Discussion in 'Southern California Offshore Fishing Reports' started by afraser, Jul 5, 2017.
Thank you for picture. I will try next time hope it work for me too
Hmmm....."How to Bridle a Jig". Excellent, and simple.
Down at the Hurricane Bank it's not uncommon to have a night time hookup turn into a Kamakaze Fish. A big fish comes straight to the boat perhaps because it follows the light or perhaps because it is disoriented in the dark. The deck hands know to watch for it and are pretty good about quickly sinking two or three gaffs to make short work of a big fish. Frequently the fish has managed to sweep up half a dozen lines and the resulting cluster can be epic. Night fishing at the Bank is my least favorite because it's so common to get cut out of a massive tangle in order to save the fish.
Very interesting rig.
I'm gonna have to give that a try.
Thanks for sharing and congratulations
We call it 'The Frasier Rig' lol
Way to think out of the box.
I'm going to give it a shot!! Thanks!!
Shows 6 blue and 2 yellow in the fish count. Not bad compared to the 0 to 1 of most boats going out of San Diego these days.
It's not El Nino any more.
The new normal. Ouch!
What's your rod and reel setup? Assuming you're fishing heavy gear
Ok my bad,a stellar 3.5 day.I need to book a trip now.
8 fish in 3.5 days is a rough trip in any season. Congrats on doing well with it.
To ad a bit to Aaron's report, it was a great trip, with not great fishing. I was lucky to put first fish on the boat. That took the pressure off and allowed me to enjoy the trip. I was deep dropping a pink and glow Williamson knife jig using a Stella 10000 on a black hole jigging rod. The fish hit on the retrieve, and after about 4 minutes I had a 100.6 lb yellowfin on board. Lol I just assumed it was a bluefin because of the size and where we were. The next day I hooked up an estimated 150+ bluefin on same set-up but after 20 minutes came undone at color.
One thing I did notice, was whenever the captain mentioned he marked fish at the 60ft mark they seemed more willing to play. From 80 to 250ft not so much. Captain Scott and the crew put us on a bunch of fish, but they were not willing to bite. I did have one other hit on my jig that never stuck.
We had a very fishy group on board and tried a variety of techniques. It wasn't for lack of effort or skill. I also think we landed a good percentage of the big fish relatively speaking.
Will post pics later.
And Aaron's flatfall rig really is the way to go.
Thanks for the post! Great fish, congrats. SA 80 great operation. Capt. Scott knows his stuff!
same thing last year at the tanner bank epic wide open night fishing mayhem 80-100lb tuna doing giant circles wrapping up anglers on both sides of the boat. I spent more time dodging tangles than fishing, hoping for a repeat
The O/P was a great tale and you perspective Chris gives a bit of light to the story. When setting up my charters I tell everyone we are there 1st to have a great time, fishing mandatory catching optional. . . everyone gets on board with a great vibe and attitude. . . seems you guys had the same going on. Its always great to come home with so much fish ya can't give enough away. . . more important to have a great couple days on the water. . .
Looked to be a good time ! Again you both caught one of the fish hahahaha
Thanks for the new technique for rigging!
Somedays you get the bear...Somedays the bear gets YOU.
With this set-up do you just tie your flouro leader directly to the ring on the circle hook?
Where's the FISH PIC??? The gang wants meat and blood!!!
Bridling baits for Marlin with big hooks has been around since the early
1900's with the Billfish guys. Unique doing it with flatfalls =works!
Here's a couple more pics. I think we thought there would be more opportunities for pics but 6 of the eight fish were caught in the dark that first morning. If people had been better rigged we should have had 15-20 fish, but again n all that first am in the dark.
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