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Old 11-06-2019, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by krabill View Post
I put my swivel holders in the middle of the gunnel and not at the stern for this reason, maybe i'm wrong but it seems easier to have a guy able to grab the weight this way to me instead of reaching way over the stern. (I have outboards on a bracket)
That wouldn’t work on my boat, but same concept. Our weight is about 150’ from the bait so the fish is still pretty much straight down or out and we maneuver the boat accordingly.

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Old 11-06-2019, 05:42 PM
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Yessir, boat is out of Indian River



Generally speaking, you're in 1200-1800' and as CapPhil stated, the bottom topography is much more important than anything with the second being your drift conditions. You can get bit on one side of a hill and not the other, etc. I have an Airmar B-175m and have marked the bottom to 2200' or so, but I've been finding that it depends on a few different factors. The only thing you're likely to see on it is the thermocline and sometimes it'll be so dense that it can ping as a false bottom depending on your bottom machine settings. I take mine out of Chirp mode and leave it in 100khz and turn the gain up a little. I'm still experimenting with it. That's not to say they're not deeper, I just haven't really tried.

We are nowhere near as proficient as some of the other guys on here, believe me. The most important things are just to keep putting your time in, don't get tangled, and don't let your bait spin. I'd also recommend figuring out ahead of time on the boat and who is gonna do what when they get boatside. They are very mean fish and that bill is no joke. Good luck!

I run Raymarine Axiom Pros. I have them connected to a B175M. Holds bottom very well.



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Old 11-06-2019, 10:52 PM
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Nice job finnedfanatic!
I know your buddy must have been ecstatic
A big wahoo like that is a prize catch for anyone.
Congrats on a great day out on the blue water.
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Old 11-07-2019, 10:57 AM
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https://m.tackledirect.com/tackledir...Jw025GeaWtRbRG

That’s the rod I’m currently using. I haven’t used another, but I like it. I can see squid bites, so it’s plenty sensitive enough and I also use it to prospect for tilefish before I drop a jig down.

I’d also highly recommend having a 0° swivel rod holder with a backing plate put in the back corner of your boat. Getting the weight off can be a challenge and being able to have one guy swing the rod towards the boat while the another unclips the weight is a big advantage.

I will point this out but I just got an email from tackle direct for their 22nd anniversary and they are offering 22 % off all their brand stuff. This includes rods/combos and when I click the link in the email the daytime sword rod comes up under the sale. 22% off makes a expensive rod much more palatable.

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Old 11-07-2019, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by willf650 View Post
I will point this out but I just got an email from tackle direct for their 22nd anniversary and they are offering 22 % all their brand stuff. This includes rod and when I click the link in the email the daytime sword rod comes up under the sale. 22% off makes a expensive rod much more palatable.
Sure does, I didn't pay anywhere near full price for mine either. Thanks for the heads up on that too, I use their white logo duffel bags as tackle bags and I need to grab another one.

Also, my friend Dave down as Island Tackle Outfitters on Kent Island carries Blackfin Rods and they make a hell of a swordfish rod around the $600 mark. They do all kinds of customization work too.
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Old 11-08-2019, 09:55 AM
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Another 👍👍👍 for Blackfin Rods
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Old 11-10-2019, 07:38 PM
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Anybody get out this weekend, I know was to lay down Saturday afternoon and know was a little bit rough in am, but looking for any reports of anyone got out Saturday or sunday???

Forecast looking good for Thursday if that forecast holds true and planning to try to get out Thursday. Also heard reports of bluefin showing up off NJ inshore within cell phone range this weekend if anyone heard any verified reports.....
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Old 11-12-2019, 12:35 PM
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Went to the deep Saturday even with the NE blow still getting it in the morning. All I can say is we absolutely rocked the swords. Went 9/13 on them and locked in the record for swords caught in a single day at least on the Eastern shore. All fish were caught on hand crank and stand up harnessed. We were doubled up 4 seperate times and landed them all including a bonus eye ball. It was the absolute best fishing you can have on the east coast in November.








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Old 11-12-2019, 01:34 PM
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Good work man. You guys are on it. Thursday looking doable
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:03 PM
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Wow. Just...wow.
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:28 PM
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Originally Posted by BigtTunaDaddy View Post
Good work man. You guys are on it. Thursday looking doable
Send it buddy and make it happen 💪💪💪
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Old 11-12-2019, 02:45 PM
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2 Saturday’s ago. Getting better.
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Old 11-12-2019, 03:52 PM
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Anyone plan on heading out Thursday ???? Forecast still looking cold but calm.....
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Old 11-12-2019, 05:01 PM
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We’re gonna send it
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:09 AM
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Wow is right! That is some major pullage and good eats!
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Old 11-13-2019, 08:40 AM
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Congratulations on an amazing catch BigtTunaDaddy!!!
That thing is a sea monster!!!
Mouse 4X4 dude you guys are slaying them.
I need some of that mojo on my boat.
Nice catch guys!!!!
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Old 11-13-2019, 09:32 AM
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If the forecast holds we will be heading offshore tomorrow out of VB. If anyone wants to work together let me know.
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Old 11-13-2019, 10:24 AM
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All credit goes to hammer down boys. His fish is way bigger too.
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Old 11-13-2019, 11:14 AM
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Anybody ever get hounded by birds before? we had a pair of gannets the last trip out that were absolutely relentless. We worked the 000s all morning with nothing to show for it, then around 1130 a gannet shows up and attacks/mangles all but two of our lines, the clean lines then get hammered by yellowfin. we set back out and everything is hit by either this bird or tuna. this damn bird ate a solid dozen ballyhoo. Ive had a gull pick up a bait once or twice before, but this one bird followed us for damn near an hour and of course its when we finally get on the fish. anybody have any tips for dealing with this? we just pulled in all the baits until the thing went and got on another boat near by but it sucked to miss that much of a good bite due to a damn bird.
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Old 11-13-2019, 12:32 PM
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Remember the 3S rule. Shoot Splash Shut up.

Just kidding. Sometimes the birds are relentless.
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