Excellent bluefin jigging out of Cape May, NJ today

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  1. ksong

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    We had super bluefin jigging on the Hooked UP II today. All blueifn were over 160 lbs. We kept the first bluefin which is about 165lbs (fork length is 65.5") and released all others.
    I'll give detailed report with pictures.
     
  2. VaRandy

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    You da man! Look forward to your writeup/pictures/
     

  3. TheSwab

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    Good Job Kil!!! Sorry I could not get you out last week, the weather was just not cooperating for Friday....

    Hopefully I can get you out soon. I was gonna shoot for Thursday, but the weather is getting ugly again. Possibly Saturday or Sunday.


    Im looking forward to seeing some of your tackle. I may have to take a ride up to your shop one of these days If I cant get you out soon, I really need to upgrade some rods :)

    Brian
     
  4. swabby wats up brother i cant wait till thursday or when ever we get out this week.... tell powder i am gonna woop his a-- lol
     
  5. TheSwab

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    Yoooo Butter, I will... That fish looks familar! Looks like Saturday Butter... Its gonna be snotty Thursday and Friday....

    The Bert is ready to roll :D
     
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  7. ksong

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    Sorry for the late report. We had sushi party along with Korean Bar-B-Que at Choi's in Edison, NJ on the way home last night.

    Capt John said this is world class bluefin jigging while fishing and I totally agreed with him. We had a tuna over 150 lbs on each drift.
    The problem is you got to compete with other fishermen to get the first bite. :) Otherwise you have to watch other fishermen to fight because the boat has to chase the fish as they are all over 150 lbs range.

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    I am going to concentrate on tackles we used rather than boast our success. :)

    The weather was perfect with light wind though there are som swell and we didn't have any problem to drop jigs to the bottom with light jigs. (tuna were near the bottom).

    Angelo got the firt tuna on 200g Metallic Sardine jig with 8' Japanese Cosmotech rod and Ocea Jigger 5000P.
    the Cosmotech rod looks fragile in the picture, but I have confidence with the rod as I landed several hundred tuna upto 230- 240 lbs with the rod in the past. Anglero passed the rod to Yong after fihting for a while and it seemed Yong detemined to finish the fight with full force. When the tuna refused to give up, he had to give up and passed the rod back to Angelo. :) Yong is pretty experienced tuna fisherman, but he miscaculated this time by overpacing himself.
    The golden rule for fighting big tuna is to maintain your pace.

    Most guys used Japanese style jigging and Angelo used conventional East Coast up and down jigging motion with 8' rod.

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    Angelo changed his setup to Hopper rod and Everol 12/20 and he hooked up another one with Metallic Sardine jig. [email protected] It is apparent tuna prefer smaller jigs this time. I know tuna are conscious of jig sizes more than anything else. I used Jigging Master 200g Alien jigs as it was the hottest jig a few days ago. but apparently they prefer smaller jigs this time.

    This fish fought harder than the first tuna and I asked Angelor whether he moved up the drag to full and he said he did. @(
    When tuna was clsoe to the boat, the drag system of Everol 12/20 broke down and we handlined the fish to the boat.
    Everol 12/20 is one of the strongest reels for its size, but it shows the sheer power of big tuna. The reel is lefty version and it might be something to do with it as I never had problem with even smaller 6/12 reel for tuna jigging. Funny thing was nobody wanted to help Angelo as he used a lefty reel. :)

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    I swithed to smaller Sevenseas 220g Hooker jigs after I saw the success of Angelo with smaller Metallic Sardine jig.
    On the next drift, Yong got a hit even my jig was on the way down.
    But he must had a big tuna this time as his Ocean Mark's Blue Heaven reel got spooled completely. @(
    He landed a 150 - 160 lbs bluefin in Cape Cod with the same reel a couple of weeks ago. This fish must be much bigger than that.

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    Mike had two bluefin on jigs on hammered diamond jigs. One with a regular hook and one with circle hook. I got to admit that I suspect circle hooks are not as effective as regular J hooks as it is believed that you can not set the hook when using circle hoosk.
    But they are as effective as regular J hooks when jigging when you set the hooks as normal way contraty to my belief.

    I recommended 500g Jigging Master rod and Accurate BX2 600 for the tuna jigging setups for the Hooked UP II when Capt John asked and I am glad I did while watching Mike fighting with the boat's setup.
    There is no room of error when fighting big tuna over 150 lbs on jigs and those setups performed beautifully as I expected.
    Mike impressed me as he fought calmly even though this was his first tuna trip and tuna were not small.

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  8. gman

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    When Dan called me I was very excited but i could not get somone to watch my youngest son Nico. Kicking myself in the ass for not going now. Great report Kilsong
     
  9. rtran

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    good report kil.
    did you not hook up this trip either?
     
  10. papio

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    Awesome report Kil. Good to see the Hopper mixing it up with the big boys.
     
  11. ksong

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    I have been trying to test tiny JM 4 reel for tuna for long, but I haven't had any chance to hook any tuna to test it.
    After I changed my jig to Sevenseas Hooker jigs, I had three bites but I couldn't hook them solidly. The first one stayed only a few second when the tuna hit while cranking fast. I got two more hit while I was jigging slowly up and down. However they came to me instead of running away. I tried to crank as fast as possible to get rid of slack lines, but it was too late.
    However, I knew it was just a matter of time to hook up a tuna as the Hooker jig was working.

    Finally, I had a solid hit when I jig fast with Japanese style. But the fish didn't fight at all and followed when I reeled in. Alex,mate came to me and told me I might had a small tuna after he saw me fight with ease. But I told him it is at least 100 lbs. When I felt weight of the tuna finally, I told tuna is growing. :)

    I came down to stern from the bow and tuna finally took line. When tuna dumped about 200 yards of line, I asked Capt John to chase it afraiding my small reel got spooled as Yong's did.

    After fighting for a while, I asked Dan to fight. It was a good move by me because he ordered the same reel after he fought the fish with the reel to the end. :)
    We got the leader after fighting about 30 minutes and I was really happy the reel performed beautifully with about 160 lbs bluefin without any issue.
    I used 5'2" custom JM 500g with JM PE4 reel filled with 300 meter Varivas Avani PE5 and 15' Yozuri 80 lbs Pink fluorocarbon leader.

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  12. rtran

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    nice catch on the small reel!
     
  13. fishingeek

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    Congratulations on another GREAT trip Kilsong!
     
  14. MrBill

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    Very nice report. I noticed that every fish was caught on a conventional jigging setup. That's interesting as most reports lately show spinning outfits.
    I like both methods. Switching from spinning to conventional gives your arms a rest. If I knew the tuna where in the 150# range, I'd pull out the BX2-600 myself.

    One question. How deep did you have to drop the jigs before hooking up?
     
  15. Bellyups

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    Great report and thanks for all the pics and details!

    Kil, I assume the OJ 5000 P performed very well?

    Scott
     
  16. peterk814

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    conv > spinning =)
     
  17. ksong

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    Very nice report. I noticed that every fish was caught on a conventional jigging setup. That's interesting as most reports lately show spinning outfits.
    I like both methods. Switching from spinning to conventional gives your arms a rest. If I knew the tuna where in the 150# range, I'd pull out the BX2-600 myself.

    One question. How deep did you have to drop the jigs before hooking up?
    In fact, Yong used Hot Wei World with Saltiga Z6500 and Mike used Stella 20000SW for a while. I saw Mike hooked a fish with Stella 20000SW for 5 seconds.

    The bottom depth was 170 - 180 ft and tuna were 10 - 40 ft off the bottom.
     
  18. ksong

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    Great report and thanks for all the pics and details!

    Kil, I assume the OJ 5000 P performed very well?

    Scott
    We didn't have any problem with OJ5000P. But 5000P's anti-reverse gear completely got damaged when big bluefin almost spooed the 5000P in NC this winter.
     
  19. gman

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    Kil nice picture with the one handed jigging other hand drinking coors
     
  20. HWK

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    Great report Kil,
     
  21. BretABaker

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    Kil nice picture with the one handed jigging other hand drinking coors


    agreed. i laughed because the first time i fished with kil a few years back....he cracked a heineken, looked at me and said "this is my dramamine".

    ever since then i drink at least 1 beer per trip in hopes of the same luck :D