Gulf Eagle Dec. 28-30

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  1. ksong

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    I called the office today and 11 guys made reservations as of now.
    They say the number is enough to go, but I expect the boat is full when it is time to sail.
     
  2. BretABaker

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    I would think so. I'm on that so if it goes I'll see you there!:)
     

  3. ksong

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    I read xs tackle's report of Nov 30- Dec 2 on the Gulf Eagle that they
    had excellent top water action at Boudreaux.
    I plan to split my time between popping and jigging/bait fishing as I expect most guys want to cast.
     
  4. BretABaker

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    I read xs tackle's report of Nov 30- Dec 2 on the Gulf Eagle that they
    had excellent top water action at Boudreaux.
    I plan to split my time between popping and jigging/bait fishing as I expect most guys want to cast.
    I might start by jigging a few blackfin using a regular diamond jig and use them as bait for YF/Sharks. I'll probably throw poppers off and on as well. I'd like to get one on topwater at least since I've never done that.
     
  5. ksong

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    I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
    Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.
     
  6. BretABaker

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    I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
    Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.
    yeah a guy i know said he just dropped down really deep (he claims about 500 feet but wasn't 100% sure) and the catch was 50/50 as opposed to almost 100/0 of blackfin/yellowfin more shallow. I believe he was just using a regular diamond jig.

    You might be able to avoid at least smaller blackfin by using a larger jig.
     
  7. Ragman

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    Hey Kil!

    In my experience, the YFT are no deeper than 280 ft. There are usually YFT schools that stay deep (under the black fin) and random YFT's that patrol from 50 ft up to the surface.

    If you can get a fast, slim jig through the BFT, then work it slowly at around 250 to 280ft (really depends on where they are marking), you can jig a YFT!

    The YFT's that patrol from surface down to 50' you should try a live jig (similar to a tuna pen foil). Just make long cast like a popper, let it sink to a count of 10, then make a long rod sweep up and reel back down.
     
  8. ksong

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    Tom, you are right. We rarely fish yft deeper than 300 ft. I caught one yft once near the bottom of canyon edges (500-600 ft), but that is an exception. When I fished on the Carreabean Sea, I planned to catch yft near the top by casting jigs concentrating on surface or near surface, but it didn't matter as blackfin were all over the places.
     
  9. BretABaker

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    if you don't want blackfin i can take them. they'd be good shark bait/chum.
     
  10. Snagged

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    I got to find a way to catch yft on jigs among so many blackfin.
    Someone reported that they got yft jigging deep, but it is unsual you catch yft deeper than 300 ft.

    Kil,
    When I fished there any jig would have a BF on it, I don't go over 14 ounces and the BF hit them. If you can get past the BF an extremely slow jig works.
    Chunk and top water were best producers.
     
  11. ksong

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    If you can get past the BF an extremely slow jig works.
    Chunk and top water were best producers.
    When I fished on the Carrebean Sea, I didn't move my jig at all, but blackfin tuna still hit my jigs relentlessly. I even got two blackfin on a jig with one single hook. :eek:
     
  12. Snagged

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    They (BF) can be pest!:D
    Get them in the 20# plus range and they are fun.
     
  13. lite-liner

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    I would love blackfin if I could find 40 pounders!
     
  14. Ragman

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    I would love blackfin if I could find 40 pounders!

    Thank goodness they stay relatively small. If we had to wrestle with 60-80 lb BFT to try to get through to bigger YFT's, we'd be really whooped.

    One of two times I almost went over board, was when I had my drag set on full (forgot to check), I had a 25-30 lb BFT slam a jig in roughly pitching seas on a smallish boat.

    I always check my drags now.
     
  15. awesum

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    Kil,
    When I fished there any jig would have a BF on it, I don't go over 14 ounces and the BF hit them.


    Jerry is right, On our recent charter I was dropping one of those 18" 425 gram jigs down and catching 16" 325 gram Blackfins .... :eek:
     
  16. ksong

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    I seldom use heavier than 10 oz for tuna.
    Should this jig work for yft ?

    This jig is 42 oz and 28.6 inches long.

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  17. Snagged

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    Kil,
    You do what you need to to get to the fish.
     
  18. ksong

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    Kil,
    You do what you need to to get to the fish.
    If I go deeper than 250 ft, it is not for yft, but for bigeye as you got. :)
     
  19. Ragman

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    Ahh, but you didn't post the price! LOL $200 prototype?

    I think that Angler is smiling because he got that jig back! LOL

    Somehow I think Kil will find out how to get the YFT's to bite.
     
  20. ksong

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    I think that Angler is smiling because he got that jig back! LOL


    I thought same. :)
    Surface irons could be the answer.