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Old 11-14-2018, 08:05 AM
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I typically set traps the night before an offshore trip but with red tide I don't want to make that effort only to have the bait die. For the folks that sabiki up bait offshore, where have you been finding the most productive areas? Ship channel? A certain depth on the run out?

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Old 11-14-2018, 12:56 PM
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Last week the ride tide was out to about 55-60' west of John's pass and to the south. Up north near Clearwater it was clear more inshore. We caught our bait for kob in 85'. What are you looking for?
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Old 11-14-2018, 06:43 PM
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If you're not overfilling your wells with bait from inshore, just turn off the pumps, and maybe shut the seacocks depending on how well your pickups work, until you are out past the red tide depth.

A half-full well of baits will most likely live for an hour or so with all of the sloshing around while you are running. Then re-open as normal when you think that you are safely past it
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Old 11-15-2018, 07:03 AM
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Originally Posted by 04keywest1720 View Post
Last week the ride tide was out to about 55-60' west of John's pass and to the south. Up north near Clearwater it was clear more inshore. We caught our bait for kob in 85'. What are you looking for?
Pinfish, sardines. Thanks for the suggestions
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Found cigars 60-65 ft West of JP last friday. Not one Pin.

Bait was tough to say the least.
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Old 11-15-2018, 09:57 AM
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Ive been catching it all in shore and taking it through the redtide with my livewell turned off and a bubbler running. Only lost bait one trip because my wife accidentally turned on the livewell pumps.
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