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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #20 on: November 27, 2010, 07:51:17 am »
Nice post Awie, thank you.

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #21 on: November 27, 2010, 09:05:05 am »
Awesome info Awie!

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« Reply #22 on: November 27, 2010, 06:01:50 pm »
This is brilliant. Cred to you.
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #23 on: November 29, 2010, 07:41:32 am »
Excellent post Awie. Thanks that I could learn from you. Very interesting.
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #24 on: November 29, 2010, 01:32:24 pm »
Awie this is great. Cred to you and now I can look less dof when fishing with Shag.. :hehe:

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #25 on: November 29, 2010, 04:35:10 pm »
Your info is spot on, we hooked our Saily on fly at around 11h00 just short of 4hrs after hightide which was 07h15, but it was 6 days after full moon
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« Reply #26 on: November 29, 2010, 04:52:39 pm »
FA, thats was becuase fly fishing is more difficult, so you add 2 days for that.

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #27 on: November 29, 2010, 04:55:23 pm »
FA, thats was becuase fly fishing is more difficult, so you add 2 days for that.
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2 Days  :dunno:, this took a lot longer than that with all the researc, preparation, failed attempts and lost fish
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #28 on: November 30, 2010, 08:04:55 am »
 :tkx: Awie `n baie goeie post!!!!
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #29 on: November 30, 2010, 10:13:51 am »
Awie kan jy dalk ook uitwys waar die teasers en wat se teasers in die spread geplaas moet word?

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #30 on: November 30, 2010, 01:22:41 pm »
We always pull two MoldCraft Fenders just short of the left short and right short lures in the spread. They swim nice deep below the short lures. If enough expierenced crew on the boat we also use two MoldCraft Chuggers with squids very short left and right. Also good to crack up your volume on your favourite music the sound transfer well through the boat and water. When the marlin strike we clear all the rods first get the angler in the fighting chair then we have enough time to clear all the teasers.

TEASERS
Anything you tow behind the boat will do the job of attracting fish as they are incredibly inquisitive and are attracted to rather than frightened of the boat itself. Essentially, anything that moves through the water and is able to be caught by a predator is likely to be thought of as food. In saying that it is unquestionable that some of the things used to attract fish do a rather poor job of it while others have quite spectacular success. The factors that contribute to make teasers work are essentially the same as that of lures, that of correct action such as vibration, colour etc.
Without question the most obvious teaser is the boat itself and it's engines due to the vibrations this combination creates. It would also seem that the larger the boat and engines, the more effective they are. For instance, big diesels and wooden hulls seem to be the ultimate fish attractors. No boat and engine configuration actually scares fish, they all attract them on the troll to some extent.
Not having the ultimate fish-attracting boat and engine combination is not a disadvantage, as with the aid of teasers, you can match all comers in a competitive atmosphere.
The lures we use are all teasers; in fact that's exactly what their ancestors were. Someone eventually realised that if you stuck a hook in them they could actually be used to catch fish. A good pattern of lures working in harmony certainly does the job of attracting, teasing and catching all at once.
There are two main types of teasers. The traditional teaser is still directly attacked by fish and often has to be pulled out of the water to get the fish to switch to something with a hook in it; they essentially represent some type of food to the fish.
The other type is that of the exciter which works by getting the fish worked up and are designed to increase the competitive reflex in the fish - the exciter is designed to appear to be another predator in the area. Of course we can't be sure about this until we get to talk to a fish!
Despite the fact that anything pulled behind the boat will act as a teaser, there are several that are quite effective and popular, such as the following which all attract billfish of every species and many other gamefish including mahi mahi, wahoo, yellowfin and other tuna species:
Bird Teasers come in many sizes although the most common are 8-14-inches in length. They flutter on the surface with their wings putting out quite a bit of high frequency vibration and sheets of water that may imitate fleeing baitfish. They are generally rigged with daisy chains of rubber squid and hookless lures to add drag that in turn makes the bird 'flap' harder. They are effective both close to the transom as shown or run a long way behind the boat as a teaser where they were originally designed to be run for tuna.
Note that the daisy chains also put out vibrations and are often run from the outriggers with or without birds and lures attached to the chain.
Music, certainly loud music, with a heavy bass and drum beat does work in attracting fish as the speakers resonate through the hull into the water. There is much debate on which tunes are the best.
Teasers of all types are very effective. They often put out more vibration than the lures you use and as a result the fish can come directly to the teasers rather than the lures. To take advantage of this, lures should be positioned just behind any type of teaser you use.
The only limit to what can be used as an effective teaser is your imagination. Although it is unlikely you will improve on some of the original designs on the market, you can certainly come up with some that may work well. You can also use teasers in combinations such as the bird teaser with a daisy chain of squids and lure. You can also hang daisy chains of squid from the same line that is used to tow the witchdoctor.
Other factors are that the rope and construction of the teaser, which should not be stronger than the item, such as a cleat that you tie it to, for obvious reasons. Part of this is when retrieving teasers ensure you are able to let it go easily and safely without tangling hands in the teaser line or feet if it loops. Teasers may be grabbed by fired-up fish right up until they are brought into the boat. This can also be the case with all other items including lures.
There is no limit to the number of the teasers you can run at the same time as long as you can clear them quickly and out of the way when the action starts. They are certainly more necessary for smaller boats to compete against larger boats, even though few large boats troll without using teasers.
Squid Daisy Chain
Squid are one of the greatest bio-masses on the planet. Using squids on a Daisy Chain is very effective. There are many types of rubber squid imitations in colour size and shape. All of them work well on chains.
Once again this is a profile chain so colours and profile considerations are the same as the skirted Daisy Chain.
They are spaced around 1.5 to 2 foot apart with a hooked trolling lure at the end.
Squids such as the ones below may have a tendency to spin so inserting a swivel between each of the squids and lure is a good idea.
Squid also tend to skate on the surface and are affected greatly by wind. To increase drag to reduce the effect of wind use lures such as Cockroaches, Mouser, Rat and Wombat.
Squid Daisy Chains work Best in Outrigger and Shotgun positions.
 
Bird Daisy Chains:
Of all the Daisy chain configurations the bird teaser is the easiest to set up. They are incredibly effective in targeting all predators.
Birds are greatly affected by wind. To reduce these affects use a lure with heavy drag such as a Cockroach™, Mouse™, Rat™ and Wombat™. Also the greater the drag of the lure the 'harder' the bird works.
The distance of the lure to bird can be anything from 3 to 12 feet with 6 being common.
You can use more than one bird on a chain, you can also use a bird at the lead of a skirt or Squid Daisy Chain.
There are many brands of Birds available on the market. Use only ones with wooden wings as hooked Daisy Chains as the others will damage lines in tangles.
There are also many in-line birds on the market. There is a great tendency for these to chew through nylon leaders. You may need to use cable through these birds or insert nylon tubing so that the leader is protected from wear.
All positions in the spread are enhanced by using a Bird. Birds work well in any positions, even if the bird is pulled out of the water from time to time.

   


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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #31 on: November 30, 2010, 01:41:17 pm »
Wow Awie. Fantasties dankie. Ek gee jou weer krediet. Dit is nou in detail.

Mens leer elke dag. Ek was nog altyd geneig om die musiek af te sit as dinge stil is in vrees dat dit die vis pla. Sal graag jou top 20 Trefferlys wil sien... :hehe:

Baie dankie.

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #32 on: November 30, 2010, 01:44:38 pm »
This info is GOLD. Cred to you and  :tkx: for sharing.

I for one really value this info.  :resp:
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2010, 01:50:56 pm »
 Good info (clap)

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #34 on: December 01, 2010, 12:48:44 am »
Lovely stuff Awie!!!

I love using teaser and feel my spread is incomplete without them!! awesome post thanks for sharing!!

P.S.S Please insure your your crew understands the difference between a daisy chain and a teaser!! My teasers run with no hooks,however I have had two instances were a daisy with hooks on the tail were run from my riggers!! :shk :shk we hit the dorado and all hell broke loose with a hooked dodo on the rigger reel!! it was great to keep the shoal there but the rigger took punishment!!

I also had a small marlin hit the same bunch o Yamashitas again with a hook and I broke my rigger!! Needless to say I put out my teasers now!!

I use the Mold craft squids with a chugger behind, on the port and just a chain of Demon tackle squids on the starboard, I have never seen a real live squid on the surface skipping but my goodness do they work!!! fshg fshg

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #35 on: December 01, 2010, 01:48:26 pm »
Great info Awie! Thanks for taking the time!
Interesting enough, I have noticed a better strike rate with the music going on the boat. It definitely works!

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #36 on: December 01, 2010, 02:06:21 pm »
Great information thanks a lot.
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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #37 on: December 01, 2010, 03:40:03 pm »
Awesome info!! Thanks!

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #38 on: December 03, 2010, 07:57:44 am »
Thanks Awie! This is why Ultimate rocks  :geet

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Re: BILLFISH INFO
« Reply #39 on: December 03, 2010, 09:42:25 am »
 :tkx: Awie - Awesome info . " onthou jou top 20 treffer lys. :geet