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November Bluefin Tuna on the Outer Cape

November Bluefin Tuna on the Outer Cape

Hi folks, Capt. Mike Hogan here from Salty
Cape. Today I’m with John Burns aboard his 25′ Edgewater,
the Relentless. John, what’s the plan for today? The plan today is we’re going to go to the
east side of the Outer Cape. We’re going to poke around Peaked Hill, move
down to the Golf Ball and keep going south until we see some fish. We’re looking for tuna. I was out here a few days ago and we saw a
lot of life. Not really many tuna, but I’m pretty optimistic
that now that the weather has calmed down a bit, we’ve got a good shot at finding some
fish. I’m excited for that. Greasy calm conditions today, so the name
of the game is gonna be fluorocarbon leaders, ultra-perfect presentation, leading the fish
properly, and finding out what we can do to match the hatch. So today I’m going with the Hogy Pro Tail
5oz Paddle Tail. There’s mackerel for bait, and we’re also
seeing large plumes of smaller bait in the fishfinder. We know that they’re gorging on small butterfish. What I like about this lure is it has everything
you need. It’s got the oversized eye. This is about as small as you can go to still
have the casting weight to throw the Stella 20000 class reel on a heavy-duty Terez spinning
rod. You can fish them any retrieve speed, but
today slow is gonna be the name of the game. These fish are milling. They’re very spooky in this greasy calm water. Certainly fluorocarbon leaders. What’s great about this Paddle Tail is despite
having the 4 ounces of weight inside the nose of the lure, that paddle serves as a break
or parachute if you will, and it’s gonna raise the bait to the surface. On a slow retrieve, it’ll be 4 or 5 feet under
the water. I keep the rod at a 45-degree angle, for about
the first half of the cast. Then as my angle gets deeper and steeper as
you get closer to the boat, I’ll slowly drop the tip. I’m keeping that lure at that constant 4 to
5 feet below the surface. If I think something is interested, or if
I want to excite the fish, I’ll speed it, speed it, speed it, stall. Speed it, speed it, speed it, stall. That baits gonna quiver as it descends down
and I’m letting it sink. Maybe I’ll count to two or three, then reel
it back up. Now this paddle is gonna come right back up
to the surface. Come up, come up, come up, stall, 1, 2, 3. Stall. Stall. As you get closer to the boat, the stalls
are shorter and shorter. I’d say 9 times out of 10 if the fish is gonna
hit it, it’s gonna hit it on the stall. Hey Mike, look up ahead. 1 o’clock about 20 yards out we’ve got some
rolling fish. Mike take a shot, they’re up top. He’s on it, he’s on it, he’s on it, he’s on
it. Yeah! Got em! John I got em! I don’t think he knows he’s hooked yet. He knows he’s hooked now. Capt. Mike is hooked up with a really nice
tuna. We saw a school of tuna rolling on the surface
and he casted a Hogy Pro Tail. We’ve had real good luck with those this
season. They’ve been super, super lures for us. Basically manufacturing fish. We’re psyched to have this one hooked up here
in November. Almost Thanksgiving. This was a super slow retrieve. This fish just came up and slurped this jig. I have plenty of drag on this fish. I’ve personally taken tuna up to 150 pounds
on this lure. I have all the confidence in the world in
this hook. It’s time to get out. The fishing is still hot and heavy. Plenty of action left in the season. I think we have all the way to Thanksgiving
this year.

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