How to catch a YFT

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  1. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    One of the Fishdope members was having trouble getting the YFT to bite over the holiday weekend.

    We've been killing them on our boat and I wanted to pass some observations/info.
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    1. The most important thing is to get out EARLY. Be the first to find flipper and you&#8217;re almost guaranteed to hook up. <o:p></o:p>

    2. Sit back and watch the direction they are heading, make a wide turn outside them. Get in front of them by about 30-100 yards and slide to a stop. <o:p></o:p>

    3. Get baits out on the slide and then throw 1-2 pieces every few minutes<o:p></o:p>

    4. BE PATIENT. Soak the baits for 5-10 min after flipper goes by. <o:p></o:p>

    5. You can tell which dolphin are holding using your meter. You&#8217;re see big ROUND red nuggets with Green outlines down at 50-100 ft.<o:p></o:p>

    6. Most dolphin are holding, but the ones less than 20 miles offshore don&#8217;t seem to bite as well. <o:p></o:p>

    7. Fish 30# line and 40# floro. These fish are getting BIGGER. We got some pushing 40 # this weekend.

    8. If you want YFT DON&#8217;T WASTE TIME TROLLING. You&#8217;ll find them with flipper or on Kelps. Anything else is a waste of valuable time.

    9. Don't troll thru the dolphin especially when others are bait fishing them. You aren't going to catch much and just kill the bite for others.
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    If I was going tomorrow, I&#8217;d start between the 182 and 302 and work up and out toward the 43. <o:p></o:p>
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    Take it for what it's worth.
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    Ali<o:p></o:p>
     
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  2. seasnake

    seasnake Newbie

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    EXACTLY!!!
     
  3. aguachico

    aguachico I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've noticed weighting the bait 3/4-2oz has been good on the flippers over the past few weeks.
     
  4. Bottom Line

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    Thanks Ali - I was wondering what I was doing wrong.[​IMG]
     
  5. Afry

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    Forget the 30# and the flouro lately they are not line shy, go with straight 40#.
     
  6. OILAGER

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    That's my game plan for tomorrow. Good to know it still works.
     
  7. Sofia Rose

    Sofia Rose Well-Known "Member"

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    Mine also!

    :)
     
  8. Steel Leader

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    good advise here guys!
     
  9. Mark66

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    Good post. A couple of other points. Make sure your tackle is fresh and ready and your drags are set. These fish have some shoulders and we lost a couple due to not retying hooks after a couple of fish. With forty pound line and a good ringed circle hook you can relax and put the pressure to the fish. We've been using the 2/0 and 3/0 and have had more trouble getting the hooks OUT of their mouths than we have getting bit.
     
  10. slydawg

    slydawg Always wishin' I was fishin'

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    They were also slamming megabaits WFO this wknd.
     
  11. Darylfw

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    good timely post. Thanks
     
  12. Pescador Paul

    Pescador Paul Well-Known "Member"

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    Great info! That's exactly the kind of advice I have needed.

    Pescador Paul
     
  13. DawnPatrol

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    Thanks Ali!
     
  14. MATTANZA

    MATTANZA old man of the sea, in training.

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    we got them yesterday by getting in front of them, after we found thier direction of travel and slow trolling sardines... got 5 real quick. trolling feathers, cedars, etc. way,way back and getting in front of the school has been working for us too. when there aren't any other boats around... we'll follow them, get the their direction down run up to them at speed, pull back the throttle, turn off the engine and coast into them throwing baits from the bow and chumming. this has worked very well, when no other boats are around. i haven't tried the megabaits yet, but i will. a lot of different techniques have consistantly worked for us over the years. look for the jumping porps and birds. that's where the bulk of the fish tend to be. jagged red maks are bigger single fish, at least on my ff they are. work with the other boats that will be around you, not against them. that way the school won't get out of sight... they can haul ass when they're on the move. this type of fishing is a blast!
     
  15. Babu

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    One more
    Slow troll Dines waaaaaayyyy back and a couple hundred yards out side the patties.
     
  16. Mstonefish

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    Don't be afraid to hook and hang, I have had fish eat straight #50 and even #60 the past two trips. We had 5 hanging Sunday and probably could have got a few more biters if we had any bait left :D
     

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  17. ZZZZZ

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    I feel super stoked not being able to make a trip with Ali or Mark last week. Rad

    Lay lumber boyz
     
  18. watch-n-learn

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    Whats a yellowfin? :D




    jk, thanks for the info, Hoping to get some this weekend.. (MAW)
     
  19. Ali

    Ali Master of Nothing Admin

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    More good stuff guys.

    Hopefully this will help some of the newer guys get on these AWESOME grade of local fish.

    We've been knocking the crap out of them using these techniques.

    CALL IN SICK. GO GET YOU SOME!!!
     
  20. Dos Locos

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    Good stuff Ali, that was how we got them on this past Sat. as well.
     

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