On Monday morning at 5:30AM I met my good friends and longtime Hogy fans John Burns and Geoff Fielder at his 25′ Edgwater in Sandwich Marina for a day of tuna fishing. It was a bit of a blow during this past weekend so we did not know what to expect. The fishing in Cape Cod Bay was good before the weather front and we were hoping that hadn’t changed. Not knowing whether we were fishing a topwater bite or a jig bite, we armed ourselves with 4ox Epoxy Jigs, 5oz Pro Paddle Tails and 6oz Harness Jigs.
We found fish not too far off P-Town busting under some Gannets. On John’s second cast he hooked into and landed a 100-pound bluefin tuna. About half an hour later while we were working the birds, we noticed large targets on the fishfinder and I dropped a 5oz Protail Paddle down, hooking up and eventually landing another tuna, this time in the 150-pound range. Mayhem ensued.
Fish started showing up everywhere, both on the surface and in about 50 feet of water. We were getting interest in all the lures we had, but by far the hot item of the day was the 4 and 5oz Hogy Pro Tail paddle. The lure almost seemed to manufacture fish which I think will be its new slogan after the day we had on Monday.
Previously, I had caught fish up to 100 pounds on the Pro Tail, but I wasn’t sure how it would perform on a 150 to 175-pound class. The lure came back in perfect condition, ready to be cast right out for the next fish.
Over the course of the day, we hooked 10 fish. It was one of those perfect days where everything was working in your favor except for a couple of bad knots that we found during the trip. I also learned how to effectively fish the Protail Paddle for topwater tuna. I found that the fish were most interested when the lure was on the drop from the surface. I would reel as fast as I possibly could, and then stall it by letting it drop for a three count before burning it in again.
On the jig, I would fish a long, slow sweeping motion up and and let it drop at a slow speed down, which happens naturally with the lure’s large paddle tail. Virtually all the Paddle Tail fish came on the drop.
John’s tuna was caught on the Epoxy Jig while fishing with the rod tip pointing towards the water with a slow/medium retrieve. He was fishing the tuna-rigged version.
After a day like this one on Monday, I can’t think about anything else than rigging up for what will hopefully be another hot and heavy day on Friday morning.