Black Bart International, LLC :: Tips & Tricks
I have read all the posts several times over and I am simply amazed.
How big is too big: Do you know for a fact that a Marlin can consume ten pound baits for every 100 pounds of his/her own body weight?
Has any one of you used a ten pound lure, I haven't?
My largest lure to date is "EB or Extreme Breakfast" this teaser lure weighs in at a whopping 4 pounds.
Next would be my love of teasers "Lunch" 2 1/2 pounds.
Standard Breakfast 2 1/2 pounds.
Brazilliano, now here is a big lure 1 1/2 pounds.
Madeira mama---Zulu---Super Plunger---Puerto Rico Prowler---Grander Candy---Blue Breakfast, all of these lures could also be considered large lures, they average a 1 pound.
When you put the different lures and their weights and sizes in proportion to the job they must perform, carry heavy leader, heavy hooks, moderate speeds, rigger lift, sea conditions, etc. one then can see that large lures may not be really large unless you are only comparing them to lures that are relatively smaller in size compared to their larger cousins.
Their is an outside chance that I have had more experience with larger lures since I introduced most of these so called Monster Lures to the market place. Learning when & how to use them was the real key to the combination lock, i.e. as teasers or with hooks that is the question. Fair enough the larger lures don't hook up as well as the smaller ones, but they do hook up good enough to steal big tournament pots, mostly used in bait and switch measures, let's not discount the Millions of dollars collected from teams sporting hooks in "Lunch"--
My own largest tournament success came from the use of "LUNCH"
I have many like stories involving all of my larger lures.
O.K. here is a flash back Madeira 1994 trolling on the S/F Margarita with a wet behind the ears Capt. name of Roddy something. Flat line second wave 24 feet of Stainless Cable leader 900 lb. double forged 14/0 hooks, lure a Black Bart Tonner, a variation on the theme of "LUNCH" only larger, this one was all mirror sided with a blue tinted top, angled head, over 2 feet long, weight 3 pounds, this lure was an old timer perched for Tu Tu's angry eye's.
Late in the afternoon near the Cabo cliffs in 250 fathoms we stumbled onto a fat ole grandma as she was just a beam of us on our port side some 25 yards away, our presence woke her, startled her, provoked her, she made a rapid inner turn toward our wake and came up head out of the water sword vibrating from side to side, pushing water aside like a busy dozer pushes dirt. She moved in for the kill and inhaled the lure down her dark tunnel of a mouth, she was promptly hooked and then, (I'll let Roddy tell the story he is better at it that sort of thing than me.
Big lures, heavy?? lures are thrown causing poor hook ups-- true--false? --- Most every big fish I have ever caught or seen have been on larger type lures, yes Elephants eat pea nuts, and that works too, but for the hard cash, and the last day come out of no where come back wins have mostly come through the use of larger lures.
My single hook rig does not lose fish on small lures, medium, or large, the problem is getting the hook out, not having it thrown by the fish. Am I implying that this rig does not lose fish, of course not, but I am saying pulled or thrown hooks are uncommon, Bill wraps, what can I say, I guess wham bang thank you mam, and have a good life.
In conclusion the greatest chapter in my fishing career is when I began to learned how to fish a larger lure to my advantage. I could name names places & fish, even show titles & count green backs if need be, instead just remember I told you so, you could be one of those lucky guys with the smile on their face, now don't go out and fill your wake with monster lures, but do tuck one in close second or third wave, or teaser rig, the worst thing that will happen is that all of your standard lures will go off more frequently, I guarantee it!
Aloha, Great Fishing
Captain Bart Miller