Thanks for the report! After several 7 and 8 day trips, I am going on my first 15 day in March and can't wait. In fact, I just finished up servicing a couple of Maks that I got for the trip, and one of them was brand new! Other than Cow rigs, what else did you find useful? I am sure a few Wahoo rigs are in order, but beyond that I am not sure (bait rig?). I gotta say that your report definitely got me excited, I won't be able to do another cow trip after this one for quite a while, but I will be sure to try and make the best of my first. Also if it is not too much trouble, what piece of gear did you find useful on a big trip that you wouldn't necessarily have on a shorter trip?
Thanks again for the report and pics, definitely got the juices flowing...
Thanks a lot Dave,Hey Connor,
Besides what I mentioned in my report not much really. I was way over prepared.....I'm sure you have your wahoo jigs and bombs ready to go. I caught all of my fish on a bomb. I saw some people get them on your standard wahoo jigs as well. The smaller sizes were getting bit better. Smaller bombs and jigs. Have some good quality 4 hook bait makers for tubes. Also have some 2 hook rigs for cabs. Be prepared to switch them up depending on what's biting. Having a 2 hook Cab rig on when the tubes are biting just wastes your time. We spent very little time wahoo fishing and it wasn't any good until that last epic bite.
For me the only difference in gear from a shorter trip....was well ....using way less gear. When we were in the Cow country all that I ever fished was Cow gear. (100# - 130#) Whenever there was a lull or at the end of the day I put on my new top shots if needed. For me I spliced my topshots on so I used a loop puller to do this. I only use the Bob Sands knot on the shorter trips so I became much better at that. I just did it right out on deck. I had some loop to loop connections and didn't like those as much. The loop connection area is basically 2x as much spectra so it seemed bulky and floated a bit more. Oh I guess there was gloves....i liked gloves on my hands when the big fish were pulling. Helped keep more of my skin on.
You are so stoked right now. Some good words of advice I got.....put your credit card away! You more than likely already have all you need! It's really easy to buy a bunch of shit you wont need.
Have a blast. Enjoy the vibe. Go everywhere with your eyes wide open!
Agreed! Poke wasn't the best but it was good. We had it 2 other times.....Blue Marlin Burgers and grilled with a bacon/blue cheese crust....which was amazing!Yup, not bad. Drew prepared it two ways - poke and grilled. Grilled was very good. Poke was too but the meat is rather sinewy, which made eating it raw a bit of a challenge.
The fish died and actually broke off some where under the boat....all of a sudden it floated up and the crew gaffed it. We shared some filet with the Excel as well.....wonder if they ate any?Just curious...was there any particular reason the marlin was kept? Reason I ask...year or so ago I was on a 12-day on the RS...I think we were down on the Ridge somewhere when this guy who was fishing a dropper loop hooked a heavy that turned out to be around a 70 lb BSB. Fish was pretty much gut-hooked and bleeding rather badly. Even though we were all pretty sure the fish would never make it, the crew was getting ready to release it (SOP) when Brian walked by, looked at the fish, and said "looks like dinner to me." 2 nights later Drew prepared these 4-in. thick grilled BSB filets with some sort of awesome-sauce for dinner. God...it was good! Drew also kept the carcass and later turned it into some of the best fish chowder I've ever had...along with fresh-baked bread, or course.
Ha ha! I had this strange urge to yell out Big Country Just this morning......then I looked around and realized I was in my cube and not in paradise anymore.....sigh.....back to work.Just doesn't seem right waking up without someone yelling, "Big-Country". Pleasure meeting and fishing with you, Bud.
Ha ha! I had this strange urge to yell out Big Country Just this morning......then I looked around and realized I was in my cube and not in paradise anymore.....sigh.....back to work.
Great report Dave!!! I fished this trip last year with BVD and that guy and his bud are a hoot (Slams his hat down) "THAT IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" . (inside joke). That f*&^er edged me out of first place pot by 1 pound! (216 vs 217). Glad you had a blast and that you got your bag back. That whole bag situation almost happened to me and my buddy in fact. I think its less theft and more you're at the end of the trip, everyone has woken up early and wants off and get started on going home, its dark, etc. Whole lot of room for mix up. We almost had our reel bag (with 10Gs with of reels) get mixed up. For those of us, there are a few options, load your most valued gear in your back pack (I'm use to carrying heavy sh*t on my back, thank you USMC), or tag it with bright pieces of plastic (also a USMC trick).