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Old 06-27-2014, 09:28 AM
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Has anyone had success catching bait offshore with seaweed? We don't have any tackle stores on island and importing sabiki rigs is an excercise in futility that I would love best to avoid. Looking for live bait for yellowfin tuna and skipjaxs. Muito obrigado!
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Old 06-27-2014, 09:51 AM
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Not sure but you can troll with a white piece of cloth and catch fish!!
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:37 AM
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Where are you located, maybe some THTer could supply you with Sabiki rigs if going to your area
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Old 06-27-2014, 10:41 AM
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Brasil??
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Old 06-27-2014, 11:22 AM
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Make your own. Tie some saltwater flies to dropper loops and there you go.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:57 PM
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I use seagull wings,white ones preferred.of course not from a live seagull.Cut inch or longer sections,tie them to hooks with snell not .you can also use red thread or nail polish over knot.Works great..
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You could stick a piece of seaweed up your butt and swim to Africa and nothing would ever bite you.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:40 AM
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The reference to seaweed came from an article in compass cayman. Just a tiny note from what a fisherman said to the journalist who wrote the article. The fisherman is Charles Ebanks. Although we share the same Christian names, his fishing accomplishments are lined with distinction whereas mine are lined with, well, let's just say not quite the same level of distinction!!
Ironworker - have you ever fished live bait with seaweed? It works much better than dead ballyhoo with seaweed!
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Small baitfish will congregate under the seaweed. You can throw a cast net over the weed and then separate the weed from the baitfish and crabs etc. Is this what the author was referring to?
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Old 06-28-2014, 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by cgaskell View Post
Ironworker - have you ever fished live bait with seaweed? It works much better than dead ballyhoo with seaweed!
No, I spend all my time trying to keep the seaweed off my baits live or dead.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by cgaskell View Post
Has anyone had success catching bait offshore with seaweed? We don't have any tackle stores on island and importing sabiki rigs is an excercise in futility that I would love best to avoid. Looking for live bait for yellowfin tuna and skipjaxs. Muito obrigado!
you have tin foil?? use it. gold hooks on a drop rig as small as sabikis. tiny piece of squid. They did not have tackle stores 100 years ago either.
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Old 06-28-2014, 07:34 PM
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We use weed to catch drummer and lure rock off the rocks here but never heard of it being used offshore or for catching bait fish.

When you get the bait worked up bare hooks work well enough.
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Old 06-29-2014, 02:57 AM
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This is an excerpt from the article. This fellow is worthy. He holds various Cayman island records and some IGFA ones too.

“I’ve had a lot of people come up to me in the last six or seven months. They’ve said “I see you in the paper all the time I want you to take me out there and show me what to do.” Do I mind? Not at all. You have to have a sportsman-like attitude. If they want to learn I can teach them. Now I have some secrets and tricks you will not learn but I’ll show you the basics. I’ve studied fish the last 10-15 years and I’ve learned a lot of little things that can make a difference. There are some baits I use differently as a result. For example you use seaweed to catch bait fish and then you use that fish as bait for the tuna.”

Using a cast net is quite a practical thought and I like it. Thanks conchydong. The reference to tackle stores a century ago is good. Sometimes I get carried away! I am going to stock up on gold hooks!
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Originally Posted by cgaskell View Post
The reference to seaweed came from an article in compass cayman. Just a tiny note from what a fisherman said to the journalist who wrote the article. The fisherman is Charles Ebanks. Although we share the same Christian names, his fishing accomplishments are lined with distinction whereas mine are lined with, well, let's just say not quite the same level of distinction!!
Ironworker - have you ever fished live bait with seaweed? It works much better than dead ballyhoo with seaweed!
CGaskell,

Send me a PM regarding your location and I'll send you some tackle and hook. BTW, the only fruit I've heard of catching fish is grapes.

I have caught a couple of hundred tons of fish using Ivory soap.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:15 AM
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I have made King rigs w/ Xmas tensil and just a hook.
Maybe try this with small hooks and tip w bait.
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Old 06-30-2014, 10:18 AM
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CGaskell,

Send me a PM regarding your location and I'll send you some tackle and hook. BTW, the only fruit I've heard of catching fish is grapes.

I have caught a couple of hundred tons of fish using Ivory soap.
Ivory Soap.Back in the Day my grand dad use this w/ a johnson spoon
and caught Bass!
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