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Old 09-17-2019, 03:32 PM   #51
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Old 09-17-2019, 03:40 PM   #52
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Bring at least 2 or 3 of your largest ice chests. One for the boat, your food and preferred drinks and two more plus the boat cooler, to cover the pile of fish to haul home.

My last trip offshore - I weighed out nearly 400 lbs of fish (pre filet).

Hello - my name is Rob, I have a fishing addiction. Low fence, no feeders, public land and.....they eat all the time with records and personal bests to be made - each and every trip.

Nothing like it in the world and those who witness tuna up to 200 lbs, feeding on flying fish and clearing the water at night, under the Gulf of Mexico stars - you never ever forget the sound and the visual.

Once you tie into one of these animals, you realize just how powerful they are and how, out of shape you are. They don't go down without fighting to the death.

Nothing like it in the Outdoors......right here in Texas too!

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Old 09-17-2019, 03:45 PM   #53
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Live like a Pirate, eat like a King and fight like a Gladiator....with some of the coolest Dudes on the Coast.

That's it in a nutshell. The campfire is around the clock, we all put in 110% as a team and everyone goes home loaded with fish fillets.
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Old 09-17-2019, 04:13 PM   #54
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It is nothing to not attend because you don't have gear. There is plenty. You will catch fish if they are getting caught but it is fishing. No guarantees. Although I have always filled the ice chests. If anyone has questions feel free to reach out.


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Old 09-17-2019, 04:22 PM   #55
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We ain't left yet!!!
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Old 09-17-2019, 07:25 PM   #56
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Okay. Im putting in for the days off
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:56 AM   #57
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Okay. Reading the above posts I need to bring food and drinks. The lady I spoke with at Dolphin Charters said that drinks are not to be brought. She said That you buy them on the boat? Is that accurate? She also said only one 48q cooler. What else is needed? A sleeping bag? Snacks? Beer? Do I need to bring knives to clean the fish after we dock? Or does the crew clean the fish? 20 percent tip for the crew? So couple hundred bucks in cash. As far as food. Do they have a microwave? Sorry for so many questions just want to be well prepared for what looks like will be an amazing adventure!!!!
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:14 AM   #58
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:17 AM   #59
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Glen,

Can you pm me as well. I have pretty much all the same questions as Cody. Thanks
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:31 AM   #60
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This is such an awesome trip. My first was last year and I brought very little gear. Mostly lures that Glen recommended. This year I should be fully geared up with all the recommended stuff from the most experienced guys. A wealth of knowledge surrounding this trip. I want to do this 2-3 times a year if I could!


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Old 09-18-2019, 01:15 PM   #61
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I talked to Chelsea yesterday sounds like there are still two spots open



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Donít forget to take a bag of corn to bait them in!
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:04 PM   #63
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Donít forget to take a bag of corn to bait them in!
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Old 09-19-2019, 04:42 PM   #64
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Good talking to you Glen! Sounds like the trip is full at this point. if anybody is holding an extra spot or somebody decides to back out let me know.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:48 AM   #66
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The hardest thing about this trip - THE WAIT!
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Old 09-20-2019, 10:01 AM   #67
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Deck wear

I typically take some rubber deck boots and a pair of old, don't care if they get wet, tennis shoes and flip flops. The Gulf water temp, offshore in winter, stays around 71 degrees.

Layer clothing under rain jacket and pants. The rain jacket/pants cut the wind and help control water & blood soaking your undergarments.

Sleeping bag and or blanket for the bunk. We typically nap on the sail out, fish all night and then nap when we move and make sailing adjustments. The alarm clock is, diesels stop running, it's time to get out on deck.

Nights we drift and chunk near floaters in 3000 - 9000ft of water. Day we drift and troll for tuna and or deep drop for cool fish like tilefish, barrelfish, Blackjacks, African Pompano, various snappers, warsaw groupers and Almaco Jacks.

We run into marlin, swordfish, wahoo, Mahi and mako sharks during this time of the year out there. Considering the Gulf stays warm way offshore, and a bulk of the North Atlantic fishery migrates south with some, swimming into the Gulf, anything is possible.
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Old 09-24-2019, 01:51 PM   #68
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Old 09-24-2019, 02:46 PM   #69
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I have always wanted to do 1 of these trips. Tell me about the corn chum? What eats it?
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Everything Texas eats corn
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Old 09-25-2019, 12:59 PM   #73
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Gonna like that LX Biggs!

I switched to one last year, right before a trip to the Mexican Baja - it casts and fights fish like a dream!
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Gonna like that LX Biggs!



I switched to one last year, right before a trip to the Mexican Baja - it casts and fights fish like a dream!


I need to decide what rod to mate with.

UC US76H at $370
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Accurate Valiant BV-70H at $250

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Old 09-27-2019, 04:21 PM   #75
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I need to decide what rod to mate with.

UC US76H at $370
Or
Accurate Valiant BV-70H at $250
Or
New Terez TZC70H at $280

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Old 09-27-2019, 05:32 PM   #76
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Don’t spend that on a Terez I have one we can do some talking about. If I was looking I would search EBay and 360tuna for someone selling either a custom built on a UC blank or built on a Calstar Garfighter blank.
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Old 09-28-2019, 05:23 PM   #77
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Or buy a factory rod CALSTAR and or UNITED COMPOSITES.

CALSTAR GRAFIGHTER FACTORY ROD CALSTAR GRAFIGHTER GFGR-700XH 40-100LB Line


https://www.meltontackle.com/calstar...xoC0IcQAvD_BwE


UNITED COMPOSITES FACTORY ROD DUAL HELIX GRAPHITE - DXH SERIES - ROD IS NAMED "PREDATOR." Blank ID US-70 50-80LB Test line

https://www.charkbait.com/cs/csrods-United.htm

These two rod setups have been the ticket with casting topwater to t[B]una, jigging for tuna and chunking baits for tuna - or any species of fish that ]pushes 150 lbs on these line classes with ACCURATE and or AVET Level Drag reels.

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Old 10-08-2019, 08:11 PM   #78
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Oh man! Itís getting closer!



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Old 10-08-2019, 09:51 PM   #79
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Iíll start getting gear ready in about Thanksgiving
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I love tuna fishing but have always been paranoid to book with dolphin docks. Real good friend booked with them and it came time for the trip and had a bad weather forecast. They refused to cancel and he didn't want to lose his deposit so he went. Said it was the worst decision of his life. Cold front blew in and most of the crew spent the whole time hunkered down inside barfing. Waves crashing over the boat, etc. Said it was the closest you could get to being on deadliest catch without going to Alaska. Said the tuna were there but if someone hooked one the wind was blowing the boat away from the fish so hard you couldn't get it to the boat. This was probably 15 years ago so could be totally different now.

I wish there was a boat the size of the Big E still running in the gulf.
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Old 10-09-2019, 07:28 PM   #81
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I never thought I would be saving and saving to get a fishing rod and reel for the price of a mortgage payment. Expensive investment for a lifelong addiction.

$400 reel
$375 rod
$100 of line
$200 in lures




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Old 10-09-2019, 07:40 PM   #82
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I was on a trip with weather that was not pleasant but still had a memorable trip. I have not been seasick yet in life but it looked miserable. I still think everyone on the boat caught at least one yellowfin tuna and as many blackfin as they wanted. would I do it again- Yep
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Old 10-09-2019, 08:17 PM   #83
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I was on a trip with weather that was not pleasant but still had a memorable trip. I have not been seasick yet in life but it looked miserable. I still think everyone on the boat caught at least one yellowfin tuna and as many blackfin as they wanted. would I do it again- Yep
Any idea what the actual seas were? I get the feeling they don't cancel, short of a hurricane.
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Any idea what the actual seas were? I get the feeling they don't cancel, short of a hurricane.


I was on that trip. We were watching the weather for a few days prior. It was showing 5-7í seas and not very spread out so we were actually going to target AJ and stay in a little closer.
Forecast got down to 3-5 so we ended up heading to the floaters in search of tuna.
Seas ended up being about double the size once we got out there.
We gambled and lost thinking worst case 5/7 which isnít ideal but 100í boat it isnít terrible.

Iíve been rescheduled due to conditions with them at least once.





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Old 10-16-2019, 02:20 PM   #86
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Great looking lures, Biggs!
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Dang. I just ordered 3 Halcos and 3 poppers. You made me do it
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Dang. I just ordered 3 Halcos and 3 poppers. You made me do it


I still owe you for two I broke off last year!


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Old 10-16-2019, 03:34 PM   #89
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What are ya'll doing with them cuda's?
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Old 10-16-2019, 03:37 PM   #90
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Duck. Some of the guys eat them. I’ve probably eaten enough of them but will keep a little 10# er. All fish in the gulf carry what you are worried about. Sow snapper are about the worst
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Duck. Some of the guys eat them. Iíve probably eaten enough of them but will keep a little 10# er. All fish in the gulf carry what you are worried about. Sow snapper are about the worst
I'm not really worried about it they just stink.

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I sure wish I wasnít so prone to motion sickness. I absolutely love to saltwater fish and it very much limits what I am willing to try.

I remember getting stuck on a snapper boat out of Port Isabel with my grandparents every summer, sea sick all **** day every single year.
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Old 10-17-2019, 11:19 AM   #93
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Super jealous of this trip every year! Least I know ATW will take awesome pics!
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What poundage flouro leaders do you recommend? I've heard tuna can be line shy.
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Old 10-21-2019, 06:54 PM   #95
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Whip - I carry 50# 65# and 80#.
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Old 10-21-2019, 07:13 PM   #96
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A lot of big fish there
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I sure wish I wasnít so prone to motion sickness. I absolutely love to saltwater fish and it very much limits what I am willing to try.

I remember getting stuck on a snapper boat out of Port Isabel with my grandparents every summer, sea sick all **** day every single year.
I feel your pain, I get bad sick on the way out! It goes away once we get fishing though. Every trip on the way out I'm ready to sell my stuff and never get back on a big boat. Then we stop and the fun starts!!!!
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Old 11-04-2019, 03:56 PM   #98
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Getting closer! Rods are coming and reels are getting line spooled on them!


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Getting closer! Rods are coming and reels are getting line spooled on them!


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Heck yeah!
Iím getting another reel maybe 2 and another rod before we roll.
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Heck yeah!
Iím getting another reel maybe 2 and another rod before we roll.
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