What we have learned
Every trip you do should produce learning of some kind, no matter how small.
The trip was a great opportunity to get three skilled field testers from two different countries together on the same trip and go over their valuable feedback. Even though the kingfish we landed and released weren’t monsters they all proved to be challenging and very worthy opponents. We also increased the challenge by using lighter line and gear. 1 Safety is paramount. Never put yourself or others at risk when out on the water. 2 Take the time to re-do all your knots after each day’s fishing or after a hard fighting fish has been landed. Your connection points are the weakest links and need to be maintained. 3 Be prepared to change your jigging style, jig shapes and jig methods to get the best results. 4 Be aware when releasing fish where a double assist hook has been used. 5 Have more than just one game plan should the conditions dictate and don’t be reluctant to call it a day in the name of safety.
6 Never travel in bad conditions with rods and reels in holders where they are exposed to a heavy saltwater drenching. The bouncing of rods in holders will cause damage to bottom grips and reels must be stripped and cleaned to properly remove saltwater intrusion and maintain reliability.