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Old 04-11-2006, 10:54 PM
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Hey, everybody! I'm new to fishing (not boating. Been boating for 25 years, and I'm 31). My father in law just traded his boat for golf clubs (????) and he gave me his fishing gear. I now own a Penn international rod-reel combo (the big one) and a Penn Senator combo as well. I already sent them to get to get looked over and repaired, if needs be. I live in Puerto Rico, so I'm in a pretty god place to fish. My question is, what type of lures or tackle should I use for mahi, wahoo, ect? What's a good technique for trolling? Any help will be VERY appreciated.

The extremely rookie fisherman wannabe...
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Old 04-12-2006, 01:22 AM
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Welcome tofishingand the most expensive pastime other than gambling and owning an aircraft.
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Old 04-12-2006, 06:18 AM
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twotems - 4/12/2006 1:22 AM

Welcome to fishing and the most expensive pastime other than gambling and owning an aircraft.

I second that, of course so is Hunting, Golf, Boating and KIDS

Tell us what area you live in and what you will be fishing for and we can get you some help from there.

You may also be able to find someone on here that lives nearby and they can take you with them, everyone is looking for GAS help these days, and that can really cut your learing curve down to a straight line
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Start with small, easy baits. See what bites them. Cedar Plugs, small yo-zuri or Rapala diving plugs, tuna feathers, and maybe some spoons. Rig them with very light wire leader or 100-130lb mono. See what happens and adjust from there. Maybe get a planer and put a spoon behind the planer. This will be an easy starter spread and will actually catch some good fish if you're in the right area. After a while your spread will evolve into a living, breathing, constantly changing life force of its own.

Also, do you have access to ballyhoo?
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Better yet ~ ask your father-in-law~ Surely he has/had some lures, etc.. ?

And LUCKY YOU! You've got the right equipment - that's for sure!!

Welcome to fishing ~ it's GOT to be one of the BEST addictions in the world.....okay, that and THT~

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Old 04-12-2006, 08:19 AM
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Phenom - 4/12/2006 11:35 AM Start with small, easy baits. See what bites them. Cedar Plugs, small yo-zuri or Rapala diving plugs, tuna feathers, and maybe some spoons. Rig them with very light wire leader or 100-130lb mono. See what happens and adjust from there. Maybe get a planer and put a spoon behind the planer. This will be an easy starter spread and will actually catch some good fish if you're in the right area. After a while your spread will evolve into a living, breathing, constantly changing life force of its own. Also, do you have access to ballyhoo?
All good suggestions, except for the Ballyhoo one. Phenom, the guy's just starting out and you're already getting complicated. Buy some good fishing books too. They'll always be useful as references when you get more experienced. Then search on here to get more and better ideas.

You may already know this, but you also have excellent tarpon fishing in your lagoons in Puerto Rico.
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Keep doing what you did...ask questions.

You can also scan many of the threads here and find a wealth of information on mahi, wahoo, jigging for bottom fish, etc.
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Old 04-12-2006, 08:34 AM
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towtems, I agree ballyhoo can complicate things, but if there's someone there selling them then there's someone there that can show him how to rig them.

Most of the local tackle stores I know of (in the U.S., I don't know about Puerto Rico)) are happy to pre-rig a handful of rigs and then show the customer how to add the ballyhoo. Technology has made ballyhoo trolling a lot easier than it was 20 years ago. Bait Springs, hoo-nose, clips, rubber bands, etc, etc,
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Old 04-13-2006, 08:26 AM
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Thanks, everybody! You gave awesome advice!
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:34 AM
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Seapirate,

The best advice I can give is to find a charter boat and a captain that is willing to teach. Make it clear that you want an education more than catching many monster fish. After you get the education, you can target a ton of fish...

Most charter captains are great teachers. Some are grouchy old sea dogs. A lot of time the grouchy old sea dogs can put on a ton of fish, but that is not what you are looking for at this time.

After you get an education, then start hanging out were fishermen hang out..... the docks, tackle shops, etc. Commercial guys in general won't talk. Look for recreational guys who seem to know what they are doing.

Lastly (or probabably most importantly) get some buddies who know how to fish. If they don't have a boat, then trade your "ride" for their skills...

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