BLUEFIN POPPING

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by JFLORES, Jul 14, 2007.

  1. JFLORES

    JFLORES Senior Member

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    Just got back from a tuna popping trip, i fished with Capt Terry
    from Riptide charters out of Cape Cod. The crew was Randy,Sami from
    Anglers-proshop and myself. I went 2 for 3 on very nice bluefins.
    1st fish 70lb 2nd fish 90lb gear used Smith popping stick coupled with
    a stella 8000. 3rd fish around 40-45lb on a light popping stick coupled with
    a stella 5000 unfortunately the fish broke off at color. The hot lure for
    the day was a tunapen 100g:)






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  2. Bret

    Bret Senior Member

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    NICE!!!!!! Welcome to 360! thanks for the report..
     

  3. MrBill

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    Jflores,

    Nice fish. How far of a run offshore to find the tuna? What depth of water?
    What do you think is the largest tuna a Stella 8000 can handle? I've never caught a tuna on a 8000. Thanks.
     

  4. STx Fisherman

    STx Fisherman Senior Member

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    Beautiful fish !
    Now I need to go Google Tunapen ....
     
  5. JFLORES

    JFLORES Senior Member

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    Jflores,

    Nice fish. How far of a run offshore to find the tuna? What depth of water?
    What do you think is the largest tuna a Stella 8000 can handle? I've never caught a tuna on a 8000. Thanks.


    Hi MrBill, the run is very close we caught fish 1 mile from shore.
    If you look at the picture you could see the tip of Cape Cod Bay.
    They catch giant bft right in the bay all summer long.The water depth
    on that trip was 130-180 feet deep.I think in a drifting boat you can very easly land fish up to 150-160lb class with a stella 8000, i have 300yrd of
    60lb zenaq braid and you could aways chase the fish. From a anchored
    boat is a different ball game.
     
  6. JFLORES

    JFLORES Senior Member

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    Since the last two trips have been tuna popping in Cape Cod,Tuesday im
    going down south to Cape May and try jigging. The jig bite is really awesome
    right now.
     
  7. paul708

    paul708 Site Sponsor

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    i will be there tuesday seems like a popular day;) maybe we can meetup..it would be nice to see some Noreast guys:D ..Also if you havent seen the Wahoo JR Blank yet.you are in fore a treat:D . we are still looking to get 2 more for our boat.
     
  8. Ragman

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    Congrats on the BF JFLORES!

    Kil has been telling me about the hot action right now just 1-3 miles off!

    That big TunaPen is an excellent stick bait!

    TJ- That's similar to the prototype that we're working on and the lure Capt Craig from VanStaal was talking about!
     
  9. Uncle Russ

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    jflores: What Smith rods were you using? Was one of them the 80P/35 by any chance, and, if so, how far are you able to cast with it? Thanks.

    Russ
     
  10. JFLORES

    JFLORES Senior Member

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    jflores: What Smith rods were you using? Was one of them the 80P/35 by any chance, and, if so, how far are you able to cast with it? Thanks.

    Russ

    Yes thats the rod very light and just the right backbone for those
    fish:) With the wind on my back i was able to cast around 80 yrds with
    no problem. Into the wind maybe 50-60 yrds. Also the weight of the plug
    is a big factor i was using a 100g stickbait.
     
  11. JFLORES

    JFLORES Senior Member

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    Hi Paul708,

    What boat are you going on. Im going on the primetime with Capt Bob Drake.
    Also yes, maybe we could meet up. I have my crew, but maybe in the future
    if you are looking for one we could hook up.
     
  12. paul708

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    i am on the cleansweep. 36 contender with the trips.. we will probably see you guys..we have 4 now so there will be alot of room if we dont fill it..i have a few other boats i fish with and will be looking for guys.