Welcome Aboard Eric. i'm in your area !! Well sort of. (only about 110 miles)
forgot the Smiley !!
" I was so poor growing up, If I wasn't a boy I would have had nothing to play with"
Boonebird signing on. Standing by block canyon channel 6 and 68
It seems to be a meet and greet,so I will say Hi.I am from Michigan but have been in New England for like 20 years. Being a single dad I lost my poles for the last 12 years. Great to be back.I should of never went to the new Bass pro shop in the patriots place.I fish the cape in the spring for trout and salmon. To the bog ponds pre spawn.Ontario for the browns in the spring weather permitting.Cod offshore when I get a invite. (15 haddock and two 20 ish cod last week) 250 down north of bank. I really need some striper help. I seem to be always a week late. Yes I catch them off the point when I can get there but my brother inlaw "fishing partner" bought a 14 footer. Limited range.Any help and I will exchange some some great spots for 7 pound plus large mouth or a guarantee 7-12 pound browns. I have worked the rivers and the canal for the last few weeks with very little success. Thanks in advance and I like this web site.
Seeing as how everyone is introducing themselves, I wanted to say hello. I just found this forum as I've been looking for opinions, insight, and advice while doing research on a new(or used) sportfishing boat for my father. After looking around this site, I felt compelled to join.
My name's Brendan; I'm 20. I've been fishing the waters around Nantucket for blues and bass for the last 10 years with my dad, my brother and friends. I also do a little dolphin/sailfish/reef fishing off Key Largo, FL when not in school. But I spend most of my time in New England.
I had the opportunity to go shark fishing with a buddy's dad in RI last July and it was arguably the most fun I've ever had; Can't wait to go for some blue sharks and makos this summer.
Before posting up to catch sharks, we'd actually be trolling for bft, but didn't have any luck. So, catching a bft is next on my to-do list. I have a feeling that when I do, I'll catch that fever as well...
Looks like there's a lot of knowledge on this site and I'm happy I found it.
Hey everyone, my name is chad. I am new to the site as I am to the world of BFT. I started my big game career as a crash course, schoolie tuna were in as close as a few miles off the coast and my friends and I set out with the intentions of trying to hook up on one. The plan was to do some groundfishing and see what we could find that we could tempt with a live pogie. To make a long story short the 7500 spinning Penn I had picked up for the battle was no match for the size fish I hooked into. 350 yards of braided and 20 seconds later the fish was gone. This single under geared and unprepared trip sparked the pursuit of the BFT among me and a friend and have been hunting them ever since. The Penn Spinning reel has been retired and spends most of his time striper fishing now and some new young gun penns and an okuma have taken the place of there once brave penn leader. The attempts since had entertained some blue sharks on occasion but the tuna have seemed to elude us. Any advice anyone can offer will be greatly appreciated.
Glad to be a part of the forum.
Figured I would introduce myself as well. I got introduced to fishing as a kid but did not really get into it until about four years ago when I began surf fishing for stripers. I still have a passion for surfcasting, building plugs and standing on a rock in the night. but it also got to appreciate all fishing so now I am on my second boat slipped in Portsmouth RI. 23ft Wellcraft coastal and this year began looking for bigger game...and yes I now consider bluefish BAIT...which is AWESOME. my arsenal is nothing more than 5 Penn 114h's and I have been pretty successful with sharks (couple of 100pd mako's). am hoping to get my first tuna bite as well...but don't want to be too greedy!
Thanks for all the info here! And I welcome all help
OK people. This is a great site. looking forward to learning some great stuff.
Hey how's it going everybody, I am absolutley hooked into catching Tuna and I have yet to even bring one on a line. Let me explain how I got bit by this addiction. My brother in law Steve and myself have hunted stripers up and down the striper coast surf fishing for the past couple years now. I went to Iraq last year and got back this april. While I was over there Steve and my sister sent me a small fishing rod (like the cheap 3 foot sunfish rods for $9.99) in a care package with a note that said get practicing. I thought they were just saying get ready for more surf casting trips this year. We'll before I left I gave the rod to an little Iraqi boy on a patrol lol and tried to bargain with his dad to trade for a sheep. Long story short I didn't get the sheep and I don't know if they even knew what it was haha but they will take anything you give them lol. So I got home this april and they had a nice 23' foot Wellcraft coastal with 4 cannon downriggers in the driveway all set up. "Hell yea we are gonna kill the stripers this year" SOOOooo we did for a month and my sister said she wanted to go to Stellwagen to see the Whales. Alright so I'm thinking "Hey isn't there tuna out there" Lets stop at the bait store and just dip our toes in and try. I end up buying a flat of macks some treble hooks, shimano butterfly jigs, and hey why not I got money I saved up from Iraq lets buy a squid bar, so we do. My brother in law already had a nice Penn 70 2spd he bought a year ago that had been sitting in the basement, he said it was his back up, just in case. Alright so we head out of Scituate around 1 p.m. and get to the bank just short of 2pm and see no boats around. screw it, not marking any fish on the fishfinder, lets just throw some lines in, we send the squid bar out way way back, no idea what we are doing, no outriggers, nothing start trolling round 5mph, with 3 downriggers 2 swimming plugs, 1 rigged up mack all on penn senators 50lb line, squid bar on the 70. 10 minutes go by "holy shit look at the squid bar", lots of breaking fish following our squid bar for about 5 minutes, nothing hits it, bang, all three downriggers start screaming, "TUnnnaaaa,!!!!!!!!", nope huge stripers after we stop the boat and reel em in. boats stopped stripers blitzing within 3 feet of the boat. we get the spinnning reels, mine had the shimano butterfly jig on it, steve has a popper on his cast after cast striper after striper for 10 minutes, fish finder completly covered with fish, boated and released about 10 stripers all over 30 inches including a soaker at 47 inches. Blitz quits down, we pull in the lines and decide to run and gun and try to find the school. Now here's were i got the Tuna Bite. We see birds sitting on the surface gun it over to them, looks pretty quiet, toss only the squid bar out, 30 yards from the boat a HUGE Tuna jumps out of the water in between the birds and I swear to god I think it ate one of them. We swing the boat around the birds and the squid bar passes right between the birds, squids are literrally flipping out the water nailing birds on the head, I'm sure we are gonna get the bite but nothing. It's around 6 and we troll for another hour and nothing we call it quits and head in. That was in June, on the ride home steve is already saying "Stripers, hah we are going for tuna everytime this damn boat is in the water now" lol . A week later I Spend 2 grand at Fisherman's Outfitters buying a Shimano 50wdlrsa, harpoon, kite, rigging equip, lures, daisy chains and another spreader bar. Over the past three months I have probably spent another 2 grand on more gear. Now let me just say that the boats name is "WeCatchEm" lol and we have yet to catch one in the damn 4 months we have been going to Stellwagen. We have tried everything from kiting live pogies, balooning live pogies, trolling live pogies, trolling rigged up dead mackerel, squid bars, EVERYthing, and we have casted into blitzing schools with Ron-zs, Friggin pencil poppers, anything we had on the boat. I Don't know whats going on but if we don't catch a Tuna by the end of the season I already told him we absolutely have to change the name of the boat. So I will see you guys out there, mainly the SWC, Goodluck everybody and Tight lines..