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Old 09-19-2008, 08:20 PM
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Anyone fishing the US Open interested in purchasing blue runners? Need enough committments to get the bait truck to come up from Florida either one day or both days:
$150 a dozen based on 40 plus dozen or $200 a dozen based on 15 to 40 dozen
I know a little pricey but worth it if you have never fished with them.
Old 09-21-2008, 07:13 PM
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Man... have you lost your mind??? Poggies are the bait here, just like blue runners down there.

The bait man here sells poggies for $5 apiece and I think he's carzy!

If you know what you are doing, 5 mintues with a net will get you 50+ bait. Sorry to bust you bubble.
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That is true Pogies are easy to catch may take a little time to find them, but with my Net I can load up usually in one throw. If I want something else I can always jig up Pinfish and other things. But the Pogies easiet bait. I know one guy was selling ribbon fish for 10 dollars a piece a couple of years ago. I don't believe in buying bait unless I can't possibly catch anything.
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using blue runners in southport...........ohhh my eyes!!.
Old 09-22-2008, 06:38 PM
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Jeff, I will catch you a few fresh beeliners and lizardfish for only 100 a dozen. bluerunner=king crack I dont care where you are.
Old 09-23-2008, 08:39 PM
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Give me one rod and a blue fish, I'll take my chances.
Old 09-25-2008, 08:44 PM
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You're not busting my bubble. I can float the net in one throw. I would rather fish blue runners, blues, or ribbonfish any day than a spread of all pogies just like the other 500 boats around are doing. For your info, the last four Morehead City tournaments were won on bluefish as well as second and third place in those events. There is a reason that ribbonfish are $10 a piece and bluerunners $150 a dozen, they catch fish and big ones. Also, beeliners and lizardfish are killer big king baits. Like the man said, give me one rod and a bluefish and I will outfish a whole spread of pogies with those pretty little skirts. Throw in another rod for a ribbonfish with a turbo rattler on the downrigger and you are history. There is a reason the bait trucks will be at The Rumble In The Jungle and the Pro boats will be buying blue runners. Sorry, for the tone of this post, but before you people make smart comments toward me maybe you should learn more about different ways to kingfish. There are better choices than a pogy if you want a big king, but if you don't care or don't want to spend any money then thats your choice. Catch em up! and good luck to you who are fishing the Open! I will be the dummy pulling blues and ribbonfish.
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http://www.fryingpantower.com/ftopict-10142.html here is a link for your ribbonfish
Old 09-26-2008, 06:11 AM
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We'll be pulling melvins on top and clavens on bottom...I can't see any blue runner, expensive or free, outfishing that.
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Have one question? In the past years what bait was used to win the US Open? Anyone really know I don't want opinion I want fact. I know one guy that won several years ago and he did it with Pogies? The fact is he is a friend of mine and he finished third last year. My theory is and will always be big bait big fish, but got to have luck and pull the bait in front of the big fish. I still try and catch my own bait!
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Ok, I will take some melvins and clavens, whatever the heck they are since they are so good. Macdermit, I can't answer that, but I am sure over the last three years it has been pogies or bluefish. We finished 9th three years ago on a bluefish and alot of people either aren't going to tell you they caught their fish on a blue even if they did and then the other majority ain't going to take the time to catch them. Is the predominant bait in NC and the most used for kingfish pogies? Yes. Are they always the best? No We finished 13th this year at Sneads Ferry and couldn't get a sniff on a pogie. We caught her on a ribbonfish. In the Jolly Mon this year we got Jr. Angler money on a ribbonfish. I fished 11 tournaments last year on a pro boat and here is what we did for fact: 2nd Myrtle Beach FLW Ribbonfish at Georgetown 3rd Beaufort, SC FLW Ribbonfish at Edisto Reef, 18th Southport FLW Ribbonfish at the Navy Wreck,
and 5th Greater Wilmington Ribbonfish at Topsail Ledges. I am not tooting no horn here, but telling you exactly fact. There will be a bait truck at the Little River tournament and one at the Wrightsville Beach FLW. Now unless those Pros are complete morons who like to just throw away money on bait brought up from Florida then I would think they are not sold on pulling pogies for big fish. I didn't come here to get in a big pissing contest over bait. If all of you think that it hurts your pride to buy bait then thats fine. But it don't bother me a bit to buy ribbonfish or runners especially when I got a 1099 in the mail last year from tournament winnings because of them. The US Open will probably be won on a pogie, but like I said I would rather pull big fish bait to enhance my chances on a big fish. Now once again Good Luck next weekend in the Open!
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Most of the locals, that do not have sponsers, have to depend on whatever bait is available by cast net. That being said, I agree with your thinking. Blue runners are tops and catch fish. Many turnies have been won with a rigor morticed frozen cigar all dressed up with a chartruess skirt. If you can afford lively bluerunners @ 200.00 a dozen thats great. The object of the contest is lost, when the odds are compromised by outside money. 34 foot yellow fins with 3 Yami's hanging off the back., a live well full of blue runner's etc etc. Guy's that spend all year chasing king's with the finest equiptment, it's not a contest of natural skill any longer. Its all about the bottom line. Walmart, Bass pro shops, boat manufacturers etc. Just my two cents~JJ~
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Note: I bring a shit load of kings to the dock when they decide to grace my spread. Some big, some small, some on artificials, some on dead bait, some on live bait. Some on flatline, some on the downrigger. Then I go back out and cant catch shit on anything I drag. I personally think that if a king is hungry, he is not that concerned about the price of the bait. Now I do agree he surely has a preferance to certain food. As we all do. I like rib eye steaks, over chicken, but if I am real hungry, chicken is fine with me in a pinch. Again, just my opinion. ~JJ~
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I think it is more about presentation, maybe blue runners swim better, or are more lively. I also believe that it depends on the hunger of the fish. If a fish is really hungry, he isnt going to dick around. He sees food and bam! If he isnt really starving, then he is picky. If you think about it, they have very small brains. I think they react much like a dog. If my dogs are sitting on my porch and an animal walks by leasurely, they may look up and think about a chase, but if a animal runs by, they fly off the porch and ponce. It's instinct. Again just my opinion.~JJ~
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If 95% of the boats at the US-Open fishing Pogies, Guess what - probablity says the winning fish will be caught on a pogey. Overall, I have caught bigger fish on bigger baits, but still looking for my 1st fish over 40 pounds, so not sure what fools the big monsters - other than luck... Always wanted to try blue runners, I have heard many great things about them. At $15 a pop, I hope the sharks go not like them also.
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In all likelihood a pogie will prevail. Just plain math. I would like to try blue runners myself. But to be honest, last year I was in the Jungle during the Rumble. I didnt even have live bait. I was fishing dead skirted cigars and caught my share of good size kings. I was not entered in the rumble. I just happened to be fishing while it was going on. Main thing is put it in a kings face, and if he is biting you are in. ~JJ~
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Most "PROS" arent professional anything except spenders. If I had a $150000 boat a $50000 tow vehicle and an unlimited fishing budget, then I'd probably buy $200 a dozen runners too. The term PRO doesnt mean squat to me, its a status term these guys basically buy, by fishing a seperate higher entry tournament trail, period. Its not like thats their PROFESSION hence professional
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Junior 34 I agree 100%. Note I said I fished on a Pro boat and don't consider myself a pro by any means, but what you said is right. You can buy your way into being a "Pro". As alot of you have mentioned above you always wanted to try bluerunners and that was one of my reasons for trying to make it happen.
In a 300 to 400 boat field I assumed I could get enough participation. I was not going to get any money or anything else out of the deal. I also thought that when there are usually 3 to 4 guys on a boat that when divided up the expense for the runners wouldn't be that big of a deal. I have fished them in the Gulf and those are some mean little suckers. You have to put a death grip on them so you can keep them still while you put the hooks in. Never knew there was any at the Tower, but by the time you run out there and back and "hope" you catch some you might as well as bought them. Oh well, it was worth a try.
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ashbrook, I would really like to try blue runners. Last year I fished every couple of days, the weather was better the fuel was cheaper. This year I hardly fished, between winds, storms, untypically hot water and fuel and oil cost. Add my slip fee and insurance and all the incidental expenses. And my crew consist of a couple of young guy's, that are broke half the time. I generally bring a box of cigars, and I either chase pogies with a cast net or I use sibikie's. If my crew wants blue runners, they can buy them. Luckily for me, they both have steady jobs now and contribute to the trip expense. I am sorry if you felt you were being attacked, I am just trying to cut corners where ever I can and still fish the fall run. I meant no disrespect. ~JJ~
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No problem Jay. Unfortunately, there has not been enough interest to get the truck up. But like I tried to tell everybody, over at Kingfish Connection, Lee is already taking orders for Rumble In The Jungle so if you are going to fish that you can get some. The bad thing is you will have to pick them up at Little River.
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