“Hey Joe; Bob (her boyfriend Robert Foster) and I are going on the San Diego on Monday. What do you recommend we bring in terms of gear?”
The boat is back looking offshore again, so I referred her to the article I posted over the weekend for Must Have Offshore Rigs.
Rena guest posted on So Cal Salty for me once. She moved here from Detroit, Michigan a few years back and we met on one of my local boats, the Spitfire out of Marina Del Rey. I’ve watched her journey from being a novice bait angler, to now becoming proficient with fishing jigs.
So of course she asked, “What about jigs?”
I told her, “I’d definitely have something to throw a heavy jig – Colt Sniper, Flat Fall, Megabait. Something along those lines, in case the fish are sketchy and are sinking out quickly. Get on the bow and throw into them before they drop out.”
They had a pretty good day. Capt. Cameron Cribben scratched out a decent count of 42 yellowfin tuna for his group of 53 anglers for the day. It was a run and gun scenario on bird schools and boils. Rena told me the fish were back on the sketch…probably due to the seiner activity in the area (right). The stealth setup (20 mono/20 fluoro/size 2-4 hooks) that I described in my previous article was a requirement. And then of course, getting a shot at the school before they sank out with a heavy jig, like the Megabait Rena used, was maybe a more effective tactic. Rena mentioned there was an angler onboard using the Halco Roosta popper in the redhead pattern, throwing just outside the boils, who got 6!
Overnight and Longer
For the boats going on overnight and longer trips, I’m hearing the rubber band rig during the pre-dawn period and at dusk is proving to be an effective weapon. The beauty of this rig is since you’re dropping a line down in the darkness, line class isn’t an issue. Go heavy. You can also go big on the hook.
Execution of this presentation is simple. Loop a rubber band thru the ring on one end of a torpedo and attach to your line, say 3 feet above the hook, using the same method. I would bring 4, 6 and 8-ounce weights to accommodate for the size of the bait and current. Then whatever depth the captain says to drop down, use the line pull method to estimate the distance down. I used this method effectively last year to score the jackpot yellowfin on my Amigo trip at the Osborne Bank by SBI. It’s also what got me my personal best yellowfin on my Maximus trip February of this year. The Amigo application was pre-dawn. The Maximus application was after it got dark at the end of the day.
Try it. It works.
The fishing is really good right now. Good luck if you get out there!