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I have had hard luck whenever I went tuna jigging trips this year. On late three tuna trips, I had only one tuna for my 30 hour jigging efforts. :(
Finally the long spell of drought was over on yesterday's Baltimore canyon overnight tuna trip by landing 9 tuna (8 yellowfin and 1 longfin) upto 90 lbs. on jigs. The first two tuna were caught on metallic sardine jigs and I switched to Shimano's new glow Flat-Sided jig as I wanted to experiment this new jig and caught 7 more on this jig mostly from 5:30 am to 6:30 am.
The glow Flat-Sided jigs worked, but I believe it didn't make difference what jigs I used as tuna hit anyhing moving during the hot bites.

While jigging action was slow at night, I even used OTI popping rod with Stella 20000 for chunking tuna. :)
I wanted to know how the rod acts while fighting a decent tuna.
I found the rod has a plenty of backbone and the trip is very strong. When tuna went under the boat, I intentionally held the rod in high stickting position, but the rod didn't break. :) I could control tuna for the entire fight with the rod. I am pretty satisfied with the performance of the rod, but the real test is when I have a cow on the rod when I fish PV soon. :)

OTI 80 lbs popping rod/Stella 20000 setup


nice yft on a jig


bloodydeck after hectic hot bites


scars on the Flat-Side jig ater catching 7 tuna on it
 

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I've only got one thing to say. You get to fish to much. I need your job.

What size boat is that you were fishing on. I see a 250 outboard in one picture.

Once again, nice bunch of tuna. Your arms must hurt today. Good luck in PV. I once again lost a deposit for this weekend in PV. To much work, with deadlines causes me to miss another fishing trip. That's 5 paid for trips I have lost this year. The water should be nice after the storm. I think you will do very well. I can't wait to see how the super panga works out for you. Good luck.
 

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I've only got one thing to say. You get to fish to much. I need your job.

What size boat is that you were fishing on. I see a 250 outboard in one picture.

Once again, nice bunch of tuna. Your arms must hurt today. Good luck in PV. I once again lost a deposit for this weekend in PV. To much work, with deadlines causes me to miss another fishing trip. That's 5 paid for trips I have lost this year. The water should be nice after the storm. I think you will do very well. I can't wait to see how the super panga works out for you. Good luck.
I am trying to slow down. :)

The boat is 32 SCARAB with twin 250 hp. It was pretty calm yesterday and it ran around 38 knot.

Tuna jigging is like marathon. When you use your energy only needed, it doesn't hurt much. :)
 

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Minnow,
Is that prototype rod one of the blanks that I bought from you? Is it the two piece 7 1/2" 50lb or 80lb?
 

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Kill..

9 Tuna up to 90#.. Oh SON... your a jigging Stud!

Thanks for the great report on the OTI 80# spinning rod and the photos.

We know they are quality products but solid fishing proof is always good.


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Hey MrBill!

Kil is reporting on the 7 1/2 foot, butt-joint 80 lb spinner.

We'll also run the butt-joint (2 piece) in 50 lb!

Kil- Thanks for high sticking it! :eek:

Glad it worked!

I envy your annual fishing trip count!!!
 

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Guys, when are we gonna be able to get our hands on one of these rods?
I need it for the lump in January!
Good job on the tuna, Kil.
tight lines
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Kil- Thanks for high sticking it! :eek:

Glad it worked!


I had a confidence because the rod didn't break when I bent the tip in my office. ( I broke a few new blanks by doing it. :) )
 
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