Rigging Flat Fall lures for Big Tuna

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  1. CaptJgray

    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Am I the only one using much much heavier than 130 for the leader?
     
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    I use a minimum 130 on bite leader, but I use a circle hook, so it is less of an issue. If I was fishing J hooks, I'd be using 170 or 200# bite leader. These fish have bitten through 130 with j hooks, so why take that chance?
     
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  3. Luke

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    Nope, we use 200# FC leader. In this instance size does not seem to matter.
     
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    Great info... hard to argue with "on the water" success! Congrats on a life time best BFT (for CA waters).
     
  5. CaptJgray

    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Just curious thanks. Ive been using 300# with no issue. figure its night time...
     
  6. Abusaade

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    A friend caught 2 BF recently one topped 250 and the other 191. Both on Flat Fall. He’s set up is basically a large size 9 hook at the bottom with the assist hooks at the top. It worked twice in same trip .
     
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    Ive been messing around with this combo, pretty much feel like the tuna is fucked if he even thinks about swallowing this. Feed back please

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  8. CaptJgray

    CaptJgray I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Personally I would lose the swivels and the shrink tube on the hooks and leader. fish a larger leader instead. But thats just my opinion. It is probably not an issue at night, plus its dark as hell down there where they live.
     
  9. 998R

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    Good job on the slug Marco, congratulations!

    I was on the PQ 3 weeks before your trip. Landed one bft around 90lb. And the other 160lb on a FF with stock hooks. My brother caught one on same trip that was about 120lbs. Stock hooks, been preaching bout stock hooks for the longest time on Shimano section. Glad the PQ spreading the word to help fellow anglers get the best chance on landing these beast.

    Real life reports. Or listen to brass hank on what worked 10 years ago when flatfalls weren’t around.

    Stock hook crew!
     
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  10. tommyc

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    This thought has long been proven false with the nighttime tuna glow flat fall fishing. As some have said, "when they are eating they will eat a glowing banana". Unfortunately when they are not eating you have zero chance.
    And wouldn't you know that it would come full circle to this? The other threads have tried to make the case that pulled hooks happen more frequently with larger hooks than with the stock ones. Really? Do small hooks pull less often?

    I can't think of anything in the last ten years that has brought more hand wringing and head scratching than fishing flat falls for big tuna. It truly is the gift that keeps on giving to the SoCal angling set.
     
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    Ha!
    A more traditional setup, but upgraded with double loop knot free Kevlar assist cord, 11/0 SJ-51 hooks and some glow beads thrown in for good measure.
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    Can you provide a link to the specific cord you are using?

    Adrien
     
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    This - gets my vote for statement of the year 2018 BD style.

    He shoots hes scores!
     
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    Just keep adding hooks ‘til you run out of room or it looks like a squid jig. That should do it.
     
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    This has caught more Bluefin than any Jig I have ever seen.
    Rigged with a Treble or a Single Southern Tuna Hook. In any depth of water.

    Pink Sardine.

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    Back in the mid to late 90s we used a jig that looked very similar if not identical and came with the treble hook. It was packaged by Yozuri.
     
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    afraser I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I tested several other glow lures. Not conclusive but I had bites on the standard flatfall and none on two other similar glow lures including a heavy falling lure.

    Also, big circle hooks rarely pull. If they set, you pretty much have to cut the line to lose the fish.
     
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