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#1 Kilsong

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 06:28 PM

The 8 days trip to Benedicto/Socorro trip is only within a month.
It is time to talk about tackle.

Here are my tackle list:

rods:
8' Black Hole Cape Cod Special Nano
8' Black HOle Cape Cod Special Graphite
7' Black Hole Cow Special 2nd generation
7'9" Carpenter Monster Hunter 79H
8'2" Ripple Fisher prototype Tuna 82

5' Black Hole Cape Cod Special jigging rod
5' prototype two-piece 450g Black Hole Cape Cod Special spinning
5'2" prototype two-piece 350g BH Cape Cod Special conventional
5'2" prototype two-piece 250g BH Cape Cod Special conventional

Spinning reels: Shimano Stella 20000SW, 18000SW, 10000SW, Daiwa Saltiga 6500H. Penn Torque 9S and Chinese spinning reel for testing

conventional reels: PE3 for bait, PE5, PE6, PE8 and two PE10.

Lures: about 30 - 40 assorted lures

Jigs: 40 - 50 jigs for tuna, wahoo and grouper

Braaided lines: 60 lb, 80 lbs, 100 lb and 130 lb

Leader line: 60 lb, 80 lbs, 100 lb, 130 lb, 170 lb and 200 lb.

terminal tackle: split ring, solid ring, barrel swivel, split ring pliers, cutter, scissor,
Zap glue, hooks, assist lines, ect

#2 fishnwrestle

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:20 PM

sounds like a lot of gear, hope you find enough time to fish it all ;)

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Posted 19 March 2012 - 08:39 PM

The 8 days trip to Benedicto/Socorro trip is only within a month.
It is time to talk about tackle.

Here are my tackle list:

rods:
8' Black Hole Cape Cod Special Nano
8' Black HOle Cape Cod Special Graphite
7' Black Hole Cow Special 2nd generation
7'9" Carpenter Monster Hunter 79H
8'2" Ripple Fisher prototype Tuna 82

5' Black Hole Cape Cod Special jigging rod
5' prototype two-piece 450g Black Hole Cape Cod Special spinning
5'2" prototype two-piece 350g BH Cape Cod Special conventional
5'2" prototype two-piece 250g BH Cape Cod Special conventional

Spinning reels: Shimano Stella 20000SW, 18000SW, 10000SW, Daiwa Saltiga 6500H. Penn Torque 9S and Chinese spinning reel for testing

conventional reels: PE3 for bait, PE5, PE6, PE8 and two PE10.

Lures: about 30 - 40 assorted lures

Jigs: 40 - 50 jigs for tuna, wahoo and grouper

Braaided lines: 60 lb, 80 lbs, 100 lb and 130 lb

Leader line: 60 lb, 80 lbs, 100 lb, 130 lb, 170 lb and 200 lb.

terminal tackle: split ring, solid ring, barrel swivel, split ring pliers, cutter, scissor,
Zap glue, hooks, assist lines, ect

I dont think I will be going on the trip if you are going to bring that "bad luck"reel you know the state of NC has made it a felony if you cross the state line with it :thumbsu:

#4 Kilsong

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Posted 20 March 2012 - 07:38 PM

with Scott joining the trip, we have full 8 or 9 fishermen on the trip.
Capt Keith said he would find one fisherman, but I couldn't contact him because he is fishing now. It is OK even he found a fishermen because there are 10 bunks on the boat (one is assigned to a cameraman) and there are plenty of room for nine fishermen fishing together.
It will be an epic trip.
We got to catch a cow over 200 lbs to show to some West Coast fishermen who refuse to believe cow can be landed on a spinning reel. :)



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Posted 21 March 2012 - 05:54 PM

with Scott joining the trip, we have full 8 or 9 fishermen on the trip.
Capt Keith said he would find one fisherman, but I couldn't contact him because he is fishing now. It is OK even he found a fishermen because there are 10 bunks on the boat (one is assigned to a cameraman) and there are plenty of room for nine fishermen fishing together.
It will be an epic trip.
We got to catch a cow over 200 lbs to show to some West Coast fishermen who refuse to believe cow can be landed on a spinning reel. :)



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i am very excited to be joining this tripas all the reports i have heard about this place are fantastic and I am looking forward to fighting a 200 plus pound yellowfin. Just DO NOT bring the banana reel..9 days on the boat with that reel and Im sure less than 9 people will return :P

#6 Angelo Ruvio

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Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:10 AM

Kil, are you sure you don't want me to put on my cameraman outfit? :)

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:15 PM

Kil & Crew - I recommend you bring some lure hooks for your poppers - they worked great in Panama - better for the angler, fish and captain. Since the lure hook is on the popper, you won't miss many strikes compared to single hooks on cords like we did last year in Panama. Picture below of the 10/0 lure hooks.

#8 Kilsong

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 03:31 PM

Unfortunately the trip is off.
The Mexican Government notified that they would allow any fishing boat to the Island even boats had existing permit.
It is very disappointing, but you have no control over it.
Most fishermen still fish out of PV though because they arranged their vacation schedules and purchased air ticket to PV already.

So we decided to fish 3 days for yft off Tres Maria Island and two day for inshore popping around Isabella Island. We plan to go to Isabella Island first. If inshore fishing is good, we are going to fish two days there as planned. If not, we go to off Tres Marias Island for yft popping and jigging for the rest of the trip.

The Tres Maria areas has been producing yft all winter. Big cow were there in Jan and Feb and they caught lots of tuna in March, but very few cow were caught in March.

However, it seems bigger tuna start to show up again in timem

I talked with Capt Keith who just returned from 2 1/2 days trip today.
He said he couldn't locate tuna on the first day in green water, but he found load of tuna on the second day and fishing was nonstop all day.
While majority of tuna were 70 - 80 lbs, he sam some nice tuna upto 150 lb range which he didn't see them on last a few trips in March.

They have two more trips before our charter starting from April 13 and we should get uptodate reports from the trips.

We also plan to fish swordfish at night as reports say there are lots of swordfish in the area.

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 12:46 PM

The trip is only 5 days away.
We add sword fishing at night as swordfish are frequent in the areas we fish.
Scott can not join the trip because he hurt his back.
Instead, one fisherman from San Diego will replace him.

We have total 8 fishermen on the trip
-three fishermen from California
-one fisherman from Cololado
-one fisherman from Korea
-two fishermen from NJ
-one fisherman from NY

#10 bowguide

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Posted 08 April 2012 - 07:51 PM

Have a great trip and say hi to Shin for me.I go to the Dr. this week to see what our course of action is,hopefully surgery is not one of the options.I am hoping to get back in shape for Cape Cod and PEI.

#11 Kilsong

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 05:58 AM

Scott, I hope you recover without a surgery. I have a back problem. So I developed my own unique fighting technique without using a fighting belt.
You should be able to join exploratory fluke trips to Nantucket Island, MA with the Black Hole inshore rod in June because you don't use your back for fluking.:)

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 06:34 AM

Scott, I hope you recover without a surgery. I have a back problem. So I developed my own unique fighting technique without using a fighting belt.
You should be able to join exploratory fluke trips to Nantucket Island, MA with the Black Hole inshore rod in June because you don't use your back for fluking.:)

Definitely count me in for the fluking as I love big fluke almost as much a I love big tuna.

#13 Kilsong

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Posted 09 April 2012 - 12:26 PM

Time is flying. PV/Florida/Bermuda trips start from Friday.
I talked with Capt Keith today to discuss strategy of fishing and preparation for food for the trip.
I don't think there is any shortage of food on the trip as Keith prepare foods and we bring foods too.

There are three bait fishermen and 5 popping fishermen on the boat. I think we have plenty of room for everybody on the trip.

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Posted 12 April 2012 - 05:03 PM

right in time

The Maximus got back from 2 1/2 days trip today and here is Capt Keith report.

3 Dogs Kill Cows in PV…..

Just hit the dock with some of the best Cow fishing we have had this month.

This 2.5 day trip all the fish were well over two and a few in the 250+ range.

Water temps are in the mid 70's weather has been exceptional and these fish

we located have been around all year, but getting them to eat has

been the most difficult for us lately . The fish ate the plunker, floating rig

with squid, cabbies on the long soak and double trouble on the kite.

We have been dealing with a spring-time turnover with a mix of cool

upwellings and off-color water that have made fishing very tough, but

with persistence from my crew we have been able to make it happen for our

passengers.


Were super stoked to get back in the game in catching these cows and to get

all our new friends their personal bests on tuna this trip.

This was our first trip we were able to put the new Triple Dog Exxtreme

Accurate reels to the test. More then just a test but we completely torqued

them to no end. These reels held up to the extreme pressure we put them up

to. We have using the topless ATD 50's and Extreme 30's

loaded with Tuff-Braid with these two combinations we have ben able to get

the job done.


We will be continuing running trips through May and the summer. If your interested in coming down we will be adding a hand full of open trips
this summer for the ones that need to get there fix on tuna check out our calendar if your interested in getting in the killer Fall, Winter and spring trips later this year.

Capt Keith



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Posted 12 April 2012 - 07:46 PM

Good luck Kil and please let me in on the exploratory fluke trips to Nantucket Island.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 04:44 PM

5 days journey is over. We got back to the dock a few hours ago and we are staying at Paradise Lodge now.
We didn't have any cow on this trip, but we got tons of tuna and wahoo on jigs and poppers.
I didn't know shark love poppers.
Full report and pictures will be posted tonight after resting for a while.

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Posted 19 April 2012 - 06:02 PM

5 days journey is over. We got back to the dock a few hours ago and we are staying at Paradise Lodge now.
We didn't have any cow on this trip, but we got tons of tuna and wahoo on jigs and poppers.
I didn't know shark love poppers.
Full report and pictures will be posted tonight after resting for a while.

Drink a Heiniken and get to it!!! We are anxiously awaiting your report :thumbsu:

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:31 AM

When we arrived at PV airport, Alex from Colorado was waiting for us and three fishermen from California arrived within an hour.

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New Maximus dock.

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Fishing started slow on the first day fishing, but Yang's Stella 20000SW filled with 80 lb braid got spooled.
From second day fishing, we encountered lots of wahoo, tuna and sharks.
I don't know how many tuna I got on poppers. At the end of the trip, only a few surface lures
were left.

Yang was a happy man fighting after fighting.

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Heru Cubera

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Moon with 8' Black Hole Cape Cod Special Nano popping rod
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Testing 450g prototype two-piece BH Cape Cod Special jigging rod with a big shark.
After serious testing with two-piece BH jigging rods for several months, I am pretty happy about the strength and performance of the rods. The moderate/fast action two-piece rods will be introduced by fall.

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Heru Skipjack

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Yang again

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Alex used Heru Tuna and he caught lots of tuna and a few wahoo before he lost the lure.

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Wahoo hit trolling lures, jigs and poppers.

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Another new lure which was very effective for tuna and wahoo was Black Hole Calypso Monster Pencil.
It cast great because it is a metal lure.

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my first wahoo on a popper. I lost several poppers by wahoo.

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I didn't know shark can hit poppers.

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 12:58 AM

Congrats on the shark catching! Also tuna were nice. Seems Cubera produces and out produces on the west coast pretty efficiently.
So are you going to post what is UP with the SOCKS on deck???

:);)

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Posted 20 April 2012 - 01:30 PM

Great Trip Kil! I still like the idea ME being the photographer :)

Next time I have to give you money so you can ship back some yellowfin for me haaha

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:11 AM

When it got dark on the last day, we encountered big fish and action was hot. Alex's Stella 20000SW almost got spooled before the line broke. We lost several big fish for various reasons and could land only a few small tuna.
I think one of the reasons was big sharks moved in.
When I cast Heru Tuna on 8' Black Hole Cape Cod Special Nano rod, I had a huge explosion. I knew it was a big fish.
Moon and Alex fought the fish and it turned out to be a 350 - 400 lb big shark. The Nano rod can take beating. After releasing the shark, we headed for the dock.

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We stayed at Paradise Lodge together before heading home next day and had a great time to dinner together on the beach restaurant at Paradise Lodge. We all know that we are going to fish together again soon.
I didn't catch a cow on this trip, but I made a few life time fishing friends on this trip. :)

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 06:59 AM

Great post! The photos got me all pumped up, especially the shark :) Many years ago I hooked a ~120# Mako and the stamina on that thing made me want to stick a medal on it before release!

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 11:36 AM

Wow. Great to read and see about the Lodge as well. I like the fact that you shared fighting fish together. It's not about machismo and the tuff guy act but having fun and enjoying the sport. I am truly missing out....
So what happened to the Chinese Stella? Did it make it to testing this time around?

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 04:27 PM

I am at Newark Airport waiting for a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fl for sword fishing.
If is very tough fishing schedule, but you got to do when you have opportunities.

Enoch,
The Paradise Lodge in PV is one of my favorites. It is a great place for a family and our family enjoyed staying there during Christmas Holidays a few years ago.

Alex who fished on the trip is a professional fly fisherman in Colorado. He told me about great rainbow trout, brook trout and cutthroat trout hiking in the beautiful Rocky mountains.
I couldn't resist and I told him I fly to Colorado in July for fly fishing with him.

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Posted 21 April 2012 - 09:38 PM

Thx for the report Kil.

Next time you must have a "back up rod" ready to prevent spooling :D.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 12:21 PM

Thanks for sharing Kil !!


Nice fishes !!! Congratulations !
I would really like to join one day !

It seems cuberas and skipjacks worked well ! Maybe a little "fragile" on big tunas ?
Here we use them for GTs and heard of problems on the center swivel on big ones by fishermen using treble on it.

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Posted 22 April 2012 - 10:26 PM

Because of weather we could enjoy much needed rest today. :)
We visited Bass Proshop in Dania Beach, Fl briefly and headed for Islamorada.

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We decide to fish large mouth bass in Okeechobee Lake tomorrow.

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:24 PM

I cannot wait to hear the report on this one.

I will be preparing my report on Panama in the next couple of days. 6 straight days of Popping and Fly rod action. Maaan are my shoulders sore.

Jamie

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:00 AM

I will be preparing my report on Panama in the next couple of days. 6 straight days of Popping and Fly rod action. Maaan are my shoulders sore.

Jamie


Good luck on your trip.
I am invited by a lodge in Panama in May, but I don't know I can find time after fishing 15 days this month.




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