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Old 02-19-2018, 03:59 PM
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TackleDirect has their inshore medium heavy spinning rods which have a lot of backbone and should be good for school mahi on the pots on sale BOGO if anyone is interested. Just picked up two this afternoon. Great rods.
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Old 02-19-2018, 05:26 PM
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For trolling, added some sterling wide trackers (like others) and 3 new pinnacle wind on leader rods plus a new 50. I also bought a new 400g jigging rod (spin) from pinnacle. Hoping to be able to jig the yft this season under the pilot whales or perhaps the Bft inshore feeding on the sand eels like a few seasons ago.

Every year is different. Best trip last season was trolling at canyon in late June. The year before my best trips were chunking inshore early/mid July. This year..hopefully a wahoo. Might have to try Cletus ‘s tip on the deep line since I don’t have a planer rod.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:36 AM
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Are you adding clips to outrigger poles? ( to run the wide trackers on)
Is 2' enough?
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:06 AM
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Originally Posted by heycharlie View Post
Are you adding clips to outrigger poles? ( to run the wide trackers on)
Is 2' enough?
that's what I'm going to try Charlie and give it a test run in the bay . Never know might find a blue fin .
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:11 AM
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Good luck on the bft haha. Worth mentioning, I would only run the wide trackers on the long rigger if your outriggers are pretty beefy (i.e. not the flimsy taco collapsibles or the like). I've got carbon fiber bly riggers that handle them fine. I'd be worried about bending or breaking lighter weight riggers. You can run from the rod tips if concerned about putting too much stress
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:50 PM
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got new carbon fiber last fall
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I'm gonna get out earlier this year we didn't start till June last year. I really want to find a good reliable buddy boat.

I'm also going to add an extra rod so I'll have a 7 rod spread. I'm gonna try some other stuff then just ballyhoo. I am going to try a few daisy chains and I saw talk about cedar plugs no idea what you use them for or how you use them but I'm gonna look into that as well.
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Old 02-21-2018, 08:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Adam9066 View Post
I'm gonna get out earlier this year we didn't start till June last year. I really want to find a good reliable buddy boat.

I'm also going to add an extra rod so I'll have a 7 rod spread. I'm gonna try some other stuff then just ballyhoo. I am going to try a few daisy chains and I saw talk about cedar plugs no idea what you use them for or how you use them but I'm gonna look into that as well.
I think almost anyone that's going-coming on the same schedule will buddy boat with ya. I didn't get my new motor till mid August last year & only got offshore a few times. Plan to make up for it this year. Gonna start trailering from the eastern shore to o.I. until warm Eddie shows up off delmarva (hopefully)
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Ceder plug is good right in the first wave as a flat line or make decent stingers on bars. They are a must have staple lure.
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Originally Posted by mouse4x4 View Post
Ceder plug is good right in the first wave as a flat line or make decent stingers on bars. They are a must have staple lure.
Agreed. I learned a trick from a well known IRI big eye captain several years back. We were trolling the big eye spread late in the day when he heard on the radio that there were small YFT eating plugs. We put out two cedar plugs and instead of clipping them in on a flat line he told us to drop them back and jig while trolling. Just a back and forth motion generated more hookups than the rod in the rod holder. This is not a bad tactic if you are running through the whales or see YFT /bait on the screen. I usually put a cedar plug on my 400g jigging rod and give my crew “something to do”. Sometimes it works...sometimes not.
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Agreed. I learned a trick from a well known IRI big eye captain several years back. We were trolling the big eye spread late in the day when he heard on the radio that there were small YFT eating plugs. We put out two cedar plugs and instead of clipping them in on a flat line he told us to drop them back and jig while trolling. Just a back and forth motion generated more hookups than the rod in the rod holder. This is not a bad tactic if you are running through the whales or see YFT /bait on the screen. I usually put a cedar plug on my 400g jigging rod and give my crew “something to do”. Sometimes it works...sometimes not.
This is a good trick. Definitely seen it connect with barely legals and below in the Washington. Not a bad idea to have that jigging rod in the water and if you go over marks or whales have someone work it. Or even if you hook up and get lines cleared and have someone jig it. Even let it sink and work back up. Good shot at getting a second fish I would think. Especially if the one with a fish is well out of the way.
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Originally Posted by old hat View Post
Agreed. I learned a trick from a well known IRI big eye captain several years back. We were trolling the big eye spread late in the day when he heard on the radio that there were small YFT eating plugs. We put out two cedar plugs and instead of clipping them in on a flat line he told us to drop them back and jig while trolling. Just a back and forth motion generated more hookups than the rod in the rod holder. This is not a bad tactic if you are running through the whales or see YFT /bait on the screen. I usually put a cedar plug on my 400g jigging rod and give my crew “something to do”. Sometimes it works...sometimes not.
Two years ago this landed me 5 40lb class yft and a 100lb bigeye. Doing exactly what you described in the whales also countless shorts
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Something Iv done with varying success & yes Iv Cought multiple species on them is drone spoons. Even if the fish aren't keying in on them I think the wobble & flash attract fish to the spread
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Something Iv done with varying success & yes Iv Cought multiple species on them is drone spoons. Even if the fish aren't keying in on them I think the wobble & flash attract fish to the spread
Timex, what size drones are you pulling? And are you weighting them or running on a plainer or just on their own?
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I like running a 12oz or larger planer off my rear cleat/downrigger (200pound braid) 100 feet back which averages 50ft down depending on speed... take a double snap and clip one end to planer cable let your bait out as far as youd like (75 yards on a drone spoon) then wrap line with rubberband and clip swivel to other end of band and let line out... will slide down the planer line.. then you dont have to have a bridle or reel up the planer with every fish, although it is hard to trip on downrigger
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Old 02-21-2018, 04:45 PM
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Iv used several different methods but not usually way back or deep most of the time I use outrodders (horizontal) rod holders & pull daisy chains from rod tips between the flat & short rigger. But will put a 3 1/2" drone there just use a #2 plainer & 20 feet leader to spoon Gets it down 3 to 5 feet deep behind the flat on a sunny day you can see it flashing
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Iv used several different methods but not usually way back or deep most of the time I use outrodders (horizontal) rod holders & pull daisy chains from rod tips between the flat & short rigger. But will put a 3 1/2" drone there just use a #2 plainer & 20 feet leader to spoon Gets it down 3 to 5 feet deep behind the flat on a sunny day you can see it flashing
Thanks Timex. That’s how I’ve fished them for kings. Wasn’t sure if you were doing something different.

Flounder. I run a planer rod with bridle set up just never run the drone on it. Also use a z wing from time to time but that thing pulls super hard and is pretty unnerving at times.

I think I’ll give the drones a try this year I have an arsenal of them that I use for kings blues and fat alberts. I’ve just never thought to give them a try on the tuna/Dolphin
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Just gotta throw a recommendation on here for Dennis at Atalntic Tackle. Amazing service and the price can not be beat. Four tld25 and two 6000 series services and line on a tld25 for less than 150. Dennis also has more knowledge than pretty much anyone and is a pleasure to talk to on a rainy/offseason day.
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Just gotta throw a recommendation on here for Dennis at Atalntic Tackle. Amazing service and the price can not be beat. Four tld25 and two 6000 series services and line on a tld25 for less than 150. Dennis also has more knowledge than pretty much anyone and is a pleasure to talk to on a rainy/offseason day.
One of the off-season past times I look forward to is running down to Atlantic on a Saturday and talking with Dennis!
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Tuned in. Boat is getting her pre season tune up as we speak. Reels re-spooled, rods serviced and tons of pin rigs made. I can't wait.
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