Gearing up for the 100-200lb BFT in SoCal right now.....

dustyyoungblood

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Just a reminder to get set up properly to land one of these tuna. I am hearing already of guys loosing big fish because they where under geared or not prepared. What a shame.

1. Gun/shaft. Longer is better(like 62" to 72"), a shaft at 5/16" dia min. with 11/32" and 3/8" being a good choice. To power a fat shaft you need 4,5, 0R EVEN 6 BANDS on a gun that is ballasted to handle the recoil.

2. Shooting line. 400# fresh mono, or 1/16" dia ss cable.

3. Tip. Perhaps a flopper will do it with a skilled shot. But, recommended tip is a high quality Mori slip tip with cable rigging.

4. Lines. A reel is not a great idea. the best solution is a break away floatline.
100' Floatline(with spectra core) + 20' big game bungee + a 15liter hard float + a 6' big game bungee + an inflatable float (30Liter or more) The bungee and multiple floats are really key if you fish is over 100# and pissed off.

5. Another gun for a second shot.

Sure you can catch a tuna on a 90cm pipe gun...... but it's not worth risking loosing the fish, being killed by the fish, or loosing your gear. There are a couple capable shops between San Diego and LA to help you get prepared. These fish are no joke.
 
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dustyyoungblood

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Ladera Ranch
www.dustanbaker.com
Name
Dustan Baker
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yours
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dustyyoungblood

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Loaded for Bear when beasts are around. This gun puts around 450 to 500 pounds of force to a shaft that weighs over 2 pounds. It is capable of penetrating a fish a 30'. But more likely you want to be closer than 20' for a chance at a good shot.
 
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c-goat

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Ill stick to YT and dorados for now thank you very much.:)
 
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