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Old 08-28-2008, 01:17 PM   #71
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wrightackle (8/25/2008)I don't think lil skeet eversaid where he was fishing. It seems like everyone assumed he was fishing three mile. I don't understand the uproar his post caused. If you are into a lot of fish why not gear up so you can catch a bunch rather than fight one a long time. Same goes for catching big jacks in the bay. The fun is the blowup on your bait. The kind of tackle he is using would let you catch 10-15 a morning rather than fighting one for thirty minutes. If you were catching tarponthat would be different. You don't hook them too often so you would want to stretch the fight out.
"Why would you want to stretch the fight out?" Now I know I'm very new to fishing and I could be in the wrong, but I thought the fun of fishing was the fight? I guess didn't realize a long fight was a bad thing; I'll have to go to the store tomorrow and get some anchor line to fish with because apparently I've been doing it all wrong with my 12# line.

I've never been lucky enough to hook into a tarpon, but I think it would be much better to lose a tarpon after a long and fun fight than basically dragging a tired and beaten fish to the boat on a crazy thick line. I know its been said before in this tread but if this guy's goal is to catch 23 reds a day or whatever crazy numbers he was throwing out there, he should put the fishing pole down and invest in some dynamite; it would fit his "fishing" style better.
you've got it all mixed up.... a long fight in most fish will sometimes result in the death of the fish from it being worn out..... whenever i hook a fish that i know i won't keep, i get it in as soon as possible, it puts less stress on the fish and it will have a better survival rate.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:37 PM   #72
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you've got it all mixed up.... a long fight in most fish will sometimes result in the death of the fish from it being worn out..... whenever i hook a fish that i know i won't keep, i get it in as soon as possible, it puts less stress on the fish and it will have a better survival rate.













vs200b. Thank you. Reds are very hard to revive after a long fight.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:38 PM   #73
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I have to agree with VS on this. I mean I love the fight as much as the next guy! I also love fishing with light line, but the shorter the fight the better for the fish.

I say if the guy wants to fish with 80lb braid.......who cares. The man is cleaning house and I'm jealous! I've fished with many people before who use 80lb and up on their rigs, fishing for reds out of a boat.......yeah it's over kill but if it's the way the guy likes to fish......leave him to it. I'm not gonna do it but hey, that's my choice.

Skeet, I'll fish with you any time......you use your tow rope j/k and I'll use my 15lb mono......I'm sure we will both have a heck of a time doing what everyone on this forum loves to do.......catching fish.
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Old 08-28-2008, 01:45 PM   #74
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I have to agree with VS on this. I mean I love the fight as much as the next guy! I also love fishing with light line, but the shorter the fight the better for the fish.



I say if the guy wants to fish with 80lb braid.......who cares. The man is cleaning house and I'm jealous! I've fished with many people before who use 80lb and up on their rigs, fishing for reds out of a boat.......yeah it's over kill but if it's the way the guy likes to fish......leave him to it. I'm not gonna do it but hey, that's my choice.



Skeet, I'll fish with you any time......you use your tow rope j/k and I'll use my 15lb mono......I'm sure we will both have a heck of a time doing what everyone on this forum loves to do.......catching fish.

















Hey bud I'm going out to play in about an hour. Let me know if you want to go.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:12 PM   #75
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Good luck withgoin' tonight. Wish I wasn't gonna be on the ambulance tonight or I would head out myself...looks like a great night. should be a great night to be on the water...catchin or not:bowdown

Oh well, looks like the closest I will get to the water tonight will be if I am covering downtown and head over to the 3 mile bridge area to post between calls :banghead
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nah man gotta work, but thanks for the offer.
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Old 08-29-2008, 10:58 PM   #77
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Sure it was a fun few minutes, better than no fun, and no fish! I fish 3 mile for reds also. Give you my side of tackle. I dont like the heavy lines either. I use 10lb power pro, sometimes with NO leader when I fish for reds at 3 mile. If I use a leader, it is always floricarbon 25-30 at the most. I slayed the redsa many nights in march and april, all 30-48 inches.Fish the lights as well. I use a light tackle rod, just gotta believe in your tackle (buy quility if at all possible)and use your drag. Very rarely do I lose a hooked fish due to breaking my line. But your are right, if I hook a tarpon I might get what your got, unless I have a 5-6 ft leader and a gppd trolling motor.
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:reallycrying biggest bunch o' crybabies I've ever seen. Who cares what he uses. Do you all use the same baits? If not you should be ashamed of your ignorant dumbass selves!
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lighttackle2fun (8/29/2008)Sure it was a fun few minutes, better than no fun, and no fish! I fish 3 mile for reds also. Give you my side of tackle. I dont like the heavy lines either. I use 10lb power pro, sometimes with NO leader when I fish for reds at 3 mile. If I use a leader, it is always floricarbon 25-30 at the most. I slayed the redsa many nights in march and april, all 30-48 inches.Fish the lights as well. I use a light tackle rod, just gotta believe in your tackle (buy quility if at all possible)and use your drag. Very rarely do I lose a hooked fish due to breaking my line. But your are right, if I hook a tarpon I might get what your got, unless I have a 5-6 ft leader and a gppd trolling motor.
Your not pulling any redin the 20 lb classout of structure or bridge pilings with 10 lb power pro, just not happening.
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Old 09-02-2008, 12:01 AM   #80
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I guess I dont understand it either. I enjoy the fight just as much as the hunt. To each his own I guess. BUt those reds at the 3 mile should be used to being caught on 80lb line. When the bridge was there many of the regulars hooked big reds on what looked to be 80lb line with 2 drop rigs.
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