Danny T Brilliant write-up and Fabulous pics as usual! Arigato ありがとう for the timely tips, I'm headed out for my 4-day next week May 19-23 Can't Wait!!!
You’ll be fishing just outside the peak period of the Post New Moon Bite. Fortunately for you the 100#er butterballs have just reappeared after disappearing and being MIA for over a month. Wishing you luck Rod!Danny T Brilliant write-up and Fabulous pics as usual! Arigato ありがとう for the timely tips, I'm headed out for my 4-day next week May 19-23 Can't Wait!!!
Great question Screef! I love bait fishing; dines, squid, flying fish, macs...still do but jigs and jigging is the new tidal wave for bft imho. So for your answer, I went straight to James Kikkawa, owner of KB's and avid jigger. He recommends two techniques: mechanical and free-fall. He and his brother Mike love the mechanical technique because the saying "the tugs the drug" takes on a even higher level of meaning when you're hooked on a KB. Like many things in life, the "aha" moment will come only when you experience it for yourself. Here's the link to watch and practice.
Free-fall technique. Anglers have also had success casting upwind and letting the jig fall freely back to you ( you get bit on the fall ) if you don't you can do a slow to medium retrieve or pump and wind in the zone. This technique works well because your KB is working through several water columns and ends up right below you where the captain usually meters most of the fish. A fifty yard cast and then freespool is a good pattern to start. JNo caught his 6 fish, two 100#ers, with this technique on our trip.
Tackle tip. Use 60/80/100lb leader direct tie to solid ring. Daylight or night the same leader. The one exception is grade of bluefin. If the better and bigger grade bite, 130#-200#er+, a short 2'-3' 200#-300# crimped leader is required. It's a catch 22, the crimped leader alters and affects the KB action some but the bigger boys will chew through if you don't. So most KB's you'll tie straight to your setup but have a few crimped for the bigger units on backup if your heart and back can take it :-D
You didn't ask this question Screef but you might so I had another good angler, Sean, answer it for you. Do the KB's work better during the day or night? Sean says, and I agree, that they work well during the day and night but daylight is when they really shine.
Thanks dtfisherman! Much appreciate it. What was the rod/reel combos that you guys used for the KBs jigs? Any particular color pattern worked better for you guys for day and night fishing?Here's info some may find helpful that I hadn't realized I was in conversation with Screef. I thought it was here on this post. Posting now. He asked, "How to fish KB's?"
Hope I answered your question. Good Luck on your 3 day on the fishy Royal Star!Thanks dtfisherman! Much appreciate it. What was the rod/reel combos that you guys used for the KBs jigs? Any particular color pattern worked better for you guys for day and night fishing?