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Big Jewfish = Crazy Rod Bending

Check out how much these goliath groupers bend our fishing rods! We were using 200lb mainline and vinyl tubing to protect the rod.

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  • RhysleoRhysleo Posts: 13 Deckhand
  • Joey ButtonsJoey Buttons Posts: 11,849 AG
    How you put that rod between your legs is beyond me.


    My boys would have been hurtin.
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,190 Admiral
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,379 Moderator
    Neat stuff. Nice rods.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • rock_fishrock_fish Posts: 11,866 AG
    explain the tubing
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,190 Admiral
    Have to admit that rod was impressive looking!
  • Roc N RolRoc N Rol Posts: 1,352 Officer
    rock_fish wrote: »
    explain the tubing

    My guess is it was to protect the finish of the boat or rod or boat from the rod rubbing against the gunwale. Why was the guy on his knees reeling backwards?
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,379 Moderator
    I'm kind of suprised that this is still legal. Seems like FWC would love nothing more than to write tickets for targeting jewfish. I can hear it now.... "Captain, I have a gun and a badge. This is a protected species. The tackle on board INDICATES to ME that you are here to molest a protected species. I am issuing a ticket based on what I THINK you are up to." Would be a great revenue source for the water cops. Perhaps I should have kept my mouth shut.

    Actually, I shouldn't complain. It's been almost two years since I've been messed with. USCG has been a bigger pain in my butt than marine patrol. My biggest beef is when I'm stopped and screwed with for almost two hours during a tournament 50nm from the hill. Oh, that and when they unpack almost 500# of fish from the ice and then expect my crew to put it back the WAY THEY FOUND IT! Often times I'll tie the boat up with perfectly iced fish and come back the next day to clean. Sucks to screw up a heaping pile of perfectly iced fish for NO REASON. After that experience I started telling them that they are more than welcome to check our fish, but they better leave them the way they found them. If that requires an extra 20# of ice due to melt, then they can send somebody to the marina. This has done wonders for me.

    Sorry for derail.
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  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,379 Moderator
    Roc N Rol wrote: »
    My guess is it was to protect the finish of the boat or rod or boat from the rod rubbing against the gunwale. Why was the guy on his knees reeling backwards?

    Yeah.... this one shows a lot of it.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-euDRvbNpHE&list=PLFD08D78499A84CEF

    At one point he's winding clockwise and then his right hand reaches across reel and does something on left face of reel, then he comes back to wind and he winds counterclockwise. New to me. Awaiting explanation.
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  • rock_fishrock_fish Posts: 11,866 AG
  • Roc N RolRoc N Rol Posts: 1,352 Officer
    rock_fish wrote: »
    2 speed reels

    Yean I guess so, not sure I like reeling backwards. Just took down the 80W to be sure and it cranks forward on both low and high
  • releasegearreleasegear Posts: 795 Officer
    nice. tubing is great idea , going to have to try that..
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  • blacktip hunterblacktip hunter Posts: 51 Deckhand
    rock_fish wrote: »
    explain the tubing

    The tubing protects the boat and the rod from being scratched.
  • blacktip hunterblacktip hunter Posts: 51 Deckhand
    Roc N Rol wrote: »
    My guess is it was to protect the finish of the boat or rod or boat from the rod rubbing against the gunwale. Why was the guy on his knees reeling backwards?

    It's a Duel reel. Duel have a patented automatic gear box. The angler never has to take his hand off the handle. Reeling backwards is low gear and reeling forwards is high gear.
  • blacktip hunterblacktip hunter Posts: 51 Deckhand
    I'm kind of suprised that this is still legal. Seems like FWC would love nothing more than to write tickets for targeting jewfish. I can hear it now.... "Captain, I have a gun and a badge. This is a protected species. The tackle on board INDICATES to ME that you are here to molest a protected species. I am issuing a ticket based on what I THINK you are up to." Would be a great revenue source for the water cops. Perhaps I should have kept my mouth shut.

    Actually, I shouldn't complain. It's been almost two years since I've been messed with. USCG has been a bigger pain in my butt than marine patrol. My biggest beef is when I'm stopped and screwed with for almost two hours during a tournament 50nm from the hill. Oh, that and when they unpack almost 500# of fish from the ice and then expect my crew to put it back the WAY THEY FOUND IT! Often times I'll tie the boat up with perfectly iced fish and come back the next day to clean. Sucks to screw up a heaping pile of perfectly iced fish for NO REASON. After that experience I started telling them that they are more than welcome to check our fish, but they better leave them the way they found them. If that requires an extra 20# of ice due to melt, then they can send somebody to the marina. This has done wonders for me.

    Sorry for derail.

    Anglers are permitted to target goliath groupers. It is illegal to remove goliath groupers from the water. If an angler removes a goliath grouper from the water, this is considered a harvest. In my opinion, fishing for goliath groupers is no different then fishing for snook out of season or tarpon without a permit or bonefish or any other species in Florida that is illegal to harvest.

    Personally, I don't care to catch fish to eat. I enjoy the thrill of the fight. Big sharks, big groupers, anything really big is fun to me. If it was illegal to target them, I wouldn't fish for them.
  • Panhandler80Panhandler80 Posts: 8,379 Moderator
    Anglers are permitted to target goliath groupers. It is illegal to remove goliath groupers from the water. If an angler removes a goliath grouper from the water, this is considered a harvest. In my opinion, fishing for goliath groupers is no different then fishing for snook out of season or tarpon without a permit or bonefish or any other species in Florida that is illegal to harvest.

    I know and understand this. I was just saying that I'm surprised the rule-writers have not found a way to legislate out of existence the targeting of jewfish. Seems like the over-educated do-gooders would hate your videos. I love them.
    "Whatcha doin' in my waters?"
  • CoydogCoydog Posts: 418 Deckhand
    I know and understand this. I was just saying that I'm surprised the rule-writers have not found a way to legislate out of existence the targeting of jewfish. Seems like the over-educated do-gooders would hate your videos. I love them.

    Usually the over-educated do-gooders hate fishing and hunting etc.

    I loved the vids btw too.
  • jsrodguy1jsrodguy1 Posts: 550 Officer
    I believe Dual reels allow you to reel in both directions kind of like a 2-speed reel.
  • Beached anglerBeached angler Posts: 196 Officer
    I'm 99% sure that while reeling backwards he's in low gear while reeling regularly is high gear
  • SergeSerge Posts: 74 Deckhand
    I'm 99% sure that while reeling backwards he's in low gear while reeling regularly is high gear

    Make that 100%, forward is high gear and backwards is low gear, great reels those Duel's.
  • Split ShotSplit Shot Posts: 6,190 Admiral
    I think they should make a slot for Joofish. Something ridiculous like the snook has.
  • FibberMckeeFibberMckee Posts: 12,837 AG
    If 'Big Jewfish Crazy Rod Bending' lights your fire what would the video I just watched of a 1000+ lb Blue fin tuna do for you?
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