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Fishing Forum Field Testing Hawaiian Custom Rods By Okuma!


Casting Okuma’s Ulua & Menpachi Rods!

It’s important to develop faith in your equipment. To be positive that your choices in line strength, hooks, swivels, brands combined will result in a rig that’ll be a part of who you are & how you fish. Took me awhile to put together new combos. Today i went to a familiar area to test how everything “meshes” together.

Early morning there was no wind so i was drop shotting baits only 30-40yds out using 3oz banks on the Ulua “GT” rod rated MH at 7-10oz. No problem. When the winds picked-up i was throwing 6oz directly into the wind with good distances. So now i now if i used heavier weights that my distance will be good even casting into the wind. I forgot my wrist brace since i badly injured my wrist so casting was a “painful” joy.

I also used new extended length sand spikes with beveled edges. Mustad Circle Hooks, ball bearing swivels, tried different lead weights & leader set-ups. I was very happy that everything was working well. The Tesoro 12S Star Drag has 65lb braid backing to monofilament top shot. Tried both MH & H 13′ Ulua Rods & my other Tesoro Star Drag that had all 80lb Braid. I also used all 3 Menpachi Rods of 10’7″, 12′ & 13′ with varying casting weights.

It’s good to know the limitations of your gear & when to use certain lengths & strengths for different applications. Now i can go to dangerous locations to night casting on my own again. Still nursing a very bad wrist but over my concussion. Now i’m familiar with my new rigs & hopefully will put them to the test.

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Fishing Forum How To Adjust A Okuma Lever Drag & Use Mag Cast Control!


Okuma Solterra SLR-15CS Lever Drag w/Magnetic Cast Control!

I recently was able to procure this 2014 Okuma lever drag conventional reel. Original intent was for trolling & bottom jigging, but the magnetic cast control gives the angler added distance when shore casting. I was able to spool 250yd of 65lb braid as backing to a top shot of 60yd of 40lb monofilament line. I just opened it to grease & lube the internals so will use this for shore casting.

Some anglers like myself prefer star drags for shore casting. But to cast lever drags you must first know how. So i’ll demonstrate how to work the settings for casting. I’ll also explain how the magnetic cast control system works & how to set that properly as well.

This reel is hard to procure. Not many mentions on social fishing groups or on YouTube. Hopefully this’ll help the beginners on understanding how to cast a lever drag reel & how magnetic cast control systems work.

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Fishing Forum Private Fishing Charter Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today Sailfish Wahoo


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

We had a group of guys on a bachelor party from Charlotte, North Carolina that chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. We had hot summertime weather in the high 80’s today, with calm seas and a light easterly wind. As the guys boarded the boat, they told us that they wanted to see action and catch some fish to put on the grill

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started the morning charter trolling the reef in 120 ft. of water using a trolling spoon on one deep planner line and a sea witch on the second deep line. I worked the area from 100 ft. of water out to 200 ft. of water searching for the school of fish. We started getting action early on in the trip with the first bite on the sea witch. The first catch was a 30 lb. Wahoo – line screaming and pulling drag – Matt was the angler, and he did a good job bringing the fish to the side of the boat. The mate reached down, gagged the fish and put the Wahoo on ice. We continued trolling the reef catching Bonitos. They were weighing about 8 to 9 pounds each and getting bites on the spoon and surface rigger lines.

Next, we started catching Kingfish on the sea witch, and they were weighing about 10 pounds each. They were biting in shallower water along with the Bonitos. We continued catching Kingfish, Bonitos and four Barracudas for the better part of the morning. All of the Barracudas were released.

We decided to try deeper waters around a wreck, so we trolled the area and got a nice fish on, rigger line came down and line screaming off the reel. The fish started jumping and, low and behold, we had a Sailfish on. Scott got the reel and started fighting the Sailfish. We got some nice jumps out of the Sailfish, and after a good battle, Scott got the Sailfish to the side of the boat. Pictures were taken, the hook was removed and the Sailfish was released. Lines back in the water, and we went even deeper. I found a nice weed line, and caught a few more Barracudas.

It was now time to head back to the dock in Fort Lauderdale. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing Forum How I’m Going To Prepare My Fishing Rigs For Day & Night!


How I’m Going To Prepare My Fishing Rigs For Day & Night!

Okuma has been upping their technology & innovations for years without that price spike often associated with other big name brand companies. I’m now only going to use rods & reels manufactured by Okuma.

I’m preparing the heavy duty Hawaiian Custom Ulua “GT” Rods that were shown at the 2018 ICAST show. I’m matching these rods with Tesoro Star Drag conventional reels. These powerful jiggers can also cast from shore. They’re known to pull up Bluefin Tunas off San Diego’s jigging charters to Yellowfin Tunas off Florida. Pretty powerful compact Star Drag powerhouses! I’m getting a XXH for sliding & another larger conventional to add to these.

I’m trying to redo my system. So far got new line for the Tesoros. I also replaced most of my regular equipment & decided to get new accessories. My new steel & aluminum spikes are thicker & longer then my shorter originals. I’m using coated Japan circle hooks to quality barrel swivels. Replaced my older baits with fresh salted frozen shrimp to crab & squid. Going to change a lot of what i normally do to up my game.

So i’m going to show how i made modifications to my equipment so i can use these rigs day & night on different coastal areas ranging from sand flats to boulders. Just purchased another conventional reel today to add to my line-up. I changed my shorter sand spikes to longer thicker pieces with light reflective tape on the dual bands, same 1in wide light reflective tape used on my rods. I’m spooling line with different configurations to match-up to different bottom topographies. On one i have all 80lb braid while the others are braid backing to monofilament top shots.

Today downgraded Tropical Storm Olivia is passing by. The rainfall will create shoreline brown water problems. Perfect time to finish taping my rods & spikes. Also servicing my reals & pre-making leaders. Like most anglers I try to be prepared when going fishing with new set-ups.

What i’ll be sharing most experienced anglers know. This will help the beginners. To prepare gear & food for the day only to arrive at your location to discover that you’re lacking equipment to properly toss a line is frustrating, been there done that. Not fun.

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Fishing Forum Pensacola Fishing Report 09/04/18-09/11/18


Fishing has been awesome this past week in Pensacola!! We finally had great weather and the fishing was just the same. Offshore we found some quality scamp grouper and vermillion snappers! Most of these fish are being caught on live bait on Carolina rigs. I can honestly say I’ve never seen the size and quantity of the vermillion snappers like we have this year. Inshore we are seeing redfish of every size! We lucked up and found a nice school of bulls going down the beach today! It was awesome time seeing my clients catch some of the biggest fish of their life! We are also seeing keeper redfish as we were last week using live shrimp and live pilchards. While fishing for the redfish we have also caught some nice mangrove snapper and an occasional flounder. After tropical storm Gordon the fishing has only got better. The amount of rainfall we had has pushed the fish out of the upper bays and moved them to the Pensacola pass area and in great numbers! If you have been wanting to go fishing now is the time!!!

Tight lines and Blue Skies,
Captain Zack Strickland
Strickly Fishing Charters
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Fishing Forum Okuma Hawaiian Custom Menpachi Rod For 2018!


Hawaiian Custom Rods For 2018!

This year at ICAST Okuma unveiled the new revised Hawaiian Custom Menpachi Rod. Menpachi is a local Hawaiian name for Soldierfish that comes out to feed at night. There are 3 sizes available,

10’7″ 10 guides + tip 2pc 50/50 split 1/2-2oz
12′ 11 guides + tip 2pc 50/50 split 1/2-2oz
13′ 12 guides + tip 2pc 50/50 split 1/2-2oz

I like the split butt design. Reduces weight & improves balance. The black foam TPE is sandwiched by cork on fore & rear grips. Has 3K woven material for strength & design. Made of 24 ton graphite. Guides are Alps#316 marine grade SS & has zirconium inserts for braid & light monofilament line. Easy transportation with the 50/50 split.

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Fishing Forum Charter Fishing in Ft. Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Sean Stevenson, Dan Holiday and Brad Holiday from Florida and Utah chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling the reefs using two deep planner lines with sea witch bait strips and three surface lines with Ballyhoo. There was a strong north current with scattered weeds along the reef. We trolled from 100 feet of water out to 200 feet of water heading to the south of Fort Lauderdale into the current, fishing up the current edge and back over the reef, looking for birds and baitfish. Our first bite, a Kingfish, was in 130 ft. of water. We kept on trolling and caught another 10 lb Kingfish. The next two fish we caught were Bonitas, which we got on the 3 inch drone spoon. We were trolling over wrecks and rock piles along the reef line south of Fort Lauderdale, and the best area was in 150 ft. of water.

The guys wanted something big, so we tried going for a Shark. We put out three baits, two on the bottom and one midrange. It did not take long before we got a Shark bite – an 8 foot Hammerhead Shark ate the bottom bait, and we had this Shark on. Rod bending over and drag ripping out! The Shark pulled out 100 yards of drag and sounded – the angler was Sean, and he did a great job. Each run was less, but still put on a show. After 35 minutes of fighting the Shark, we got it along the side the boat for a photo, cut out the hook, and released the Shark to fight another day.

It was now time to head back to the dock in Fort Lauderdale. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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Fishing Forum Fishing Report Pensaocla Florida 8/27/18-9/3/18


While most of the week was messed up due to the weather, the days we did get to go the fish were biting!!! We caught quite a few Spanish mackerel in the Gulf using live pilchards and tsunami glass minnow jigs! trolling the jigs and drift fishing the live baits provided the best results. Inshore we are seeing a lot of redfish. We are using live pilchards on a Carolina rig to catch these hard fighting great eating fish. Also we are catching quite a few mangrove snapper and flounder as well. These fish are caught using the same rigs as mentioned for the red fish. finding a good piece of structure is key to the success of catching these fish. If you have been wondering about booking a charter in Pensacola Florida now is the time! With the water temperature dropping with upcoming cold fronts we are sure to see a lot of action!

Tight Lines and Good Vibes,
Captain Zack Strickland, Strickly Fishing Charters
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Fishing Forum Spin & Bait Casting My NEW Okuma Rigs!


Blessing My NEW Spin & Bait Casting Okuma Rigs!

Today was the first day i field tested my new gear. The choice in lines & strengths to the pairings looked & feels good. And my new new rigs were blessed by hook-ups though small. So the monkey fell off the back early!

On the spin casting rig i started with grubs which attracted 1 barracuda (C&R’d) & 1 hit that cut the line. So i switch to casting baits which caught a small Bluefin Trevally Jack. First one there in a month. These past months baby Hammerheads were all over & i felt they chased out the Bonefish & Jacks. Most days i only caught Hammerheads. It was nice not catching HH, they must be getting bigger & moving to deeper water by now.

The surf casting rig i opted to use Big Vic’s Bait Netting to fashion bait bags. I had 1 good run that resulted in a torn bag with no bait. Then the small hit resulted in a Green Head Moray which i cut free. I was glad to see both rigs catching fish.

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Fishing Forum Sport Fishing Fort Lauderdale Topshotfishing Happy Day Today


 
Fort Lauderdale Fishing with Top Shot Sportfishing Charter Boat and Capt. Zsak

Matthew and Julie Goldwasser, their children, Sue and Ari, and the grandparents all from Massachusetts chartered the Top Shot Sportfishing charter boat team to do some deep sea charter boat sport fishing in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As Matt boarded the boat with his wife, children and parents, I asked him what type of fish they would be interested in catching. They wanted to catch eating fish, preferably Mahi Mahi.

Fifteen to twenty minutes after leaving the dock, lines were in 120 ft. of water at the sea buoy in Fort Lauderdale, 1.8 miles from shore. We started trolling with two planners with sea witches on both planners in front of a double hooked Bonito strips, along with four surface baits. For the past couple of days there was one wreck south of Fort Lauderdale in 150 ft. of water that has been holding bait fish. In return, the predators were there feeding on these bait fish.

As we headed towards the wreck, the Goldwasser family was enjoying the blue skies and great Fort Lauderdale weather. As we got close to the wreck, one of our planner rods tripped with a swing and a miss. Then, the other planner rod tripped – we got lucky with this one – fish on. Matt reeled in the first fish which was an 8 lb. Kingfish. We continued trolling around the wreck catching a couple of Barracudas and an Amberjack.

From there I headed towards another wreck which was close by and the depth recorded marked a lot of bait fish there. Both children participated in reeling in their fishes – a Kingfish and a good size Barracuda.

It was now time to head back to the dock in Fort Lauderdale with a total of four Kingfish, two Barracudas, one Amberjack and two Bonitos. The anglers retired into the a/c salon and enjoyed the relaxing trip back to the dock at Bahia Bar Yachting Center, 801 Seabreeze Blvd. Fort Lauderdale 33316. At the dock, our mate, Dave, filet out the fish for the family to take home for dinner. No Mahi Mahi, but still good fresh fish for dinner.

For a successful and adventurous deep sea fishing charter in Fort Lauderdale FL for Sailfish, Shark, Bonito, Mackerel, Swordfish, Snapper, Wahoo, Tuna, Mahi Mahi and Grouper, contact Captain Zsak. – 954-309-7457 or email us at tzsak@bellsouth.net Website: www.topshotfishing.com.



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