Posted by jas on June 20, 2004 at 09:48:26:
Location: West Hills
In Reply to: Re: Right gear for threshers...please help(VIC is Right) posted by Mr Mugu on June 20, 2004 at 02:15:03:
: Just lost a nice 150lb+ T today...why?? No leader, mouth hooked, sawed through my line after 30 minutes a 1 mile ride....fun but not fun to lose a nice sized T. Lesson learned LEADERS!!
: Or maybe not...it would've been a bit harder to land being mouth hooked.
It's a lot harder to land and a lot harder to fight too. From my experience, what takes an hour to fight tail hooked will take 3 hours to land mouth hooked. That is unless of course you have a 2 speed, super heavey gauge rod and 50lb+ line. I usually use the same gear I would to go after yts, wsbs and albies though with beefy leader.
If they're tail hooked, the first thing up is the tail offering a great position for securing. When they're mouth hooked, it's much more difficult to get them to the surface high enough to reach the tail for landing. Especially when you've got a long leader that won't let you wind up past the swivel.
Good luck on your next one. The mouthhooked is a harder fight and harder land but the reward can be well worth it with threshers sometimes doing multiple aerials clear out of the water. I've also seen them tail skip the surface for 20-30ft with their body totally out of the water. The only action I can compare it to is how a rocks looks skipped along the surface. Cool stuff!
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