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Hooped the Bay again last night and saw a lot of bugs in the hoops which made the evening fun and kept the hopes up high; a dozen shorts on the first set then a nice no doubter on the second hoop of the second set. Then back to tossing shorts at a ratio of 10 to 1 until our last set when we caught 3 legals after the tide change to push our total to 10 legals and 52 shorts. Deeper Hoops caught more legals for a change, and there were 7 males and only 3 females in the bunch which is completely opposite of what we saw last year. Nothing big a couple maybe 1/2 inch over measurement.There weren't a lot of hoopers out, and it amazes us how little time others spend on their strings before they pick up and move; time and again we watch guys drop their shiny runway lights on PVC poles in strings where we have had luck in the past and they pull them on the second set and move to the other side of the channel or farther inside or outside the harbor. You have to spend some time in the zone and let them find you and mark your hotspots. It might take 2 or 3 trips but its not that hard; The twilight boats move around from night to night and that's a good start see where they're fishing, put it in your memory or GPS and hit it the next time you go but never crowd them when they're fishing. There are several places you can set your strings without bumping them out of their spots; bugs move and not every spot is good every night but do your self a favor; if you get a hoop in your string that constantly produces, chances are there is underwater structure or caves where the bugs hide close by that you don't know about so mark them on your GPS and use them as waypoints to set your future strings. Made a couple of location adjustments to our Ace Line Hauler which was a big improvement over our first trip but we still need a little fine tuning and more importantly getting used to the machine. Half way through the season now hope we get a repeat of last year when we did our best hooping.

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RodRage

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    Nice work , Long Beach is still a desert, member PescadoVato n I went two legals for five shorts last night but we both had work so only did a couple of quick sets.
     
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    Nice!!!!!!!!!!
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    Nice catch.

    The Bull Dog hands free will definitely help you out with your line hauler. It's a little less complicated to put the rope on, and puts constant pressure so the rope won't slip out of the bottom pully.

    And no, I am not affiliated with the company in any way! :D
     
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    DOGHOUSE26

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    None of the females were plastered and yes the fog came in around 11PM pretty thick just after we picked up our last hoop. A challenging ride back to the ramp to say the least.
     
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    sdjfish

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    Nice catch.

    The Bull Dog hands free will definitely help you out with your line hauler. It's a little less complicated to put the rope on, and puts constant pressure so the rope won't slip out of the bottom pully.

    And no, I am not affiliated with the company in any way! :D


    What size rope are you pulling, mine slips some with the smaller sizes.
     
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    mhanson59hb

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    What size rope are you pulling, mine slips some with the smaller sizes.

    I use 3/8 solid braid with the O ring and leave in the spacers.

    Softer rope pulls better than the yellow nylon crap that comes with your hoop. I got rid of that shit after my very first trip. Dangerous if you wrap the prop.

    Heck, even the braided foam core that costs $10 for 100 feet at Home Depot pulls better, but it's not as strong as nylon. I used that for years before switching over to solid braid and never lost a hoop.
     
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    Hooped the Bay again last night and saw a lot of bugs in the hoops which made the evening fun and kept the hopes up high; a dozen shorts on the first set then a nice no doubter on the second hoop of the second set. Then back to tossing shorts at a ratio of 10 to 1 until our last set when we caught 3 legals after the tide change to push our total to 10 legals and 52 shorts. Deeper Hoops caught more legals for a change, and there were 7 males and only 3 females in the bunch which is completely opposite of what we saw last year. Nothing big a couple maybe 1/2 inch over measurement.There weren't a lot of hoopers out, and it amazes us how little time others spend on their strings before they pick up and move; time and again we watch guys drop their shiny runway lights on PVC poles in strings where we have had luck in the past and they pull them on the second set and move to the other side of the channel or farther inside or outside the harbor. You have to spend some time in the zone and let them find you and mark your hotspots. It might take 2 or 3 trips but its not that hard; The twilight boats move around from night to night and that's a good start see where they're fishing, put it in your memory or GPS and hit it the next time you go but never crowd them when they're fishing. There are several places you can set your strings without bumping them out of their spots; bugs move and not every spot is good every night but do your self a favor; if you get a hoop in your string that constantly produces, chances are there is underwater structure or caves where the bugs hide close by that you don't know about so mark them on your GPS and use them as waypoints to set your future strings. Made a couple of location adjustments to our Ace Line Hauler which was a big improvement over our first trip but we still need a little fine tuning and more importantly getting used to the machine. Half way through the season now hope we get a repeat of last year when we did our best hooping.

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    im heading out tomorrow , Tuesday ill give a report ,hopefully its better than my last trip , we`ve got some good tides so we`ll see
     
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