Swim baits for larger tuna

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  1. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I've read the past threads on this subject and was wondering if anyone had any recent experiences on using RonZ, Hogy, Slug-go, Hurley soft plastics for the larger grade tuna on your long range trips.

    I'm looking for recommendations on:
    Which brand used.
    Which size head.
    Which size and color plastic.
    How do you work the lure?
    Spinning or conventional?
    Casting or yo-yo?
    Any recommendations at all would help.
     
  2. raw66

    raw66 Well-Known "Member"

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    Bought a RonZ the other day. Figured a hoo would chase it on a fast retrieve. Maybe try it out on a drift or two for tuna. Can’t recall to many guys using these things. The lure caught me however and I am determined to hang something with it.

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  3. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I was thinking the exact same thing.
     
  4. matrixx611

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    Yikes, once you hook a wahoo on that, that's it for that lure.
     
  5. caballo del mar

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    It’s just rubber, it looks like the tail can be replaced.
     
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    matrixx611 Well-Known "Member"

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    Dunno how much the rubber cost, but the whole thing cost about 20
     
  7. caballo del mar

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    That’s pretty pricey for rubber but I lose wahoo jigs all the time. It’s part of the game.
     
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    The Big Game extra heavy duty 5 oz heads are $30 each with out the tail....
     
  9. ifish42na

    ifish42na No Bad Days

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    The RonZ on wahoo can be awesome, the most explosive hookup I ever had on my Dogfight. Yes you have to replace the tail but it’s worth it, the surface explosion had the whole boat cheering.
     
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  10. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yes, but do they work on larger grade tuna?
     
  11. Cubeye

    Cubeye I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Do you have a color preference? And is a trap hook used?
     
  12. ifish42na

    ifish42na No Bad Days

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    Plain Jane natural color and no trap hook.
     
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    I own several of the Ron Z soft baits and have fished them quite a bit for both BFT and YFT... for wahoo I don't think fishing an expensive rubber bait makes much sense when there are so many other (more durable) jigs both surface and heavy versions that work WELL (JMO). Have not caught any big tuna on the Ron Z so far but the lure has incredible action and there are many ways to fish it covering a lot of the water column, and the larger sizes are truly cow tuna tough so when I do get a big tuna to eat one I have full confidence in the lure and its rigging. They are not cheap, but they are built real well and they offer something different in an artificial that you can cast fairly well on a smaller 2-speed lever drag conventional reel that is capable of landing larger grade tuna... especially so when coupled with the newer composite longer 7'6" rail rods that have some built in spring on the casting end (which equates to more built in recoil on the fighting end!).

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  14. Outhouse

    Outhouse I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    I use them every year but on the school sized tuna.. I can catch 4-5 before I have to replace the tail.
     
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    fishordie I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Yes,

    Ron Z soft baits work great on big tuna... The best part of the rig is the way the company uses reel deal hooks in their bigger lead heads.. Make sure you get the heavy duty hooks. You will want to make sure you know how to put the replacement tails on as it is not as easy as it first seems. I really like the nude color as well as the pink tails but have caught big tuna on a variety of colors. The Ron Z does catch Wahoo but I have yet to get more than one fish per tail. The action is awesome on both the sink and retrieve as that tail has a great tight swim pattern. Ron Z's always go long range with me...

    Best of luck on the up coming season.

    Jamie
     
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    Just curious for those who have claimed to caught "big" tuna using this lure... what is your largest (size in pounds?)... taken here on the west coast or in Mexico (since this is the SD Long Range forum). My largest was a 120lb YFT and that was in PV... I was really surprised that those "big" BFT we had here locally this year (and still do) wouldn't eat them (at least for me they wouldn't... and I fished them a lot, have fished them at the Lupe several times as well... generally catch a few bait fish and then will toss the artificials up on the bow as long as conditions are favorable).

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    Jamie - what size for Lupe? Or should I even bother
     
  18. Cubeye

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    What length rubber do you use? Color?
     
  19. Cubeye

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    I've been looking at the Hogy lures and it seems to be easier to replace the plastic. What do you think?
     
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    Samller grade Jimmy caught on it.

    Trying to find the pic of the 208 he caught on it. Same trip.

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