Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 7, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 699 times:
True, not many Largemouth are in the ocean. But, I have to make a comparison. I had just as much fun fighting a 400 lb Blue Marlin as I did fighting a "plate" Bluegill on a flyrod.
However, there is absolutley no comparison to fighting a 10 lb Bass as to fighting a 50 lb Yellowfin Tuna. You hook 'em on the right gear and a Tuna will kick your ass my friend. And on another note, I have personally seen 10 lb tuna used for Blue Marlin bait!!!
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 8, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 685 times:
Boeing nut, pound for pound, smallmouth and even channel cats put up a bigger fight than largemouth. But my favorite part of the challenge is finding them and getting them to hit the lures. They are such damn smart critters when it comes to that stuff. They also seem to know what to do when hooked. I swear they go for the trolling motor blades everytime! LOL!! I should try ocean fishing, but I have to admit, if I'm ever in Florida or California, I'm heading for one of the inland lakes and hunting hawgs.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 661 times:
Nice slide show! I totally agree with the remark about Smallmouths. Those things have serious attitudes! I have to say that top water is my favorite. Seeing a lure get smashed gives me an adrenaline shot every time.
It's the same with trolling in salt water. A lot of times, you can see it as it happens. You'll see the shadow lurking behind the bait, them BAM! The memory that sticks in my mnd the most was during a trip to the Bahamas. We were trolling the high speed plastic lures. I had my back turned at the moment. Then, a friend yelled out, "LEFT RIGGER!!". I turned and looked and I kid you not, it looked like a freakin' nuke sub was chasing us. You know how the water looks in front of a submarine on the surface? Just like that. The guide was a Bahamian native, about 40 years old and he said that it was the biggest fish he had ever seen in his life! It was a Blue Marlin the could have been over 1,200 lbs. We never hooked it, but man, what a sight!
JetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 12 Reply 10, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 657 times:
Boeing nut, that would be exciting as hell. I'm curious, would your rigs have been able to handle that fish? Sounds like a damn monster. I agree about the top-water stuff. I particularly like crawling plastics over duckweed and algae mats. Waiting for a big one to come shooting out of that stuff. Makes a hell of an explosion. If ever the opportunity permits itself, maybe we can hook up and fish. It may not seem like it, but you wouldn't have to twist my arm to try for the ocean stuff. LOL. But I would be about as green as you can get.
Boeing nut From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (10 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 651 times:
The rig that this Marlin was after was the Penn International series 80 lb test. You know the big gold reels? It is possible that we could have fought this monster, but just for a while. I think she would have "explained" the situation to us very quickly.
As far as getting together to fish, who knows? I see we are relatively close enough. STL here. Talk to ya soon.