|I've never been a butterfly collector; but once in a while I have snuck up on a flowered butterfly and managed, to get a hold of its closed wings, and pick it up. Well, not good for the wings, and you can't inspect the wings either, but you can look at the legs etc.|
Much better to have an invisible mesh net that is big enough so you can bring it down over enough flowers, and capture it for a short while for inspection.
Don't ! even think of trying that on a Dorado. Dorado are born looking up at the sky; and the flying fish up there; so they can track it in the air, and be right under it when it lands in their mouth.
Only a terminal idiot would even think of trying to sneak a net down on top of a Dorado; and they NEVER look down.
Well Loreto Pango skippers might think of doing that. You see they are used to gaffing them anyway, so what's with this nettiong business ?
Well six times, our guide tried to sneak a net down on top of a surfaced Dorado, alongside the boat; and six times it produced exactly the same result. No Dorado in the net; but a pissed off Dorado, eight feet straight down under the boat; plus a brand new five piece or six piece Four piece fly rod; or three piece spin/cast rod, as the case may be.
Eric lost two TFO S703H rods, plus a converted C703H rod to butterfly nevernetted Dorado; and I lost three TFO Blue water Light Duty rods, the same way; well I'll take that back; one of the three was a gross cockpit error on my part; but it also took place during a top shot net job on a Dorado; all of them small in the 8-20 pound range.
No busted rods, on Black Skipjack which they don't net, and Eric's first fish of the trip; a nice sailfish gave itself an underwater release, by billing the Bite leader all the way through, before it was boatside.
My fist fish of the trip, was a 40-45 pound Dorado, on the TFO BW-Lite, which safely reached boatside, without breaking the rod. Hell ! I guess he gaffed that from underneath; no butterfly netting.
Yes we eventually got the skipper to put the net down in the water and wait for us to bring the fish in. No ! he still doesn't understand the idea of the snatch; more of a bench press, I would say, so the fish has time to jump out two or three times.
And by next year, I am sure he will forget, most of the progress he made on netting Dorado.
TFO and others came through with some kit parts at least for the BW LDs, so I left home with two BW LDs, and arrived home with two; plus some spare parts. Weren't so lucky on the S703 H spinning rods, or the C703H casting rod, which very cleverly switches handles with the S rods. A TFO heavy duty Teaser rod, kept Eric in Business, giving swimming lessons to sardinas (fatal lessons).
Mucho thanks to Rick Pope, and the TFO crew. My spinning reels will be a no show for next Loreto; clearly the hardest tackle to use out there, and the spinning handles are a good deal larger than the casting handles. No problems with the teaser rod though.