Lets Talk.........Getting Spooled
Did any of you guys ever hook a Manta Ray at night. It is unreal. I think a lot of times when anglers get spool in the night that some of them are rays.
We fought one for hours one night, thinking it was the Mother of all Swordfish! The angler stayed with it until the end, about 2 hours. It was quite a let down.
We have had them several times after that. I think the way you can tell it is a ray, based on my observations is this. On all the good tunas, if you are watching your tips. The tip will take a little bounce and then off to the races. With the ray the rod just doubles over like it was attached to the bumper of a car, amazing. Sorry back to the question.
It is suppost to be fun, so the tackle must be comfortable. I like the 50 SW with 80 test, the 30 Tiagra,30 is excellent with 80 Jinki. If you got the
strength the 70VS or 50/80LRS with 100 pound test. The 50VS is also excellent and is my favorite new reel.
If you are looking to buy just a personnel rod for yourself, take a good look at Sea Isle's Stand up Rods. The are just the best.
On more comment about getting off the ball in the night in the Canyon.
What really works great is that after you drop your hook or what ever trick you use. add about 300' of polypropalene line, this way when the fish makes that death run to the bow you have some time to turn him before he gets into the ground gear.
I think we need a post on this topic Anchoring in the deep!
(This post edited by captainlarry84 on 02/08/2003)