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Old 08-08-2018, 05:54 AM
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You port guys hold on... HeadHunter is coming that way on Friday morning. Maybe Saturday morning too.
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Old 08-08-2018, 05:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Riptide31 View Post

........ so everyone isn’t on the water at the same time
Not to mention scheduling it with the first weekend that lobster season will be open so expect alot of divers out there too. That sets up a pretty dangerous situation for divers - more great forethought by NOAA. I swear if i didn't know any better I'd almost think they were f**king with us...........

The next 2 weekends are going to require alot of patience and being willing to let people fish/dive alot closer to you than you might normally. I hope eveyone will stay safe, respect your fellow anglers, have patience and then after all that catch some fish and have some fun

Last rant I will make - last time we all shared info with them at the ramp about out catches in 2013 they used it against us and closed the season until last year's November/December debacle and this one. Other than FWC compliance for 1 fish each, no one is obligated to hand over carcasses or any catch info. Only thing I plan to tell anyone if I am approached, called or surveyed is "I am not sharing any catch data with you b/c you guys screw us every chance you get, thank you".
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Old 08-08-2018, 09:29 AM
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There still bait running down the beaches? Haven’t been out in about a month. Pogies? Pilchards?
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:30 PM
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Bait has been all the way down in satellite. Bottom is blacked out on pelican so good luck to any divers. Thermacline has 21 and 27 shut down along with a roaring current on 27 on out. Its gonna be tough to get a limit of snappers this weekend. Your average Joe shmoe ain't gonna do it
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:34 PM
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Forgot to say leave the trolling gear at the house. The ocean is a field of grass from Benson to south pelican on out to the deep wrecks. Its a tough ocean out there right now
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:43 PM
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How funny. So the ARS weekend features a cold arse bottom at 27 and 21 F. I was thinking about skipping the circus, but now really doubt I'll go. When the catch rate is low, the interpretation will be there has been overfishing, and are not any. Geniuses.
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:51 PM
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Has happened almost every time they open it. As chad adds said when they ask for my carcasses I'm saying no
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Old 08-08-2018, 06:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MarlinBohner View Post
Bait has been all the way down in satellite. Bottom is blacked out on pelican so good luck to any divers. Thermacline has 21 and 27 shut down along with a roaring current on 27 on out. Its gonna be tough to get a limit of snappers this weekend. Your average Joe shmoe ain't gonna do it

thank you for the info. What kind of bait was it? Just need to know if I need my big pogie net.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:13 AM
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Pogies and some big greenies. Big greenies were down there two days ago right at pineda.
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Old 08-09-2018, 05:06 AM
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What are your favorite red snapper rigs if you're drifting over spots?

Anybody have any spots as I don't have much? I know there is a ton of them out there, but I'm just looking to get a couple and heading back to the ramp on Saturday before the rain.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:12 AM
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J Lightning, I was going to run a high/low rig like this:
then probably try a standard bottom rig and probably some vertical jigs too. I'm no expert, I might be wrong, I'm open to anyone else's suggestions.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:38 AM
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When you find a spot holding snapper it doesn't matter how you present the bait.
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Old 08-09-2018, 07:40 AM
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High-low rig is good, typically catch smaller snapper, sea bass, triggers, etc off of that type of setup hooked with squid or cigar minnows. Knocker rig is also good.

Lately I've been using a type of fishfinder rig. Basically slide a barrel swivel on your main line (65lb braid for me), then tie another barrel swivel to your main line. With the first swivel, tie on some light test mono however you want to make a loop. Slip a bank sinker onto the light test loop on the sliding barrel swivel. I used 10oz in 175ft of water or so. Then tie on 6-10ft of your leader of choice. I was using 100lb mono to a 10/0 circle hook and caught some big snapper. Feel free to gauge down or use fluoro if you see fit. Basically the same as below, but rather than that snap on sleeve just another barrel swivel with some light mono attached.

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Also, the vertical jigs are way more productive with amberjacks, tuna, bonita, or whatever other types of jacks are around. I do catch some snapper with them but catch far more snapper on some type of meat (live or not).
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:24 AM
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Went to West Marine here in Orlando today to grab some frozen bait. All sold out of everything but chum. People must be really pumped to get out there and catch a fish.
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:35 AM
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Originally Posted by krocks View Post
Went to West Marine here in Orlando today to grab some frozen bait. All sold out of everything but chum. People must be really pumped to get out there and catch a fish.
You could try basspro? they may or may not have it by the registers
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Old 08-09-2018, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by MarlinBohner View Post
Bait has been all the way down in satellite. Bottom is blacked out on pelican so good luck to any divers. Thermacline has 21 and 27 shut down along with a roaring current on 27 on out. Its gonna be tough to get a limit of snappers this weekend. Your average Joe shmoe ain't gonna do it
This guys knows what going on, fished 27 two weeks ago 3.5 to 4 kn current made it almost impossible to fish I only hooked one small red snapper and last weekend heard the party boats on pelican complaining of no bites. I did find them and caught three nice one. Not going to be easy.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:01 AM
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We get them on artificial also, 4-6oz jig head and curl tail.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:11 AM
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Originally Posted by ridiculousl View Post
This guys knows what going on, fished 27 two weeks ago 3.5 to 4 kn current made it almost impossible to fish I only hooked one small red snapper and last weekend heard the party boats on pelican complaining of no bites. I did find them and caught three nice one. Not going to be easy.
I'm out everyday and this week has been the toughest fishing all year.
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Old 08-09-2018, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by MidFloridaFishing View Post
We get them on artificial also, 4-6oz jig head and curl tail.
I never have any luck like that, must be doing something wrong. Tipped with meat? Bouncing off the bottom? Jigging on the way up?
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:01 PM
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Just plastic and jigging off the bottom. Rip it a few feet up and let it drop.
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