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Thread: OMG! Ultra Light Hook Up! Nooooo!

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    Default OMG! Ultra Light Hook Up! Nooooo!

    Even When You Play The Fish Correctly Anything Can Happen!

    Today we'll be targeting large Yellowfin Surgeonfish known locally as "Pualu" by free lining bait using no weights & a small tiny mosquito hook. Using thinner line with smaller hooks means more hook-ups. The draw back? Line snapping to the hook either bending out straight to it being bitten in half. A small finesse reel & a short sensitive rod completes the equation. When the big predators aren't around you can depend on action going light.

    This was a cold windy December day off a pier. This time of year fish aren't plentiful. Also me & my friend Jared have been sick all month. Only had a few hits which were thrown back since they're small. Then this hit came out of the blue. Normally a 3-4lb Surgeonfish will take 3-5min to land. This one lasted over 10min with power to spare! Eventually it spit the small hook & took off. Amazingly the line didn't snap. Just remember the fish is in charge. Never force it using this type of ultra light tackle. Of course you can use stronger line & a thicker larger hook. But expect less hits as the fish will see this & will shy away. Also grazers like Rudderfish, Unicornfish & Surgeonfish have tiny mouths. This makes ultra lighting a popular finesse sport!
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    Join Date
    Nov 2009


    Oh man that was brutal,seemed like he was messing with the drag way to much,what lb line was he using? The water there always looks awesome,but when you shaded the camera for a second the water looked epic! That location looks very precarious,be careful you don’t want to trip there! Thanks

    Cya Tuna Vic

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    Gotta use 4lb monofilament there, anything bigger the fish will see it! Also #10/12 Limerick hooks.

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