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Old 03-13-2019, 05:15 AM
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Just curious if anyone has come up with a better way to pull ribbons.
I keep thinking about the action of a big wide crankbait. Seems like if you could modify a crankbait and use it for the lead hook, it could give great action to a ribbonfish.

Theres got to be a way. Maybe a sinking crankbait fished deep. Pulled slow it seems like you could get good swim action. Something to tinker around with.
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:05 AM
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Sew a 3oz sinker in their gill plates like a Spanish Mackeral, if you plan on pulling fast like it seems, you have to sew their mouths shut.

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Old 03-13-2019, 06:18 AM
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If you use a wobbler type jighead it will give them some action
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Old 03-13-2019, 06:54 AM
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Just curious but has anyone ever trolled something like a chatterbait offshore? Feel like the vibration, action, and flash they produce could really attract fish. would be interesting to see a bigger version of one used for trolling in the salt.
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Old 03-13-2019, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by ECU_Pirate View Post
Just curious but has anyone ever trolled something like a chatterbait offshore? Feel like the vibration, action, and flash they produce could really attract fish. would be interesting to see a bigger version of one used for trolling in the salt.
That's essentially the concept of the Yozuri Bonita. It throws off a lot of vibration.
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Old 03-13-2019, 02:58 PM
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Originally Posted by AB1620 View Post
That's essentially the concept of the Yozuri Bonita. It throws off a lot of vibration.
That's a high speed lure. Feel like a chatterbait could/should be pulled much slower.
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Old 03-13-2019, 03:26 PM
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Originally Posted by N2theblue View Post
If you use a wobbler type jighead it will give them some action
Didnít realize there was such a thing.
I think Iíve made the head Iím thinking of.
Ill have to test it.
i made a sleeve that a ribbons head will fit in. Thereís a hole to run your wire through. Once the ribbons head is in the sleeve you run a pin down through it to hold his head in the sleeve. It has a cupped bill that will dive. It has a wobble but itís not quiet right yet.
Ill have to fine tune it. I started with a plastic fillet knife sheath, well, the end of one. That got me going on a design. When done the ribbons head will be all of the way inside the sleeve. Iíll paint a big eye on it.
Just trying to come up with something I like when slow dragging! No projects going on and got bored.
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Old 03-13-2019, 07:47 PM
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Elken Lures Wobble Jighead

Blue Water Candy #057A Jig Head DT | Bluewater Candy Fishing Lures

Theres also the gravedigger style that is somewhat popular
Elken Lures GraveDigger Jighead

Also found this guy which is kind of I tersting, just really light

https://www.rapala.com/storm/soft-ba...t=true&start=1
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Old 03-14-2019, 03:51 PM
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I don't do ribbonfish but it seems to me that the heavy Mack-a-hoo would be the ticket....
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Old 03-14-2019, 05:11 PM
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Not to change the subject but we caught several huge ribbon fish off Oregon inlet a few years ago and they were damn good eating
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Old 03-14-2019, 07:17 PM
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Originally Posted by ccat View Post
Not to change the subject but we caught several huge ribbon fish off Oregon inlet a few years ago and they were damn good eating
like for real for real? them things are boney as all hell
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Originally Posted by ccat View Post
Not to change the subject but we caught several huge ribbon fish off Oregon inlet a few years ago and they were damn good eating
I just threw up a little in my mouth...

Ribbon fish can be caught in the spring at the little river jetties. Throw @ a 3" rattletrap towards the rocks and reel it back.. easy to catch all you want. But I will say that I only fish them in deeper water. I don't pull them in less that @ 60 foot of water. inshore they are shark bait and will waste a lot of time if tournament fishing. Offshore they will do better for the kings but inshore... sharks..
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:35 AM
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Originally Posted by ECU_Pirate View Post
That's a high speed lure. Feel like a chatterbait could/should be pulled much slower.
It's not just a high speed lure. Plenty of people run them on there short and catch plenty of Wahoo on them. Some people even pull them on their planer.
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Old 03-15-2019, 04:36 AM
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Originally Posted by AB1620 View Post
It's not just a high speed lure. Plenty of people run them on there short and catch plenty of Wahoo on them. Some people even pull them on their planer.
YEP! What he said...
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Old 03-15-2019, 05:14 AM
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Originally Posted by AB1620 View Post
It's not just a high speed lure. Plenty of people run them on there short and catch plenty of Wahoo on them. Some people even pull them on their planer.
Good to know.
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Originally Posted by evanP220 View Post
like for real for real? them things are boney as all hell
Not really flakes off like flounder
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Originally Posted by lumberman View Post
I just threw up a little in my mouth...

Ribbon fish can be caught in the spring at the little river jetties. Throw @ a 3" rattletrap towards the rocks and reel it back.. easy to catch all you want. But I will say that I only fish them in deeper water. I don't pull them in less that @ 60 foot of water. inshore they are shark bait and will waste a lot of time if tournament fishing. Offshore they will do better for the kings but inshore... sharks..
https://coastobx.com/outdoors/fishin...f5ac1a745.html

serious they are excellent eating
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Old 03-16-2019, 08:26 AM
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I cant imagine trying to clean one of these to eat
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