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 Posted: Mon Sep 24th, 2018 11:32 am
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With the coming of fall, we are interested in trolling for Bonita off the point and close to San Carlos.  Have heard many people talk about trolling with Rapalas and using "wire".  Could someone please explain what type, what kind of rod & reels and any other technical stuff that would help us purchase the right equipment.  Thanks in advance.

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 Posted: Mon Sep 24th, 2018 12:31 pm
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Stop in and talk with the owner at Phoenix Fishing Supply.  They can provide all the info you need.  I set my rods up there last year, and they perform flawlessly.

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Wire line isn't necessary for bonita/bonito, in my opinion. They are usually not as deep as YT. They are USUALLY in the top 25 feet or so. Admittedly, I hate using wire.


Just have a couple rods set up with Spectra line and tie on a relatively short top shot of monofilament leader. A relatively easy knot to join the Spectra to the mono is the FG knot. Google it. Not the strongest knot there is, but pretty easy. 


Go with at least 65 lb on the Spectra and maybe 40-50 lb for the leader. This will allow you to catch most anything, outside of a marlin (and even that is possible if you know how to work a drag). Spectra line is thinner than monofilament, so it cuts the water better and runs deeper than monofilament. 


Then, get some Rapala X-rap 15s and 20s in the sardine pattern and in the purple/black pattern. Sometimes the red head/white body works well, too. But those first two patterns seem to be the most consistent. These are small to medium sized X-raps. Sometimes they just dont want larger lures. I always start small. Size matters, here;  inversely.


It's best to tie them directly to the top shot;  they have better action than using a snap swivel at the lure. Not as quick to change, though. But, honestly, when they are really on the chew, it won't matter how the lure is attached.


Some people I know actually have individual monofilament leaders tied to each X-rap. They have a snap swivel at the end of the Spectra and a barrel swivel at the "front" of the monofilament leader, with the "back" of the leader tied directly to the eye of the X-rap. Either way works to increase action on the lure. If you are not good at re-tying a new lure onto your top shot quickly, then the second method has its advantages.


You will have to know how to differentiate skipjack tuna from the bonito, too. They look similar in the water next to the boat. Most people look at the mouth to see if the fish has noticeable teeth of about 1/16-1/8 inches, along the outside of the mouth. If it does, it's a bonito. Out of the water, you can tell that the fish are different in their lateral bars. Skipjack usually have dark spots on the belly, too, but not as easy to recognize in the water.

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The FG I thought was the most complicated of all. Try a Bimini to double the braid and a Bristol to connect, or uni to uni. You can go down to 30# with braid, but 50# might be safer. Sometimes faster is better. Purple and silver. The big Sierra, and maybe bonita, will cut you off if you are connecting the leader to main line with a swivel.

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We’re catching them now on jigs, along with yellowtail but they are deep as the water is still in the high 80’s

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