When You Are A Fishing Addict But Unable To Handle The Terminal Tackle


Top 10 Fishing Gear From My Fishing Tips Store: Go Fish For Them!

 These fish live around wrecks and artificial reefs and rocky areas. To catch them, you need to go to the bottom, and as the boat moves, the weight can snag on the bottom, and recover the line, the Terminal tackle is sometimes to lose.

Then there is the New Jersey Bluefish. They grow up to 30 pounds and have a jaw full of teeth and a bad attitude. One of my most enormous tackle losses happened years ago, so that I can laugh about it now.

The calamity started when I was going out of town on a business trip, and I needed to get two new Penn 114H red Senatore reels. I asked my new secretary if, when she goes to the mall for lunch as she usually did to pick up the reels for me and I gave her my credit card. The fishing trip I planned was the day after I returned, and I was taking customers and my boss on a Bluefish trolling trip — all business-related. The trouble started when I got back to the office. There were no reels and no secretary. She quit. I didn’t think that was part of her job.

When You Are A Fishing Addict But Unable To Handle The Terminal Tackle
When You Are A Fishing Addict But Unable To Handle The Terminal Tackle

A New Plan To Maintain The Terminal Tackle

So a new plan: Go to the shore area and buy the reels at a much higher price and have them spooled with wireline. Also, I had my two older Penn Senators filled with 20LB Mono. I bought new Clark spoons and other lures, and I was ready to go.

The next morning we loaded the boat with food and drink and headed out of Beach Haven, NJ inlet in my 22 foot Sea Ray. Almost immediately, we located Sea Gulls diving and the water churning from a school of large Bluefish. We hastily deployed two-wire lines off the back and two rigs with Mono off of the Fiberglass outriggers. In a frenzy, no one checked the drags on the reels. I trolled to the outside of the schools and BAM, and the port wire line got hit. The noise was loud and unusual, and then I found out why. The wooden butt broke. And the top part of the rod and the reel, and the wireline went over the side. The drag was too tight. The right line in the starboard outrigger got hit as we were gazing at the wooden stump that was the remains of my new reel and wireline and not so old rod, and the Fiberglass outrigger was bending from the force of the Bluefish. 

When You Are A Fishing Addict But Unable To Handle The Terminal Tackle
When You Are A Fishing Addict But Unable To Handle The Terminal Tackle

The Problems And Solutions

The clip did not release the line, and CRACK the outrigger broke. The fish was still on the front, and we quickly released the clip and did catch that brut of a Bluefish. Then the Starboard wire line reel started screaming outline as another Big Blue hit the lure, and before we could get to the rod and reel, the wireline backlashed, and the line blew-up on the reel and kinked and then the wireline parted. The drag was set too light, and when the fish hit it, the reel overspend, and the line backlashed the wire kinked and broke.

So the trip saw the loss of one rod and brand new reel and wireline. The wireline on the reel that backlashed and an outrigger were in a damaging condition beyond salvage. The outriggers are only to sell as a pair adding insult to injury. Also lost was any conception that I was a knowledgeable fisherman. I should add the loss of the secretary who quit, but she did start another job the following week.

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