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Old 05-24-2019, 05:34 AM
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Can anyone offer a step-by-step explanation on how to apply this tail rope/head hook contraption? And might this work on other species?

I’m liking the “just put him in the boat and let him beat everything to hell” method less and less lately. I’ve almost lost my whole bucket of rigs a couple of times now and expensive rods also take a beating in some situations. However, the last thing I want is a dolphin with a 12/0 hook tail roped to him flopping around after I’ve missed the head hook part!



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Old 05-24-2019, 05:36 AM
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Tail rope a dolphin? You have got to be kidding! Get a good gaff in him and lop him on the head with a bat. Tell your gaff man to take lessons.
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1. Open fish box
2. Gaff in the head
3. Directly into box
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Old 05-24-2019, 05:42 AM
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Gaf him and put him immediately in the box. There's absolutely no reason to have a large fish beating around on deck.
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Originally Posted by jj1987 View Post
Gaf him and put him immediately in the box. There's absolutely no reason to have a large fish beating around on deck.
That's how we do it as well. Gaff and in the box. Now if you want to play rodeo go for it!!!!
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Take that extra mono and tie it’s fins behind it’s back then hook it in the eye.
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Seems like an impossible task to me and one id pay to watch someone do on a green 20lber.
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Old 05-24-2019, 06:57 AM
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I saw this done in Costa Rica. that was the first time and the only time that I saw it. Never tried it myself.
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Old 05-24-2019, 07:03 AM
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My method is get it close to the boat open fish box gaff it and get it in the box. It works until someone forgets the fishbox is open lol. My buddy stepped in the box last weekend and has been pretty sore all week from it
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I just happened to see the picture on one of the local charter boat’s social media page. I was as awestruck as most of you it seems!
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I dunno. I need a chance to go catch one to test out how.

*grumbles about wind and work*
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I like to flop em down on the deck and then watch my crew get to stepping.
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Originally Posted by bigjohnnc View Post
I dunno. I need a chance to go catch one to test out how.

*grumbles about wind and work*
This. So very much this...
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Originally Posted by CapeFisher85 View Post
1. Open fish box
2. Gaff in the head
3. Directly into box
This.
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I caught a cobia to the calf letting a green fish flop around. Biggest bruise I’ve had to date. That sucker pulverized my calf. I beat all big/green fish in the head before bringing onboard. If I’m not keeping them, they don’t come onboard. I have enough pictures of me with fish, not worth the effort for bragging rights.
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We do it all the time , usually use the leader to tie them up . But also have a 10/0 hook and small rope that we use . Saves a lot of scrubbing blood out of inconvenient spots in the box at the end of the day .

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Dang! Fish rodeo!!

i want to see some one rodeo tail wrap a Cobia! That be cool!
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I’ve never done it that way the real estate in the boat is too valuable, especially when the bite is hot. Have the box open and waiting, from the gaff straight into the box.
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Originally Posted by pje View Post
We do it all the time , usually use the leader to tie them up . But also have a 10/0 hook and small rope that we use . Saves a lot of scrubbing blood out of inconvenient spots in the box at the end of the day .

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man that is one pretty dolphin. He is lit up!
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Originally Posted by GreatBigTuna View Post
man that is one pretty dolphin. He is lit up!
Here he is before he turned blue

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