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Mahi top water or deeper
September 22, 2017 2:40 am EST
Location: 33.436N 77.743W
Wind Dir: SSE (160°)
Wind Speed: 4 knots
Wind Gust: 6 knots
AT Ps: 29.98 in (1015.1 mb)
Air Temp: 80°F (26.9°C)
Dew Point: 75°F (23.7°C)
Water Temp: 82°F (27.9°C)

Mahi top water or deeper
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Titan
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:07 am    Post subject: Mahi top water or deeper Reply with quote

Heading out this Sunday to troll for Mahi. First time this year. Has anyone been catching them on top of the water or deeper down? Just looking to see how I need to set up the rods. I have only trolled for Mahi/wahoo two other times. I mainly bottom fish. Any help or advice is appreciated. Thank you.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always good to have at least one deep rod.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok I will just mix it up then. Thank you.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

True. Tuesday, my biggest mahi came on the planer rod.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you Mr. Forte. I am going to send you a PM.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 10:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

RKForte wrote:
True. Tuesday, my biggest mahi came on the planer rod.


Yep. Most bites will be on top but the biggest dolphin I have ever hooked came on the planer. Course once it started jumping and the planer starting bouncing around he threw the hook no problem.
  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

All our strikes Wednesday were on top.....still ran a planer rod though.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is what I have to work with as far a planer setup. Penn 50 vsx with int-v 6ft rod with rollers. 130lb braid with 150 flouro leader. No bent butt and no reinforced rod holders. What would be the largest planer that I can safely use on that without causing any problems. If anyone is in the Newbern/Havelock/Morehead city area and knows where I can have a planer/bridle setup made let me know. If not and someone wants to make me one let me know as well. I can pay and pick it up tomorrow. Looking to get one before I head out on Sunday. It will be nice to have something that I can just unclip from the line besides having to use a cleated planer or hand line the leader after the planer.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just make one with crimps. Take 2 12 inch pieces of mono and crimp themnin place to make the loops where you want your planer. That's how it was done for years before the hollow core thing came around. You can pull a #8 no problem.  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YouTube has some videos on how to make them. We normally run one off a cleat and use a rubber band to attach the rig. That said, we haven't caught squat doing it this way yet!  
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

We use a 30 international and pull #8 and #12s no issues. attach your mono with a fg knot, Form 2 drop loops directly in the braid. Bam done no mess
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