Offshore Limits on the Poppers by 9:30 am - 7/18

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  • Apr 22, 2013
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    Great job Jonathan! Killing it!
     
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    flyliner

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    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!

    Thanks for the kind words. I have an article coming out in this month's issue of Pacific Coast Sportfishing. I am not an expert by any means, but I run through what has been working for me, tackle, etc.
     
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    Amazing as usual. How do you achieve a 100% hookup ratio with bluefin on a popper? Most other folks never get bit.

    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.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    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.
    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.
     
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    Wow, was that a solo trip as well?
    your on it man.

    Yep. 90% of my trips have been solo the last year or so. Mostly due to my regular fishing buddy getting his own boat (that jerk). I have a few other close buddies, but they have jobs/families and/or boats of there own as well - so I go alone a lot. It's pretty nice actually as I have young kids so alone time is starting to get more and more appealing to me these days.....lol.
     
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    watersdeep

    I CATCH IT. I KILL IT. I CLEAN IT. I DON'T DELIVER
  • Jan 19, 2016
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    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.
     

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    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.
    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.
     
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    JustEYE

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    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.

    Jonathan


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    YESSS! Good job man I’ve wondering about you. Glad you’re still getting them!
     
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    SaltH20Angler

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  • Aug 6, 2016
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    Like clockwork Jon... Good to see you are killin them again this summer.

    I think it was last year when you caught a real good grade of yellowfin. If I remember right, you decked 60# grade (on the popper...from out of Pedro) when a lot of guys (including me) were happy to get a YFT above 25#... from south of the border🤪. Recall a few other badass reports from you in the past summers too. Just noticing a pattern... a good one.

    Lookin forward to the article. Post a link on this thread.🤙
     
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