Monthly Archives: January 2015

How to Make a Crank On Pin Rig for trolling tuna

Here is my latest “Tackle Talk” Video on How To make a “Crank On Quick Change Pin Rig”

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Grenada Leg 1 Wrap Up

Well we just got back stateside late last night after our first leg in Grenada.  We met Exile (a 45′ Hatteras Sportfishing Boat) in Trinidad and gave her lots of needed TLC before the move to Grenada.  We had to get creative with some fixes even after the boat move, but we were able to fish everyday from January 13-25.  We started off checking out the edge close to Port Louis and snagged up a wahoo and a couple of sails, but the Green water had moved in, and all of the rain runoff from the island was not helping conditions at all.  We did a lot of exploratory trips and experimented a lot throughout our time there, but the fishing never got red hot like we know Grenada can get.  That said, our worst day billfishing we raised 2 sailfish and our best day we raised 8 billfish getting 6 bites and missed a Grand Slam.  We even got into some great bird play with tunas skying out of the water (100+ pound yellowfins), and managed to get hooks into a few, unfortunately not on the right tackle so we lost them.  Unfortunate tough breaks on this leg, but overall a fun trip, and we met a lot of great people and made plenty of new friends.  We even managed to take 6th place out of 50+ boats in the Budget Marine Spice Island Billfish Tournament.  Congrats to the crew of “Arabian Princess” from Trinidad for taking 1st!  I am looking forward to our second leg in February, and hope to have all the kinks worked out for this round!!!  Here are a few pictures from the trip…

Blue Jump Ilander Dredge Blue Marlin 2

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1/24

We finished up the last day of the tournament with a white Marlin and went 0/3 on sails. The last day I suppose there was a miscommunication error with the group and we didn’t get out until 2 hours after lines down, ouch… We ended up taking 6th place and had a lot of fun! Met a lot of great people here in Grenada for the Spice Island Billfish Tournament!

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1/23 lay day tuna trip

We ran out past the hump today and found the birds with big yellowfins skying out into the air chasing flying fish! Game on. We ended up hooking into 3 big tunas, but Murphy’s law prevailed. We lost all three. Major bummer! Definitely well over 100 pound tunas…

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Day 2 of the tournament

Quick report again, been going hard everyday. Went 2/6 on sailfish and raised two more that did t eat. Pretty good fishing around the hump and just inside of it for us. High tide was around 4:30 and the afternoon bite in closer to the edge is what was best for us.

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Day 1 spice island billfish tournament

Another quick report because I’m so exhausted but still wanted to get this report up. We ended up with 1 sailfish, but due to slow fishing today that 1 billfish puts us on the hunt. Hopefully we can put together a solid catch!

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1/20 quick report

Things are hectic with day one of the tournament being tomorrow but today we whacked the Mahi and kept 16 up to 20 pounds and went 0/3 on sailfish. Hoping to get into the billfish good tomorrow!!

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