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Nantucket Shoals fluke fishing

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On 8/7/2019 at 5:08 PM, DannyBoycustomleather said:

That’s my buddy’s 14.6 lb fish. You have to gaff a fish like that. 

I like party boat charters because it’s all friends or friends  of friends, and a large pool. 

Thats a $500 fish, and my 10 lb took the pool the day before. 

$1000 to cover the gulp we went thru....

I don't see why they 'have' to gaff a big fluke. I've seen them drop big fluke when they couldn't get the net fast enough and grab the gaff for it... 

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3 hours ago, nateD said:

Why? Just curious cuz it could definitely fit in a net.

I really don’t think a fish that big will fit in a net, and it must be hard to work one 20 Ft long, and also it’s hard to get a mess of hooks out of a net quickly, in order to net the next customers fish. These guys know the best way to do things. I don’t question an expert , they’re making a living doing this...

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4 hours ago, zeke04 said:

Booked a trip for Monday, have an outfit that should be adequate but is it possible to buy bottom rigs onboard?

Mike

they give you rigs on board, they give you weights to use, just return them at end of trip, they have excellent egg sandwiches you have to order and just tip a lot, often and generously! Bring 2 rods, a 20lb for bucktailing when currents slack a bit, you should bring 4-8 oz bucktails. And a  30lb for bait, both braid.

Have fun, 

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1 hour ago, DannyBoycustomleather said:

and also it’s hard to get a mess of hooks out of a net quickly, in order to net the next customers fish.

I think this is likely the reason. I’d have no problem asking the mate about it, not in a judgy way but literally out of curiosity like what experiences led them to gaff instead of net.

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The only problem I have with gaffing fish is , once they put a gaff in it , I can’t chose to release it! And also the mate bounced my 12lb fluke off the gaff and it broke off, and got away, that was a bit disappointing, but I didn’t get upset, I said, I’ll just have to catch another one.

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9 hours ago, zeke04 said:

Booked a trip for Monday, have an outfit that should be adequate but is it possible to buy bottom rigs onboard?

 They’ll tie you a set up such as hi/lo, bait rig, etc.  I havennt seen them supply teasers and such.  Nor have I seen them on sale.  Call the office and inquire; maybe they’ll do something for you.

 

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