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Old 11-24-2016, 07:53 AM
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Heading out this Saturday on my brothers Competition, anyone else heading out? What's biting?

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I'm no expert but here's my observations. Most pelagics can be caught anytime of the year, with the spring and fall being your peak seasons. Getting offshore in January or February is almost impossible with the winds. Dolphin best times are probably March through May and late September to November. Tuna (blackfin) I think are more prevalent during the cooler months. There's a pretty good black fin bite out there now. To catch yellowfin you need to go out 80 to 100+ miles usually. Kingfish and cobia can be caught on the reefs pretty much all year long. The cobia run with the rays tends to be in March. November and December seems to be great months for kings. Hst for wahoo during the colder months, especially around the full and new moons. Sailfish more prevalent during the cooler months, but we've seen them on the hottest days of July.

More people bottom fish out of Ponce probably due to the distance to the steam from there, which is usually around 40 miles. Plus, there's a bunch of artificial reefs and live bottom spots. Problem is red snapper dominate your catch usually.
Old 11-24-2016, 07:58 AM
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Heading out tomorrow. Hoping to hook something big. Taking my 15 year old out for his first trip.
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How did you guys do?
Old 11-28-2016, 07:18 AM
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I fished friday, we went 2 for 2 on wahoo and had a handful of triggers and porgys on the bottom.
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Steady caught 7 hours worth of large fat and hefty ARS.

Caught a nice size cobia but accidentally cut the line with the gaff.

Threw a large grunt free lining and had something completely spool my Penn spinning real with 80 lb power pro.

A few keeper sea bass.

All in all a good day
Old 11-28-2016, 01:47 PM
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Made it out both Saturday 11/19 and 11/26.

Worked the party grounds and ended up with 4 smoker kings on the 19th and 3 on the 26th. All in 88-93 feet. Got a couple around 3.8 knots and a few around 2.5 Seemed like they wanted it a bit slower.

Pulling #3 planers with split tail mullet on the corners and ballyhoo with chugger heads of the riggers and shotgun. 5 of the fish were off the planers and the other 2 off the shotgun.

Had a few other knockdowns that were short strikes with the bait chewed off behind that last hook. Will probably add stingers next time.

This past Saturday we found a weed line about 2 miles long on the north side of the East Ridge. A few birds working it and a few bait fish. Worked it pretty hard but came up with nothing. Pretty disappointing.

I wanted to run out to the Steeples but it was a slow go with a head sea and the guys I was with wanted to get lines in the water. Compromises I guess...

Was happy to get the kings for the smoker though.
Smoked fish chunks and fish dip for Thanksgiving...nothing better.
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Originally Posted by jfleenor17 View Post
I fished friday, we went 2 for 2 on wahoo and had a handful of triggers and porgys on the bottom.
J...where did ya find the wahoo?
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We were highspeeding between the Steeples and 28 most of the day basically straight off and worked a little north.
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Damn wind has picked up. Hopefully it lays down before the weekend. I'm itching to run offshore. Got some serious stud wahoo this time last year. I would like a repeat!
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Originally Posted by jfleenor17 View Post
We were highspeeding between the Steeples and 28 most of the day basically straight off and worked a little north.
Thanks. Knew we should have run out there past Saturday. Like SWW and the rest of us...waiting again for the wind to lay down. Doesn't look like it's gonna get there this weekend.
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Pretty snotty out there now.
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Here's a bump for this thread.

Didn't go offshore today, but fished the south side of the inlet with blue crabs looking for a red or black drum. Nothing even at the slack tide. Fished under the bridges in NSB and put my GF's son on a few nice sheepsheads. That's it for the day. Really quiet and the wind was howling. North Causeway ramp only had about 15 trailers.
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Thanks for keeping it going Jeff
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Decided to brave it yesterday, it was rough but ended up with 2 nice wahoo both around 60.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Here's a bump for this thread.

Didn't go offshore today, but fished the south side of the inlet with blue crabs looking for a red or black drum. Nothing even at the slack tide. Fished under the bridges in NSB and put my GF's son on a few nice sheepsheads. That's it for the day. Really quiet and the wind was howling. North Causeway ramp only had about 15 trailers.

took the family out for a boat ride yesterday and the guys fishing under the North Causeway said the Sheeps were biting. Glad you got a few
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Originally Posted by jfleenor17 View Post
Decided to brave it yesterday, it was rough but ended up with 2 nice wahoo both around 60.
Well done. Stayed home this weekend. Saturday didn't look as bad as they were predicting but decided not to go.

Today is looking tempting...damn work. Maybe slide out after lunch for a few hours.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
Here's a bump for this thread.

Didn't go offshore today, but fished the south side of the inlet with blue crabs looking for a red or black drum. Nothing even at the slack tide. Fished under the bridges in NSB and put my GF's son on a few nice sheepsheads. That's it for the day. Really quiet and the wind was howling. North Causeway ramp only had about 15 trailers.
Curious as to where you get your blue crabs and how do you fish them?
I.e.: remove both claws, legs, swim paddles, etc?

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Curious as to where you get your blue crabs and how do you fish them?
I.e.: remove both claws, legs, swim paddles, etc?

38 Bait behind Merk's. Cut off the claws, split in half, hook through bottom. They are quick and aggressive until those claws are gone! Fished on the bottom with 2oz lead above a swivel.
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Originally Posted by Sprockets View Post
38 Bait behind Merk's. Cut off the claws, split in half, hook through bottom. They are quick and aggressive until those claws are gone! Fished on the bottom with 2oz lead above a swivel.
Have you ever used the hook laid across the shell held in place by a rubber band? Heard about it a while ago but have never fished with crabs before.
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Was planing another Friday trip as yesterday said 2 to 3 ft seas.

Just checked again and now jumped 4 to 6 for Friday, the day I took off.

Wednesday calling for 1 to 2 though. Just my luck.

May have to travel to the West Coast

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