1st Bonito trip - Hydro Metal question
Drove down from NH yesterday to the Cape and took a buddy of mine for his first ever trip for Bonito (and my first of the year).
As mentioned in a another thread the conditions were pretty sloppy. Weather reports said 8 mph from the North with seas 1 to 2 feet. Was more like 10-15 mph with 20 mph gust and 2 to 5 foot seas at times. At least they got the wind direction correct.
OTW by 5:30 AM. Made the trek over to MV to the usual bonito spots. No one there when we got there but when the scheduled high tide came nearer, that's when the place got busier with boat traffic. As if right on queue, so did the bonito. Tried the patience game for awhile but it looked like everyone was running and gunning to the schools, so had to do the same. Had at least 6 really good oppurtunities with fish busting within casting distance.
When I was upwind from the busting fish I reached for the rod with the sluggo. Hooked up twice but lost both of them.
When I was downwind from the busting fish I reached for the rod with the Yozuri Hydro metal (2.5" in green mackerel). Hooked up twice with this lure and was able to boat one of them. So I guess it was a successful trip to at least boat one fish, though I wish my buddy was able to land one. He had two hits but no hook-ups.
I had two of those Hydro metals but lost on when my bail flipped back over in mid cast and the tention just snapped the line.
QUESTION: On the hydro metals - do you just tie those straight to your line with no swivel, clip or split ring? Out of the package there isn't any of these "options" with the lure.
I had never fished with these before and I didn't know if they were swimming correctly tied straight to the line. With the first one I had, I attached it to a swivel/clip. That's the one that broke. The second one I just tied the line straight to the lure (that's the one that I hooked into the fish).
Just ordered some more online since the tackle store I originally bought them were out of stock. I bought the last two that they had.
Thanks in advance and thanks to all who had reports out so it could help me find those Bonita. Heading back down next Wednesday and the weekend "after" Labor day. Do you think the Albies will be around then??
Quit Wishin, Go Fishing!!!