Three day bluefin jigging/popping with Korean TV fishing crew

Discussion in 'Jigging and Popping' started by ksong, Oct 25, 2009.

  1. ksong

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    They left for Korea last night and I finally can find time to relax. :) But it doesn't last long as two Korean jigging/popping fishermen are coming tonight to fish bluefin in Cape Cod with me.

    We fished bluefin for three days on Oct 11, 12 and 15. I feel they were extremely lucky to fish bluefin three days in a week at this time of the year in Cape Cod.

    Oct.11

    I picked Shin and cameraman, Lee up at JFK airport, NY at 10:00 pm and drove directly to Green Harbor, MA.
    We had a double header on poppers around Peaked Hill Bar area early in the morning. Shin fought his first ever bluefin on a popper and I let Korean fisherman from Argentina a blueifn I hooked up with Dorado Slider floating. Both were in 120 - 130 lbs range and were landed within 10 minutes.
    I was using new Jigging Master 8'6" Moster popping rod. I watched closely while the guy from Argentina fought the fish. The rod remined me of long 8'6" original Gloomis rods before Shinamo purchsed the company. thin and stiff, strong, sensitivity and crispy feeling.
    Capt. Dom watched the rod action, he was impressed and asked me what kind of rod it is, not realizing it is new JM popping rod.
    I think JM did pretty job to develop the popping rod.

    In the afternoon, Yong hooked up a nice bluefin and Shin fought the fish for 30 minutes. We saw the fish twice on the surface and it was about 300 lbs big tuna. Though shin fought over 30 minutes, the fish was not ready to settle down for death circles. 8* But unfortunately the fish pulled the hook.

    My camera was malfunctioning during the trip. I used Capt Dom's camera and I'll post pictures when I can upload pictures from his camera.

    Oct 12

    It was calm which is rare in Oct, but we rarely saw any surface action all day. We saw a few tuna jumping and they disappeared as we approached. As soon as we left the area, I saw Capt Chip's boat ran toward the spot we left and Chip radiod us that Adrian hooked a nice bluefin on a popper(I found later he used a Heru lure.

    We came back and decided to film their fight.

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    Oct 15

    After fishing bluefin on Oct 11 and 12, I decided to guide them in Panama as weather didn't look good for a while in Cape Cod and NC.
    But I found a small window in Cape Cod on Thursday (10-15) before leaving for Panama on Friday. But I couldn't find a boat on Thursday. Fortunately Roger was willing to take us out on his 22' Boston Whaler out of Pamet Harbor, just south of Provincetown, Cape Cod.
    Pamet Harbor is a cozy, beautiful harbor and it is short run to the fishing ground.

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    When we got there, tuna were jumping all over the places.
    Shin got a bluefin with Tailwalk Gunz first.
    Shin used a prototype Korean popping rod. It looked the rod is rated to 30 - 40 lbs, but Shin said it has dead lifting power of 100 lbs. [email protected] he said new carbon developed by new technologies was used for the rod. After I watched him fighting a 53 - 55 inches bluefin with the rod, I asked whether they could add more backbone on the rod and he said any action and any backbone rod are possible by adding other material over carbon.

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    After we caught and released the fish, the surface action became quiet. We went to the fleet in NE corner. Lots of whales were there, but we didn't have many tuna marks there. We came back to Peaked Hill Bar area and decided to jig while drifting. I didn't take long until I got a hit on my Sevenseas Hooker jig. I normally use glow color daytime, but I used simple grey color of Hooker jig for experimentation and it worked.
    I let Shin fight the fish and he was in awe how strong a bluefin is.
    He caught 200 lbs dogtooth tuna in Northern Mariana off Saipan and 52 kg (116 lbs)GT in Komodo Island, Indonesia and he didn't have any problem to land them in short time, but he had hard time to fight with 170 - 180 lbs bluefin.
    The rod he fought was heaviest jigging prototype rod which they made for me for big tuna. The rod lifted over 400 lbs object !!!
    I can sense the new types of carbon will revolutionize rod making processes soon.
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    I put OTI 10/0 assist hook at the tail of the Hooker jig for experimentation. I feel assist hook at the tail of a jig can give better presentation than hook on top of a jig when using short jigs. Jigging Master PE5 filled with Vairvas Avani Big One PE6 was used.
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    Thanks Roger for the arrangement of your boat for the trip. Shin was so fascinated with bluefin fishing that he vowed to come back again next year. :)

    I have no doubt the fishing shows will be a big hit in Korea.
    I don't think anyone fought a nice bluefin on jig/popper in Cape Cod, a marlin in Panama and a big AJ on jigs in NC in a week like Shin did. :)
     
  2. paul708

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    nice pics and report.
    that hook on the bottom sounds like it worked. thanks for the tip
     

  3. John_Madison CT

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    Kil: One heck of a post !! Super pics and a great description of the action.

    Btw, is that pink colored leader material?

    Thanks for sharing.

    John
     
  4. MJ4

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    Great post Kil.Im sure the shows will be a big hit.I would love to see them.
    A question for ya about the assist hook on the bottom.You showed me that on our trip with capt John in cape may in july.Ive tried it a few times since.It seems with speed jigging it works good but with slow jigging it tends to foul.Would you agree?
     
  5. semipro

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    Kil,did you have a chanse to use those new rods?
     
  6. Fin Addiction

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    You guys can jump all over me here....I really don't care but you need to take more care in *gaffing fish* your supposedly releasing. Good grief!! This is a world class fishery and if we abuse it and don't respect it and take care of it and SET EXAMPLES DAILY for other fishermen WTF?
    There is no reason to gaff a 50 inch class fish that is hooked with a single hook...If your not using single hooks then you SHOULD BE!
    This is something that has stuck out like a sore thumb with this community over here. Fish over the rail for pics then *supposedly* released, Two gaffs in a face then *supposedly* released....Come on guys!:rolleyes:

    Capt. Jeff Smith
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  7. ksong

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    You guys can jump all over me here....I really don't care but you need to take more care in *gaffing fish* your supposedly releasing. Good grief!! This is a world class fishery and if we abuse it and don't respect it and take care of it and SET EXAMPLES DAILY for other fishermen WTF?
    There is no reason to gaff a 50 inch class fish that is hooked with a single hook...If your not using single hooks then you SHOULD BE!
    This is something that has stuck out like a sore thumb with this community over here. Fish over the rail for pics then *supposedly* released, Two gaffs in a face then *supposedly* released....Come on guys!:rolleyes:

    Capt. Jeff Smith
    Outer Cape Chronicles
    Jeff, you are right.
    As you might know, Roger rarely keep any bluefin and most bluefin are released. I think he felt to use the gaff for TV camera. The smaller fish was caught on a Tailwalk with treble hooks.
    The bluefin caught on Capt Chip's boat was intended to keep it as it is their first bluefin on that day and it is normal to use two gaffs to lift over 65" tuna.
    Let me know how you release bluefin with little harm. I don't use treble hooks for bluefin jigging anymore. Instead, I use a single assist hook and cut the assist cord when releasing.
     
  8. ksong

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    Kil,did you have a chanse to use those new rods?
    Yes, I tested their jigging rod and popping rod.
    I felt carbon rods are pretty soft like glass rods. However, shin told me they can make any action rods by wrapping other material over carbon.
    I suggested what I want and they are going to send me prototyle rods with my specs soon. They have 5 guys in rod developing team. :eek:
     
  9. geyssonh

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    You guys can jump all over me here....I really don't care but you need to take more care in *gaffing fish* your supposedly releasing. Good grief!! This is a world class fishery and if we abuse it and don't respect it and take care of it and SET EXAMPLES DAILY for other fishermen WTF?
    There is no reason to gaff a 50 inch class fish that is hooked with a single hook...If your not using single hooks then you SHOULD BE!
    This is something that has stuck out like a sore thumb with this community over here. Fish over the rail for pics then *supposedly* released, Two gaffs in a face then *supposedly* released....Come on guys!:rolleyes:

    Capt. Jeff Smith
    Outer Cape Chronicles

    The fish with the two gaff in the face was caught on Capt Chip's boat. Nobody mention about releasing that fish. It became SASHIMI!!
     
  10. ksong

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    Great post Kil.Im sure the shows will be a big hit.I would love to see them.
    A question for ya about the assist hook on the bottom.You showed me that on our trip with capt John in cape may in july.Ive tried it a few times since.It seems with speed jigging it works good but with slow jigging it tends to foul.Would you agree?
    Yes, assist hooks on the bottom can catch lines sometimes, but it is not bad at all. I am thinking how to reduce catching lines when using assist hooks on the bottom.
     
  11. panamasportfishinglodge

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    KIL,
    Awesome report on the BFT , enjoyed fishing with you guys here in Panama
     
  12. cbaker77

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    The fish on my boat was meant for the dinner table. Any fish on my boat intended for release is lip gaffed, dehooked, swam and released with the fish never coming out of the water. We should take great care of these fish that are to be released but if the fish is going home for dinner im going to use whatever method is necessary to get it in the boat.

    Thanks Kil for the great pictures. I have one more trip on the season and then its back to NC for some serious jigging. Hopefully we can get one of these big SOBs on a jig down here.
     
  13. Eric the Red

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    Thanks for the story and pics! I felt like I was right there! By the way, is Capt Rice jigging bait in the harbor in the first pic? Either that or just getting ready for the day?