An awesome day on the Gail Frances where it was all about getting on the water. Those that repeatedly checked the weather didn't show up and that left a lot of room at the rail for the 15 that showed up.I made the trip up because I knew that these fish wouldn't be here forever and I was rewarded with hooking up 24 fluke and keeping my limit of 7. The hot tip was the Berkeley GULP. I used the Chartreuse 4' mullet. 6 seabass also fell to the inchiku jig and a fluke bucktail. I kept 4 for the table.
This setup got it's first time use on the water. I choose the Trinidad 10a over the older Daiwa Saltiga 15 because of the more efficient and smooth drag. Also, it is a bit smaller is makes jigging all day easier. At first I was concerned that the gear ratio (6.3:1) was a bit too fast, however after fighting many fish today I don't have enough good things to say about it. The ratio was perfect. I used #50 FIN-S braided spectra. The rod is a G.Loomis Hot Shot. Again, first time out and although I originally purchased it for plugging lures to stripers, it held up well jigging fluke with bucktails. The tip is soft and extra fast. Multi-use rod's fit the bill right? I mean the rod was originally designed to troll for Salmon. There is some hearty backbone in this rod. Speaking of rods, I did get to feel out a particular custom built rod that Sean was using. I really like shorter length rods for jigging and I will have to look into his setup more. He mentioned it was a Seeker Hercules Inshore Lite. Very nice and American too.
Some have asked why I bring empty bottles on board (or why I rummage through the trash bins on the way back to the dock), and my madness is to take home some sea water. I fill them up and when I'm back home I fill the ziploc plastic bags with them so the fillets freeze better. A little trick I picked up alongside my red bucket technique. :D
Couldn't limit out like the day before but 2 (3 is the CT limit) is better then none. Fish were taken on Tidal Tails 1/2oz white bucktails.