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Old 04-21-2018, 05:39 PM
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Where are we catching Mahi off Jacksonville/St Augustine? Thanks
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Old 04-21-2018, 06:22 PM
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Not here yet. Went out Thursday from St Augustine and trolled north to almost east of Jax, managed one wahoo, no mahi showed up. My guess is next weekend, seas are setting up nice for Sat/Sun.
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Old 04-22-2018, 04:23 AM
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Thanks for that info. How far out do you have to go? We will probably head out from Mayport
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We were south of you 50 miles and it was slow as well. Got 5 but trolled down a yellow brick road that should have been stacked.

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My son 3 gaffers Last week first light and then nothing, they went in a little and spanked the bottom fish.
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I am on St Simons just North of Jax and there have not been reports of them being up hear yet. People are still catching wahoo. I am thinking about another 2 weeks before they start showing up strong
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Old 04-22-2018, 07:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Tugz61 View Post
Thanks for that info. How far out do you have to go? We will probably head out from Mayport
The first weeks they get here, target them from 170 out to 400 feet. Look for rips, weed lines, temp changes and color changes. They are migrating from the south and the east heading north. If you need to go farther east, go look. The closer you get to June, the water temp starts to warm up closer in and the fish start to spread out. By the middle of July, you can catch them 10 miles offshore around wrecks and reefs, anywhere there is bait and warm water. I think we all got a little spoiled the last few years when they started showing up the first and second week of April. Checking back in my logs, they used to show up off Jacksonville the third week of April for the most part. I was only reading 74 degrees at the ledge on Thursday when we were out and that may be a tad too cool to expect big results. Get that temp up to a constant 76 plus, the fish will be here.
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:49 PM
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This weekend is lining up to be decent. Water temps are on the rise.

Anyone have any luck on the troll recently?
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Old 05-09-2018, 02:58 PM
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We crushed the mahi and wahoo in the middle keys two weeks ago. Shouldn't be long before they are up your way.
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Old 05-09-2018, 03:27 PM
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Mahi are probably still here some but the main body has moved north. They have been crushing them off Georgia and into SC. Mahi arrived 2 weeks ago and may be already gone. You can always catch a few here and there. There are a couple of mahi tournaments out of Jax and St. Aug this weekend so we will see what is still here.
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People have been posting steady catches but still 50-60 miles out.

i went out two weekends ago and it was horrible conditions, plan to head out this Saturday out of St. Augustine.
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People have been posting steady catches but still 50-60 miles out.

i went out two weekends ago and it was horrible conditions, plan to head out this Saturday out of St. Augustine.
Good luck. We will be running out of Mayport Saturday.
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Mani bite was very good today out of Fernandina
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Old 05-13-2018, 06:51 AM
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Mani bite was very good today out of Fernandina

Define "very good"? From the reports I am hearing, it confirmed the run is past us. I heard of some nice fish caught and a bunch of 3-8 fish caught but that is far from the 15 - 30 reported just a couple of weeks ago. Not challenging you, just curious because I got word from a friend in SC that boats up there were getting that 15 - 30 of nice gaffer dolphin I mentioned.
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Old 05-13-2018, 08:55 AM
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We got 7 yesterday out of Mayport. All loners, no other ones with them. Heard of one boat getting a dozen, several 40 pounders caught but radio chatter sounded slow.
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Wish I could have fished this weekend. Was getting the boat loaded to leave for the Bahamas. Nature of the beast for us, the dolphin show up and then leave just as fast. Glad there were some around to get people dinner!
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Old 05-13-2018, 12:46 PM
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Went out of st Augustine yesterday. Seas were nice, fishing for us was steady at first until around 11-noon then pretty much dead. We had five knockdowns an only landed two. Scattered weeds. Big rip lines but couldn’t get a bite after lunch. Scattered weeds was a pain. Our hits were on the west side of the stream in around 250’ of water. Water temp was 77 degrees. Heard they killed them out there on Friday. Heard reports of 22 on one boat.
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Old 05-14-2018, 06:33 AM
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Got a couple 15-20 pounders Saturday straight out of Mayport in 132'. Thanks for everyone's advice.


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Slow day for us, but the seas were good to us!

We hit the ledge and had a huge 5' dolphin on 10 mins after dropping the lines in the water. It put on a show for us jumping and we made some rookie mistakes and ended up losing him as the line went across the bow and hit the anchor, he jumped and it cut the line. He is out there swimming with a 9" pink chugger lure and leader...

Spent the rest of the day looking for another with no luck, did catch some Bonitas but nothing good.
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Heard some good reports out of Daytona and Canaveral over the weekend so we should still get decent action off NE Florida for a few more weeks anyway.
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