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Sharky Weekend

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47 mins ago, zcoker said:

Most likely the rarest form of fishing there is...big sharks on topwater plugs. And they don’t just “hit” the plugs but blast out of the water sideways and dive bomb them! And then continue with some the craziest acrobatics imaginable. With that being said, it’s certainly a rush taming them with a 12 ounce surf rod lol 

 

 

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That's a nice fat one!!

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Most who bass fish hang up the rods when those water temps get icy. Big mistake! Although sluggish and harder to find patterns, persistence does pay off.

 

 

 

Had a reptilian friend come up near my feet to get some sunshine lol 

 

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After work bassin lol No days off needed. Did some local recon and figured out where the bass where hiding on my route home. Seems they where there waiting lol About 30 minutes with a frog and a big jig....did the trick.

 

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The goal this blacktip season is to tag 100 sharks. About 15 so far, so it’s looking doable. Between them and the bass, got my hands full of fish lol 

 

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Epic solo topwater action!  

 

The hunt started at 4:30am. The west wind was iffy but the NE counter swell with an incoming push showed promise. Just had to find the right ripple and wait for the sun to come up....and when it did, all hell broke loose!

 

Every other cast, fish on. Went 7 for 10. The highlight of the morning was when 2 fish—yes, TWO BIG SHARKS slammed the plug at the same time, hooking BOTH! I can’t begin to describe the topwater tug-a-war chaos that ensued lol Once they were both finished completely shattering the surface of the ocean, they buckled down and hit their thrusters, pulling over 475 yards at almost full drag....but I slowed them and eventually turned them, and the damn things started coming in tandem! Almost beached both but the one on the belly hook let go in the surf....friggin unbelievable! 

 

All fish caught on one single lure with a surf rod. All fish tagged and released safely. 

 

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The battleground lol

 

 

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2 hours ago, zcoker said:

Epic solo topwater action!  

 

The hunt started at 4:30am. The west wind was iffy but the NE counter swell with an incoming push showed promise. Just had to find the right ripple and wait for the sun to come up....and when it did, all hell broke loose!

 

Every other cast, fish on. Went 7 for 10. The highlight of the morning was when 2 fish—yes, TWO BIG SHARKS slammed the plug at the same time, hooking BOTH! I can’t begin to describe the topwater tug-a-war chaos that ensued lol Once they were both finished completely shattering the surface of the ocean, they buckled down and hit their thrusters, pulling over 475 yards at almost full drag....but I slowed them and eventually turned them, and the damn things started coming in tandem! Almost beached both but the one on the belly hook let go in the surf....friggin unbelievable! 

 

All fish caught on one single lure with a surf rod. All fish tagged and released safely. 

 

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The battleground lol

 

 

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Nice work.

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So are you just using 400lb braid right to the plug or is there a piece of wire on the end. Sorry I know you have been asked befor just trying to confirm what your final connection to plug is. Nice fish BTW. 

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2 hours ago, Jim McFeeley said:

So are you just using 400lb braid right to the plug or is there a piece of wire on the end. Sorry I know you have been asked befor just trying to confirm what your final connection to plug is. Nice fish BTW. 

I couldn't cast very well with 400 lol. The heavy braid must travel through all the guides fluidly. So half that for my specific setup into a custom made cable connection.....and the lure itself is also part of the leader design....one whole unit is the best way to look at it.

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8 mins ago, zcoker said:

I couldn't cast very well with 400 lol. The heavy braid must travel through all the guides fluidly. So half that for my specific setup into a custom made cable connection.....and the lure itself is also part of the leader design....one whole unit is the best way to look at it.

Z, what you are not telling Jim is that the transition connection from the 200# braid to the 50 or 80# running line is the challenge. A thin and smooth knot there is imperative since it has to be cast through the guides. I have tried a version of what you have shown previously and thought I did a pretty good job. My own version of your FG/woven braided knot. 

 

Yet, when cast, I was wincing as it was less than smooooooth. Not as bad as any big traditional mono-braid connection, not as big as an all-braid uni-to-uni but still not as smoooooth as I would prefer. And, as you said, when chucking a 3+ ounce plug, it can sound relatively "ugly". 

 

 

 

 

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6 mins ago, flyangler said:

Z, what you are not telling Jim is that the transition connection from the 200# braid to the 50 or 80# running line is the challenge. A thin and smooth knot there is imperative since it has to be cast through the guides. I have tried a version of what you have shown previously and thought I did a pretty good job. My own version of your FG/woven braided knot. 

 

Yet, when cast, I was wincing as it was less than smooooooth. Not as bad as any big traditional mono-braid connection, not as big as an all-braid uni-to-uni but still not as smoooooth as I would prefer. And, as you said, when chucking a 3+ ounce plug, it can sound relatively "ugly". 

 

 

 

 

Well, yeah, the knot is key to casting else can wipe out a rod instantly.....ask me how I know LoL. And if that connection is not 100% perfect and able to withstand many, many cast, as well as the aerial battles that these fish display (sometimes 2 of them Lol) then say bye bye.....guaranteed.

 

And the landing can be just as bad as the fight, too. Even higher stresses put on the gear, knots, crimps, swivels, etc. With that being said, from start to finish, every single aspect has to be accounted for, not just the knot....one whole fluid and super strong unit, like I said earlier up.

 

Another thing to consider: each and every rod/reel is different. So all these examples from me are only relative to my personal setup and/or fishing style. Other rods, guide layouts, reels, fishing styles....all may require a different approach, obviously.

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8 mins ago, zcoker said:

Well, yeah, the knot is key to casting else can wipe out a rod instantly.....ask me how I know LoL.......

 

And the landing can be just as bad as the fight, too......

 

Another thing to consider: each and every rod/reel is different.......

Making me think that unless I am fishing the same beach as you, I am going to be fishing hookless plugs just to get a rush from the surface strike.....

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15 mins ago, flyangler said:

Making me think that unless I am fishing the same beach as you, I am going to be fishing hookless plugs just to get a rush from the surface strike.....

It's definitely a rare form of fishing, of all things. Nothing on the books to show how, what, when, and where. Thus I had to create my own approach. And I honestly wouldn't recommend it unless one is very used to these sharks, how they behave, fight, and react to capture. I usually tell folks to start with bait first to learn the ways of the fish before they attempt the artificial route. At least it will give one a general "idea' of what to expect. Then, again, these fish have always surprised me in more ways than I can even begin to describe lol 

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1 hour ago, zcoker said:

It's definitely a rare form of fishing, of all things. Nothing on the books to show how, what, when, and where. Thus I had to create my own approach. And I honestly wouldn't recommend it unless one is very used to these sharks, how they behave, fight, and react to capture. I usually tell folks to start with bait first to learn the ways of the fish before they attempt the artificial route. At least it will give one a general "idea' of what to expect. Then, again, these fish have always surprised me in more ways than I can even begin to describe lol 

Well Z, if you make it to Carlin Park on the 13th you can expect to be a popular fellow....

 

 

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1 hour ago, flyangler said:

Well Z, if you make it to Carlin Park on the 13th you can expect to be a popular fellow....

 

 

I hope he shows up. One of the people here I have really wanted to meet 

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