How many flats? As many as it takes
Who catches the most fish chunking? We have done the same thing for quite a while & some trips we limit out, others we pick at them. Listening to my crew is one of the great joys of offshore fishing: they go from high fives all night long, to wispering that it's my fault. Here are some reasons they have given for a poor night bite: It's the hi-vis line, we're in the wrong place, we have the wrong chunk bait, the bait is old, we are throwing too few chunks, we are throwing too many chunks, the leaders are too short, the boat makes a funny noise, we should be tied up, we should be drifting, there is too much natural bait in the water, etc. etc. To top it off, there is always someone on the radio who has caught more fish than us. Some nights, doing the same exact thing, we are bailing the fish out of the water. Invariably, on a slow night I come up on deck to see what's going on & find one guy just standing there looking into the water, or catching squid when we already have a tank full. #1 reason we catch or don't catch? The guy throwing the chunks. I'm awake at least 26 hours out of a 32 hour trip and have many responsibilities beyond everyone elses, so when it comes to fishing at night the crew either makes it or breaks it.
After a long talk on the phone with Boonebird I'm convinced that his catch rate is high because his attention span is high. I'm shure that more chunks can't hurt, but Boonebird, just the fact that you are paying attention accounts for more than half your fish. I look forward to watching you in action sometime soon.
This post edited by asiegel 11:12 AM 07/11/2008