Big Yeller !Just got off the Royal Star on our annual 11 day trip. Epic YT fishing at Alijos Bank. This one went 44#. Innovate MH with an Ocea jigger 2000 NR, F series, PE 2.0 line, and a 250g jig from jigging master that was part of a fred hall grab bag. Outstanding rod action and a hell of a lot of fun! This was my biggest YT of the trip...
The extra rod length made it much easier to keep the fish away from rubbing the hull. Just point the rod and grind...View attachment 1228167
Dunno the exact drag setting - just used the pull test. Would guess around 8# or so with the fairly light braid. We were anchored up in roughly 250’ of water. Both yoyo and dropper loop mackeral were working. Decided to try the new slow pitch setup as I thought it would have the strength to handle these bruisers. (all YT were between 25-45#)Big Yeller !
What was the drag set at to keep that thing out of the rocks?
Hooked near the bottom or middle depth ?
Absolutely do not force it in all the way. Push until firm and then twist to align. The joint will wear down slightly over a long period of time but still perform as designed.View attachment 1242451View attachment 1242452
Stoked to finally get this unicorn rod. Definitely have to get used to the bright white finish, but it feels very different than my Phenix Titan. It's definitely stiffer and shuts off like a west coast rod. It feels more familiar for our style of fishing. Looking forward to field testing as soon as season opens in March.
Question for others who have this 2 piece rod. Do you force it all the way together until the grey of the unfished joint is gone or as close as you can?