Thread: Hook Line and Sinker
Is This How To Rig a Ballyhoo For Trolling ?
January 2017 I took
Cowboy Charters - Cowgirl from Key West Florida.
I liked the captain and the mate. The boat was fast and clean.
It was a lovely day but it had been stormy earlier in the week.
Fishing was slow, we looked for big game at first.
Some birds to follow, no action.
We had just 2 bonito (false-albacore) all day
I rarely go on a trolling charter.
So it is all new to me. I watched the mate to see what he does.
This mate was an ex-captain, who didn't mind me looking.
So I saw how to prep a ballyhoo for trolling.
1 Squish out some guts & Break up the back some
So it will flex and move well
3 Cut off bill, cut eyes with scissors.
I'm not sure of the eyes.
So it runs straight and not in a spiral.
4 Hook goes in mouth and out anus if possible.
5 Wrap 2 rubber bands around the nose to shank of hook.
There is some wire wrapped on the hook to make a
tie point for the rubber-bands.
But I don't do this type of trip often so I am
not sure if this is how everybody does it.
The main line is about 30lb monofiliment.
There is a swivel and a thicker five foot
Fluorocarbon leader onto a "J" hook.
All the rods all have big Penn Senator reels.
Well. There were no fish, and 2 of the guys on the
trip had gone into the cabin to rest (sleep)
And then, suddenly, we got hit,
on 3 lines... BOOM! Boom, boom.
SO, fish on.
The mate woke up the two in the cabin
and we started fighting in the fish.
I had picked up a pole with all the line gone.
All the line was out with the fish. 400 yards.
I NEVER see the spool on a fishing reel.
The drag was set low.
The fish was 1/4 mile away
Also I couldn't get it to start winding up.
It just spun on the core of the spool.
the knot had not bound to the reel
I held the line with my hand and forced
it to take up on the reel.
Then I had to reel the fish in for about 10 minutes.
My arms were aching! I had to get help.
This was fun anyway. How long is 400 yards.
We had one more pass at the school and had one more fish.
These blackfin tuna were all about
24 inches fork to nose, 8 lbs each.
We took home fillets for Catch and Cook at
Conch Republic Seafood Company
Key West is Awesome.
Last edited by coopie; 02-09-2017 at 10:15 PM.
Catch & Release Tools - no license
I was fishing on vacation in the Florida Keys.
This time I brought my forceps
I kept them on me while fishing
To have them in a hurry.
Also a nail clipper to cut monofilament
attached with a key ring.
This worked out very well for me.
It is good to have a plan on how
to land / release fish.
I keep a weighted treble hook on a heavy
hand line to haul up fish on piers or bridges.
I set free lots of interesting fish on
the fishing bridges of the Florida Keys.
I let them go without touching except the hook.
Environmentally Friendly Fishing Tackle
I used some non lead egg sinkers with no difference.
The non lead ones are bigger but I felt OK. with it in
the sizes I tried.
Which is good because I lost a lot of rigs this year.
I didn't use my cotton line here, just 20 Lb mono.
a swivel and a two foot 30lb leader right to the
hook tied with improved clinch knots.
I have a project to use biodegradable
20 pound test Lb cotton for fishing line.
For fluke (flounder) fishing in New Jersey
I did use circle hooks sometimes.
There is a learning curve to using the Circle-C hook.
The hook should be matched to the fish and hold bait well.
So I am using some circle and some "J" hooks.
I am working on it.
Yellow-Tail Snapper, Mutton Snapper, Slipperydick & Florida Pompano
These fish also released hardly touched.
I am an attentive angler.
I don't usually dead stick it.
I think the un-attended line is the one that gets
really messed up in the environment and
we can prevent this by less multiple poles fished.
I managed to have no "Gut-Hooked" fish
No hooks left in any fish at all.
My wife and I come to Florida and see,
in the stranded animal centers,
the pain and suffering of injured creatures.
So much harm comes from fishing.
Recreational anglers should be more responsible.
Monofilament tangles, fish-hooks and nets hurt the
reptiles, sea mammals and birds so badly.
Tons of fish wasted as "Bi-Catch" every year.
Lead in the food chain, water and soil is no good either.
I was fishing with no license!
I was going to get it at the bait store but I forgot.
Well this is one of the few times in my life anyone
asked me for a fishing license and I didn't have it.
The officer was so nice.
He said I could just go on the internet
with my phone on the spot and buy it.
So I did.
Last edited by coopie; 02-09-2017 at 10:55 PM.
3 Weeks Ago #5
Eagle Claw Catalog
I posted that I wanted an upgrade from the cheap
telescoping poles that I have been using.
The Eagle Claw catalog
has a nice looking trail rods $60 at Bass Pro Shops.
Last edited by coopie; 3 Weeks Ago at 12:29 AM.
1 Week Ago #6
New Surgical Tube for the Diamond-Jig
Canal Rubber is 2 miles from my house.
I like buying in a store better than buying online.
Canal Rubber has the type I like.
I couldn't cut it well with a scissor, razor or anything until I tried
a razor pliers utility cutter like the Craftsman Handi Cut.
It uses a mat knife blade for a long cutting surface.
I only use this tool for cutting my surgical tubing, so it stays super sharp.
This one is a Husky Multi Cut.
Line up the cut for the longest possible diagonal
across the length of tubing.
The blade goes through the tubing like butter, giving a very smooth edge.
The long diagonal looks good on the end of the hook.
Last edited by coopie; 1 Week Ago at 10:18 PM.
1 Week Ago #7
Environmentally Friendly Fishing
Environmentally Friendly Fishing
What would make the fishing hobby less deadly?
Hooks When possible
Use single hooks
& circle "C" hooks.
No stainless hooks
No treble hooks
No huge multi hook rigs
If you are fishing right
no gut hooked fish
Safer fish release.
Fast hook removal.
Air bladder vent, some bottom fish will
have their air bladder pop out when
brought up to the surface fast.
It is O.K. to puncture the air bladder
so the fish can swim down upon release.
There is a tool for this.
Wet hands, don't drop the fish on the deck,
and bag limits.
We set these numbers for a reason.
Honor these rules to keep from
over fishing a species. Don't keep shorts.
Don't make us look bad.
Leave the water access area
cleaner than you found it.
Proper disposal of line.
Lost braid or mono is a deathtrap in the water.
Don't be a slob and just cut line, get it all back
when things break.
I wish it was easier to buy:
Lead free sinkers / lures
Biodegradeable line and leaders.
Non toxic artificial baits.
I will keep posting about
Environmentally Friendly Fishing
from time to time.
Last edited by coopie; 1 Week Ago at 10:33 PM.