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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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Couple of questions for you people that have been on the Big E trips.

A) Where are your tackle boxes stored?
B) If they are kept on the top deck, are they placed in the open?
C) Where do you store personal things? Bedroll, pillow, towel, etc?
D) Do I need to bring Dry Sacks for my stuff?
E) Where are extra drinks stored if not in your cooler?


One more thought. I just finished watching a Japanese jigging video Randy sent me. I didn't understand a word, but I picked up some great tips by watching the way they jig. Fisherman in the US have a lot to learn from the Japanese. They really have the jigging to a science. Maybe I'll take a two hour crash course in Japanese and watch the video again.

One thing that bothers me about the Big E is the gaffing. I'm a head gaffer, and body gaffs offend me. I hate to waste a good eating fish to improper gaffing.

I noticed the Japanese don't use gaffs. They have these big nets to scoop up the fish. That makes for no holes in the skin and a perfect eating fish. The fish on the video were no bigger than about 40 pounds and the boat they were fishing on was not as high off the water as the Big E. I'm wondering if I have a big net fabricated with a long handle would the deckhands even attempt to use it. I don't mind spending a few hundred bucks getting the net made to support up to a 100 pound tuna. Am I wasting my time with this idea?

How long are the gaffs they use on the Big E, and where do they store them?

All food and tackle are on the top deck where ever you can put them. Your bedroll goes on your bunk, there is a small storage area under the bunks for your dittybag. No food in the bunkrooms.

Gaffing (14 feet) on that boat goes from fair to bad. Don't waste your money on a net!
 
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