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Old 01-08-2019, 05:27 PM
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I normally fish out of panacea and ALWAYS do good at catching snapper, grouper, Amber jack, and kings. Now that Iím moved back in jax Iíve went out several times to some public numbers (9 mile, tournament reef, middle grounds etc). I cannot catch ANYTHING other than rock bass. Iím using my same bottom fishing techniques as Iíve always used. Live bait, dead bait, chum etc. I have had no luck. Any tips/spots I need to know of? 24ft capehorn w/df300 around 280 range total.
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Old 01-08-2019, 05:51 PM
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Grouper and snapper are closed right now btw....troll fof hoo
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:06 PM
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
Grouper and snapper are closed right now btw....troll fof hoo
x2. Wahoo are in season from 120' out. Those public numbers aren't the best and get over fished, especially that shallow. Go out a little deeper and try the same techniques. High speed for wahoo and mark all the little ledges you find, then go back and bottom fish em. Good luck!
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Old 01-08-2019, 06:31 PM
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Originally Posted by slickster View Post
Grouper and snapper are closed right now btw....troll fof hoo
I know they are, theyíre still fun to catch. Thereís also several species of snapper and grouper that are open....
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Old 01-08-2019, 08:34 PM
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It's fun to do this.
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Old 01-09-2019, 05:38 PM
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This time of year can be tricky for bottom fishing . if you do plan I would suggest going deeper that 130 - slow troll the ledges till you mark good bottom go back and fish it - much luck - snapper - grouper - porgies - triggers - vermillion . Also hit some of the refs and wrecks on the way - cobia are around.
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Old 01-11-2019, 07:35 PM
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My first year back in jax, I fished all the close stuff you named. Those spots get hit hard year round. Sure you'll get a couple good days where you get a cobia and a few beeliners. But now the minimum I go is 50 miles out. I have no problem limiting on vermillion and porgys, sometimes catching 20 trigger. If you have the money, invest in a cmor card and you'll have all the 55 mile spots you want.
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Old 01-12-2019, 05:44 AM
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Went out of St Augustine on Sunday and it was non stop action on red snapper from 90 feet to 135 feet, every spot. Triggers are out deeper this time of year, 145 and deeper. Sunday was a short trip so we planned to only go as far as we did. Public numbers have been hammered for a long time. Find new spots and concentrate on those areas that look good on the fishfinder.
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Old 01-13-2019, 03:37 PM
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Youíre catching rock bass, or rockfish/striped bass?
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Old 01-14-2019, 03:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Weber View Post
Youíre catching rock bass, or rockfish/striped bass?
almost certainly he meant the very common black sea bass.

sometimes I catch a bank sea bass, but never caught a rock sea bass that I know of.
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