You need to do a tutorial on how to fish the popper on tuna schools...yellowfin and bluefin. I would love to see your techniques on approaching and casting and retrieving.
Just have Ali pin it.
Seriously, nice job AGAIN!
Amazing as usual. How do you achieve a 100% hookup ratio with bluefin on a popper? Most other folks never get bit.
I set the hook with poppers too for that reason.... wind down and set it hard. If it's going to pull, I'd rather it happen right then rather than later in the fight.I would say I got lucky on this trip. That being said, it's been almost two years now that I have been fishing the popper exclusively. No bait, no other jigs or lures, just poppers and spinning gear. There was certainly a learning curve - but putting in the time and building up your knowledge and confidence is always helpful.
Once you do get bit - I set the hook like 3-4 times as hard as I can. You really got to drive the hooks home on the strike - especially when it's just a reaction bite and they passively roll on it.
Wow, was that a solo trip as well?
your on it man.
I like to use the same replacement hooks that Erik talks about in his article/video on the rapala subwalk. The owner 4x 2/0 trebels. I also started experimenting with single inline hooks - and so far so good.Jonathan are you changing the hooks on your rigs? Do you discuss in the article? Do tell. Thanks man, nice to have you back round here.
YESSS! Good job man I’ve wondering about you. Glad you’re still getting them!My wife asked me late Saturday night if I was fishing Sunday. So all of a sudden I was fishing Sunday….lol.
Got down to my boat in San Pedro around 6 am this morning with plans to take a look at a new zone.
Got into the area around 8 am and went up into the tower to look around and spotted a foamer right away. First cast with the popper and I am on. Made quick work of a nice 60 pound fish and I was pretty happy.
Climbed back up into the tower and spotted another huge foamer. Unfortunately when I got up to the bow to make a cast I realized these were all really big fish. I paused for a moment to consider what I was getting myself into, but made the cast anyway. On the second “pop” I get rolled on by a 200+ and I immediately regretted my decision. After 15 minutes of pure torture, I tighten down the drag and start pulling as hard as I can and thankfully the hook pulls.
Doesn’t take long to spot my next foamer and on my third cast of the day I am on again. Feels like a good fish, but certainly catchable. He goes on a few long runs and takes me around the boat a couple times making a good showing of himself. He was still a little hot when I brought him to gaff and almost ripped the gaff out of my hand when I stuck him. Not sure on weight, but I would say 80-90 ish.
Its 9:30 am and I am done. I didn’t bring ice as it was a last minute decision to go, so I filet and bag both fish on the water and put them in my small refrigerator in the cabin.
Back in the slip before noon. Great day.
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