Discussion in 'San Diego Long Range fishing Reports' started by Cubeye, Jan 11, 2017.
It did bite a hot fly lined caballito, I know it for a fact.
Personally I hate chucking, shark, shark, shark, and repeat...
On a trip a few years ago fish were boiling around but no one was getting bit on bait. My buddy takes his 100# sardine stick with a 6/0 and pins a chunk on, bam, he's bit and lands a 180# fish. He did it all wrong!
I love chunking as it is a primary way we Tunafish here on the East Coast.
I use 25' of 200 mono.
3' of 200 fluro to a swivel. 9/0 Trokar or Super Mutu.
Skin off. Hook buried.
Long or short soak depends on current.
Yeah. I noticed that on our last trip. I just thought he had some secret method to get them to bite his bait. Sharks don't seem to bother his bait.
True story. I notice no one has been in the chunk line for a long long while. I ask the crew member, have you been throwing chunks steady for awhile, he answers yes.
I drop a chunk in, BAM, 350.
Then, there were 12 guys chunking, for nothing.....
I had the same thing in reverse last year.
Hours in the chunk line for nothing but grinners.
Had enough. Get out. Two guys get in -
I just shook my head and had a beer.
Great info David.
Obvious that you like you chosen task. There's always a lot of interest in listening to experienced folks who actually have done what they're talking about, and do it very well.
Was on the RRIII one time when we had plugged the boat. Walked outside after dinner and threw a few chunks in the water and watched the 200+ YFT gracefully swim through and inhale the chunks. It was obvious they really liked the offering.
Couldn't get anyone to actually drop one in the water on a hook, we were exhausted from pulling on big tuna that day. I think we got 64 200+ tuna on the trip. We were at Hurricane.
One of the guys on my last LR trip catches big ones pretty regular. He got a couple on the chunk, including one when NO ONE was getting bit with bait. He is another guy working under the theory that the teenagers zoom around, but the big ones cruise slowly to conserve energy.
Great info from an expert chunker. Thank you.
Great info, Dave!
FYI: On our trip in 2015 there were many sharks! We discovered sharks were not eating the shark chunks, but the big tuna loved the shark chunks!
- Jeff Burroughs
Might be his cologne.
Only time I have hooked up on the chuck was my first trip when Jan was chunking all morning out at the Bank. She picked up one fish and I was telling Charlie about it when Jan got drug down the railing into my back by her second fish. I fired my sardine and pinned on a chunk. Let it drop back a little ways and started reeling it in. I got picked up but the fish stopped and shook its head. Hook pulled. 5 other guys saw what happened and decided to become chunkers right then so I pinned on a lively sardine while they were dropping their chunks in and I got bit right away. I landed that one. I don't think any of the new chunkers hooked up.
Lots of great info here thanks everyone for sharing, especially Wahoodad for that really long informative post that makes you think.
I was there during the shark chunks trip and caught a decent fish on one but one guy caught six or seven in the span of a couple hours. I watched him like a hawk and he wasn't doing anything special. He wasn't dropping in where the chunks come out. He wasn't stripping off any slack before dropping in. He wasn't even hiding his hook in the chunk, merely passing it thru one time and letting it hang loose like a flag flapping in the wind. The only thing I can figure is he was using an older dull flat grayish colored J-hook and it more closely matched the color of the shark chunks. He really murdered them.
I honestly think we overthink what a tuna thinks. Longliners use dead bait on big hooks and very heavy line. They do fine. But live bait is a different story. Longliners are a dead bait specialist and use some baits we do not, such as this... https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scomberesocidae
Love the big fish cruise and just inhale chunks and with that being said...
remember that CHUNKS don't swim....if it does......BINGO
Hopefully it's the right kind
Sounds like you were fishing the Chunk Line with your sardine. I've seen that happen.
Next time flyline a gull!
Maybe we should bring some bullfrogs on the next trip.
Always, always send a sardine down the chunk line.
Theres a reason why he is known as the "Chunkmaster"....
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