Heavy Flouro, Big Bait - rigging

BicolBoy

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Caesar
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For big bait (skipjack) how would you guys rig? 200 lb flouro? Crimps or knot? Size hook? Circle or J? Thanks.
 

wahoodad

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Apr 27, 2003
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Choate
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Highliner
I use between 150-200# test straight FC, 18-25’ in daylight, 5-10’ in the dark.
I tried using circle hooks, for me, they didn’t work.
So a 7691, as big as you can buy but a 10/0 is the minimum I’d use.
I know people wonder why I would use fluorocarbon in the dark- ABRASION RESISTANCE!
And I really don’t understand the use of mono with a FC leader. More knots or connections equals more spots of failure.
I have been using straight short FC topshots since 1999, have not noticed any sort of lack of stretch affecting my catch ratio.
My rod is my shock absorber, and I make sure my drags are smooth.
 

migelito

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May 12, 2010
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Mike
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Indy
Have your skippy rig ready at all times day or night. Keep it in the closest rod holder to the stern you can get. Either catch your own or be ready when someone yells out "any one want a skippy".
Mak 50. SS 3x5, 200spectra, 25ft leader of 170 or 200# premier flouro crimped to an 11/0 -13/0 7691 hooked through the shoulder. Do a slow retrieve on the way back in. Many cows have been caught on the slow retrieve. I usually fish a little lighter drag but on this rig around 35#s at strike. You can always back off if you have to get around people.
I'll usually color my hooks with a black sharpie to take the shine off, not sure if it make a difference. Just something I like to do. Next Long range trip I want to try bridling with a smaller hook through the nose
Pretty much the same program everyone else is going with.
 

hucklongfin

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Jul 3, 2003
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MarkT
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Blazer Bay 1860
I tied that John Collins Springer knot for the first time and caught the 298 in my avatar. I cut it off and tied on another hook with the same knot and caught a 321. I was using 130# premier.
 
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stephen campbell

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I also use something called a Clipperton trap rig like the picture. The skippies tend to live way longer than stapping that thing with the huge 7691.

I have to say skippie fishing is a blast and you know that what ever is eating the bait is gonna be a nice one.
Where do you hook the bait, any trouble the big hook fouling into the bait further back?
 

JohnTFT

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A big Steel One
We used this last season with good success -


You get the dart back most of the time. If you want to use a Circle Hook this tool allows that option.

One of the issues with J hooks and non-bridle baits is the hook will hook the bait a second time and not the fish.

When using a bridle it can be time consuming with the skip jack in the deck hands hand while you get the needle and make the connection.

Bridle buddy allows you to set the bridle up on the hook and insert it in the tool and get it back in the water quickly.