Just returned from a
1..5 day trip to Tanner Banks on the AZTEC. Hunting for Bluefin.
80 -120 lbs. 28 fishermen, hooked about a hundred but only landed 27 BF.
Fish were lost because of locked down drags resulting in pulled hooks. The key was to start with a moderate drag, say 15 lbs. , and keep it there until after the second hard run. Then start to tighten it down as the fight progresses. Forget about using the lighter 20 lb rigs used earlier this season. These BF are tough customers. Typical fights lasted 30 min. to an hour. They will beat you up and not administer a kiss after its over with. Personally hooked 3 BF landed 2. 104 lbs. and 84 lbs.
Recipe for success:
2 speed reel if you have access to one.
Or any reel with smooth drags holding a minimum of 400 yds. of backing
Know where your drag settings are, no guessing.
50-60 lb spectra
Fresh 40-60 lb fluoro at least 15 ft long, 25 ft even better. (important)
4/0-6/0 circle hooks
Live or fresh dead squid.
1 or 1 1/2 oz glow slip sinker down to the knot
And have patience . Most BF caught on the long soak.
Once bit just reel down to a bent rod and line being stripped off your reel, NO hook setting. (important)
There are other approaches to success of course but the above is a general outline to what seems to get the bite.
The Aztec has free loner rigs. Oakum Andros 12’s and 16’s. I was curios and started using the 16 on a Phenix rod. Very nice rig. Was especially impressed with the Andros 16 two speed. Very smooth with lots of power in the low gear.
WaltThis message has been edited. Last edited by: Walt,
Nice Work Mark !!!! Congrats.
Now where is the war story. Especially rigging and tactics.
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