Let’s talk hookup 6 day October 10-16 quick report

Scott McPherson

Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
Aug 17, 2017
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Scott
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This post is for those going out soon.
Just got back from the island. The wind was a real challenge to all aboard. It was supposed to lay down but it never did. For the conditions we had we did well. Crew was fantastic. The galley provided outstanding food. Captain Rene once again made great fishing decisions. Here’s what worked
50 to 60lb flouro to size 2 through 2/0 hooks. Some folks used 40 but I think it was too light. I almost got spooled doing it. Dropper loop got some great grade yt. Sliding 2oz egg was effective as well. There were a hand full of jig yt and some surface iron too. Most effective was flyline. This was a challenge because of wind against current. It required patience and time at the rail. The group of anglers lead by Rick was fantastic. Just a fantastic group of folks. Lots of laughs and encouragement from all. Looking forward to next year.
good luck if your going out.

regards
Scott
 

greatbasin

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    Great trip! As usual Scott is spot on. The island was challenging as always. But the rewards were substantial for those willing to work hard and try different approaches. I must say the fish were mean and hard fighting enough to break and bend out two of my 1/0 Nautilus circle hooks. So I switched to heavier Owner hooks
    Great group of anglers and I appreciate the vessel and crew especially with heavy seas. Can't wait til next year.
     
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    Tim Turis

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    “I must say the fish were mean and hard fighting enough to break and bend out two of my 1/0 Nautilus circle hooks. So I switched to heavier owner hooks.”

    Very similar to what we experienced on the XL last week. We had several Nautilus 2/0 and 3/0 bend/break/open up.

    For 80-120# YFT, these fish pulled very HARD!!! You could get bit on 50/60#, but the fight would be ugly and prolonged. I stepped up to 80# (100# on the chunk and bobber balloon) and used 2/0 or 3/0 Charlie Brown hooks and had no issues with hooks.

    IMO, the Gamakatsu Nautilus is a great hook for YFT below 80#. For YFT above 80#, I highly recommend the Charlie Brown hooks.
     
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    Eric_LBZ

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    “I must say the fish were mean and hard fighting enough to break and bend out two of my 1/0 Nautilus circle hooks. So I switched to heavier owner hooks.”

    Very similar to what we experienced on the XL last week. We had several Nautilus 2/0 and 3/0 bend/break/open up.

    For 80-120# YFT, these fish pulled very HARD!!! You could get bit on 50/60#, but the fight would be ugly and prolonged. I stepped up to 80# (100# on the chunk and bobber balloon) and used 2/0 or 3/0 Charlie Brown hooks and had no issues with hooks.

    IMO, the Gamakatsu Nautilus is a great hook for YFT below 80#. For YFT above 80#, I highly recommend the Charlie Brown hooks.
    Were you using the Nautilus HD?
     
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    Scott McPherson

    Throw a couple of Wilson’s here
    Aug 17, 2017
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    Were you using the Nautilus HD?
    I don’t think they make the hd in 1/0. I believe the smallest hd is a 2/0. I got a 110 on a 2/0 hd. I believe some guys were fishing lighter wire in smaller sizes. I saw a few mangled hooks. Whatever Rick was using was the correct one. He killed it.
    regards
    Scott
     
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