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Hey now, who's been fishing ?

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Time for the annual GA fishing thread.

 

Grabbs ? TPG ? . . .

 

I'm heading down to the Keys in three weeks and getting all jiggy with anticipation.

 

Who's been doing what ?

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Caught a few kings and some ax handle Spanish last sun no pics though.

Going offshore tomorrow for AJs and whatever else. Can't keep grouper or snapper yet.

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Went looking for Bass this morning, found a ton of really fun 5-6lb bluefish. Good enough!

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Stripers are running in the lower CT River. Couple guys got a dozen over 30 inches the other morning in Haddam just south of the plant.

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Just finished a helluva cobia season here...got out a couple times...this day we saw 8 caught 5...big one was 63 pounds...them's some gooood eating right there too :D

 

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Plenty of trout fishing the past month. Next week the boat goes in the water, so then I can do some striper and walleye fishing. A few weeks until small mouth season opens, which is probably my favorite of any fish to catch. The upper Delaware here has just tons of big smallmouth.

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Went looking for Bass this morning, found a ton of really fun 5-6lb bluefish. Good enough!

 

 

Did you get the Mako finished ?

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Just finished a helluva cobia season here...got out a couple times...this day we saw 8 caught 5...big one was 63 pounds...them's some gooood eating right there too :D

 

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Yikes !

 

That spring run is on my bucket list. Where was that pic taken

 

 

Do you or Puffy fish those panhandle Tarpon. I heard Indian Pass, right?

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Just finished a helluva cobia season here...got out a couple times...this day we saw 8 caught 5...big one was 63 pounds...them's some gooood eating right there too :D

 

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Yikes !

 

That spring run is on my bucket list. Where was that pic taken

 

 

Do you or Puffy fish those panhandle Tarpon. I heard Indian Pass, right?

When I loved on Cape San Blas I caught a few of those tarpon. They come late June and sometimes stick around till September.

For me they are about the ficklest fish I have ever targeted, you have to throw the right bait or they will nose it and swim away.

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caught a 32 in. striper 2 days ago while on my mooring listening to some tunes.

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Dumped the fish killer in literally less than two hours ago and threw the 6 lobster traps I launched her with over the side as well. Tomorrow AM I have a date with the mackeral which showed up here a couple of weeks ago, to see if my livewell Rube Goldberg setup works. Confidence is not especially high, I'll let you know.

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If I was in Rhode Island I'd be catching stripers from my front yard by now.

 

I can not figure out these f*%*ing Caribbean fish, I haven't caught anything worth eating since a few Mahi on the trip down in November. The last two days in the anchorage there has been *something* boiling up in the water all around me. Big somethings, they look the size of stripers or blues with the splashes they are making in tight packs. Chasing this crap all over the anchorage with the dinghy...I'm ready to try dynamite.

 

I'm think I need to throw out 90% of the crap tackle I have with me and figure out what works locally. The locals seem to favor nets...

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If I was in Rhode Island I'd be catching stripers from my front yard by now.

 

I can not figure out these f*%*ing Caribbean fish, I haven't caught anything worth eating since a few Mahi on the trip down in November. The last two days in the anchorage there has been *something* boiling up in the water all around me. Big somethings, they look the size of stripers or blues with the splashes they are making in tight packs. Chasing this crap all over the anchorage with the dinghy...I'm ready to try dynamite.

 

I'm think I need to throw out 90% of the crap tackle I have with me and figure out what works locally. The locals seem to favor nets...

Where about are you?

Use small jigs and you can catch all different variaties of snapper. Grouper like live and dead bait but I have caught them on deep trolling Repalas and Yazuries but you have to get the lure deep. You will snag a reef or 2 and might lose a lure but once you get it down there near them it will be worth it. I have use that technic whilst sailing in +-30ft water and had plenty for dinner that night. Put that on some heavy tackle because it hard to slow the boat down and pump that fucker in.

When in blue water troll a heavy headed door knob style lure and you can catch kings, mahi, wahoo, and billfish.

Keep us (or me) updated I love and miss fishing in the islands.

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If I was in Rhode Island I'd be catching stripers from my front yard by now.

 

I can not figure out these f*%*ing Caribbean fish, I haven't caught anything worth eating since a few Mahi on the trip down in November. The last two days in the anchorage there has been *something* boiling up in the water all around me. Big somethings, they look the size of stripers or blues with the splashes they are making in tight packs. Chasing this crap all over the anchorage with the dinghy...I'm ready to try dynamite.

 

I'm think I need to throw out 90% of the crap tackle I have with me and figure out what works locally. The locals seem to favor nets...

Where about are you?

Use small jigs and you can catch all different variaties of snapper. Grouper like live and dead bait but I have caught them on deep trolling Repalas and Yazuries but you have to get the lure deep. You will snag a reef or 2 and might lose a lure but once you get it down there near them it will be worth it. I have use that technic whilst sailing in +-30ft water and had plenty for dinner that night. Put that on some heavy tackle because it hard to slow the boat down and pump that fucker in.

When in blue water troll a heavy headed door knob style lure and you can catch kings, mahi, wahoo, and billfish.

Keep us (or me) updated I love and miss fishing in the islands.

 

Currently we're in St. Lucia, anchored in about 20' of water in Rodney Bay. I was snorkeling yesterday while cleaning the boat bottom and didn't see a single fish under the boat. Of course, those other f&*^ing things were breaking water 100 yards way... The other day we had a 2-3' barracuda hanging around under the dinghy.

 

Deep water we had some on the crossing down with a couple of different things. But once we park somewhere I'm at a loss. I need to get better local jigs & colors I think, though I was under the impression bucktails did reasonably well anywhere.

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Pay attention to your "terminal tackle". Are you using shiney swivels and hooks? If so you might want to try black, sometimes fish are aware of the difference. Also what are you using for leader material? Most species don't like wire, years ago I switched to heavy mono and florocarbon with good luck. And what knots are you using to tie off your lure with? Some knots hamper the lures ability to shake, rattle and roll, so try something different. Make sure your hooks are sharp, I have lost too many fish because of dull hooks. Good luck.

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Been rising some small Tarpon in the canal behind my home the past few weeks, Some hits, Hooked a few but loose them quickly. 30-40lb Tarpon on a 8 Wt fly outfit from the side of a canal is not conducive to a high landing ratio.

Still those few minutes are fun as hell.

 

 

Tarpon all over the Ocean Side channels of Biscayne Bay and the Keys. Lots of Redfish up along the Glades and the Bayside Flats.

 

A friend invited me to go for some Seatrout next week. They say they are schooling heavily north of Venetian Causeway all the way up to Haulover inlet.

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Tuna season is rapidly approaching. I like the water temps this year. If this rate of temp keeps up it'll be a very long very epic season. And probably a few fish that will completely test a Shimano Stella 20000

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Fishing for tuna is immoral.

 

Nobody cares what you think.

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Are you really this fuking lonely? Maybe you should go to the atm-----then go rent a 'friend'.........

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Pay attention to your "terminal tackle". Are you using shiney swivels and hooks? If so you might want to try black, sometimes fish are aware of the difference. Also what are you using for leader material? Most species don't like wire, years ago I switched to heavy mono and florocarbon with good luck. And what knots are you using to tie off your lure with? Some knots hamper the lures ability to shake, rattle and roll, so try something different. Make sure your hooks are sharp, I have lost too many fish because of dull hooks. Good luck.

 

Mostly black. I'm a little puzzled by terminal tackle down here. When you have things like barracuda, wahoo, mackeral etc. swimming around with largish teeth what do you use to keep them from chomping through a non-wire leader? I'm used to fishing around bluefish where you need something hefty.

 

Mostly I've been using black wire leaders (when I use them), Swivels and clips I use are black, or tying in with an Improved Clinch Knot when I tie on. I know that's not the best knot any more, but it's one of the ones I can tie on without getting out a book and a pair of reading glasses since I've been tying them since I was a kid. That knot shouldn't matter for a jig like a bucktail.

 

I'll look into some lighter leaders.

 

I do notice the tackle selection around here does run to a lot of swimming plugs - Rapala style fish and the like. Are those effective in the tropics? I'm sure they had some effectiveness up North but I still tended to have better result with surface splashing lures or bucktail jigs with rubber things hung on them.

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BJ

 

The Rapala X-Rap Magnum 30's are awesome. The dorado and orange/yellow are great.

 

Trolling the 35-40 feet contours @ 5knts will put Grouper and Snapper in the boat.

 

They work well offshore too. Everything will hit 'em. They will track straight to 13 knts and wahoo and dorado have no trouble hitting lures going that fast.

 

Fluoro leader is best. Mono's good too. 60lb is plenty.

Short single strand coffee colored wire leader will work ok and save some lures if 'cuda or wahoo are around

 

Flouro leaders are a must for baitfishing shallow snapper. 20lb with small hooks and loooong leaders

 

Learn the Uni Knot and the uni to uni knot to connect to different lines together. Very versatile.

 

Here's a smallish mutton snapper that hit an X-Rap 30 in 40' of water

 

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We just got back from mountain lake fishing. Came home with a freezer full of really nice rainbow trout. Must have about 50 or so in there easily. Had to eat a few before we got home as there wasn't any more freezer space. My wife went out and ordered a new small freezer to add to the trailer so that we will have more room next year! Love that woman.

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If I was in Rhode Island I'd be catching stripers from my front yard by now.

 

I can not figure out these f*%*ing Caribbean fish, I haven't caught anything worth eating since a few Mahi on the trip down in November. The last two days in the anchorage there has been *something* boiling up in the water all around me. Big somethings, they look the size of stripers or blues with the splashes they are making in tight packs. Chasing this crap all over the anchorage with the dinghy...I'm ready to try dynamite.

 

I'm think I need to throw out 90% of the crap tackle I have with me and figure out what works locally. The locals seem to favor nets...

BJ, those were probably Jacks tearing up things. they are fun but not eatin fish. Good luck

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We get a few of them...

 

I think the definition of "fish for eating" varies a lot from place to place.

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We don't release anything. Most of it goes straight to the orphanage.

 

Don't make assumptions BJ.

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We don't release anything. Most of it goes straight to the orphanage.

 

Don't make assumptions BJ.

 

I'm not making assumptions at all. Dolphinmaster commented they weren't for eating, you looked like you were bringing a mess home...presumably someone would eat them.

 

There's a lot of fish that Americans assume are "inedible" that elsewhere in the world people eat.

 

Heck, I had no idea that Lionfish were safe to eat, until I found out people were spearing them in Dominica and cooking them up.

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I am 99% Catch and release, I have kept a Snooks or Redfish on a rare occasion when I friend asks for one to eat. I am also mostly use Fly or lures and prefer sight fishing. trolling around to a dull drone all day in the Gulf Stream hoping to attract a fish holds little interest to me.

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We don't release anything. Most of it goes straight to the orphanage.

 

Don't make assumptions BJ.

 

I'm not making assumptions at all. Dolphinmaster commented they weren't for eating, you looked like you were bringing a mess home...presumably someone would eat them.

 

There's a lot of fish that Americans assume are "inedible" that elsewhere in the world people eat.

 

Heck, I had no idea that Lionfish were safe to eat, until I found out people were spearing them in Dominica and cooking them up.

 

My bad, I took your post out of context.

 

If those Jacks weren't getting eaten they'd go back in the water. Good fun to catch on light gear.

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First Cape Cod BFT has been landed on light tackle as of 30min ago by a buddy.

 

Its on!!!

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Where Retarded Tuna fish.

Bout a 15-20 mile ride from where I launch the Mako.

 

Fish was Trophy+ (over 74 inches)

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Done? With a boat? Who ever is done with their boat?

 

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Building a doghouse off the console this fall. The first couple runs this season have been brutal.

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Looking good. That's a mighty handsome boat.

I can see why a doghouse would be handy in that neighborhood. An aftermarket unit or a custom one-off ?

Gonna be a challenge aesthetically to blend it in to that classic Mako style.

 

 

Will you be using stand-up gear for BFT. 50w with spectra or what ????

 

Man, I don't think I'd even want to mess with a giant these days.

It would kick my ass.

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We get a few of them...

 

I think the definition of "fish for eating" varies a lot from place to place.

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Those look like bait?

 

salmon up N and yellowtail just coming in down S..let's see how it shapes up

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Looking good. That's a mighty handsome boat.

I can see why a doghouse would be handy in that neighborhood. An aftermarket unit or a custom one-off ?

Gonna be a challenge aesthetically to blend it in to that classic Mako style.

 

 

Will you be using stand-up gear for BFT. 50w with spectra or what ????

 

Man, I don't think I'd even want to mess with a giant these days.

It would kick my ass.

 

I have a pair of Tiagra 50's but they mostly go for boat rides. Its all about spinning gear. (We'll disregard they're a Stella 10k with 16k spool, Stella 18k, Stella 20k, all of which are monster reels in their own right and Shimano originally made them for the GT fishing market. All rods are JDM derivative of GT rods or purpose built cape cod bluefin blanks)

 

I have a 3/4" wide lip all the way around the console where the windshield sits that I can reinforce behind and put in T Nuts to bolt the doghouse to and keep it seamless. So it'll work out. Then I can flush mount my Simrad NSE8 and NSS7 instead of off and on every time I run the boat.

 

Gonna build it myself. Still sorting out core materials, Probably foam core with a balsa roof core to keep the COG way down. Alot easier to do this on an inboard with 900lbs way down low than it would be with an o/b. I should hit fixit anarchy and see what the gurus say for materials.

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Just finished a helluva cobia season here...got out a couple times...this day we saw 8 caught 5...big one was 63 pounds...them's some gooood eating right there too :D

 

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You look a little fuzzy headed. Drinking much while fishing?

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I'm outta here. See ya in ten days :)

We'll be needing pics to back up any fish tales you decide to spin...

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Waiting for this goddamn weather to break other than random tuesdays/wednesdays.

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44" striper on a live mackeral at about 6 this morning. First hookup of the year, and only about the third hit. Biggest striper of my career. Took about 15 minutes to doublehand her into the skiff, and about another 15 to stop shaking.

 

Let the games begin!

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44" striper on a live mackeral at about 6 this morning. First hookup of the year, and only about the third hit. Biggest striper of my career. Took about 15 minutes to doublehand her into the skiff, and about another 15 to stop shaking.

 

Let the games begin!

 

Nice fish! Some lemon and orange slices in the cavity, marinated in white wine and balsamic vinaigrette, a few minutes on the grill and what do I have to do to get an invitation for supper??!?!

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Had another great trip to the Keys, fishing around the Seven Mile Bridge out of Marathon.

 

The weather was a bit sketchy at times, but we worked around it and even took a trip out to the reef edge and then offshore for short while.

 

The view:

 

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I have not heard of a BFT under 70 inches being caught so far this year.

Thats terrifying.

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Nice mid-winter day in NW Fl.....quick skiff ride to the bridge...yield?...about a dozen nice sheepshead....anything that eats oysters for a living has to taste good... :D

 

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Nice mid-winter day in NW Fl.....quick skiff ride to the bridge...yield?...about a dozen nice sheepshead....anything that eats oysters for a living has to taste good... :D

 

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Nice job Grabs. I've been picking em up under the Destin bridge, and cruising the bayous in Shalimar, and by Specter Is.

Tough to clean but yummy to eat.

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Nice mid-winter day in NW Fl.....quick skiff ride to the bridge...yield?...about a dozen nice sheepshead....anything that eats oysters for a living has to taste good... :D

 

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Nice job Grabs. I've been picking em up under the Destin bridge, and cruising the bayous in Shalimar, and by Specter Is.

Tough to clean but yummy to eat.

Same bridge...were you out there Sunday??

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We're in a drought, but the weather has been awesome.

 

Here's a fly caught striper pushing 30 inches from Jan 10th

 

 

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And on January 13 (wife's b'day) , I'd have killed to have had a couple of fillets from one of those beasts. To be roasted on a bed of fennel, blood olives, oranges and garlic. Instead, I ended up with some flabby, farm-raised version of a sea bass that nobody has ever heard of..

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