9 bites yesterday on the tomahawk...used j hooks all day..all were hooked in the same place...corner of the jaw.ive looked at some small j hook designs and just cant see using a size 2 circle hook on 80 pound average fish. kinda funny that these young ( under 40) deckhands being amazed that the guy with the most fish on the boat was using old school cheap non ringed j hooksSorry, but it's got nothing to do with stretch. We are pulling on Guadalupe sized tuna with a SIZE 2 HOOK!
Next time you go BFT fishing, check it out on a fish laying on the deck, try and see how a size 2 circle hook fits on the hinge of a 150 pounder!
When I started long ranging, I was told not to hunt for elephants with a peashooter.
So, now we are using peas for bullets (the hook being the issue)
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad this Bluefin is biting a little bit, just wish we could use a tad larger hook and actually have a decent chance.
You are missing some bites only belly hooking baits...yes the trend is today to belly and shoulder hook...but being stubborn for a couple reasons gets me more bites...2 out of 9 bites for me yesterday came when I finally got a larger then average bait that swam good but for what ever reason didnt get bit. After soaking it out 100 to 150 yards I reeled in my nose hooked baits at the rate a VERY HOT bait takes the line off the spool during those times where you find yourself saying oh shit this one is gonna get bit..25% of my bites on a given day bft fishing that I NEVER would have had with a belly hooked or shoulder hooked bait is enough to keep me doing things as I always have.Belly hook
80% I gentle underhand lob for good grade tunas. Especially long soak in mind. Lobs do not back fire
But in conditions with no wind and no current and no swell. For this bft, I will over hand cast with 30-50#. When I think a tad of damage to the bait is worth getting it away from the boat
I hold the line in my left hand to guide a bait away from the boat, after a lob. If the bait wants to swim back to the boat, I pull line in with my left hand. Like reins on a horse. Once the bait is pointed away from the boat I release the line from my left hand. Then fish off the spool
I nose hook. Only slide baits
second reason is it seems to me that holding the propeller end of a bait still enough to get proper hook placement seems to take too long and knock more scales off....if your rod grips are covered in scales this is why.Knocked off scales mean one thing...damage...when I'm holding a bait to nose hook my hand only has firm contact on the skull the rest of my hand cradles a bait doing no damage