I think the hook to land ratio was like 90% once people switched over to bridling on one trip. Small sample, and these were only bigger fish, but still... I'll try it out on smaller tuna next trip.
    I still use Kevlar on my assist hooks and your bridling system, but have been switching to Vectran . It seems to be more abrasive resistant than Kevlar.
     
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