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15 of us have a private charter of the WarfCat out of Port A to go for some tuna out around Boomvang and Diana Spars Oct. 27-28.

I have the following tackle:

Avet Pro-Ex 4/02 with 80# hollow spectra under 50# Clear mono top shot (total of 400 yards). Reel on custom 6'-6" CalStar 765H Billy Stix spiral with all SIC guides.

VanStall VS300 with 80# Powerpro. Reel mounted on a custom heavy Spinning rod with gimble with all SIC guides. Length: 7' Line Class: 20-30lb.

Mag-d GS535 with 25# clear mono on 7" heavy bait casting rod.

Light spinning rod and reel for sabiki rigs and squid jigs.

I have fighting belt and hardness. I will bring my cast net, bait bucket and aireator.

What I need is some thoughts on terminal tackle. Diamond jigs, lures, ,skinkers, hooks sizes and types. Any suggestions on terminal rigs?
 

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Thats what Im sayin J. Sign up?...................................later,Dave
 

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Private Charter

it's just a matter of $$. We decided to check some time ago as we always seem to be weather limited on smaller boats and did not like to fight for a choice spot at the rail when boat has 40 folks aboard. Anyway --any thoughts on end tackle choices.
 

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WharfCat

Will they let you bring your own cooler on an extended trip / Private trip?
As for what to take - McGolfer, tj, etc... should have some good suggestions.
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The Avet and Billystix combo souds good to me. Thats all I got for ya buddy sorry I dont have more input for you other than have a great trip.............................later,Dave
 

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If someone is thinking of putting one of these together in the future I would be interested..
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van stall should work for sabiki too, i would not want too light a rod with 5 blue runners on it. Take the avet and vanstall setups and you should be good. Would you legt us know what the cost is?
 

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**** J I really need a meat haul right now, If ya know what I mean. This kinda trip would do it for sure............................................later,Dave
 

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rod is turning

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hi flakman
thanks man!! your rod is on the dryer at this moment for coat 1 coat 2 tommorrow night, then we will let dry for 2 days then the 3rd and finial coat applied:D the rod turned out very nice you should enjoy using it, i believe you are going to be able to report to the other guys that the spiral is really the cats mewow when its big fish time:cheers:
please keep in mind when using the custom billystix spiral rod to pay attetion to the fact that the reel does not want to lay over on its side giving you rod twist, i would like for you to note the way it handles big fish.
have a great time, i will ship as soon as its ready.
stix
billystix and judy in my new off shore tuna boat
 

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FlakMan said:
15 of us have a private charter of the WarfCat out of Port A to go for some tuna out around Boomvang and Diana Spars Oct. 27-28.

I have the following tackle:

Avet Pro-Ex 4/02 with 80# hollow spectra under 50# Clear mono top shot (total of 400 yards). Reel on custom 6'-6" CalStar 765H Billy Stix spiral with all SIC guides.

VanStall VS300 with 80# Powerpro. Reel mounted on a custom heavy Spinning rod with gimble with all SIC guides. Length: 7' Line Class: 20-30lb.

Mag-d GS535 with 25# clear mono on 7" heavy bait casting rod.

Light spinning rod and reel for sabiki rigs and squid jigs.

I have fighting belt and hardness. I will bring my cast net, bait bucket and aireator.

What I need is some thoughts on terminal tackle. Diamond jigs, lures, ,skinkers, hooks sizes and types. Any suggestions on terminal rigs?
Larry,
Mustad 39960 in 8/0, 9/0 and 10/0 basicly any NON kirbed quality circle hook that is about the size of your thumb pad.
Diamond jigs 6 to 10 ounce
Yozouri Bull gt's purple and black
Surface cruisers
Large poppers that are through wired with good hooks. The poppers from BPS only last a couple of hits before they start to leak. There is one something River that looks decent, needs better hooks over on the Allcoast board.
You'll be chunking so a direct tie to hook is all you want. The idea is to keep the chunk sinking with the chum line. Hide hooks well in the chunk.
Diamond jig for Blackfin to use as chunk bait.
I'm sure Rick, Captian C, Earl and a couple of others will chime in with more and better advice.
 

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>CalStar 765H Billy Stix spiral with all SIC guides.
That 765H is really more of a 80# stick so it might be a heavy to fish 50#.

>VanStall VS300 with 80# Powerpro.
If it has straight spectra adding a 10-15' 50# windon leader will reduce the fatigue on your finger when casting heavy poppers.

I would also add the following to what Snagged recommended:
1 oz rubber core & 2-4 oz bank sinkers in case the fish are holding deep.
A few strong small hooks for big AJ baits (hardtails, chubs, anything the has fins)
some 5/0 or 6/0 Mustad Demon circles for flying fish and small chunks
trolling baits for the long ride out if you have them.
 

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Thanks Guys. The cost is $450 per each participate but we have a few corporate sponsers picking up some of the cost.

Sorry we have limited the number to 15.

Though if your oilfield and buy oilfield services in Corpus area - I expect you can get an invite still. I'm the Drilling Manager for Suemaur Exploration & Production based in Corpus.
 

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Zach Here is you Answer

15 oilfield guys. Some exploration guys, some production guys, some service company guys and one old driller and ex-blowout specialist (me!). Most all from Corpus area but a few friends from Houston will fill out the group.
 

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Hello FlakMan

FlakMan,

I tried to send you an e-mail earlier, not so sure that it went through, It's only my first time on this board. Your tuna trip sounds interesting... do you have a standby list? I'm in Corpus Christi, sort of in the oil business - I clean up oil spills... I don't find it or drill for it, just know a alot of folks that do.

Big Flying Fish - Tom

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As far as terminal tackle you need some circle hooks. I use 4/0 Owner mutu circles. That is what they use on the Pelican trips. They seem small but will work on tuna that you will be catching. Take some slip sinkers in the 1/4 to 2 oz. range. When using dead bait, sardines and such, a sinker above the bait might help. The key with bait is to let it fall and never let it the line come tight. I use Flouro a lot, with a swivel and about a 5' leader. Anytime you can catch a flying fish, that is automatic yellowfin. As far as lures, I've caught YFT on topwaters, iron, and diving baits. Best topwaters are Bull GT's, buy at Port A Outfitters, and Yummie flying fish. Diamond jigs are great for BFT and will catch YFT also. Tady 4/0 jigs work for BFT and YFT also. Keep working the jigs at different depths by counting them down before starting the retrieve. As far as diving baits, 1 oz. Rattletraps will get bit but the hooks are suspect. I caught a nice YFT on a Lively Lure last time out. The crew on the boat will be inexperienced so it will be up to you to find what is working. The key is too stay fishing all night and don't go to bed. The fish will be there but sometimes its tough to wait them out. If the fish start busting on the surface work a topwater or diving lure near the boils and you should get bit. I live here in Port A and will try to meet you when you come back. If you need another body for the trip let me know. I hadn't read you Post lately and after I posted this I did. You should take DeepBlueGulf with you, he is an oil guy and you need someone with you that is experienced at the floaters. Just my opinion, but since the crew will be novices and your fishermen also, someone needs experience.
 
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