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Old 05-08-2019, 06:42 PM
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We just tie a loop in one end with weight, toss up over a good spot, and grab with gaff. Then when you get ready to go, just untie and pull away. I personally didn’t care for rig hook, but others seem to like. I like simple and out of the way.
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:01 PM
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we used to tie off intil the boat almost got slammed under the rig support becasue seas changed and we were near the rig trying to free the rope......After that 100% rig hook and LOVED IT. But that was when I fished the rigs twice or three times a month
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Old 05-08-2019, 08:29 PM
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Should have just powered up on rope and untied in 1 second, then pull away. No need to unhook the rope, just pull away.
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:09 AM
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I use rig hooks when its calm. They scare me when its rough. I tried all methods and when it's on the rougher side I use a gallon jug half filled with water. Throw it over and let it float all the way back to the boat.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:56 PM
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When it's rough we us a a boat bumper tied to rope. Throw it over rig leg. Feed line out and current will bring it right to you. Then untie bumper/cleat it off and fish. Untie one end to leave and back away from rig and let rope pull thru.....
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Old 05-09-2019, 03:25 PM
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That bumper idea is a good one
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Old 05-09-2019, 08:54 PM
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I use a quart or half gallon jug with just enough water in it to give it some weight for distance. Works for me. Also get a golf ball retriever and take the claw off and add a hook. Gives you a lot more reach than a gaff.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:32 AM
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I don't ever tie up. I learned a long time ago from Tommy Pellegrin that most of the fish aren't hugging the jacket on the down current side. Countless times I see folks tied up with not much action, while we are pulling fish in left & right 15-30 yards away from the platform.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:51 AM
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That Contender was tied up, til they got tired of seeing us pulling fish in behind them.
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Old 05-10-2019, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Dufrsp31 View Post
I don't ever tie up. I learned a long time ago from Tommy Pellegrin that most of the fish aren't hugging the jacket on the down current side. Countless times I see folks tied up with not much action, while we are pulling fish in left & right 15-30 yards away from the platform.

This!! unless diving the rigs, we never tie off. One man on wheel and we usually fish the up current side where the fish seem to concentrate.
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Old 05-10-2019, 09:31 AM
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I have seen guys out there with that I-Piot trolling motor with anchor mode and tear them up as well on all sides of the rig
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Dufrsp31 View Post
I don't ever tie up. I learned a long time ago from Tommy Pellegrin that most of the fish aren't hugging the jacket on the down current side. Countless times I see folks tied up with not much action, while we are pulling fish in left & right 15-30 yards away from the platform.
Have never really had an issue not catching fish on the down current side hooked up to the rig. 90% of the time the people I see not hooked up are drifting around not catching chit while we are cranking them in scratching there heads. Tying up is the way to go unless you have the ipilot option or are trying to catch ajs or pull up a warsaw imo
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:27 AM
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Another option: Sometimes I will tie up (or use rig hook - I've done both) on the upcurrent side and leave the motor idling in reverse. Depending on the current, wind and sea state I may have to turn the motor one way or the other to keep the boat from swinging into the rig but 9 times out of 10 it works very well for us. I'm in a bay boat so if its rough or windy enough for this maneuver to be tricky or not work then I'm either heading in or didn't go fishing in the first place.

Also, just because you use a rig hook doesn't mean you have to be right on top of the rig. I have mine rigged up with a snubber (with a loop) to a long anchor rode that we can tie off whatever distance we want. Once again, having the boat in reverse against the current lets you really fine tune exactly where you want to be.

This will continue to work for me until I get an iPilot
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Old 05-10-2019, 10:48 AM
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Learn how to hold the boat usually on the up curren side depending on what you're trying to catch!!!
Tuna fishing we're never up close unless we're jigging BF at night. Most of those platforms will not let you tie to them anyway...Around La. there are plenty to tie off to for black snapper and such.
If you hook a good AJ and are tied off, you'll probably lose him before you can get loose. If we hook up I just pull away to clear the legs...(When ya can catch 'em)!!! Season sucks.
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Old 05-11-2019, 07:52 AM
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Originally Posted by mlanzotti View Post
When it's rough we us a a boat bumper tied to rope. Throw it over rig leg. Feed line out and current will bring it right to you. Then untie bumper/cleat it off and fish. Untie one end to leave and back away from rig and let rope pull thru.....
I do the same thing, but with a fender.
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Old 05-11-2019, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by mlanzotti View Post
When it's rough we us a a boat bumper tied to rope. Throw it over rig leg. Feed line out and current will bring it right to you. Then untie bumper/cleat it off and fish. Untie one end to leave and back away from rig and let rope pull thru.....
This is the guy you go fishing with!! Great idea!
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Originally Posted by arczr2 View Post
Have never really had an issue not catching fish on the down current side hooked up to the rig. 90% of the time the people I see not hooked up are drifting around not catching chit while we are cranking them in scratching there heads. Tying up is the way to go unless you have the ipilot option or are trying to catch ajs or pull up a warsaw imo
I hear ya, but I never said fish could not be caught on the down current side. We were on the down current side in the pic I posted above. There are so many variables why one boat would catch more fish than another boat fishing the same platform. Lets say hypothetically, you and I have a friendly competition to see who catches the most fish from the same platform in one hour. $10k prize. You get to pick your tie off point first and I get the other 90% of the platform to fish. Who starts with a big disadvantage in this scenario?
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Originally Posted by Dufrsp31 View Post
I hear ya, but I never said fish could not be caught on the down current side. We were on the down current side in the pic I posted above. There are so many variables why one boat would catch more fish than another boat fishing the same platform. Lets say hypothetically, you and I have a friendly competition to see who catches the most fish from the same platform in one hour. $10k prize. You get to pick your tie off point first and I get the other 90% of the platform to fish. Who starts with a big disadvantage in this scenario?

I'm game also depends what your fishing for species wise. If I'm bottom fishing we always tie up always! Cobia,aj,or warsaw were generally not tying up. When it comes to bottom species you would stand no chance with our secret fish calling device. Let's bump it to 15k
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Dufrsp31 View Post
I don't ever tie up. I learned a long time ago from Tommy Pellegrin that most of the fish aren't hugging the jacket on the down current side. Countless times I see folks tied up with not much action, while we are pulling fish in left & right 15-30 yards away from the platform.
I agree with this for most fish except mangroves.
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Old 05-11-2019, 11:33 AM
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Originally Posted by arczr2 View Post
I'm game also depends what your fishing for species wise. If I'm bottom fishing we always tie up always! Cobia,aj,or warsaw were generally not tying up. When it comes to bottom species you would stand no chance with our secret fish calling device. Let's bump it to 15k
It was a hypothetical scenario pointing out the disadvantage. If I had $10k to blow, I'd buy a Rhodan. Until then, I'll continue to do what puts fish in my boat. Secret fish calling device. Now you can't leave us hanging on that one.
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