Dealing witrh reef cutoffs - Fly Fishing Forum
Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions Turquoise water, silver demons on the fly

Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 02-08-2008, 07:24 AM
josko josko is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Cape Cod
Posts: 568
Dealing witrh reef cutoffs

I'm trying to improve my technique for landing large (>20 lb) Cubera snapper, but even with 20# tippets and 12 wts, have a very hard time keeping them from diving back into their hole when hooked. I know the drill is to try to get right on top of them asap, but even so, my landing percentages are very poor. I'm finding them a lot harder tto boat hen GT's, largely because they invariably head right back for their lair, instead of slugging it out around rocks, as GT's tend to do.

Has anybody honed up the fighting method for these bruiser reef dwellers?
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Old 02-08-2008, 11:39 AM
BigDave BigDave is offline
Registered User
Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: northeast salt chuck
Posts: 1,401
Maybe beef up the tippet? I have no experience with Cuberas on reefs but have fished Amberjacks (>30#) over wrecks with 12-14wts. A couple have gotten into the wreck and frayed the leader/stripped the coating right off the flyline but the 39# floro held. Can't say if the wreck was as sharp as a coral head. Same drill you describe which is lock up the drag point the rod at the fish and hold on...
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 02-08-2008, 09:51 PM
juro's Avatar
juro juro is offline
Coast2coast Flyfishaholic
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Steelhead country|striper coast|bonefish belt
Posts: 20,594
At least you're vertical on them, I've found hooking up while wading is a nightmare with a number of species near any coral structures when the line goes horizontal.

Also there are "lakes" where they thrive where I see most of the hero pics come from, I believe there is a section in Randall Kaufmann's Bonefish book. In the Bahamas have been shown spots by locals where big cuberas hang out - deep mangroves cuts that are shaded and never dry at low tide... but they look disastrous to try to extract a large fish from.

I haven't fished for cubera but I would imagine they are not very line-shy from looking at their mugs, how about kevlar leader?

Maybe you could find some muttons or reds
IFFF Certified THCI @ 2005
Capeflyfisher Guide Service
Island Hopper, Guitarist, Incurable Dreamer
and Founder, Worldwide Flyfishing Forum
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Home Waters
Your home waters
Current Favorite Fly
If you only had one... (change anytime)


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Newport RI - Brenton Reef GregD Stripers and Coastal Gamefish 6 09-02-2002 10:15 PM
Dealing with "Unruly" fly-tying materials Adrian Works for me! 9 03-01-2001 08:30 AM

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:44 AM.

vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2017 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright (All Rights Reserved)