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Old 03-17-2019, 05:46 PM
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Went out today. Had our first mahi on the boat by 8:30a. We were at about 800í on a scattered weed line.

Went back in a bit north in 600-700í and landed another mahi. Ton of life in the water. Unfortunately ours were all small.

We were trolling with skirts. Nothing crazy today.
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Old 03-18-2019, 11:32 AM
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The girl and I was down there this weekend and went out on a 6 person charter boat... $100 a person for 4 hours. I guess in true St Patty's day fashion we must of had the greenest green horn in the area. It started with the captain cutting bonita strips himself because the mate didnt know how. I thought well, that's not to bad if the captain likes it a certain way... that was until the mate put on the planners backwards and sent it off before the captain realized it and corrected him. Then when a kingfish clipped a line I about lost it when the mate had to have the captain tie a new hook on the line. Hahahaha No question his lack of experience was shining brighter than the sun but we still enjoyed the day on the water. We caught a few Bonita and a small kingfish and yes the captain had to come to rescue again when the mate struggled to steak the kingfish. I know its hard to find good help but this was the worst I have EVER seen... my girl did get this nice shot though.

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Old 03-18-2019, 12:29 PM
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Originally Posted by WreckRman2 View Post
The girl and I was down there this weekend and went out on a 6 person charter boat... $100 a person for 4 hours. I guess in true St Patty's day fashion we must of had the greenest green horn in the area. It started with the captain cutting bonita strips himself because the mate didnt know how. I thought well, that's not to bad if the captain likes it a certain way... that was until the mate put on the planners backwards and sent it off before the captain realized it and corrected him. Then when a kingfish clipped a line I about lost it when the mate had to have the captain tie a new hook on the line. Hahahaha No question his lack of experience was shining brighter than the sun but we still enjoyed the day on the water. We caught a few Bonita and a small kingfish and yes the captain had to come to rescue again when the mate struggled to steak the kingfish. I know its hard to find good help but this was the worst I have EVER seen... my girl did get this nice shot though.

None of us are born knowing these things and we all gotta start somewhere. Those "shared" charters are the worse though. They break in all the beginners.
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Old 03-18-2019, 02:39 PM
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No question everyone has to learn at some point but I'd never hire someone who doesn't have the basic knowledge of fishing. He would never find a job in my area and last two days.
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Old 03-18-2019, 08:06 PM
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Sounds like BOLO Sportfishing for $99 a head? I went on one before. Captain was kinda a bit of a jerk, but we enjoyed the trip nonetheless.
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Old 03-19-2019, 09:18 AM
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The captain was a cool guy... we had a good time but never seen a mate this inexperienced before.
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Old 03-19-2019, 02:32 PM
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Yea if you are "working" on a boat where people are paying to go fishing...... you better know how to tie a knot...
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Old 03-20-2019, 04:06 PM
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He does dress well.Looks like he doesn't want blood on that " cool " shirt.
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Old 03-21-2019, 09:27 AM
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Looks like we will have a good weather window for Saturday. My question for the gang, Is it time to start dragging ballyhoo and lures for dolphin offshore or stay close by and live bait at about 160 a better idea? Looking forward to what your plans are.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:14 AM
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Hmmmm I'll be honest, the blind trolling stuff doesn't do it for me. If the ocean is flat, run and gun will cover more water. If that doesn't produce, then come back in and live bait the edge for the afternoon bite.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:44 AM
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What is meant by running and gunning. Is that chasing birds and then trolling your ballyhoo in the location and then repeating that process? Or does it mean something else. Iím sorry if this is a stupid question but I hear this all the time and donít know what it really means.
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikes2670 View Post
What is meant by running and gunning. Is that chasing birds and then trolling your ballyhoo in the location and then repeating that process? Or does it mean something else. Iím sorry if this is a stupid question but I hear this all the time and donít know what it really means.
Run till you find something birds/floater, stop throw a couple live baits out, doesn't produce repeat
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Old 03-21-2019, 10:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikes2670 View Post
What is meant by running and gunning. Is that chasing birds and then trolling your ballyhoo in the location and then repeating that process? Or does it mean something else. Iím sorry if this is a stupid question but I hear this all the time and donít know what it really means.
Run until you find something to fish to...birds, weeds...whatever
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:43 PM
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Originally Posted by TripleMMM View Post
Run till you find something birds/floater, stop throw a couple live baits out, doesn't produce repeat
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Run until you find something to fish to...birds, weeds...whatever
What they said. I usually run a pitch rod with a white or chartreuse buck tail to inspect an area. If something is chasing it, toss out some bait and get the other rods in the water.

Sometimes they crush it sometimes they just chase it. It's job isn't to catch fish but its a quick set up to see if there is anything in the area.
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Old 03-21-2019, 12:59 PM
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Thanks for all the replies they all sound better than what Iíve been doing which is basically trolling blind hoping something bites which hardly happens. Plus this sounds more fun and productive Iíd have to figure out how to troll the area once I find something unless trolling isnít involved when you run and gun.
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:32 PM
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If you are running & gunning AWAYS have something in the water . Drop speed down for waves,scout weed line, anytime you slow down enough ,drop a jet-head , billy-bait lure out and search the area. Have someone watch bait as mahi will come jumping to the lure. Have this rod rigged and ready anytime you slow down.. "Can't catch something if you don't have something in the water. "
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Old 03-21-2019, 02:49 PM
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I drive a cat so I never have to slow down as long as my bow is in the waves and they are less than 5 feet (the extent of my comfort level). So when Iím driving and looking for a spot at 25 knots which is my boats happy speed 😀 I know thatís way too fast to troll. So the question now is should I be running and gunning at slow speeds so that I can ALWAYS have something in the water? Or go 25 knots and only put stuff in the water when I slow down to inspect the area? I really donít want to flood this thread with run and gun tactics so if anyone can point me to a thread that discusses this approach Iíd be thankful. I want to do it right when I attempt it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 03:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Mikes2670 View Post
I drive a cat so I never have to slow down as long as my bow is in the waves and they are less than 5 feet (the extent of my comfort level). So when Iím driving and looking for a spot at 25 knots which is my boats happy speed 😀 I know thatís way too fast to troll. So the question now is should I be running and gunning at slow speeds so that I can ALWAYS have something in the water? Or go 25 knots and only put stuff in the water when I slow down to inspect the area? I really donít want to flood this thread with run and gun tactics so if anyone can point me to a thread that discusses this approach Iíd be thankful. I want to do it right when I attempt it.
Its not that complicated. If you can SEE something in the water at that speed...then slow down when u get to it and drop a line back while investigating.
Lots of times if u find a log or something like that the fish are not always "waiting" under it. Catch lots sometimes 50 or more yards away from it.
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Old 03-21-2019, 04:17 PM
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If you are running at speed,of course you aren't trolling. But as you do slow down to invesigate something ,have that lure in the water as soon as you can. As you run at a good 8-10 knots ,that lure is working ,your looking and will drop down deep when you do stop and cast a live bait, jig toward something. As you cast to fish that lure is still working ,When you start back to speed , that lure is bringing fish up from the deep. A little faster than your normal speed will let you cover more area and balihoo would just tear up . They are better at 5-8 knots .
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Guys, my question was based on the time of year, what would be your choice. I have the capability to do both, I can easily troll eight baits and live bait five, .three flats and two on the kite, I apologize if I didn't explain myself, thanks.
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