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Old 26-02-2012, 12:37   #46
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

I remember our first experience with Porpose. In Abaco, they followed under the bow of the boat for over an hour, swimming on their sides and backs and watching whomever was in the bow pulpit. They only left when we stopped watching them. As I recall, their brains are one of the largest in proportion to body size. Its always a wake-up to find intellegent creatures studying you back.
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Old 27-02-2012, 00:50   #47
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I'm no fisherman and this is by no means the "ultimate" rig, but it's what I've always used with good success: handlines. Got my first hand line as a gift from an old Hawaiian while living on O'ahu, caught a 75 lbs Ahi off the South coast of O'ahu during the '80's with it. (Was on a 22' sailboat at the time, now that was a challenge!)

Then I started making up my own using "tuna cord" (1/8" diameter braided nylon) to a swivel then to 10 feet of heavy mono. At the "boat" end of the rig I usually tied a bungie to take the initial surge from the fish hitting the lure. For lures, in Hawai'i I used anything that looked like squid and off the South coast of California I used Mexican Flag feather lures. On the trip from the Channel Islands to San Diego I would always catch Bonito every time I dragged the lures.

While on a research ship that was working on the mid-ocean buoys that NOAA maintains out there, I once tried to land a mahi-mahi with a screwdriver tied to the end of a heaving line. Damned if a mahi didn't chase and bite that thing. It even held on to the screwdriver long enough for me to pull it half way up the side of the ship. Had it held on all the way, that would have been the cheapest (and most bizarre) rig I'd ever used to land a fish.
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Old 27-02-2012, 05:33   #48
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The ultimate rig, is the one you caught your last fish on.
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Old 27-02-2012, 05:39   #49
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With regards to the thread title, i got this from Santa, does it count....

How come you need a helmet to catch fish ?

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How come you need a helmet to catch fish ?

Indeed, and what a strange cockpit table....

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How come you need a helmet to catch fish ?

Because the last time i rode down to the boat (to go fishing) i copped a $100 fine for not wearing one......
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Indeed, and what a strange cockpit table....

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It's a very big cockpit.....
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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

I also use a Shimano TLD25 with 40 lb test on a 5 ft boat rod with rollers. My favorite lure is a Yo-Zuri diver.

Of course, if I only had one lure I'd want to use 200 lb test because if the line broke, it would be sayonara. Since I am not so restricted, my view is that if I can't catch a fish on 40 lb. test, I do not want it flopping around in my cockpit.

Don't forget your atomizer filled with cheap vodka to subdue the fish when you get it aboard.

BTW Cuban Yo-Yos work and they're cheap. I have one with a few lures in my ditch bag.
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Ive always found a small club works better then wasting vodka !!! but then Im old and cheap !! LOL justa thought ! Bob and Connie
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The small club usually results in blood all over your cockpit, your cockpit cushions, the companionway stairs and yourself.

I carry Absolut for drinking, and the cheapest possible stock vodka for subduing fish. In fact, any cheap booze with a high alcohol content works fine.
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The small club usually results in blood all over your cockpit, your cockpit cushions, the companionway stairs and yourself.

I carry Absolut for drinking, and the cheapest possible stock vodka for subduing fish. In fact, any cheap booze with a high alcohol content works fine.
I completely agree to the vodka in plant mister method. It can't be beat

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Re: Ultimate Saltwater Fishing Setup

I have a pretty old Penn 9-0 i used the the mid-west to fly kites withthe kids for years. Maybe now I can get it slimy again.
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Maybe IslandHopper thought the cheap vodka was to celebrate catching a fish.

. . . . . . given a good day's fishing I reckon I'd need a helmet too.
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