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Old 12-04-2019, 07:33 AM
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Originally Posted by bonecrusher1 View Post
the furthest you've been out is 5 miles? Are you going to be comfortable in a 21 footer 20+ miles out when you can't see land?
And I've got the next 7 months to venture further and further out to gain more experience.
Old 12-04-2019, 08:04 AM
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I've never been bothered or know of anyone who has been but you here people talk about it like it's a thing where not seeing land bugs people out. But one time I was trolling with a buddy and we were about 60miles off and his buddy starts saying he sees land and pointing at it. It was kind of a worry for a second because I didn't know if he was gonna start tripping out but he was so calm and normal about it. We all looked at each other and told him it's not land and he took his shades off and said it was the tint making the skyline look like land. I'm not sure if it was the shade thing or something else but I thought things were about to get exciting for a second.

Float plan where your gonna troll and back up bottom fishing spots if trolling doesn't go well, a buddy boat or two, know your skills and boat limits in case things are tougher then expected, know your crew and leave room for errors like fuel burn and return time if your worried about running in the dark, and play it safe and it should be good times and good memories. Make a check list and go over it before the trip, safety items, food, water, seasick remedies, sun block, bait tackle etc and do a equipment check and radio check before getting far off. Make sure your boats good to go. Don't let these suggestions make it seem like a bigger deal then it is and get intimidated.
Old 12-04-2019, 08:06 AM
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I've caught them at the sea buoy, R14 & NW Places 1/2/3 are productive. If you were going in August sailfish can be caught at NW Places it depends on water temps and if some of deeper water column has pushed in from offshore.
Old 12-04-2019, 08:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Superfishy View Post
I've never been bothered or know of anyone who has been but you here people talk about it like it's a thing where not seeing land bugs people out. But one time I was trolling with a buddy and we were about 60miles off and his buddy starts saying he sees land and pointing at it. It was kind of a worry for a second because I didn't know if he was gonna start tripping out but he was so calm and normal about it. We all looked at each other and told him it's not land and he took his shades off and said it was the tint making the skyline look like land. I'm not sure if it was the shade thing or something else but I thought things were about to get exciting for a second.

Float plan where your gonna troll and back up bottom fishing spots if trolling doesn't go well, a buddy boat or two, know your skills and boat limits in case things are tougher then expected, know your crew and leave room for errors like fuel burn and return time if your worried about running in the dark, and play it safe and it should be good times and good memories. Make a check list and go over it before the trip, safety items, food, water, seasick remedies, sun block, bait tackle etc and do a equipment check and radio check before getting far off. Make sure your boats good to go. Don't let these suggestions make it seem like a bigger deal then it is and get intimidated.
Thank you for this
Old 12-04-2019, 08:24 AM
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Originally Posted by bluewaterpirate View Post
I've caught them at the sea buoy, R14 & NW Places 1/2/3 are productive. If you were going in August sailfish can be caught at NW Places it depends on water temps and if some of deeper water column has pushed in from offshore.
Thank you! All great info!
Old 12-08-2019, 07:58 PM
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That time of year you could start trolling around 8-10 miles out just as land starts disappearing. As mentioned they will be scattered. Some guys troll a ballyhoo way back while Spanish fishing just in case a sail is around in the summer months. Anything can happen when the water is warm. Be confident and have fun!
Old 12-09-2019, 02:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Noworries79 View Post
That time of year you could start trolling around 8-10 miles out just as land starts disappearing. As mentioned they will be scattered. Some guys troll a ballyhoo way back while Spanish fishing just in case a sail is around in the summer months. Anything can happen when the water is warm. Be confident and have fun!
Thank you!
Old 12-11-2019, 03:48 PM
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I’m out of Charleston so this is more general, but I was new to dolphin this year as I stepped up boat size a bit and could target them.
I had my first dolphin in July, trolled but no luck, decided to bottom fish/chum and keep an eye out for spades. Was in about 100’, after a few mins saw flashes around me and couldn’t believe I was seeing dolphin. I wasn’t realky prepared but I had a couple of tarpon rigs set up which is what I had started the day with inshore, so put a squid on, with a cork, threw it over and watched a dolphin inhale it. Was a lot of fun, was also the first time I had to gaff a fish bit got lucky. Had another 2, one was small so threw it back, but the biggest was around 15 lb or so. So, totally got lucky but my very limited experience sup po era what a couple of the more knowledgeable people have said about bottom fishing/chumming
giod luck.
Old 12-11-2019, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by limey940 View Post
I’m out of Charleston so this is more general, but I was new to dolphin this year as I stepped up boat size a bit and could target them.
I had my first dolphin in July, trolled but no luck, decided to bottom fish/chum and keep an eye out for spades. Was in about 100’, after a few mins saw flashes around me and couldn’t believe I was seeing dolphin. I wasn’t realky prepared but I had a couple of tarpon rigs set up which is what I had started the day with inshore, so put a squid on, with a cork, threw it over and watched a dolphin inhale it. Was a lot of fun, was also the first time I had to gaff a fish bit got lucky. Had another 2, one was small so threw it back, but the biggest was around 15 lb or so. So, totally got lucky but my very limited experience sup po era what a couple of the more knowledgeable people have said about bottom fishing/chumming
giod luck.
Thank you for sharing your experience! I could only hope something like that would happen to me.
Old 12-15-2019, 02:44 PM
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Nw places that time of year will probably be the closest but if its calm enough I run straight to 14 bouy. Also watch for weedline/grass patches you can easily run right past the fish that time of year.
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Originally Posted by Hookin_N_bookin View Post
Nw places that time of year will probably be the closest but if its calm enough I run straight to 14 bouy. Also watch for weedline/grass patches you can easily run right past the fish that time of year.
Thank you for the advice, ita really appreciated.

I have been thinking in my mind that I would go to my furthest target first and then work my way back instead of going further and further out each stop. Basically 2 reasons, so I dont get let's try "one more further out" itis. And also I want to be closer to shore as the temps heat up and possibly get a pop up storm. My plan is to head out really early and plan on being back by noon.

Is that a reasonable thought process?
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Originally Posted by Codycat View Post
Thank you for the advice, ita really appreciated.

I have been thinking in my mind that I would go to my furthest target first and then work my way back instead of going further and further out each stop. Basically 2 reasons, so I dont get let's try "one more further out" itis. And also I want to be closer to shore as the temps heat up and possibly get a pop up storm. My plan is to head out really early and plan on being back by noon.

Is that a reasonable thought process?
This a very reasonable thought process.
Old 12-15-2019, 05:20 PM
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Common in summer to have a SW wind that breezes up in the afternoon. Easier to have that follow you home if you go south early.
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I have a 20' Robalo CC. Let me know before you get in town and we can team up. I'd hit NW places/Big and Little 10 then then 14 buoy. Last July it was flat and i went out to 90' and to Big Rock. Ended up with some nice Mahi. I'm "hooked" on mahi and kings. I have no issues sharing info or teaming up.
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Old 12-17-2019, 09:39 AM
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Originally Posted by Simply Livin View Post
I have a 20' Robalo CC. Let me know before you get in town and we can team up. I'd hit NW places/Big and Little 10 then then 14 buoy. Last July it was flat and i went out to 90' and to Big Rock. Ended up with some nice Mahi. I'm "hooked" on mahi and kings. I have no issues sharing info or teaming up.
Awesome! Will definitely get in touch
Old 07-02-2020, 10:56 AM
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Reviving this from last year as I am only 2 weeks away from my vacation.

I have gained good experience since then. Went out 20 miles from wrightsville and killed the black seabass in january. Took my first offshore charter in early may and dis good on dolphin. Then 2 weeks after that, took my boat out 28 miles and crushed the dolphin again.

So my question now based off advice given here and the experience, I will go out bottom fishing hoping the dolphin show up. What are some good bottom areas approx. 30 miles from beaufort?

My buddy that I went out with to get the dolphin says i can still troll along weedlines in july, but they will be bailers instead of gaffers. Is that accurate?
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I am fishing out of Atlantic Beach for the next week. I plan to bottom fish. If I see any mahi visit us I will let you know.
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Originally Posted by fishingneighbor View Post
I am fishing out of Atlantic Beach for the next week. I plan to bottom fish. If I see any mahi visit us I will let you know.
Thank you!
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We bottom fished in the Papoose area, 120' of water. Never saw a mahi under the boat. Only cudas .

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