Jigging/Popping opportunities on the Excel
Posted 06 February 2013 - 01:27 PM
I tried to jig daytime in Mexico on long range boats for several times, but all results were negative. For some reason tuna down there hit jigs early in the morning, late in the evening and at night though small tuna take jigs daytime.
This 160 lbs yft took my 250g Super Sardine jigs at 2:00 am. I hooked up four yft in 110 - 160 lb range on the same jig and all were caught in the evening and at night.
(two were lost on the surface as 130 lb Yozuri Fluoro Carbon broke.)
Tuna hit long jigs, but they definitely prefer short jigs in 6- 8 inches. All tuna on jigs were caught on short jigs on this trip except one nice tuna on a medium length jig by Konishi san of Carpenter but unfortunately the main line got broken by scratching on the bottom of the boat when tuna ran under the boat.
All my tuna were caught while I was jigging slowly up and down in 120 - 150 ft down on this trip. Many jig fishermen crank very fast for tuna, but it is as effective to move your rod up and down leisurely.
I used 5' custom Black Hole Cape Cod Special 450g and JM PE10 filled with 80 lb Jerry Brown 80 lb hollow. This setup is good even cow.
160 lb yft on 250g Super Sardine jig
110 -120 lb tuna on the same 250g Super Sardine jig
Brian fighting a nice 110 - 120 lb tuna on 230g FCL Labo jig. He lost bigger 150 - 160 lb yft on a jig as the leader line got broken on the surface on the trip.
He used 400g JM Power Spell rod/Stella 20000.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 02:28 PM
ready to throw second reel.
Capt Jimmy fighting a big tuna using 6' prototype Black Hole Giant rod which landed several giant in 700 - 900 lb in P.E.I. After he landed the tuna, I asked whether there would be any modification. He said the rod is just fine as it is and he ordered 4 Black Hole Giant blanks for his boat.
Shin from Korea is very innovative. Even he never caught tuna before, he found a way to fight tuna. When he hooked up the tuna, there were very few tuna were caught that day. He continuously sent out squid and reeled in slowly repeatedly.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 03:35 PM
Konishi san is one of the most famous popping fishermen around the world. His Carpenter rods are top of the line in Japan. He travels all around the world to test rods and lures.
We had a rare opportunity to see how he fished on the trip.
He landed about 150 lb tuna within 15 minutes using 8' long popping rod. He gave constant pressure throughout the fight. Like we fight big fish on harness, he tried to make a half turn or one turn by lowering the rod quickly. I am going to post a video of his fighting when it is ready.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 05:16 PM
Many are skeptical about using spinning gear for big game fish. I was too years ago, but I changed my mind after I used them and landed big tuna.
We didn't have proper spinning reels and rods for big tuna years ago, but we have now. Some spinning reels generate more drag than big conventional reels.
Enjoy pictures of fiahing tuna with spinning setup. The spinning set up as you see in the pictures are very light as most tuna were 50 - 100 lb range, but they had heavier spinning setup ready in case they encounter big yft.
8'Black Hole Magic Eye 804S/Penn Spinfisher 9500S in action. The Magic Eye rod is for 40 - 50 lb line for inshore fishing and we used the rod for tuna just for testing.
This tuna is close to 100 lb.
Posted 06 February 2013 - 07:36 PM
crew of the Excel. They did a great job even some don't speak English at all.
Thank you guys.
bye bye !
The successful trip is attributed mainly to Jamie's unselfish dedication and take care of other fishermen.
Thank you Jamie. I know we become life time fishing friends each other for the lest of our lives.
Posted 26 April 2013 - 04:10 AM
After these long 15 days, what can you say about the Penn Spinfisher V? I bought the reel Penn Spinfisher V 10500 coupled to the rod Penn Bluewater Carnage Jigging/ Spinning 80-130lb catch for tuna about 100-120lb ... Waiting for your opinions on this reel
Edited by Valerio94r, 26 April 2013 - 04:10 AM.
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