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Fishing update and new techniques turks and caicos

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Fishing update and new techniques turks and caicos

Postby geoff19789 » Tue Feb 01, 2005 7:32 am

Things are starting to heat up in Turks and Caicos while the weather cools down for the rest of the world. What a year! The colder weather in the continental United States has pushed down an incredible diversity of species. Along with the wahoos we have been catching plenty of Mahi, tuna and seeing quiet a few billfish. It has created a challenge to design a spread to have shots at all these different species.

Rig light mono to catch the tunas and sailfish then a 100 lb wahoo cuts you off. Rig with all heavy cable and wire for the big wahoos and then the sailfish and tuna won’t bite. The answer came by the ingenuity of Captain Darren Doonan and one of the oldest lures known, cedar plugs. Darren took a Sea Striker 6” Cedar plug (purple) and rigged it on 150lb Suffix leader but added a twist. Crimp the one end with a loop (end that clips onto the swivel) at the other end make a loop, which needs to have a very small loop, but attach another loop (very small loop) of Malin stainless steel (.049/270lb) cable (about 6 inches). Now you’ll have six feet of 150lb mono with a loop at both ends. At one end of the mono you have connected the 6” of stainless steel cable. Insert the cable through the cedar plug, if you made the loops small enough the cedar plug will be able to slide freely from one end of the cable to the very top of the mono. MAKE SURE ALL THE CABLE IS HIDDEN INSIDE THE CEADR PLUG PRIOR TO ATACHING THE HOOK. Form a loop at the end of the cable and attach a Mustad 3412CD extra heavy duty needle eye hook. That is all there is to it.

It is true that we could catch much more tuna and sailfish on naked ballyhoo on light mono but who wants to pass up the big hoos. We fished this past weekend with a dozen other boats (very rare for Turks and Caicos) and out fished them all with our cedar plugs catching tuna, sailfish, mahi and plenty of wahoos. We also managed to cover more ground than the competition since we were trolling at 9 knots compared to 4-5 knots for the guys pulling naked ballyhoo.

In my estimation there is not a better lure ever designed than a cedar plug. We are still pulling plenty of YoZuri Bonitas as well. In my professional opinion it is unnecessary to pull any natural bait with the bite that we have here and time and experience has borne that out. Next time you are in a similar situation try some cedar plugs.

Please feel free to contact with any questions.
Captain Geoff Adams
Gwendolyn Fishing Charters
email: sam@tciway.tc
Posts: 17
Joined: Sun Aug 10, 2003 2:12 pm
Location: Turks and Caicos

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