Fishing the Ridge

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  1. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Most importantly in order of cool factor, Wahoo fishing has been very good. My experience and observations from a recently completed 6 day on the Rooster.

    On the troll, I got mine on the twin sister to "Ugly Betty" ;) a full sized Dorado pattern Marauder. Orange with black and or stripes was getting bit very well.

    Sharks on the 13 can make things difficult, as they're eating jigs and bombs as well as hooked fish. Also, on the troll, don't fall victim to dropping back further on a jig strike if you're not bit. Good chance to catch a shark, lose your guppy plug. Not as sharky further down but fewer Wahoo, too.

    Bombs away first thing after a jig strike "when the captain gives the OK" wired mine with 90 lb stranded wire, boat was using 69 lb single strand with Haywire Twist. Hitting green/gold, orange/black, black/purple. Best color as always is fast. Recommended jigs were longer flat sided slim profile jigs like Raiders, Catchy 33 but a few guys threw 6X and 6XJr painted jigs.

    I doubled up the 50 lb mono with a Surgeons Loop, double San Diego knot to the jig. Little or no fish caught with bait on the wired leaders. The area is corroded with school sized Yellowfin as well as tonnage of necktie sized Dorado, very willing to eat your bait.
     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Uses alot of bait!

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    Thanx Steve.

    Did anyone troll with success the Banchee "Cowbell?"

    Or the big Catch Tackle spinner jig?


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  3. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Luke, I saw some of those tied on, but don't recall how well they got bit.
     
  4. Tymeflyme

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    When you refer to the 13, where on the ridge is that. How much further to Alejos Rocks. Going next Friday on the RR on an 8 day.
     
  5. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    It's a spot on the upper end of The Ridge, I believe so called as the shallow is 13 fathoms. Best of luck on your trip.
     
  6. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    Thanks for the info Steve. Hope you got your share of the 'hoo.

    Ahh, Ugly Betty. She was a tramp, but well loved by all.

    For those unfamiliar with Ugly Betty, she was a marauder type trolling lure won by Fishybuzz in a raffle (was that the 11 day trip to the Hurricane Bank?). I forget the model, but she was shiny and I think medium size. And that lure got bit, it got bit like no trolling lure I've seen before or since. And she continued to get bit, even after getting so beat up she was hardly recognizable. I think I heard that she caught well over 50 fish before finally disintegrating. Fishy can furnish the full story.
     
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  7. Tymeflyme

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    Steve, what length of wire leader for the bombs were you guys using? I rigged my bombs about 4" in length and some 6xjr tars with 12". what do you think?
     
  8. Lake

    Lake I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Was all your fishing on the ridge? Did you stop at Cedros or Benitos? That's a long ride for a 6 day. Saw you in the reports with some wahoo.

    Brad, according to Kevin ugly Betty got sawed off when someone cast over her and hooked up.
     
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    Thanks.
     
  10. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Crew rigged a couple for me (thanks Fernando" and I'd say 18" or so. Pretty sure that's about the length of 90 lb I put on mine.

    All fishing on the Ridge. A little drifting for tuna, mostly anchor jobs. They were thick, with tonnage near the boat, smaller ones. Away from the boat, slightly bigger ones. I seldom do this, but what worked with the rather small Sardines we had, nose hooked them and cast overhand with a 7' rod, Penn Fathom 15LD2 with a 30 lb topshot. Just happened to be some Seaguar Blue Label, but it wasn't necessary. Caught one or two on 40, but didn't need it. 25 lb would be best. 20 could be fun until one of those larger model Dodos comes out of no where and eats your bait.

    We released a lot of small Yellowfin, a lot. If all we had to contend with were the tuna, it would have been a good time to fish a 50 foot 20 lb mono topshot and cheap hooks. Small fish, wind it to the tip, thumb the spool and break it off. Tie on a new hook and cast again. I probably went through 20 or 30 hooks, a 2/0 Chrome Mustad J hook from a box of 100 I bought years ago. Crew kept joking about my "designer" hooks. Boat limits on tuna over the course of the 3 days we fished.
     
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    "Ugly Betty" was a large Braid Marauder who started life in a holographic yellowfin pattern won in raffle in 2008.......according to Captain Kevin who keeps track of this stuff she accounted for over 70 wahoo in a span of 4 years of service......we had to re rig her 3 or 4 times with new hooks and she was on her 3rd 475# wire harness when she was burned off at Hurricane Bank by a angler who dropped straight back off the stern with a bait after she got bit by a woman angler who had never caught a wahoo. He will remain unnamed.

    This lure convinced me that color is not as important as action.......when lost she was pure white, zero paint on her but we would watch wahoo come into the spread and veer off to hammer Betty. She made many anglers very happy in her short life.. Every angler should be lucky enough to have a lure like this once in their life...this lure just flat out got bit almost every time in the water and wahoo were around........she was that good.

    RIP Ugly Betty.
     
  12. carcass

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    Was on the Vagabond last week down there and wire leaders for hooks were getting bit. The biggest problem was getting cut off by others or the sharks taking their toll. Second issue was get to g bait past the tun a or bonito that plagued us. I got bit through once on 44 pound single strand. My biggest Wahoo came on a Braid megabait with 100 pound mono. I Lost 4 Wahoo to sharks. , and another 4 to being cut off by others. Oh well ..
    Trolling-wise, the dorado patterned Marauders did not get bit. The best Marauder was a solid black one, followed by the orange/black combo. The black Marauder got hit 5 straight trolls. I used a Braid Blade runner in Dorado colors and hooked two Wahoo but they came unbuttoned about 3 minutes after hookup. It also caught two yft.

    Catchy Tackle Sea Strike in chrome with blue tape did good and my buddies homemade bombs with wire leader did very well. I got hit with a couple of my own homemade bombs but the sharks got them. Some people had them wired, some with straight heavy mono(100 +). Again, the biggest issue was sharks.
     
  13. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    The Sharks.....
     
  14. dh515

    dh515 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Top one is Ugly Betty...

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    I was on trip 19 Rooster 6 day.....Cow bells kicked ass as well as maurauders. I dropped back after the initial troll hook up and got one and three on the Capt Jimmy bombs. What a blast! Take extra wire.
     
  16. Baller

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    Timely and informative info Steve..!!! Thanks for the info. Leaving on the Shogun Thursday am...
     
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  17. hucklongfin

    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    I just got back today from a 10 day on the Excel. We got 277 Wahoo on the boat. I came home with 14. The Cowbell worked great. I got 2 Wahoo on it trolling long down the middle. People were saying that they were on the rotation with the cowbell so they had no chance! Chrome/pink bombs were great on the Ridge. Blue/Pink worked best at the Rocks. I think I had 7 on the chrome/pink lead master, 2 on the blue/pink Capt Jimmy, 1 on a siver/pink seastrike 33.
     
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    Hucklongfin... were you out there with my buddy Ryan? Great guy! Wahoo master?
     
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    hucklongfin Deep release specialist

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    Yep, Ryan really rocked at the Rocks. He did pretty good on the Ridge too. I'm sure he was top stick on the Wahoo for the trip.
     
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    Always fish next to Steve. Fishes likes him
     

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