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October 3, 2017
Congratulations to team Reel Quest for their record breaking jackpot of $392,350.00 in the WON Cabo Tuna Tournament!
They fished our Yummee Flying Fish under a kite to bring home the largest jackpot in the 18 year history of the tournament. We're delighted our Made in the USA Yummee Flying Fish are the lures of choice for professionals worldwide.
Bait Wars: Flying Fish
Mission Objective INVESTIGATE & REVEAL
FSF Staff May 15, 2017
With countless natural and artificial offerings available to Florida anglers, and numerous different baits effective for various species across a wide array of venues, we wanted to take a closer look at the options and share the benefits of each offering in a head-to-head competition. As Bait Wars progresses, readers may be surprised to learn there are scenarios when an artificial lure is favored over natural bait for its versatility and availability, while on other occasions nothing seals the deal like the real thing.
Length: 3- to 14-in.
MSRP: $8.50 (5-pack, unrigged0
Best Rigging Method
– Rigged with a J-hook, flying fish make great pitch baits around weedlines and floating debris
– Trolling baits are often rigged with double J-hooks, with the first hook turned inward for a more weedless presentation
– Bridling a flyer to skip under a kite takes a bit more rigging imagination to keep the bait hanging level, with copper wire used to pin out the wings for the most lifelike appearance
– Enlarged pelvic fins enable flying fish to evade predation by gliding above the water’s surface
– Live flying fish take flight by gaining speed underwater and rapidly beating their extended tail lobe
– Flying fish have been recorded making consecutive glides spanning distances over 1,000 feet, although typical flights are much shorter
– There are more than four-dozen flying fish species worldwide, with several common in Florida waters
– Flying fish gather in large concentrations to spawn in Barbados where they are commercially harvested with nets in open water
– Unfortunately, unless a flying fish happens to jump into your boat, it’s highly unlikely you’ll catch your own
– Rigged and unrigged flying fish are avail-able at select tackle shops and leading bait distributors like Bionic Bait (bionicbait.com) and Baitmasters (baitmasters.com)
– Similar to other natural baits, flying fish are susceptible to wash out and the soft flesh requires constant monitoring
– If you are lucky enough to somehow acquire a live flying fish, they don’t fare well in a livewell and should be used ASAP where the nearest game fish will readily engulf them
– For a pitch bait insert a 7/0 to 9/0 J-hook under the chin and push it out the top of the head between the eyes
– Can be trolled naked or with the addition of a small skirt to assist in preventing wash out
– Flying fish also make for inviting offerings when targeting large mutton snapper and prized grouper in the Florida Keys and Gulf of Mexico.
Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Yummee Flying Fish
Length: 4-, 7-, 9-in.
MSRP: $2.39 – $19.99/ea.
Best Rigging Method
– Yummee Flying Fish can be rigged with or without hooks as a standalone lure, daisy chain or spreader bar
– To imitate a predator-prey interaction, mates also rig fake flyers as an inline bird teaser with a snap swivel in the tail and hooked natural bait or lure trailing behind
– Innovative anglers rig fake flyers to dangle and skip beneath a kite with incredible results
– Yummee Flying Fish are available with molded out-facing wings that ski along the surface and also rear-facing wings that provide a smoother skimming action
– Line bore in nose and hook slots in back and belly make for numerous rigging options
– Large eyes with moving pupils
– Made in the USA with custom lure molding technology and specially engineered plastics
– Three size options (4-,7-,9-in.)
– Available in various color combinations with multiple wing configurations
– Readily available at local tackle shops, big box retailers, online tackle catalogs and factory direct at carolinalures.com
– One-piece body molded with high-quality injection process withstands multiple attacks from tuna and dolphinfish, but worth the sacrifice when attacked by a toothy wahoo or king
– Imitation flying fish require no brining, no freezing and never wash out
– In the Northeast and West Coast, anglers routinely catch yellowfin tuna eclipsing 100 pounds on 9” Yummee Flying Fish trolled in a traditional spread or slow trolled and skipped beneath a kite
– Florida anglers rig the 4” flyer weedless to make initial casts upon arriving at floating sargassum mats offshore
– Flying fish teasers create an irresistible surface commotion no matter the application and presentation
Overall Rating: 9/10
Carolina Lures Yummee Flying Fish
Flying fish are preyed upon by nearly every predator in the ocean and although they’ve developed a unique escape, they are no match for marlin, bull dolphin and big tuna. While fake flying fish don’t have the scent, scales or taste of the real deal, because they’re more convenient to store and hardly ever need replacement the winner of this battle for airspace is the Carolina Lures Yummee Flying Fish. Freshly rigged or live flying fish are specialty baits that work wonders, but they’re delicate and not as easy to get your hands on as ballyhoo or other proven trolling baits. Available in multiple sizes and wing configurations to suit a host of blue water presentations the series of lifelike Yummee Flying Fish from Carolina Lures deserve ultimate consideration and add a unique dimension to any offshore spread.
When is a tackle secret no longer officially a secret?Yummy Flyer making its mark in tuna waters
MIKE TUMBIERO’S rigging method with double hooks and 5/0 stinger treble is a typical setup on the Yummy Flyer.
There’s a lot of ways to fish tuna on the bank, and while hav ing live bait nearly guarantees a bite of some kind, the hottest lure and method for targeting the cow tuna is the Yummy Flyer (also called a “yummy bird”). Jim and Floyd worked the bank with a skipping Yummy Flyer, a rubbery version of a flying bait. They likely gained favor on the long range boats, started I’ve been told by Justin Fleck on the long ranger Excel as a skipping bait, then used with a kite as tales of its success rate roared. Dropping them down deep with lead weights on the banks also works.
We have been told the use of Yummy Flyers is still a secret in Cabo by those “in the know,” but that’s laughable. The world of chat rooms has rendered all fishing tackle and methods public knowledge. Minerva’s in Cabo can hardly keep them stocked. While they are relatively new and diverse rigging methods are emerging, the bigger development by those who skip lures and live baits with the use of kites are the small parafoils that need less wind and thus can stay up on the downwind troll without the use of helium balloons. Best of all the 3 and 4-foot foot parafoils, without long sticks, pack smaller than kites, into a 13-inch bag and their main calling card is they stay up in less wind, making it possible to fish on the downwind troll without the use of helium balloons. Kite shops sell them in retail and online.
Floyds and Jim used them on the bank as tuna boiled in the area, and they had 100- and 150-pound fish slam them. Not as big as the 210-240 that Jim had on the chiluill, but solid fish. Where the Yummy Flyers work best is on the porpoise schools where there is a mix of small and large tuna, with the bigger yellowfin more aggressive on the topwater attack of the skipping bait. Cabo-based charter Capt. Mike Tumbeiro on the Renegade Mike posted rigging photos on the web recently saying, “We are now using the Yummys on kites, trolling them through porpoise schools, and it is very effective when done right, getting the bigger tuna when hooking only the 20 to 30 pounders on the troll.” Mike added that using a 5/0 treble as a stinger has been increasing his catch ratio. Our tuna season has come and gone with a whimper, but Floyd is already eyeing more Cabo trips in January before winter arrives and the big tuna move on. He also plans on using the Yummys for local tuna on his 26 footer when the season rolls around, particularly for the picky bluefin as a way of targeting the bigger fish in the school. Kites and parafoils are not for everyone. It’s hard work. But, the vision of a cow tuna going airborne to crush a Yummy or a live bait skipped on the surface is among the rewards for all the work of fishing them, tweaking the gear and trying new techniques.
Pat McDonell is editor of WON and director of WON’s saltwater tournaments.
FLOYD SPARKS with his biggest tuna, 150 pounds caught on a Yummy Flyer and a parafoil at the Gordo.
RENEGADE MIKE TUMBIERO, a charterboat captain in Cabo, is a fan of the Yummy Flyers and kite fishing. The reward is a better quality tuna in a mixed school on the bank or with porpoise.