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20/0 Stainless Steel Pier or Bridge Gaff

20/0 Stainless Steel Pier or Bridge Gaff
Stainless Steel 7731 size 20/0 Treble Hook Pier or Bridge Gaff Alligator Hook.

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About 60% of US Anglers practice catch and release.
Women make up about 33% of fresh water anglers and
about 85% of fresh water anglers begin fishing at 12 years old.


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34007 Stainless Steel Fish hooks
34007 Stainless steel O'Shaugnessy hooks (Not Mustad)

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Mustad 92641 Snelled bait holder hooks 100 pcs

Mustad 92641 Snelled bait holder hooks 100 pcs
Mustad 92641 bronzed snelled bait holder hooks ideal for both fresh and salt water fishermen

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Sailfish Mount Replica 3 1/2 ft

Sailfish Mount Replica 3 1/2 ft
Fiberglass Sailfish Billfish Mount Replica 3 1/2 feet long Istiophorus platypterus

PRICE: $210.00

fishing wanted
 Mar 11, 2006; 01:05PM
 Category:  Looking for
 Name for Contacts:  Edson Kiyohara
 Description:  I am looking for Shimano CH101BSV.
Could you advise the availability?

fishing photo contest
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$50 worth of free fishing tackle for the photo with the most votes. Contest open to Kids only 12 and under at time of catch. Contest ends October 1st, 2003. Good luck to all.
Rusty Wright approx 5lbs Largemouth Bass
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fishing tips and tricks
 May 19, 2003; 09:01AM - Circle Hooks for Billfish
 Category:  Trolling techniques
 Author Name:  Carlos Morales
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Tip&Trick Description 1: What are “circle hooks”? To a fisherman seeing one for the first time you kind of wonder why anyone would use them or took time to invent them. They are similar in size to the more common “J” shaped hook but the opening is smaller and the barb points toward the body of the hook forming a circular shape, hence their name. At first glance it would appear fish would seldom be caught with circle hooks because the barb points the wrong way and the smaller than usual opening would difficult hooking anything.

Surprise, surprise, first impressions are wrong. Depending which study an angler consults, circle hooks have been shown to be as effective or more effective than “J” hooks for catching all types of fish including billfish. Some studies say fishermen catch 60% more fish, others 100% more fish with circle hooks than with “J” hooks. Catching more fish is a bonus but the real advantage of circle hooks is that they are designed to hook a fish in the lip or corner of the mouth and this happens about 95% of the time, preventing “deep hooking” and “foul hooking”. Removing a circle hook is fast and easy, take a pair of pliers and rotate the hook out of the mouth.

A “J” hook works by attaching itself wherever soft tissue is available. Normally, as soon as a fish bites, the first thing an angler does is “set the hook” by swiftly pulling the rod up and reeling in some line. This violent maneuver guarantees (anglers wish) that the barb of the hook will penetrate some soft tissue inside the mouth thus hooking the fish. Some fish, like billfish, have bony mouths so when the “J” hook tries to find purchase it just slides along and it either pops out of the mouth with the bait or attaches to the the upper palate, throat, pharynx, oesophagus or in the stomach. Anglers who practice catch and release know deep hook injuries, caused by any type of hook, are often mortal due to bleeding and that the hook sometimes is left inside the fish since its so deep there is no way to remove it without killing the fish. This is not a problem for the angler fishing for tasty, sought after fish like Dorado (dolphin), flounder, mangrove snapper, redfish, grouper, etc., since the whole point of going fishing is catching fish to eat.

Here is where circle hooks come in. They have been around for years and were adopted in the late 1970’s for use by longline commercial fishing boats because not only did fish hook themselves but also studies showed they were 85% more effective than “J” hooks and the hooked fish were alive when the longline was retrieved. It is ironic that recreational anglers, to preserve fish, have recently adopted commercial fishing hooks known and used for their ability to catch large numbers of fish.

We did say fish hooked themselves and we are not joking. When fishing using circle hooks and a fish takes the bait, do not set the hook! Wait. Count out one Mississippi, two Mississippi, etc., meditate about why there are no pregnant ladybugs, speculate on the price of bananas on Mars, just don’t set the hook! As the fish swims away the line becomes taut allowing the hook to rotate inside the fish’s mouth and lodge itself in the corner of the mouth. When the rod is flexed and the line taut that means the fish is hooked. Patience is very important because if the angler tries to set a circle hook the same way as a “J” hook, more often than not it will just be pulled out of the mouth of the fish. After a bite a mate on our boats grabs the rod but doesn’t do anything until the billfish swims away pulling the line taut and bending the rod, then he counts to five and “tests” whether the hook has been set by reeling in some line. This technique usually works very well.

If a “self-hooking hook” was not good enough, circle hooks have other advantages. Once hooked, billfish tend to leap and violently shake their head side to side to try and loose the hook. It looks spectacular and anglers love it but “J” hooks are sometimes dislodged this way. The circle hooks round shape and the direction of the barb helps to prevent dislodgement so fish don’t de-hook as much when doing their aerial stunts. Another great advantage is that humans hook themselves less in the hand, ear and/or other body parts and clothes with circle hooks because the barb points toward the body of the hook.

Not all circle hooks are created equal though. Besides “normal circle hooks” there are “offset circle hooks” whose barb does not point to the body of the hook but opens up, similar to a “J” hook’s. Depending on the degree that the barb is offset, 4 to 15 degrees, they become about as effective as “J” hooks at deep hooking as in their ability to catch fish. Like “J” hooks, “offset circle hooks” also cause more foul hooking of fish. Foul hooking means hooking a fish by the eye, gills, etc. Billfish depend on their eyesight to hunt and catch their prey so an eye wound seriously diminishes a billfish’s ability to feed and damaging the gills hampers the billfish’s survivability. Some circle hooks are made out of stainless steel and will not degrade with time so if a fish is lost with a stainless steel hook in it, that hook will be in the fish forever.

In Guatemala “catch and release” for all billfish is the law. Since it’s beginning our company has adopted a circle hook only policy for bill fishing and releasing the fish unharmed is a very important goal. Guatemala has the best sailfishing in the world and we do our best to keep it that way.

Happy fishing and tight lines!!

fishing boats and accessories
 Nov 4, 2003; 02:43AM - 1989 century fury 17 foot
 Category:  Boats
 Price:  2400.00
 Name for Contacts:  bill turpak
 Phone:  706-860-8457
 City:  grovetown
 State:  georgia
 Country:  united states
Description 1: 1989 century fury 17 ft
mercruiser inboard/outboard
with powertrim runs great 2400.00

fishing reports
 Feb 21, 2005; 11:00AM - Cabo Bite Report
 Category:  Mexico Cabo San Lucas
 Author Name:  George Landrum
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Report Description: Capt. George Landrum

Fly Hooker Sportfishing


WEATHER: Finally a week with no rain! We did have pretty heavy condensation most mornings but no rain falling from the sky. Most of the week was partly cloudy but we did have two days in the middle of the week where it was sunny all day. Our day time highs were in the high 70’s and our night time lows were in the 60 degree range.

WATER: Great surface conditions this week with almost no swell and very little wind chop with the exception of Friday afternoon when the wind picked up as a small piece of cloud cover blew in. Most of the week the wind was at 5-10 knots so the chop was small. The Pacific side remained cool with a bit of warmer water moving in up to the north of the Golden Gate Banks late in the week. On the Cortez side there was a 20 mile wide band of cooler water in the 71-73 degree range running off the coast from the shore line. Once past the cool water there was water steadily in the 75 degree range and it curved in to the Punta Gorda area.

BAIT: Mackerel and some small Caballito were the choice of the week at the normal $2 per bait.


BILLFISH: The concentration of Striped Marlin that were south of the Cape last week seemed to have moved a bit farther out and to the east. This week we were running almost 24 miles to the east-southeast, where the water turned 74 degrees and out to the 1,000 fathom line. On each trip to the area this week there were feeding fish everywhere, tails popping up, swirls in the water and occasional free-jumping fish. There were a lot of fish but they were being picky. Getting to the area early definitely improved the chance of hooking up, but as it always is, being in the right place at the right time sure helped. The Marlin were feeding on small baits so most of the time you threw a Mackerel at them they ignored it. Trolling very small hootchies or feathers with single hooks started working for a lot of the boats, as well as trolling small Mackerel fillets. High speed trolling small lures at 9-10 knots produced fish for some boats as well. With all the fish in the area you would have thought it would be a snap to get hooked up, but on average half the boats went fishless, but not without trying hard. A few boats with the right techniques and the right timing did well with three to four fish per boat.

YELLOWFIN TUNA: Some Tuna were found this week but they were very far off shore. There were reports of football to 30 pound fish being found 35 miles and farther to the west, past the San Jaime banks and also some found to the north of the San Jaime and to the north of the Golden Gate Banks. The fish were mixed in with Porpoise and that was the key. Of course not all Porpoise pods held Tuna and it was not uncommon to have to work four or five groups of Porpoise before finding a pod that held Tuna. On some of the pods you could see fish on the sonar but they would not come up and bite, instead they stayed 100-150 feet deep. Once you found fish that were up, small feathers and cedar plugs worked fine.

DORADO: Just as it was last week, working close in on both sides of the Cape produced Dorado. The fish were not large but they were there consistently. Working water from 60-150 feet in depth with small bright lures or slow trolling live Mackerel enabled several boats to score fish counts as high as 8 fish per boat. The Dorado ranged from 6-20 pounds. A few larger fish were picked up off shore with weights ranging from 15-50 pounds.

WAHOO: A few Wahoo were reported this week but there were no large amounts of them found, nor any large concentration of fish.

INSHORE: No changes from last week as Sierra once again are the inshore fish of the week. Anglers have been able to catch as many as they want. The Pacific side of the coast has been going off from the lighthouse up to Migraino on fish from three to six pounds. Small green hootchies live Sardinas and small Rapallas have all been working well, just don’t forget to use wire leader! There were also some nice Pargo found up in the rocks at the points with the sizes from 5-10 pounds. They were caught on live bait pitched in around the boilers.

NOTES: Whales, Porpoise, Turtles and Marlin, it was almost like Sea World out there this week! The water was great, the fishing decent and almost everyone that went out had fun. As for me, I spent a couple of hours at the driving range (I am getting better!), fished four days, got picked up as contributing editor for the fishing section on “Discover Cabo” bi-monthly magazine as well as the fishing commentator for the weekly Anglo-Mexican information hour on Cabo Mil Radio at 6pm on Sunday evenings. Enough to keep me busy! Thanks for everyone’s support and comments on the report, I would not still be doing it without your encouragement! This weeks report was written to the music of one of my guitar gods, Chet Atkins, on the 1994 Sony release “Read My Licks”. Unfortunately my guitar playing has not been getting a lot of practice lately, at this rate it will be several centuries before anyone other than my wife Mary will hear me play! Until next week, Tight Lines!

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