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Max, Mark and Yong and myself fished with Capt Dom in Cape Cod on extremely short notice today and we were rewarded with excellent bluefin popping/jigging. I can say long waited bluefin fall run officially started. :)
I had two bluefin on Dorado Slider floating and one on Doragd Slider sinking and all were lost. Nothing new.:) Yong had one Ron-Z lure and one on Sevenseas 220g Hooker jig.
Mark had two_One on Sluggo and one on Yozuri Mackerel plug.

We had boiling tuna on the furface for a while and we watched them in awe. I had a nice one on Dorado Slider 180mm floating when I casted boiling tuna, but I lost it as my Accurate SR20 almost got spooled. :?

There were lots of tuna marks on the machine all day. Tough they didn't respond to jigs well today, it is a good sign there are so many tuna in the areas.





Here are pictures which show how Yong, Mark and Max enjoyed today. :)

Yong's first tuna on a Ron-Z.
The tuna turned out to be 62", but the fish fought very hard.












Yong fighting a bluefin caught on Sevenseas Hooker jig.





releasing tuna
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Mark fighting nice tuna in 180 - 200 lbs range caught on Yozuri Mackerel plug.
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Max helping Mark.
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releasing.
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Nice job Kil! good to hear at least someone is on the fish :)

Our trip to the Hudson got canned

Mike, John and I will book our dates with Dom this week I hope
 

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Great job Kil, We are heading out to Chatham tomorrow morning. So were they all caught on the surface or was that Ronz jigged? Those are some nice marks on the screen. Were you in close or out towards the BC? I know the are catching giants out at the Sword live lining and I also heard it's pretty crowded out there. Hey, the seas don't look bad. You lucked out.
 

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Epic trip Kilsong!!!!

Do you have room on your October 30th trip, I would love to fish with you!!!!!
 

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Great job Kil, We are heading out to Chatham tomorrow morning. So were they all caught on the surface or was that Ronz jigged? Those are some nice marks on the screen. Were you in close or out towards the BC? I know the are catching giants out at the Sword live lining and I also heard it's pretty crowded there. Hey, the seas don't look bad. You lucked out.
It was not out of Chatham, but out of Green Harbor.
There should be good surface action off Chatham too. I heard there were over 200 boats for giants around Sword yesterday.
The Ron-Z was casted like a popper when it got hit.
 

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Epic trip Kilsong!!!!

Do you have room on your October 30th trip, I would love to fish with you!!!!!
I don't set any date yet in Oct., It is daily basis depending on weather. If your fishing schedule is fexible, I definitely make a room for you.
I am looking forward to fishing with you.
 

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It was not out of Chatham, but out of Green Harbor.
There should be good surface action off Chatham too. I heard there were over 200 boats for giants around Sword yesterday.
The Ron-Z was casted like a popper when it got hit.

Yikes.....Stellwagen?? It has been so quite out there the last couple of weeks. Kudos to Captain Dom to bring you into those fish:)
 

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Good job fellas.I knew when I wasnt able to go that you would have a good day.
Dan,Im waiting to hear from John.After I talk to him I will call Capt Dom.Hopefully today.

On a sidenote Kil.Very sad we wont have seabass jigging this winter..........
 

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excellent pics, guys!
But I have a question: some of the pics show these long Popping rods
being held at a very high angle when the fish is straight up & down.
Is this the preferred position/stance? or was the pic taken @ the top of a
"pump"?
Because it appears that it would wear the angler out in short order, especially w/ the long butt section.
Anybody care to educate me?
 
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On a sidenote Kil.Very sad we wont have seabass jigging this winter..........

yeah thats frigging ridiculous. i was pretty excited about moving in time for seabass. guess not.. :(
 

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excellent pics, guys!
But I have a question: some of the pics show these long Popping rods
being held at a very high angle when the fish is straight up & down.
Is this the preferred position/stance? or was the pic taken @ the top of a
"pump"?
Because it appears that it would wear the angler out in short order, especially w/ the long butt section.
Anybody care to educate me?
I just took pictures when the rod is in high postion. It is very hard to get lines with long rod and it is normal to have high sticking position at times to crank, especially the tip section of the rod is too flexible.
After observing many times, I concluded that 7'5 -8' rod with backbone is the way to go for big bluein in 150 - 200 lbs to fight effectively no matter what others claim.
 

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I concluded that 7'5 -8' rod with backbone is the way to go for big bluein in 150 - 200 lbs to fight effectively no matter what others claim.

I agree 100% all my casting rods for the Cape are now 7'6"
 

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I agree 100% all my casting rods for the Cape are now 7'6"
Glenn, I was using Hots Gipang 75XXH popping rod yesterday. I believe the model is the heaviest one Hots make. But I had three bluefin yesterday and I could cast Dorado Slider pretty far enough. Once hooked, I could fight them pretty easy even I didn't have a fighting belt.
Three guys fought the last fish which was estimated around 180 lbs - 200 lbs and they all had hard time to fight with a long rod even they all are experienced fishermen.
 

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Glenn, I was using Hots Gipang 75XXH popping rod yesterday. I believe the model is the heaviest one Hots make. But I had three bluefin yesterday and I could cast Dorado Slider pretty far enough. Once hooked, I could fight them pretty easy even I didn't have a fighting belt.
Three guys fought the last fish which was estimated around 180 lbs - 200 lbs and they all had hard time to fight with a long rod even they all are experienced fishermen.

Thats a great rod BTW Kil,


I think that being honest with yourself as an angler and knowing your limitations is very important even if it means changing your stance on subjects. I always loved longer rods especially in Panama I had no issue fighting big yellowfin with the longer rods

however ...

After my trip in the Cape where I fought 5 fish in 400' of water with a 8'6" rod in one afternoon I changed my tune and decided I wanted a shorter rod. Now I will be using a new set of rods in the 7'6 range. This class of fish all being above 66" needs a shorter stick IMHO

There is no room in fishing for egos so use whatever length works best for your fighting style and you will land more fish. I re evaluated myself and my tactics and changed gear that is better for these specific fish
 

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Glenn, I agree with you. There are not many guys who ever fight big bluefin like you an some other fishermen.
Most Japanese rods manufacturers make long rods for tuna because the arevege size tuna most fishermen targer are under 100 lbs and they believe smaller lures are better for tuna. To cast farther with smaller lures, the rod has to be long and the tip has to be light.
However, the bluefin in cape Cod is totally different animal and they reguraly hit big popping lures.
 

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Three guys fought the last fish which was estimated around 180 lbs - 200 lbs and they all had hard time to fight with a long rod even they all are experienced fishermen.

Give me a shorter rod when fighting big fish.
A good Captain (Like Dom) will keep the line out of the props.
Congrats on a great trip!
 
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