The Carolinas - I hear the BFT are nearby!!!

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Jetty Jay
12-07-2007, 06:31 PM
Not quite in my back yard yet, but last year they made a strong showing @ the light house rocks, 90/90, Christina's and were spotted at the Jungle right after they showed in N.C. So maybe this weekend they will be spotted here. I plan to go out Sunday and take a look around. Dec.29 of last year, they were herding pogies up against the Frying pan shoals 17 miles out. I plan to dust off the Internationals and get some horse bally's with pink skirts and hope to stumble on just one hungry tuna. Sunday is supposed to be warm! 74 degrees with 2-3's. If I don't spot anything I will run to the ledge for more king's, my freezer is empty and my dog's are wondering what's with the dry food lately. It would be nice to hook a monster for a change. You never know. I heard that the BFT that have been caught so far were loaded with gray trout??? So maybe they are cruising inshore? who know's. Well, I will be on channel 11& 16 all day Sunday. Anyone out, give me a shout. ~JJ~


little tooth
12-07-2007, 07:48 PM
Pink skirts eh? I always heard the blue and whites were the producers for the BFT's?

Jetty Jay
12-07-2007, 07:50 PM
Last year, clear and pink seemed to be the big producer's at least around here. From what I have heard. ~JJ~


little tooth
12-07-2007, 07:53 PM
Good to know! Sure wish I had some 130's.

aloop
12-07-2007, 08:01 PM
up in new england there are lots of them for sale- used

little tooth
12-07-2007, 08:44 PM
Any idea where? Craigslist?

colin yentsch
12-07-2007, 09:58 PM
Don't want to sell mine but i would bring them down if you wanted partner up. Also know lots of guys who would probably sell their set ups reasonable. The fishing up here has sucked the last few years.

little tooth
12-07-2007, 10:39 PM
I would totally be down for a joint venture. The only thing keeping me from being there as we speak is gear! (Well ... that is other than work, two kids, and a ferocious pregnant wife)

I just blew my wad on the boat and cant afford any significant gear just yet.

There are a ton of fish here apparently. Let me know when youre comin! I may have a few more 130's that will join us from Marblehead.

gmanoffshore
12-08-2007, 05:38 AM
130's ? Call Brant @ OIFC, they use 50's all day long spooled with 500 yds. of braid then 200 yds. of 130 mono top shot. They have caught some very nice fish on these setups. He had a budget setup using a TLD 50 2 speed on a 5'6 meatstick for the $400.00 buck range. Good luck

weed.line
12-08-2007, 07:22 AM
They are catching giant bluefin on a 50? I can see that...i caught a 115# tarpon on penn 460 slammer spooled with 17# cajun red topped with a 100# leader while we were drum fishing so anything is possible.

little tooth
12-08-2007, 07:22 AM
Interesting.

Holy Smoke
12-08-2007, 08:32 AM
depends what you want to do with the fish, You can catch them on 50's after a while but the longer fight puts a lot of lactic acid the meat and you have to swim the fish a long time to release them or sell them. I would think and 80w would be about a light as I would go in order to get the fish to the boat in prudent amount of time. IMO

gmanoffshore
12-08-2007, 09:57 AM
There are people on here that know a lot more than me about it but I have heard of fish being caught just as fast on these rigs as with the larger reels. The few I have been involved with came to the boat pretty quick because we fought from the bow of a outboard powered boat and got straight up and down on the fish pretty quick.
When you get to the 130 top shot and go to low gear on a 2 speed TLD or International you can turn up the drag and make pretty good time. If I can quote one of the guys at the fishing center, it is not about the drag system ,it is about line capacity. The 50's have the drag to handle the fish and the braid gives you the extra line cap.To each his own I just know there have been plenty of them caught on 50's.
You guys go catch em up.

aloop
12-08-2007, 10:18 AM
little tooth - 12/7/2007 10:44 PM

Any idea where? Craigslist?


Yeah Criagslist, ebay, the want ads, local news papers, cape cod times, patriot ledger, boston herald/globe etc. I seen them all the time. On craigslist, check Mass, RI, NH, and ME.

aloop
12-08-2007, 10:19 AM
little tooth - 12/7/2007 10:44 PM

Any idea where? Craigslist?


Yeah Criagslist, ebay, the want ads, local news papers, cape cod times, patriot ledger, boston herald/globe etc. I seen them all the time. On craigslist, check Mass, RI, NH, and ME. I was told that there are people willing to take a loss because they need the cash$$$.

colin yentsch
12-08-2007, 04:59 PM
50s are fine for average fish but i would not want one for when the big one bites. just my opinion but when mr. 800lber comes calling he laugh at a fifty. Little tooth i sent you a pm. hopefully here from you tomorrow.

UNCWCraig
12-08-2007, 05:48 PM
The difference in NC Bluefin fishing and that up North is these NC fish are in shallow water. There is no sounding in deep water, a 50 will do just fine!

Daysatsea
12-09-2007, 08:39 AM
No way a fifty will work with a 500lb BFT. The rods don't have the backbone to lift that size fish I don't care how shallow you are fishing. You know they do catch Bluefin up north In water less than 100 ft deep. I don't see any of the commercial guys here fishing anything less than 80s.

Lacey
12-10-2007, 07:23 PM
That you Shep?

little tooth
12-10-2007, 07:28 PM
Lacey - 12/10/2007 9:23 PM

That you Shep?

You know Shep?

Lacey
12-11-2007, 08:15 AM
I do, he started in Greenwich at a retailer friend of mine. I remember when it was just him, Ian, Demi, and a guy in shipping. Boy has life changed!! I sold paint

little tooth
12-11-2007, 08:43 AM
Lacey - 12/11/2007 10:15 AM

I do, he started in Greenwich at a retailer friend of mine. I remember when it was just him, Ian, Demi, and a guy in shipping. Boy has life changed!! I sold paint

I grew up with Shep and Ian in Greenwich and saw the whole thing unfold as well. Our families were friends since we were littl tikes. No doubt an amazing success story.

I keep up with Ian and just bought the Contender from them. So ... likely you and I know eachother if you grew up in Greenwich. ?

little tooth
12-11-2007, 08:44 AM
Sorry .... just realized we should probably take this banter off this thread.

Lacey
12-11-2007, 08:42 PM
Live in Guilford now, was in Fairfield for 16 years, boat still in Fairfield, off to Jamaica for two weeks to Marlin fish!! Nice boat. Congratulations!

little tooth
12-11-2007, 08:54 PM
Thanks! Good luck with the bills.

Cheers

TunaTeaser1
12-11-2007, 09:11 PM
Trolled s 80's and two penn 50's for BFT a few years back. Had a blast and caught 4 that day, 2 on the 50's. Released all fish and the biggest one (est 450) was on the 50.

little tooth
12-11-2007, 09:25 PM
Very nice. Sounds like the 50 LRSW would be a good, middle of the road reel for a lot of species including BFT.

Daysatsea
12-12-2007, 06:39 AM
Tunateaser, how long did you fight those fish on the 50s? I'm not saying you can't fish on fiftys but for commercial purposes trying to keep the fish from burning up is paramount. An extended fight wears the fish down to the pont were revival is difficult if not impossible. As far as quality goes after a long fight... well let's just say you probably would have made more money at home.

TunaTeaser1
12-12-2007, 01:05 PM
It's been awhile but I would say anywhere from 30-45 mins. We fought a double on the 50 and 80 so it may have taken a little longer for that one. We were shallow... in anywhere from 40-70 feet of water. I also agree that it can make revival more difficult but the fight was not to long with the water depth we had so once they got to the bottom, we just got on top of them and winched em to the top. We had limited gear and dealt accordingly but ideally that would NOT be my setup for those guys, but it's certainly possible.



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