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Minnow called as they were docking and gave me a quick report. Here are the highlights:
* 120+ YFT -- about a 50# average and largest about 100#, 90% from poppers
* Pending record black grouper
 

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Sounds like a great trip. Was just looking at the early pics on 2cool. Mrbill, you might want to give your trip a second thought. Every gaff is almost dead center in the middle of the body. I know you, and that would really drive you nuts. Looks like a great boat. Like those huge live bait tanks. If those deckhands ever took "gaffing 101" I might join you.
 

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Yeah, the gaffing technique is lacking but they are getting better. (so I hear) They beat our YFt count from the Halloween trip last year. Looking forward to hearing all of the details.
 

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WOW, just looked at those pics. That's some poor sticking in those nice quality good eating size YF's. Do you think those were going into the chunk pile? If not, about 3 inches each side of each hole is spoiled after sitting in the slush box. I guess their goal is to get the fish in the boat. Smoker broke up with a lot of girlfriends because of those body sticks.

It does look like a nice boat. That boat would be great in 10-12s.
 

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trip was great

123 YFT avg 50lbs
35+ assorted grouper

New boat record

most YFT were taken on top water poppers

Deep water rigs off the coast of Louisana

At times there were 5 - 50+ YFT hooked up at the same time in the back of the boat.

and cast were still being made

Highlights were the Black grouper 116lbs, missed the state record by 4 lbs

2 - 100lbs tuna

Busting tuna on flying fish and our lures
 

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Can not wait to see pics. Sounds like you had some fun. I can not wait to go now. Going Oct 6-8 and it can not get here soon enough. Thanks steve
 

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you guys were on fire!~! COngrats on the awesome fish catches!! SOme HUGE grouper, bigeye, and YFT!!! Nice!!!!!

Minnows.. that smile on Rue's face is gonna make it easier to buy more tackle in the future... only exception is you now have to buy (2) of everything....lol.
 

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Kill,

We have to cast to the edge of the light, I would say about +- 60 yards.
I can't cast that far with my conventional setup, luckily Rick loan me a spinner.
 

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Kill,

We have to cast to the edge of the light, I would say about +- 60 yards.
I can't cast that far with my conventional setup, luckily Rick loan me a spinner.
Hmmm.... I got to make a decision whether I bring a spinning reel setup or not. If I use 50 - 60 lbs line, I could cast 60-70 yard on conventional reel, but I don't like to use light lines on a party boat. :)

I just posted on Allcoast a picture of your wife fighting a tuna on Saltiga spinning reel . :)
 

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Kil,

I would suggest you bring the spinner with you, it's much easier to cast and you don't have to worry about backlash in the middle of hot bite. JMO.
 

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Yeah, the gaffing technique is lacking but they are getting better. (so I hear) They beat our YFt count from the Halloween trip last year. Looking forward to hearing all of the details.

Bret,
The gaffing stinks! I had three or more fish lost to poor gaffing including one deckie who hit the leader on two fish, one of which was a pig!
 

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Steve,

To my knowledge we brought back +-120 yft up to 100 pound, +-40 of few species of groupers up to 116 pound, AJ up to 60 pound, Rainbow runner up to 10 pound, +- 100 blackfin tuna up to 25 pound, and tile fish. No red snapper at all LOL.
 

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Kil,

I would suggest you bring the spinner with you, it's much easier to cast and you don't have to worry about backlash in the middle of hot bite. JMO.
I think you are right.
I always like to fish away from crowd whether I catch or not. :)
I hope tuna cruise around the boat on my Big E trip.
I constantly cast anyway even I use jigs. :) I am going to bring Yozuri Surface Cruiser and Bull GT with me when I go on an overnight tuna trip tomorrow and test how far I can cast with those poppers on a conventional reel. :)
 

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Kil,

Yeah, bring the popper rig. They are more fun to me than a jig bite...

If you are going to change out the split rings and hooks, I would reccomend that you do that beforehand and try out the actual combo you want to use.

I was shocked to find that I had a popper that would not float in freshwater but was OK in saltwater.

I feel silly telling you this. You know much more than you tell. I am throwing this out for our other readers. I know how much I learned from reading as a lurker....
 

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Ksong, I would take the spinner to let you have the option of using it. I can cast a popper pretty good until the deck is too crowded with topwater fishermen. Then I become more apprehensive and backlash whenever I adjust my cast. IMO, a good spinner will consistantly outperform (on the big E) an open face reel unless you have phenomenal casting skill. The further beyond the lights, the more time you are in the strike zone. When lined with spectra, the poppers are much easier to pop. Its all that simple. I did all right on the top water, landing 3 fish and "tagging" a 4th with a large gaff on my first 2 drifts. However, I became more apprehensive with soo many people pitching poppers. I also had bad timing and did not fish topwaters on the 2 most incredible drifts. My friends from Ohio used my spinner (an old Daiwa Emblem 5500 ZA) and did well.
 

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Ksong, I would take the spinner to let you have the option of using it. I can cast a popper pretty good until the deck is too crowded with topwater fishermen. Then I become more apprehensive and backlash whenever I adjust my cast. IMO, a good spinner will consistantly outperform (on the big E) an open face reel unless you have phenomenal casting skill. The further beyond the lights, the more time you are in the strike zone. When lined with spectra, the poppers are much easier to pop. Its all that simple. I did all right on the top water, landing 3 fish and "tagging" a 4th with a large gaff on my first 2 drifts. However, I became more apprehensive with soo many people pitching poppers. I also had bad timing and did not fish topwaters on the 2 most incredible drifts. My friends from Ohio used my spinner (an old Daiwa Emblem 5500 ZA) and did well.
Thanks for the offer.
I just came back from an overnight tuna trip out of Cape Cod. Night bites were almost non-existent to my surprise. We decided to jig instead of trolling daytime. It was a quite sight to see 21 guys jigged together. This might be the first try in the world a tuna party boat jig tuna exclusively. :)
We caught 9 tuna, mostly 30-40 lbs longfin, in two hours. All tuna except one caught on slow up/down jigging motion. One tuna were caught on Shimano's short Butterfly jig with fast jerk/crank technique.
I casted Yozuri's Surface GT Bull on Saltist40 for a while and I barely could cast 50 - 60 yard. :( Not good enough. I tried to minimize rods and reels for the Big E trip, but I have no choice,but to bring spinning gear setup. :)
 

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kil,

That's so cool, 21 guys jigging? One of these day we should book a jigging only trip LOL. How many did you catch?

I am glad you are bringing your spinner
 
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