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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 05:28 am
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blaasoppie#1
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My viskoors has been building up big time over last couple of weeks making up wind-on leaders and splicing Jerry Brown hollow core onto my solid braid  for loop to loop leader connections; never again shall a PR knot be seen on any of my rigs – after this past weekend I have come to realize that many of the break-offs that I have had in the past are as a result of the braid chafing off on the sharp edge of the mono nub on my PR knots (even though I make a point of making it smooth).

 

  

 This was for my 33lb braid; bimini then braid the bimini with the tag then into 3 feet of Jerry Brown 80lb hollow with uni securing both ends...

   

 These Turkey Sliders are killer…

 



 

JM jig bag with 23kgs of lead…

 

   

 After fishing with JB hollow core this past weekend I am going to throw the braid off my other two jigging reels and load them up with 80lb JB and I am going to try get the new Power Pro hollow 40lb for my Stella 8K as JB ‘s lightest is 60#; the spliced end loop/wind on leader is way better and faster to re-rig if necessary.

 
Also spent some time blinging up assist hooks which seemed a good idea, but Mr. GT certainly showed no respect for them yesterday and they were destroyed in seconds; I still think that they make a difference on slow days though and are fun to tie.

 

 

 

Destroyed assist hook…

 

 

 So with the wife away for two weeks I just had to try out my new rig this weekend and after work on Saturday evening I made the ritual 9 hour drive to Mahajunga to test my new Blue Rose S517F and Stella SW10 000PG; I purchased this rod to have a lighter set-up than my heavy Stella 20K/Blue Rose S60MD and a rod that could handle more than my Stella 8K/Blue Rose S535R. 

 

    
 



 Rod – Shimano Blue Rose S517F

Reel – Shimano Stella SW 10 000PG

Line – Jerry Brown hollow 60 lb

Leader Connection – Spliced loop in end of JB 60#

Leader – Kingfisher 70lb stiff Mono

Wind-on – Jerry Brown 80lb hollow core

 

New weapon with full 1st round ammo…

 

   

 Stella aux trois...



After fishing yesterday I cannot tell you how stoked I am with this rig, so much so that I hardly even dropped my other two rigs at all; the rod has plenty of grunt and is light enough to jig all day. The best jig for the day was a silver River2Sea Turkey Slider 200g which is very easy to jig with due to its slim profile. And for those of you who wonder if I am paid by Shimano the answer is no; I just like to stick to a brand of rods so that I can get the best range of action and I do this with all of my rods - one companies 200g rod may have the same action as another’s 300g and at the current rod prices you don’t want to end up with a lemon.
 
   

 


Unfortunately my camera was set on sunset mode and on macro and I did not realize this until the end of the day so the photo’s are not very good for the on-the-water shots.

Louis and I set out to sea at 02h00 in the middle of a massive rain storm which had me kakking myself at bit as we fish 50km out to sea and Louis had lent his stand-by 15hp motor to a friend!

1st fish of the day and 1st blood for my new rig in the pouring rain…

 

 


 
This was a beauty of a GT which revved me big time; was lucky not to loose him as he had me in the bricks a couple of times…

     
 



 

 
 
More GT’s…


   
 

  

 


   

 

  

 
  

 
   

Yellow Spot Trevally…
 


Bonnie..
 


Fishing was really unusual as we normally catch a plethora of species the only fish that I caught other than GT’s  was one Yellow Spot King and a small Rosy Job fish which was severed almost in half by some monster on the way up from the bottom. The tide was high at 08h00 in the morning so I expected the bite to tail off a couple hours after the high, but I never thought that It would go so quiet – did not catch a single fish from 10h00 until I left at 14h00 although I lost a monster on the Blue Noodle that almost cut my finger off; I had just jigged up about 20m and clipped the bail arm over and this thing wacked me when the line was around my finger.

The bonito started going crazy at 14h00 and I had a blast with a 1oz clear chisel plug; man those bonnies would destroy your tackle if they grew as large as the other tuna species.



 This photo is so classic; the bonnie jumped out of my hand and I realized that the braid had wrapped around my rod tip and one of three things was going to happen – the rod tip was going to break, the top rod section was going to come off or somehow I had to get to the leader to get that gas bottle back in the boat…



 Scenario #3, got the leader…


 

Until next weekend..


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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 06:28 am
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Nepptune
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Absolutely awesome stuff Mark... I can say without any reservation that you certainly post the very best reports/write ups on the net.... every single one, superbly detailed and full of fantastic pictures and anecdotes...

And always leaving me green with envy...

Fantastic efforts bro, well done, lovely to see the new set up in action...

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 06:42 am
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blaasoppie#1
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Thanks Nepps, that a nice compliment; of course my wife's Nikon D90 that i bought for her birthday comes in handy for the rigging shots!

It was crazy when i had to leave at 14h00; the bonnie's were blitzing as far as you could see, we just stopped near some action and even when the birds moved off i was getting smashed in every direction that i cast. I kept telling my skipper this is my last cast, no this is my last cast, no maybe another one - one hour later we left!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 06:47 am
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Great stuff, looks like a joll of note!

Thanks for sharing!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 06:54 am
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Serra Moz
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Great photos! Great post! Great Fish! Great Fun!

Well done!

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 07:34 am
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Wow, nice post man!  Wish I was still there.  That is strange how you were only running into GT's, normally we caught many more species.   

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JW,

I had some THB's on the way there for you; really strange day as the yellow-fin tuna have been thick and they too were nowhere to be seen.

We saw a sailfish pop it's head totally out of the water about 10m from the boat, but it was gone by the time i grabbed my popping rod. There seems to be a run of these glass anchovies and they are everywhere hence the bonnies going mad.

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 07:49 am
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This report make me want to take up jigging!!

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You make me envious I hope i am half as lucky next week in mozambique

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Really really fantastic post! Thanks

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 Posted: Mon Mar 8th, 2010 10:09 am
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a couple of other pic,s from this weekend.



Stella SW10 000PG with Jerry Brown 60# hollow core braid and 70lb wind-on leader...




Typical drop-off; there are so many where i fish here in Mahajunga...



GT knee rash..


heading home..

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Brilliant! Dig the loaded weapon pics with a full magazine. As Neptune said, excellent info too. Enjoy the next outing and we'll drool waiting for the report.

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blaasoppie#1 wrote:  after this past weekend I have come to realize that many of the break-offs that I have had in the past are as a result of the braid chafing off on the sharp edge of the mono nub on my PR knots (even though I make a point of making it smooth).




Nice pics/report Mark

I'm interested in you throwing out the PR knot - can you tell us more - so confirm you are splicing the JB H/Core to get your loop then a  Cats Paw to your Wind ons. Assume your wind ons are home made with that Kingfisher leader and you said JB hollow core again ?

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Howzit FTF,

I have had many break offs recently and always suspected that the line was being chafed off on the mono nub; while i was on the water yesterday i tied a PR knot on my PE-3 YGK for my 8'6 spinning rod and had to re-burn the nub 3 times as i was not satisfied that it was smooth enough....well first cast into the thick of the bonito and this fish tore off line and popped off my leader. I spent so much time making sure that that the knot was good and it still failed so good bye PR.

The wind-on leaders are home made, Pametfisher on 360 Tuna posted a great how-to on making up leaders and that is what made me decide to try them; i didn’t have all the right tools as i first wanted to make sure that it was what i wanted before i spent a whack of money so i ordered 25 yard rolls of 200lb, 80 lb and 60lb Jerry brown hollow core  and a Da Ho reverse latch needle from http://www.bhptackle.com who also have some great tips on leaders.

For the serve (this is the binding that secures the hollow spectra end to the mono or flouro) i just used some YGK PE-6 and i used my PR knot bobbin to bind it to the mono. I did a bit of research on binding and found out that the tools are actually from hunting bow serves - you should be able to buy the server and possibly the twine from one of the bigger hunting outfitters in SA.

You have to tension the leader when you bind the serve and i did this by placing the looped end of the spectra on the door knob and i wound the mono around an empty spool and clamped it to my cupboard shelf with my fly tying vise base.

After tying the serve i placed a small amount of superglue on each very end 6mm of the serve and then sealed the serve with some of my surfboard wax which worked great; even with these rudimentary tools my leaders came out great and they work like a bomb. You can pre-tie as many as you want so no more trying to do PR's when the boat is rolling around.

Yesterday i lost a Turkey slider jig when i got hooked up on the bottom which is now my new problem as there is no weak point in the system and i really battled to break off the line; had to make several attempts and finally after coming close to cutting off my hand the leader parted against the coral - the leader is still in perfect shape with no indication of slippage.

The best how-to site for making wind on leaders is http://www.blackwaterinternationalinc.com/tech_tips_served_connection.html

After the good results this past weekend i will be buying 100 yard rolls of JB 200lb, 80 and 60Lb, a Beiter profi serving tool, twine, mono threading needles for 200lb, 150lb, 100lb and 80lb and possibly another reverse latch needle.

For connecting the two loops i just looped it once after reading an article on tests that showed once is even better than the cats paw; this also makes it very easy to take off as all you do is pull hard on each side of one of the loops and it releases the tension of the other loop.

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Mark, your report gives a new dimension to jigging reports.

those pics of tackle preparation are sick!!!

And of course great fishing has usual.

P.S.- I miss your buddy on the photos hope you can fish together again soon.

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First Class all the way!! The fish don't stant a chance!!

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GREAT report Buddy, those pics of the blue rose are awesome,keep on posting pics like those ;) cant wait till I get one! you should take some video with the rods in action.... well that would be great! btw when you buy those blue rose from fishing buddy do you send an email with personal order?

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fedu wrote: P.S.- I miss your buddy on the photos hope you can fish together again soon.

Fedu,

Jigging is certainly more enjoyable when you have a fishing mate and it also helps turn the fish on, unfortunately Johnny is in Liberia and i am heading off to Senegal, but i am sure we will fish together again some time.

 

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Iman wrote: GREAT report Buddy, those pics of the blue rose are awesome,keep on posting pics like those ;) cant wait till I get one! you should take some video with the rods in action.... well that would be great! btw when you buy those blue rose from fishing buddy do you send an email with personal order?

Iman,

I do normally send and e-mail with the ersonal order just to make sure they have the rods in stock.

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