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Old 11-09-2018, 02:21 PM
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Default Sebastian Inlet 11/8/19

Headed out of the inlet Thursday morning, conditions were absolutely amazing. We netted some mullet around the ramp before heading out to some "typically productive" bottom spots. Of course, my live well pump decided today of all days to crap out on us so we relied on the high speed pickup and some buckets of new water every now and them to keep the mullet happy. Unfortunately, other than a few good thumps we didn't have any luck after moving to several locations. We decided to try our luck offshore not expecting much and ran straight east until we reached about 130'. There was no shortage of birds and bonita feeding on the surface, so we pulled up to a small rip with some scattered weeds with some birds working and threw a few live mullet in while we rigged some trolling gear up. Within only a few minutes of the live mullet free swimming in the water we hooked up on a gaffer cow. Unfortunately she spit the hook right at the boat (my careless gaffing effort/excitement didn't help), but lucky enough for us her friends stuck around and we were able to put two of them in the boat, one being a decent bull. We followed the birds and found the bonita feeding on the surface again, this time being prepared and trolled right through them. Not expecting to troll today, we were limited on our arsenal and also didn't have any ballyhoo. Regardless, we had a triple hookup (one hit a small red/white cedar plug, one hit a large red/white cedar plug, and one hit a small blue/white islander) and put all three in the boat (most fun I've had in a long time). At this point we were out of live bait (I now regret wasting so many mullet on pointless bottom thumps) and the fish were getting spooky so I hopped in the water and was able to shoot one of the smaller, more curious ones in the school. We were even lucky enough to spot two different sails sunning on the surface, one even followed a small bucktail only feet from the boat, whacked it with his bill and dove (pretty cool experience). The wind picked up a little bit and we were no longer able to follow/see the bonita on the surface so we trolled around for the remainder of the afternoon, hooking up two more times to lose one at the boat (again laziness/gaffing error) and one spit the hook during the fight. All in all, amazing day and crazy amount of life out there. Between the bonita smashing the surface, the sails sunning and the aggresive mahi, it was nonstop all afternoon! November mahi run, its a thing!

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Old 11-09-2018, 04:59 PM
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Default Bottom Fishing Gear - Help Needed

I'm looking for a little help with a bottom rod/reel setup. I fish mostly wrecks/reefs out of Port Canaveral. I have a pair of Saragosa 10K reels. One is mounted on a 6' Trevala heavy, and the other on a 6'6" medium heavy.

While I love the feel of the 10K setups, they don't have the power to get big mystery fish off the bottom. I used to have a 20K on a 5'6" XXH, but I didn't really like the feel of the setup, and I still got rocked. What are you guys using for those big mystery fish camping out at the wrecks? I am open to conventional. I do have a pair of Fathom FTH30LD2 (2-speed lever drags), but I use these for trolling and they are mounted to Connley Frigate 20-40#. I'm not sure the action on these would be ideal for bottom fishing.

On another note, for free-lining 3/8 - 1/2 oz jigs with cigar minnow/ruby belly, what jig head brand are you guys using. I have tried a few different brands, but we lost quite a few yesterday from the hooks bending.

Thank you for your help!

6'+ shark we got yesterday on the 10K on the heavy rod:
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Old 11-09-2018, 08:19 PM
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Do any of you go and fish specifically for wahoo out of PC?
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:39 AM
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Originally Posted by JobsiteToo View Post
Headed out of the inlet Thursday morning, conditions were absolutely amazing. We netted some mullet around the ramp before heading out to some "typically productive" bottom spots. Of course, my live well pump decided today of all days to crap out on us so we relied on the high speed pickup and some buckets of new water every now and them to keep the mullet happy. Unfortunately, other than a few good thumps we didn't have any luck after moving to several locations. We decided to try our luck offshore not expecting much and ran straight east until we reached about 130'. There was no shortage of birds and bonita feeding on the surface, so we pulled up to a small rip with some scattered weeds with some birds working and threw a few live mullet in while we rigged some trolling gear up. Within only a few minutes of the live mullet free swimming in the water we hooked up on a gaffer cow. Unfortunately she spit the hook right at the boat (my careless gaffing effort/excitement didn't help), but lucky enough for us her friends stuck around and we were able to put two of them in the boat, one being a decent bull. We followed the birds and found the bonita feeding on the surface again, this time being prepared and trolled right through them. Not expecting to troll today, we were limited on our arsenal and also didn't have any ballyhoo. Regardless, we had a triple hookup (one hit a small red/white cedar plug, one hit a large red/white cedar plug, and one hit a small blue/white islander) and put all three in the boat (most fun I've had in a long time). At this point we were out of live bait (I now regret wasting so many mullet on pointless bottom thumps) and the fish were getting spooky so I hopped in the water and was able to shoot one of the smaller, more curious ones in the school. We were even lucky enough to spot two different sails sunning on the surface, one even followed a small bucktail only feet from the boat, whacked it with his bill and dove (pretty cool experience). The wind picked up a little bit and we were no longer able to follow/see the bonita on the surface so we trolled around for the remainder of the afternoon, hooking up two more times to lose one at the boat (again laziness/gaffing error) and one spit the hook during the fight. All in all, amazing day and crazy amount of life out there. Between the bonita smashing the surface, the sails sunning and the aggresive mahi, it was nonstop all afternoon! November mahi run, its a thing!

Great report jobsite, thank you very much. Awesome cleaning table!
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Old 11-10-2018, 07:19 AM
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Originally Posted by F1shn4Dad View Post
I'm looking for a little help with a bottom rod/reel setup. I fish mostly wrecks/reefs out of Port Canaveral. I have a pair of Saragosa 10K reels. One is mounted on a 6' Trevala heavy, and the other on a 6'6" medium heavy.

While I love the feel of the 10K setups, they don't have the power to get big mystery fish off the bottom. I used to have a 20K on a 5'6" XXH, but I didn't really like the feel of the setup, and I still got rocked. What are you guys using for those big mystery fish camping out at the wrecks? I am open to conventional. I do have a pair of Fathom FTH30LD2 (2-speed lever drags), but I use these for trolling and they are mounted to Connley Frigate 20-40#. I'm not sure the action on these would be ideal for bottom fishing.

On another note, for free-lining 3/8 - 1/2 oz jigs with cigar minnow/ruby belly, what jig head brand are you guys using. I have tried a few different brands, but we lost quite a few yesterday from the hooks bending.

Thank you for your help!

6'+ shark we got yesterday on the 10K on the heavy rod:
Get a Penn Baja special 113h (one of the few penns still made in the states). Or a diawa sealine 450h. Pair it with an 8' star Ariel heavy action rod. You want the longer rod for the leverage. 100lb braid and lock the drag down on that baby you should be able to turn almost anything on the wrecks. And you won't break the bank putting this setup together and both very easy reels to work on. As for the jig heads we've been using the mission jigheads and haven't had a problem with them yet.
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Old 11-10-2018, 10:19 AM
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Originally Posted by MarlinBohner View Post
Get a Penn Baja special 113h (one of the few penns still made in the states). Or a diawa sealine 450h. Pair it with an 8' star Ariel heavy action rod. You want the longer rod for the leverage. 100lb braid and lock the drag down on that baby you should be able to turn almost anything on the wrecks. And you won't break the bank putting this setup together and both very easy reels to work on. As for the jig heads we've been using the mission jigheads and haven't had a problem with them yet.
Thank you MarlinBohner, it looks like the Penn Baja Special 113H was discontinued and the current version is now the US113. Do you use the classic or circle hook jig heads from Mission?
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Old 11-10-2018, 01:56 PM
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Originally Posted by F1shn4Dad View Post
I'm looking for a little help with a bottom rod/reel setup. I fish mostly wrecks/reefs out of Port Canaveral. I have a pair of Saragosa 10K reels. One is mounted on a 6' Trevala heavy, and the other on a 6'6" medium heavy.

While I love the feel of the 10K setups, they don't have the power to get big mystery fish off the bottom. I used to have a 20K on a 5'6" XXH, but I didn't really like the feel of the setup, and I still got rocked. What are you guys using for those big mystery fish camping out at the wrecks? I am open to conventional. I do have a pair of Fathom FTH30LD2 (2-speed lever drags), but I use these for trolling and they are mounted to Connley Frigate 20-40#. I'm not sure the action on these would be ideal for bottom fishing.

On another note, for free-lining 3/8 - 1/2 oz jigs with cigar minnow/ruby belly, what jig head brand are you guys using. I have tried a few different brands, but we lost quite a few yesterday from the hooks bending.

Thank you for your help!

6'+ shark we got yesterday on the 10K on the heavy rod:
Originally Posted by F1shn4Dad View Post
Thank you MarlinBohner, it looks like the Penn Baja Special 113H was discontinued and the current version is now the US113. Do you use the classic or circle hook jig heads from Mission?
Use the classic jig heads. You can still find the Baja special 113h.
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Old 11-10-2018, 02:18 PM
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Yes what was the Baja Special (and might still be available new as old stock?) is now the U.S. Senator available as US113N, US113, and US113W.
If I was looking to buy one, I would wait till this Black Friday - Cyber Monday coming at end of month.
Someone usually has them that is running the everything on site 25 or 30% off specials.
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Old 11-11-2018, 05:45 AM
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Originally Posted by F1shn4Dad View Post
I'm looking for a little help with a bottom rod/reel setup. I fish mostly wrecks/reefs out of Port Canaveral. I have a pair of Saragosa 10K reels. One is mounted on a 6' Trevala heavy, and the other on a 6'6" medium heavy.
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I have the extra extra heavy trevala with a Torium and 65 pound braid tipped with 80 pound mono I tie the terminal tacke to with leader. That thing is a wench!

I just bought (received Friday) a few new rods from Pinnacle Marine. One is a carbon fiber jig rod that is even heavier action than the trevala. Not used it yet, but expecting it to be even beefier. Same reel on it .

Also as an FYI Bought 2 other trolling rods from Pinnacle. VERY impressed for the price with the rods, components and build quality. You can search on here for his thread for the rods he offers .
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Old 11-11-2018, 06:14 AM
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Do any of you go and fish specifically for wahoo out of PC?
I'd like to know as well. It seems you don't hear about HST out of East Central Florida too much. At least I don't. I have tried it out of Sebastian a couple times to no avail, but I started thinking that Port would be much better for this due to structure at the correct depths. Anyone????
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Old 11-11-2018, 07:37 AM
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I have many times, it is a difficult fishery out of PC for sure, have caught a couple but few and far between
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Old 11-11-2018, 08:03 AM
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It seems there’s more wahoo targeted up north (st augustine) and down south. You just don’t hear about wahoo very much around PC and I’m curious as to why that is?
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Old 11-11-2018, 09:03 AM
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Originally Posted by F1shn4Dad View Post
I'm looking for a little help with a bottom rod/reel setup. I fish mostly wrecks/reefs out of Port Canaveral. I have a pair of Saragosa 10K reels. One is mounted on a 6' Trevala heavy, and the other on a 6'6" medium heavy.

While I love the feel of the 10K setups, they don't have the power to get big mystery fish off the bottom. I used to have a 20K on a 5'6" XXH, but I didn't really like the feel of the setup, and I still got rocked. What are you guys using for those big mystery fish camping out at the wrecks? I am open to conventional. I do have a pair of Fathom FTH30LD2 (2-speed lever drags), but I use these for trolling and they are mounted to Connley Frigate 20-40#. I'm not sure the action on these would be ideal for bottom fishing.

On another note, for free-lining 3/8 - 1/2 oz jigs with cigar minnow/ruby belly, what jig head brand are you guys using. I have tried a few different brands, but we lost quite a few yesterday from the hooks bending.

Thank you for your help!

6'+ shark we got yesterday on the 10K on the heavy rod:
I use Saltiga star drag 50's on Chaos 8' k30-60 rods . I also picked up a 7'9 kc30-80 for a Tortugas trip and was impressed , will be picking up a couple more soon .

I have a 6/0 Senator on a Star 35dlx 8' rod that was serviced/upgraded by Rick's Reels a year or so ago . Reel has a Tiburon frame , power handle , Carbon Tex drag washers and spooled with 80lb Momoi . This setup will winch anything up , hasn't really been used since I switched to Saltigas . I might have a few other Senators laying around as well . PM me if interested
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Old 11-13-2018, 10:29 AM
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Roll call for Saturday. Windfinder showing 4.5ft at 9 sec today, but who knows later this week.
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Old 11-13-2018, 12:50 PM
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Roll call for Saturday. Windfinder showing 4.5ft at 9 sec today, but who knows later this week.
If the forecast holds I’ll be out there hunting mahi. Looks like Sunday might be softer, but I’m a glutton for punishment.
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Old 11-13-2018, 03:30 PM
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I have many times, it is a difficult fishery out of PC for sure, have caught a couple but few and far between
StrikeZone Melbourne has a wahoo seminar this Thursday
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Old 11-13-2018, 04:07 PM
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Hail Yeah, A-A Ron and myself went last Friday. Couldn’t ask for better sea conditions or weather. Headed out if the Port but no signs of life heading to 200’, 300’, 400’ and finally signs of life around 700’. Trolled several small and sporadic weeds patches from 1,000 to 500’ and did well. Stopped and chunked after missing a few on the troll and picked them up too. Hail Yeah mesmerized us by bringing in a gaffer on my Diawa ultra-light with 20 lbs test. All in all a great day with great friends.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:28 AM
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Anyone heading out on Sunday
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Old 11-16-2018, 11:31 AM
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Anyone heading out on Sunday
Yep I'll be out there
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Boat name and type. Probably hit the ramp around 630 or so. Call name We'll C
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