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I'm heading out on the Dolphin 60 hr trip on Tuesday. Do any of you have any suggestions on techniques etc. I've been out lots of times but not lately. Thanks for the help.
 

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subsurface lures... fliers were generally small (4")- :match the hatch. caught all my groupers on piggie perch.
 

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Did anyone try rattletraps? I have caught yellowfins on them before. Also swimbaits have produced also. thanks for the match the hatch idea, I'll be prepared. Did anyone try the small yummy fliers?
 

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the problem we had was the ripping current, and the wind--- made for a super fast drift. I tried pinning on a live flier- and couldnt get it to where it needed to be. I probably could have cast it ona spinner- but never thought about it until now...lol. I caught my YFT on a swimbait. A lot of topwaters and flying fish imitations were thrown with only a couple fish landed. Again- the conditions limitied what worked. I never saw a rattletrap thrown- I bet it woulda worked though.
 

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Bring a few Frenzy Angry Poppers and Yo-zui Bull GTs for topwater. A 60lb YFT was taken on a chrome/black rattletrap on my last 60hr trip.

Don't forget the long jigs. You'll get more strikes compared to the typical U.S
jigs. Plastic swimbaits I'm sure would work, use the biggest leadhead jig u can find for YFT. The small Yummy fliers might be a problem for casting distance.

Of course, there's always live and dead baits. Good luck!!

Jig till it hurts, then jig some more.
 

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if you are afraid of a swimbait hook bending- just add a splitring, then an assist hook and rubberband it to the body...
 

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Nate,
We had extremely poor conditions for our trip. The fish just weren't there in numbers. Use the methods we've used in the past and try the butterfly type jigs deep.
Breakfast saturday?
 

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Can't make breakfast, I'm in D.C. visiting the daughter. We were in Newport R.I. over the weekend for a wedding. I'll get home Sunday. How deep is deep for the butterfly jigs? I'm out of yellowfin and don't want to settle for BFT. Snagged how did you do on the trip?
 

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Nate, if the current is ripping, pitch some chunks in front of the drift to let them sink, just like you would a jig. I can't believe I forgot chunking like this on Cinco tuna. I have done this before with very good success. I think I would of had much higher odds in landing a YFT at Redhawk on a chunk pitching it off the bow ahead of the drift
 

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scott, i was thinking about putting some weight on a chunk line to get deeper. this was our problem. the yft i jigged came on the drop right as the boat got to the rig before the wind started pushing. down deep was the ticket. i had two hookups ;and landed one yft(bigeye).
 

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Nate

I got a YFT Hook up on a 9" Swimbait (9" Sassy Shad 6oz Jig head) but it got off when I tried to stick the rod tip down to get the line clear of the pulpit.. got some slack and it shook the hook.

I also got a few YFT hook ups dropping a 14oz Jig right at the rig but the hooks pulled free.. must have hooked soft spots outside the head??

I threw some big Poppers Tuna Hunters and My own 4oz customs but only got one short strike blow up. It was a lot of work with the strong winds.

Anyhow like eveyone says we had some very strong winds and a faster than normal drift rate... we had to let out 700ft of line to get down 200ft to the Tuna. None of us had never skied a 12-14oz jig on top the water for 200 ft until this trip.

If you do have high winds and a fast drift rate like we did I'd use a Deep Diving trolling plug like a Manns Stretch 30. I had one and could kick myself for not using it. That would have been just too simple to let the fast moving boat pull my bait down deep for me.. LoL!

Good Luck and Catch A Bigg'un Yall!


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I saw Sea Crappie catch a couple of BkFT on a 6-7" purple and black bonita.

Did anyone try rattletraps? I have caught yellowfins on them before. Also swimbaits have produced also. thanks for the match the hatch idea, I'll be prepared. Did anyone try the small yummy fliers?
 

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Kevin, how was your trip on the big E? I don't know if I've caught a yellowfin on the 700h yet but I plan to put it to hard work on this trip.
 

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scott, i was thinking about putting some weight on a chunk line to get deeper. this was our problem. the yft i jigged came on the drop right as the boat got to the rig before the wind started pushing. down deep was the ticket. i had two hookups ;and landed one yft(bigeye).

Good idea Jason. I thought of targeting YFT close to the rig but once again, I had a brain fart on Friday and didn't try it but a few times on Sat night at Gunnison. By then, I figured no YFT were going to be taken at Gunnison.
 

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I might suggest that bring a large nylon sail from the largest sailboat you can find. Tie it off somehow and hope for a good breeze. That might give the Dolphin one more knot of speed. You are a man among men for going on a 60 trip on that boat. I wish you the best of luck. I know the boat has a good Capt and you will catch fish. I gather it's a 20 hour run out, 20 hours of fishing, and a 20 hour ride home.

I would hope the Capt. doesn't pass up the fish. Those guys that went on the Cinco trip might have passed up the tuna by going to Red Hawk. I've heard that 80-100# YFT are being caught at the closer floaters for the brave that have ventured out to them in the past two weeks. A few have even been caught at Colt 45 day trolling.

Once again, good luck and I'll be praying for you. I hope you love the sound of a single screw diesel for 60 straight hours and the fact that the current might be faster than the boat. You might want to pack some ear protection. Give us a report upon your return.
 

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I might suggest that bring a large nylon sail from the largest sailboat you can find. Tie it off somehow and hope for a good breeze. That might give the Dolphin one more knot of speed. You are a man among men for going on a 60 trip on that boat. I wish you the best of luck. I know the boat has a good Capt and you will catch fish. I gather it's a 20 hour run out, 20 hours of fishing, and a 20 hour ride home.

I would hope the Capt. doesn't pass up the fish. Those guys that went on the Cinco trip might have passed up the tuna by going to Red Hawk. I've heard that 80-100# YFT are being caught at the closer floaters for the brave that have ventured out to them in the past two weeks. A few have even been caught at Colt 45 day trolling.

Once again, good luck and I'll be praying for you. I hope you love the sound of a single screw diesel for 60 straight hours and the fact that the current might be faster than the boat. You might want to pack some ear protection. Give us a report upon your return.

It aint that bad:p
 

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Come on Tom, there is something relaxing about watching the waves return to Port A faster than the boat you are on.
 

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If tuna are behind the shrimp boats, Dean will find them. If not catch up on your sleep on the long ride out. As surface trolling is likely to be slow due to water temp.
The current was not bad at Boomvang last weekend but no yft caught. bft where scattered and small with a few skipjack mixed in, best bite time was late evening to just before sunrise. The best jigs where pink knife and small chrome. Don't miss your bottom fishing spot as they will be few due to travel time.
 
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