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Old 09-18-2019, 08:01 PM
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Default Tuna guys - How often do you buy the tackle?

okay, just curious as I am a live and cut bait kinda guy heh, but a friend gave me a bajillion magazines and so I was browsing one called “Marlin” and holy cow... at a min of 26 bucks a pop, I would hope they last longer than my white bass lures lol!

how often do you have to replace them?

also, assuming you could outfit a boat and wanted a good “starter supply” what and how many would you start with, for gulf off texas coast, say Port A?

thanks guys
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:22 PM
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Ive had trolling lures, birds, green machines, cedar plugs and stuff like that for many years.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:37 PM
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Tuna fishing is an expensive game. Lures can last a long time, but the rigging takes a beating and constantly needs to be redone. There are always casualties as well. Prob broke off $400 worth of lures this year have of that went to sharks.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:57 PM
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The artificials that never catch fish will be with you for years the ones that catch fish always seem to get broken off and need to be replaced.... I always felt like we were breaking blue/white islanders....
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$26 bucks is cheap! Start pricing out spreader bars, kite setups, etc. and your jaw will really drop!!!
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I play the top water and sitting on the ball game for BFT. The plugs I throw range from $30 to $250. this weekend, it was tough to watch a $100 stickbait and 400 yds of JB hollow go deep six in a few blinks of an eye. when it is all said and done, I will have chewed through $2000 worth of gear. when you add in 1600yds of JB that get replaced and a couple broken rods it becomes a party .
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Old 09-19-2019, 12:06 AM
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You might be amazed at how many fish you can catch with pieces of cut broom handle painted creatively.....Cost about 50 cents each and if you feel like being sexy, you can add a skirt for another 50 or so cents. Add some lead and you have a completely different swimmer...
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islanders Joe shutes zukers & the llikes are no big deal & any good capt will have several of what's getting bit any given season & it varies from season to season but bars that's a different story I easily have over $1000 worth of bars & i currently need to replace 2 lost this season & there's a few more I want to try. flouro is a big expense I change my leaders often & just ordered 2 vs70s but I absolutely love offshore fishing & the $$$ is well worth the memories to me
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I haven't tried this one yet.... But you think $26 is expensive look up Pakula or Black Bart.

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Old 09-19-2019, 12:52 PM
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Thanks guys. Just got the "new" boat in March. Still getting her ready to get back on the water, but really looking forward to outfitting her proper.

Right now, I have like 3 6/0 Senators and a few 4/0-type levelwinds... couple Senators, couple Cabelas brands, couple Penn levelwinds, etc.. nothing major, but a good start.

Also picked up 4 nice bent butt rods, so when I get to replace the reels, they will have good homes, so to speak.

I think I have some of those lures I bought a couple 5-packs a few years back that are still sealed, never got to use them. I like live bair and cut bait.. but need to leave my options open when I get gear to handle it, but gotta do it slowly or the wife will be feeding them to me.. heh

Anyway, one day.. we will see.

Gotta get the boat in the water first !:P

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The artificials that never catch fish will be with you for years the ones that catch fish always seem to get broken off and need to be replaced.... I always felt like we were breaking blue/white islanders....

i just started offshore this summer, and getting everything,but lucky that am very good friends ,almost family with a guy that owns a tackle shop so able to get a good discount on lures, reels and tackle.

I started with (5) Shimano TLD 2 speed 50’s on 6’ Star Rods.
spooled with Momoi 50# in (3)green and (2)orange crush. It’s easier setting lines and keeping them straight, (no outriggers,yet)

bought a mix of Islanders 2,4,6oz blue white, pink white, purple black, Green yellow. Normally (2) of each, Zukers / feathers same various colors, Green machine, and a Purple machine, made my own squid daisy chains for flat lines as well as couple birds, some sea witches different colors, some moldcraft soft heads, some smoker type jetheads.

I know the 1 trip we set a mixed colored spread blue white, purple black, zucchini , pink white but purple/black was only 1 getting crushed, so started switching out lures to those colors and started getting multiple rods going off, next trip was blue/white and switched out all baits to that color and had 5 rods go down at 1 time with 3 of us on boat. Am starting to pick up a larger selection of colors and sizes to be able to start with and then be able to switch out lures to what’s working. To me the rigging is the fun part catching stuff on rigs you’ve made....

but it don’t really want to know the tally for what have spent in the last 3 months....lol

plan on trying a couple wide trackers in couple colors is next on the list
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That dam Sterling Tackle keeps coming out with new stuff that catches fish...…….LOL God only knows what I spend a year on tackle of all sorts. I can't drink anymore so I have to spend it on something, can't take it with you when you take a dirt nap
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This was the first year I've heard of the gater blues being reel bad and tearing everyone's gear to shit. We lucked out we had 6 out of 7 rods go off with blues over 10lbs and only one spreader bar got damaged but was repairable. Our lines did not go back out in that spot. Other guys were not so lucky
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Gater blues?

forgive me, fellas. I have fished a lotta years out in the Gulf, but have not been much the past few after I sold the last boat and I mostly fished deep drops. Hooked a “record Marlin” once but never saw it lol... I was looking at the reel as he spooled me. The deckhand tweaked the drag and snapped the line. I was told it was the largest they ever saw, but since I never saw it lol...who cares:p

but, trying to learn some new tricks, so to speak, and a friend wanted to go after a Marlin sometime. Not sure I care to, dang sure don’t care to buy gear that I use once a year, but...who knows...
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Old 09-22-2019, 03:30 PM
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The expensive part is finding lines/lures/skirts/leader you believe in that is probably $1,000 in experimentation, then finding a bird and spreader bar that you believe in is another $350. There is also gas pulling this stuff around, I don't even want to think about what this costs. After you get the perfect spread you lose one and it is almost always the one that catches the most fish and go through the experimentation all over again. It is faster and cheaper the next time because you know the action you are looking for.
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The expensive part is finding lines/lures/skirts/leader you believe in that is probably $1,000 in experimentation, then finding a bird and spreader bar that you believe in is another $350. There is also gas pulling this stuff around, I don't even want to think about what this costs. After you get the perfect spread you lose one and it is almost always the one that catches the most fish and go through the experimentation all over again. It is faster and cheaper the next time because you know the action you are looking for.
but then the spread or lures that worked last time doesn't produce this time, so you have to buy more, and different colors or “flavors” ....... it’s never ending and only $$$$
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Gater blues?
“ Gater Blues” are large nuisance Chopper Blues or Bluefish, with bad teeth that raise havoc with expensive trolling gear
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Old 09-23-2019, 11:20 AM
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but then the spread or lures that worked last time doesn't produce this time, so you have to buy more, and different colors or “flavors” ....... it’s never ending and only $$$$
And its just fun to buy lures! Now that I own every lure know to man... I usually just re skirt and re leader the 10 or so that I know work. I have found that for tuna you can lighten the leader to a 100 lbs or even 50lbs for small tunas and if you have a good drag and feel so that you don't break the fish off that often makes your old lures work.
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I am just a year or so into offshore fishing with my own gear. Plenty of years in the bay/inshore game.

What I did in terms of gear is let people know that I would be interested in some of their stuff if they were getting out of the offshore game. So far I have picked off two nice lots of gear from a fellow local THT’er. He knows I am always interested in picking up more gear.

Now I have more spreader bars, etc than I know what to do with but got it all for a nice discount.
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The better question is do you ever really stop buying tackle.....

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