Which Jig for the Big BFT?

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  1. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    Hey Guys,

    I am heading out this weekend on a 2.5 day on the Eclipse and want to maximize my chances of catching one of those BIG bft.

    I took a picture of all of my "tuna" jigs and wanted to get some opinions of which jigs have been getting bit the best. And for those of you that modified these jigs, what did you do?

    Thanks for your input guys.

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    I would fish white pink blue flat fall, Good luck!
     
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  3. Brad I

    Brad I Common Sense Isn't Common Enough

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    I'm in a similar situation--going out this weekend on a 2.5 day on the Pacific Voyager. I'm packing a variety of jigs and plan on asking the crew if they have any recommendations. If not, I'll go with my more tried and true favorites.
     
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    X2 on pink and blue flat falls. 200gram.
     
  5. ripped

    ripped I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    If you fish a flat fall I would suggest switching out the wimpy assist hooks with something beefier.
     
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    Tony, I say the box cutter on the right. Those things are deadly!
     
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    you joke but.....
     
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    When we got 'em a few weeks ago it was all on the surface iron when they came up boiling. Blue and white or green.
     
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    I don't the one I would use.
     
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    If it were me.........7x single tuna hook 016a.jpg
     
  11. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    Did you change out the hook on the surface iron?
     
  12. Tunahead

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    HEY that looks like my tackle box? THIEF????? LOL Love the Tady 9 blue/chrome single tuna hook
    over the years, mint green/silver got some lately, and the 160 flat falls....IC some too. Off on
    Condor 4 day Thursday and we're bringing the tackle store like most. News at 11 Monday. LOL
     
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    You have a great selection of jigs, you can use them all with confidence. With the flat-falls remember to PAY ATTENTION, the bite is almost always on the sink and they get spit out immediately a lot. I have teeth scratches on a lot of mine that have never been in a fight.

    For this year, I've changed a lot of hooks, and on the flat-falls with the double assist hooks I used my split-ring pliers to open the connection loop slightly and pull one hook about a half-inch lower than the other, so there is a better chance for a bite inside the mouth. Hopefully that will help.
     
  15. Second Row

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    T- my recommendation would be to show up hungry on the Eclipse, great food! As for what jig, I'd ask the deckhand to match the hatch.. they're out there everyday and wouldn't steer ya wrong. G'luck bud, and keep us posted!
     
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    1) I'd bring all of them
    2) I'd try the Flat Falls and the blue Toro Tamer Slash first and re-tie according to what is being bit at the grounds.
    3) The assist hooks on the Flat Falls are OK when they're new, but the dacron gets beat up, especially if a deckhand cuts them with his dykes getting the jig out.
     
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    Lots of fishies have fallen to the JRI 4 in any MINT color..

    Flat falls have taken some good ones lately as well...
     
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    Great advice above especially the suggestion that those whimpy hooks on the Flat Falls be change out. Would recommend a single J hook at least a 7/0 attached to a heavy split ring to the F/F.
    Jigs and Irons are great but also would suggest you be ready for plan "B".
    Decking BF on a surface bite is an infrequent event. It's big news when it happens and gets a lot of press giving the impression that most BF are caught pitching irons to a BF boil. While this is successful , that is if they don't sink out when the boat gets with in 100 meters, you are more likely to encounter a more clandestine bite. In which case you will need to be ready for those normally finicky, sharp eyed, boat shy, picky, tricky 50# plus Blue Fin. The two key characteristics are Boat Shy and Sharp Eyed. If the troll is not getting knocked down it's a sure sign that the BF are not in a chasing mood and are reluctant to come up and unless otherwise indicated you will need a long soak ( out about 100 yds. ) and about 3 oz. 4 ft. up from your bait.
    Have caught 3 BF in the 50# range this year and all 3 caught this way.
    My rig: 3 or4/0 circle hook to Large Mac shoulder hooked, 40# fluoro to 50# braid. Avet JX, older model 4.1:1. Spool was half empty when the Mac's got picked up.

    Hope you hit a couple of hot "Boil Bites" , nothing like getting your iron or jig hammered. The most fun way to catch'um. But just in case keep that heavy bait stick at the ready. Best of luck on your trip.

    My thoughts for your consideration.
    Walt
     
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  19. ZHALVAJE

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    Thanks for advise Walt. How are you attaching your weight to the line?
     
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  20. hawkplayer32

    hawkplayer32 I'd rather be fishing.

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    I was going to ask the same question
     

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