Aug 26, 2015
Capt. Jason Hallmark, Rise Up, 600 Points
- Orange Beach Billfish Classic, 3rd Place, 100 Pts.
- Orange Beach Billfish Classic, Heaviest Marlin, 500 Pts.
Home Port: Destin, FL
Boat/Power: 54-foot Viking/MANs, 1,550hp ea.
Wins to Date: Heaviest Marlin/3rd Place Overall, Orange Beach Billfish Classic, 600 Points
Tackle: For trolling, Penn International 80s spooled with Sufix hi-vis 100-pound test; for stand-up and tuna fishing, Shimano 50W Tiagras with clear Ande 80-pound and fluorocarbon leaders.
Capt. Jason Hallmark has been having a great season to date on the Rise Up, owned by Rusty Skalla. They are making a concerted run at the Gulf Coast Triple Crown and also Captain of the Year trophies in the Gulf of Mexico this year.
In The Spread
“We do about half and half lure fishing and live baiting. When we’re trolling, we fish a mix of Moldcrafts, Pakulas and a few others with a mudflap teaser and maybe a naked ballyhoo way back down the middle. We don’t dead bait fish all that much. As far as colors we like a lot of purple and black. Straight red is good and we also have a Moldcraft that’s solid orange that we call Big O—that one’s caught a lot of marlin. We run it right from the chair just out of the propwash in the center of the spread. When we’re live baiting we’re using 18/0 to 20/0 circle hooks, depending on the size of the bait, on 300-pound leader. This is our first season on the new boat and it has much better custom tuna tubes, we can keep our bait in better shape a whole lot longer than we could with the old tubes. We’re talking 12 to 14 hours compared with two or three with the old set. It’s a huge difference.”
“I don’t like fishing around a bunch of other boats so I will try to find someplace where we can fish by ourselves. If I know a lot of guys are going to a certain rig or a rip then I’ll go in a different direction to get away from the pack. The fish we caught in Orange Beach, there was one other boat already on the rig and they hadn’t had a bite all day. We weren’t going to stay long so we pulled up, put the baits out and caught our fish right next to him. I kinda felt bad but I would have to say it’s because we had fresher bait that was in better shape because of our new tubes.”