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Old 05-04-2012, 06:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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after reading the reports from this spring big fish season i couldn't wait any longer. been wanting to do a long trip for big tuna and wahoo for years. things have finally worked out for me to say f*#k it, i'm going. booked a 14 dayer on the american angler in april of next year. this will be my first big fish trip so if you have any tips,info or suggestions please post them up!thanks.
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Old 05-04-2012, 07:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Let me know if you need to borrow anything Kerry.
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Old 05-04-2012, 08:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I know a few people that are on that trip. You will be with a good group. Can't go wrong with the AA. Should be a great time of year, expect Big Tuna and Wahoo. Enjoy
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You've already done the biggest thing, committing to going!

All the rest is just details.
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Old 05-04-2012, 10:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Very cool......you made a excellent choice.....now you are ruined for anything else..
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Old 05-05-2012, 12:47 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Let me know if you need to borrow anything Kerry.
thanks buddy! i told the wife this would be a one time deal! feel bad for lying too her!i see shiny new things in the next few months.i'm sure i'll have lots of questions for you between now and time to head west.thanks again
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Old 05-05-2012, 09:23 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Congrats, should be a wonderful experience.

I'm hardly the most experienced person here, but I did a trip like that last year. As you probably would figure out, you'll really be fishing mostly for big tuna and wahoo, not really anything else. That should help limit what you need to bring. Your wahoo rod can double for bait making or if you do some yoyo or rockfishing on the way home. Speaking of bait making, we did it almost every night, so bring lots of sabikis and weights (I screwed up on this and didn't bring enough).

If the sharks are bad, you can go through a lot of topshots; I was told 5-10 a day. Luckily, they weren't bad on our trip, but I did lose a couple of fish and some bait making rigs to them--they stole the bait as I was bringing it up and took the bait making rig with it. So either have a bunch of topshots, or bring the components and use the travel time to make some. And if you lose topshots, you'll be losing hooks too, so have plenty of those also.

I might be over-prepared, but I think its also a good idea to bring a big spool of replacement spectra--in case you get spooled, if you can't re-spool your reel its useless.

You'll get more and no doubt better advice from others and by reading past reports, but you'll have a year to get ready .
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Old 05-05-2012, 02:46 PM   #8 (permalink)
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just want to say thanks to all that have been giving great advice and offered to loan me gear for my trip. you are true gentlemen!
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Okie

My first long range trip was on the AA in spring 1994, 17 days visiting San Benedicto, Socorro, Roca Partida (spelling?), and Clarion. I had no idea of what I needed or not and brought very little. The folks on that trip were quite helpful and I was able to catch some real fish.

I'd say to mostly enjoy the trip and please don't worry about all the fancy gear others may have, most of it won't be used.

Bring or borrow at least one 50 size 2-speed reel filled with spectra and a XH or XXH rod for it. Bring short topshots of 100 to 150 pound. If you can build your own topshots you will save $$$ and have a lot of fun.

Bring at least one 40 to 50 pound jig fishing rod/reel for wahoo, with some flashy wahoo jigs.

Bring a 30-40 pound rod/reel for wahoo bait fishing, wire leader needed.

Most boats let you use their trolling gear and also usually a kite fishing rod/reel. Ask in advance.

Lastly, bring, and use, decent sunscreen and large brim hats. I'm a melanoma survivor and I don't want you to deal with that.

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Old 05-06-2012, 10:39 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Should be a good one. About time I got back on a longer trip. Since my first and so far only 15 day trip (June Heat on the Rooster 2009) I've had a couple of trips. 11 and 12 day trips ended up in the Buffer Zone and at the Bank. This a result of poor fishing on the beach.

I sometimes find anglers on these big fish trips are a little apprehensive about fishing with the big gear. Tough enough to flyline a Sardine sometimes when fishing just a light trickle of current like we find frequently at Alijos. All the hours you've spent perfecting that technique while fishing the 40 and 50 lb will pay dividends when you get into the big gear. Drifting helps as instead of getting the bait away from the boat, you take advantage of the boat getting away from the bait.

Selectively, there might be a time and a place to fish the bobber balloon, but that needs to be controlled as it can get out of control in a hurry if too many anglers try to do it at the same time. Fishing the kite is a great experience as a big tuna makes a pretty good sized hole in the water when it takes the bait. Love that Wahoo fishing.

We're going to have a good time. Cool thing about a trip of this length is those extra days in the zone. Plenty of time to get in some quality rail time. The limited load of only 18 anglers should be nice as well. Only 51 weeks to go; we're inside a year. Should be here before we know it.
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