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TJ of OTI sent me a few rods by Wacker & Mr. Bill ,I wanted to add a little challenge to my game , " To catch a Marlin on spinning ", so I order 2 OTI Ocean Xtreme model 3101 5'.6" jigging rod , I paired it with brand new Shimano Stella 20000 and loaded it with braided , fishing have been really good at the Island of Ladrones the last three weeks , but things died down Sunday and Monday so most of the other boats abandoned the area , there was not a single boat there this morning , but the condition looks really good ,(skipjack) baits was balling at the top really tight , we so a couple of big splash, we caught a few baits and rig the two spinning gears with live bait, we started trolling and within 5 minutes , a nice Black inhaled the bait and just the sound of the reel screaming was demoralizing ,I was hoping for a fish under 300lbs. with this tackle , cause I know it will be a long fight , specially we have been catching fish over 500 lbs, the last few weeks , the fish gave as a really good show ,jumping so many times, I was really surprise how the OTI rod handle this fish , I was able to pull on the fish with the rodand felt under control the whole time, In fact I was able to bring this fish in , under 23 mins. the fish is easy 400 lbs, the fish was caught and release, I am very impressed with the tackle cause I saw last Saturday another boat hooking up on a Marlin with spinning tackle and lost the fish when his rod broke,well after all the high five's, we rerig and within a few minutes we had another fish on , this one was a tad smaller but nevertheless this tackle was in for a workout , 2 Black Marlin in one day or less than one hour, what a day , for anybody that would like to try this , we have the tackles available for you, Thanks to OTI for an awesome rod , enjoy the Pics. Panama Sportfishing, panama fishing charters | Panamasportfishinlodge.com










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Congratulations John,

If you only knew how many hours myself, Wacker, Alban and his buddy spent trying to get one hooked on a spinner. The fishing God's didn't want us to catch one on a spinner.:mad: I think I was to prepared. The marlin sense it.

I knew it was just a matter of time. Great catch. Especially two in one day on spinning gear.
 

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Congratulations John,

If you only knew how many hours myself, Wacker, Alban and his buddy spent trying to get one hooked on a spinner. The fishing God's didn't want us to catch one on a spinner.:mad: I think I was to prepared. The marlin sense it.

I knew it was just a matter of time. Great catch. Especially two in one day on spinning gear.

Thanks Mr. Bill ,I was wishing myself for you guys to get one on spinning , i think the key was putting 2 identical rods out , so the fish don't have a choice
 

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Congratulations John,

If you only knew how many hours myself, Wacker, Alban and his buddy spent trying to get one hooked on a spinner. The fishing God's didn't want us to catch one on a spinner.:mad: I think I was to prepared. The marlin sense it.

I knew it was just a matter of time. Great catch. Especially two in one day on spinning gear.
MrBill, I think I spent thousand hours to hook up a bigeye on jigs without success. When I fished on the Canyon Runner out of Point Pleasant a few years ago, I jigging for tuna for several hours for nothing. So I went to the cabin for rest. Eddie,mate of the boat, used my jigging setup and hooked up a bigeye within 5 minutes after I went to the cabin. :eek:
 

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That is wild, got to love seeing something like this. I guess this ups the stakes and will set the bar way up there in the nose bleed seats. Figure this one out and name your price on gear, and tackle.
 

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That's just insane! What a day fishing. A great day in Panama and I believe a first for OTI.

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Wacker nailed a huge Black Marlin on an OTI 7'6" 60-80 popping rod two weeks ago. His was a conventional rod using a Hoo-X. The reel was brand new and he took it apart and greased the drag with Cal's grease. I think that was the key. Those Black Marlin aren't whimps either. They pull and pull and pull. The key is constant steady pressure.
 

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Wacker nailed a huge Black Marlin on an OTI 7'6" 60-80 popping rod two weeks ago. His was a conventional rod using a Hoo-X. The reel was brand new and he took it apart and greased the drag with Cal's grease. I think that was the key. Those Black Marlin aren't whimps either. They pull and pull and pull. The key is constant steady pressure.


Your excatly right Mr. Bill , constant steady pressure
 

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Remarkable !!!

Please tell me about the drag you used. Also was that Momoi 80lb Hollow core?
I have it set around 30 + lbs. but I thumb it from time to time when I feel like I can apply more pressure , because the way Marlin can take off,(I actually have a burnt blister on my finger} , could not get it out of the way fast enough, i was afraid that I will not have enough time to adjust the drag, Yes it is Momoi hollow core 80lb
 
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