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  1. VBSFers, Long time since I've posted. About to be back stateside from Afghan soon, can't wait. Seafood ain't the same when its in this country. Hope everyone is doing great and keepin' lines tight! I've been watching, Bob is for sure! (I'll be up there when I get back to pass out in the bargola, or "bobdola" after fighting a huge tuna or marlin) I'm looking to get into a deer lease, but wanted to get some outside opinions before I ask the owner on leases. I have a buddy that wants to hunt also. Is it possible to split the lease fee between us, being we share the same blind/feeder? We would only kill and keep what we're allowed, also split. Say 4 deer allowed for 1 hunter, well, we wouldn't take more than 4 between the 2 of us, so 2 a piece. Trying to save some bucks and have fun! Heard of this, or is it even worth asking? Junior
  2. Still Think'n Custom Charters

    Wait a sec?? I remember you saying that you didn't want to do this because, in your words, "you can't say no to a paid customer" or something very similar to that. I need to know what you are going to do, cause I'm trying to follow in your footsteps by owning a huge boat after retirement from the military. Why are you thinking about it? Jr
  3. I had a Maycraft for about 2 years, a 2003 model. Although it was an 1800 model, I had a 115 hp engine on it. I really liked it. As my first boat, it was very easy to learn to handle by myself, and taught me alot. Everything was simple on it, and their is no wood at all (huge reason on why I bought it). The model of it is sort of a skiff. Keep this in mind when you make runs out to the CBBT. The ride is rough, and you will get wet unless its like glass on the bay/ocean. 1.5-2 foot waves will spray you, and I cant stress that enough, you will get wet. With the skiff model of the boat, the front of it is a v hull, and it flattens out in the back, making it a skiff model. This allowed me to run in really shallow water like in the inlets and around the hot ditch area. The bad part is when in the bay, if it was 2-4 feet, its a pretty rough ride. Voodoo can comment on this. Overall, it is a great quality boat, simple, and built like a tank. I would recommend it, in my opinion. John Franklin
  4. Bryan, the pilot that went with us, went out yesterday and landed 5 tuna and 10 mahi. Probably at the fingers/hot dog area, but not sure.
  5. Read this off of the hull truth from the author of the book. Pretty interesting to me, some others might think so also: Okay, from New Secrets of Modern Trolling and Wahoo Troller's Bible, pages 248-251, and with apologies because page numbers and headers don't appear, here we go... If someone screws up and has the drag settings reversed and you have a fish heading for the horizon with almost no drag on it, have someone slap the lever up to where it should have been and just keep on trolling in the same direction and at the same speed. In this case the fish will likely swallow the bait, but at least you will have a good shot at pulling the circle hook out of its gullet and having it set in the corner of the mouth. ?Contact hook sets?; ones where the fish is struck the moment it hits a bait, are not a good thing when it comes to circle hooks. With them you want a slow, steady increase in drag pressure to drag the (dull) circle hook to the corner of the mouth. I don?t happen to believe the new wisdom that the fish has to swallow the bait in order for a circle hook to set properly. I have watched far too many fish of all species come in, grab a bait with a circle hook in it, turn and it?s hooked up when it comes tight to ascribe to that theory. (Remember, I?ve been using circle hooks in lures for over a decade now.) The facts are that I don?t like any kind of long drop backs with live or dead baits rigged on circle hooks or J?s. I promise you that a given percentage of the billfish that are allowed to swallow a bait are going to have the circle hook catch a gill arch on the way out and those arches are delicate and very susceptible to being cut or torn. Allowing fish to swallow baits with circle hooks will result in too many bleeders that are not going to make it after being released. Avoid this kind of thing by going into gear after a very short drop on a pitch fish and by not giving an outrigger fish any more than the drop back created by the release popping open. You should only feed such a fish more line if he is not there when the line comes tight after popping out of the Roller Troller. Most will be on and running the first time around. The ?speed merchants?, wahoo, king mackerel and the other members of the mackerel clan can be an exception because they might be coming back around after cutting the bait in half, but they are so fast that they have usually made the re-bite by the time the line comes tight the first time. Actually, ?Mr. Picky?, the white marlin can be the most difficult drop back fish, whether you are using circles, J?s or whatever. Every whitey is a challenge that you are on your own with. They used to give me fits, too. Not anymore, though. Are you ready for some very heavy new knowledge? Why is Whitey so difficult to hook? It isn?t what you hear so many fishermen saying about them, that they are especially picky biters. One thing that I have always known for certain is that when a fish wants to feed and is after a trolled bait or lure instead of a free, natural one and doesn?t succeed in eating it, it is something that we are doing that is keeping that fish from doing what comes naturally. It really doesn?t have anything to do with a particular fish or any given species being ?picky? or ?touchy? or anything like that. Those are merely excuses that frustrated fishermen conjure up and unknowingly apply to a situation that they have created, but don?t realize is making it difficult for that fish to ?feed?. I know that is something that no one has pointed out before, but it is as true as the day is long, folks. It makes pure, natural sense that marlin are very efficient feeders on their own, including the smallest one, Mr. Whitey. Most fishermen fail to realize that they are injecting very powerful, nature-altering physical negatives into the simple act of a marlin of any size, but especially a small one like Whitey trying to feed on prey. The baits that our lures represent are ones that we, the fish and even nature want to have marlin catch and eat. The facts are, it is the fishermen who are the ones who are causing the very same ?pickiness? that they complain about. It isn?t the fish! One negative factor that fishermen introduce is that the bait that they are presenting has at least one highly unnatural thing about it; it is attached to a line that forces it to act in an utterly unrealistic way that often makes it nearly impossible for Whitey and other marlin to accomplish the mission that we both want them to succeed at. The first thing that we have to understand in all of this is why marlin have bills, because not understanding the real reason for marlin bills weighs heavily in what we are doing wrong. The following is going to sound controversial as hell, but it is the simple truth. You can take it as the fact that it is and benefit greatly when it comes to all bill fishing, or you can reject it and keep on doing things the way that you do now and continue missing fish that you should catch because of how the typical bill fisherman spoils nature?s perfect feeding system for marlin. The first reason that marlin have bills is that those sharp, pointy objects perform the very same function in water that the ones on supersonic aircraft and guided missiles do in air ? they begin a molecular ?hole? that the rest of the missile, fighter, or marlin?s streamlined body can travel thru fast! And all marlin are fast! There isn?t a baitfish out there that can outrun one that has gotten directly behind it, which helps explain why marlin universally attack a bait from behind and (usually) from below. The truth is, once a marlin has a bait fish directly in front of it, that sucker is doomed! (It is no coincidence that the only fish with half a chance of outrunning a marlin happen to be the billed ones such as ballyhoo and needlefish. In spite of that, they almost always lose life or death races with marlin.) Once a bait fish has a marlin on his tail and directly behind him he simply cannot outrun it. Forget any nonsense you?ve ever heard about certain bait fish being faster than marlin. It simply cannot be true. The prey fish would have to have the bill, streamlined body construction and muscle mass of a marlin to do that and bait fish simply aren?t designed that way. Once a marlin is on his tail, a bait fish can?t dodge or dart out of the way, either. Doing either physically demands that the little fish slows down as it turns and if it does, the marlin will instantly engulf it the moment it starts to make the turn. Once he is in position directly behind it, all the marlin has to do is catch the bait and eat it. And how they do that brings us to second reason why marlin have bills. Hang onto your hat, because if you?ve been surprised so far, you are about to be astounded! This is going to blow your mind, but please believe me, it is exactly what happens! Once I understood what marlin were actually trying to do when they came after a lure, I saw the truth clearly with every fish from then on that I watched from my tower as it came in on a bait or lure. They use their bills to trip their prey! Go ahead, laugh your ass off. I?ll wait here with a knowing smirk on my face until you are finished. Go on, I understand. I did the exact same thing when I finally figured out what was really happening back there when a marlin went ?window shopping? thru my spread and ?windshield wipered? behind lure after lure, finally hit one and we missed him, or he sometimes just went away. None of it fit into the way that nature programs her top predators. I was doing something wrong and I knew it. And the light bulb went on. They aren?t sniffing lure and bait butts to check on their hygiene before they eat them and they aren?t trying to hit, stun or kill the bait. Here is what that marlin that window shops your spread or misses a lure really does. The marlin has to get the bait fish to stop momentarily so that he can engulf it in his big mouth. He does so by wiggling his bill rapidly just behind the bait?s tail. Bear in mind what is going on here from a physical (we?re talking basic physics here) standpoint. Both fish are traveling at very high speed with the marlin?s bill mere inches behind the bait?s tail. The medium that they are traveling in is water, which is far denser than air. Hydro, not aero dynamics rule here. Pressure waves in water are much stronger and farther-reaching than in air. To trip the bait so that he can engulf it the marlin shakes his bill rapidly right behind the bait's tail, causing a sharp disruption of the water flow behind and surrounding it, the bait fish goes out of control and slows dramatically and suddenly, ?slides? back alongside the marlin?s head where his eye sees it. The marlin then whips his head to the side, opens his mouth, engulfs the bait and snaps his jaws shut, crushes and then swallows it. Bingo! It is nature?s usual efficient system of a predator catching prey in action. We miss and snag fish because we screw up that simple process. Am I telling you that marlin don?t ?bill? baits? Damned straight I am! They don?t. It only looks that way to us when we see it from a boat. Being the arrogant, air-breathing mammals that we are, when we see fish behavior such as a bill waggling madly behind a lure or bait, we assume that the marlin is trying to do what a land animal ? not merely a land animal, but the wisest of them all, man ? would do with a ?stick? like a marlin bill; we would whack that prey animal on the noggin with it and kill his ass! We know how to use tools and other than some chimps that use a stick to catch termites, we are the only animals in the world with the ability to use tools in a variety of ways. Marlin aren?t human and they don?t live in air and they don?t use tools. And besides, we must factor in nature, which has performed such improbable physical miracles as putting two eyes on one side of some fish to enhance their particular life styles and hunting characteristics (flounder, sole, halibut) and even creating fish species like lungfish and several species of catfish that can walk and live on land for long periods of time and travel long distances on it. Plus she created wonders like the archer fish that can shoot a bug off a tree branch ten feet away. Dame Nature would absolutely have given marlin a Cyclops-type of eye high in the middle of their foreheads or some form of forward-looking eyes if she had designed them to use their bills to whack, instead of trip bait fish. Instead, she put them on the sides of their heads so that they could see and catch the baits that they have tripped with their bills. Believe the shocking truth, my friend! I will spare you the long story of how all of this became clear to me, including what my diver friend Carlos observed over and over again down in Cabo while he floated underwater for hours above a known contact and feeding piece of structure watching black, blue and striped marlin capture baits this exact way. Just believe it because it is the absolute, stone truth! Now let?s apply what we have just learned to striking marlin. Considering how they actually feed, is it any wonder that we miss a lot of marlin that are trying to trip our lures or trolling baits so that they can eat them? The true wonder is that we catch any of them at all! The ?trip proof? outrage to natural behavior that our trolling lures perform is bad enough. It is compounded when the average inept troller trolls at the same speed when a marlin charges a lure to eat it ? baits don?t do that; they run as if their lives depend on it when a marlin comes for them, because they do! Obviously, some marlin that can?t trip dinners that don?t stumble or try to escape like all others always have get frustrated and try to simply engulf lures. They aren?t designed to do this, so many miss and others get bill-wrapped or snagged in the eyes, face, etc. by those dangerous double hook rigs many marlin fishermen use to snag many of them with. It is clear to me at least why fishermen miss so many striking marlin or bill-wrap or otherwise hook them poorly. The natural facts explain those ?window shoppers? and poor hookup ratios clearly and succinctly. It truly is ridiculous to think for one moment that marlin would waste their precious energy charging up behind prey, waving their bills at it for a while, deciding that they don?t want it and then charging around a lure spread, waving and wiggling those bills of theirs behind bait fish after bait fish (lures) until they find one that ?suits their fancy?! Their ?fancies? have nothing to do with it! Marlin don?t have ?fancies?. They are simple, dumb, apex predators that, like all of her other creatures, have been designed by nature to use their physical attributes to efficiently cull the bait fish populations, period! We trip them up with that ?string? that we attach to our trolling lures and baits that normally does not allow our baits to trip and offer prey that doesn?t try to escape, like every other one that a marlin has fed on for all of its days. Is it any wonder why we miss so many of them and that so many show up, ?window shop? and go away? We must frustrate the hell out of the poor things! If we would only let marlin accomplish their goal in a natural manner we would only need one hook, just like with a live bait and we would rarely miss a lure fish. (I hear some still laughing, but I also hear some of you thinking, ?He?s right!?. Good!) Have I come with a way around this ?no trip? thing? If you know me, or have figured out what I am like when I encounter situations like this, you know that I have come up with a solution to this quandary. No way could or would I leave something like this alone and I have conquered it, but I am not going to go into how here. The full story is coming up shortly. Wrapping up on this issue and addressing Whitey in particular, these are the smallest of the marlin, so right there, their smaller mouths have a negative effect on them successfully tripping and engulfing trolling baits that they are trying to eat. Trollers don?t help when many troll lures and baits that are often far larger than Whitey?s average prey and they go after it, probably because it looks different and maybe even wounded or otherwise vulnerable. Fishermen call the difficulty that they then have catching and eating those trolled baits ?being picky and touchy?. On top of those initial physical limitations that we impose on them ? the invisible force that keeps a bait swimming when it should be tripping and not trying to escape when it should, we add yet another with how we fish natural baits. Ballyhoo are universally the most common bait used to fish for Whitey. Skipped ballyhoo. Ballyhoo that spend a lot of trolling time in the air or skipping across the surface or shrouded in ?smoke?, where they are very difficult to see in the first place and to trip in the second! Is it any wonder that we have a hard time hooking white marlin, or any other kind? Hell, we make that happen by how we troll for them, folks! It should be a piece of cake for most of you to figure out how to correct this third and final negative aspect of trolling ballyhoo for marlin. You just have to apply the natural facts to what you do and how you do it. Of course, you just might get some ideas on correcting it from what is about to follow, but that will be up to you to decide. Read on.
  6. Lines in around 830. 1 hour later, 1st mahi in box on my blue/white personal made bar w/ G&H seawitch. Small but still meat. Later on, 2nd mahi on pink with G&H seawitch. Didn't get this one cause I thought this one could be a bailer, but it got off boat side. Then a white marlin comes tight on a green smoke lure thing and breaks the line. The marlin was still dancing after it got off. It was an amazing feeling to have a marlin hooked on my spread! Even though we never got it boat side, it was a personal achievement, I am doing something right. A little later, hooked a small (20-25") bluefin tuna, got boat side and released. Then had one more mahi gaffed for a day. 0 for 1 white marlin 2 for 3 mahi 1 small bluefin tuna release Thanks Bob(still thinkin), Don(skinnys kid), Otter, and Mark(voodoo) for teaching me offshore trolling basics, I wouldn't have known where to start if it wasn't for VBSF! Junior
  7. Leaving 0500 from rudee to the fingers! First trip in awhile! "Junior", will be on scanning radio.
  8. Safety Checks? Worthwhile or waste of time?

    Think about all the boating incidents that have happened in the last year. Preemptive measures, sort of covers their "6", and possibly yours. It never hurts to have a second set of eyes every time you go out. Complacency kills.
  9. Fishin' Food !!

    Filet Mignon (aka vienna sausages)...thats what my Dad calls them.
  10. New Boat

    I bet that 2400 will MOVE fast through the water with twins on the back, I wanna know WOT speed, cause thats my favorite!
  11. Oil rigs off the coast

    Tony hit it on spot, thats what its all about...to start that cap and trade money flow! He is making it seem like he's trying to get republican support.
  12. Here is your Chance to Become an IGFA Observer

    I wish they got compensated for travel expenses or something. There doesn't seem to be any benefits that I have read about besides seeing fish released. Am I missing something?
  13. Copying...trip was called for us...whats that 3 now dropped?
  14. Bob, Brian (you met on the mako trip) and I are thinking about trying the "point" or maybe the tuna hole out of OI, what do you think? Looking at the latest SST shot, that warm water is still pretty far from the inlet, but you're the expert. The reports from the big wig charters outta there are hooking up on bluefin... Junior
  15. It sucks that there are people out there that cheat. Its not just in local fishing tournaments...Notice major league baseball, bicycle races, golf, and alot more including POLITICS. If someone came to me with a blank GPS track, and by no means do I know anything about a fishing tournament, it would not be a question in my mind to not allow that person to weigh in for competing in the tournament. Its just that simple. I have participated in 1 of the VBSF tournaments, and it was awesome. I can predict though, that as this board gets larger and more attention, then more riff raff is going to be on here posting bogus stuff, and you'll only know if its legit if you've been here awhile. Junior
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