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Old 09-27-2020, 07:06 PM
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What I am after is a bit of advice to what I could have done better yesterday. Spent the night off of SW pass Friday night. Saw a few mullet jumping but that was about it. By 07:00 I was looking for pogies around the wing dams at the mouth. Since I didn't see any pelicans diving I decided not to waste time. Pointed the boat towards ELF and took off. There was a slight rip that I trolled running north to south in a line around Moxy. Trolled that with a pink bullet head and a pink Russel lure diver. No sign of birds or bites so I kept going. Made it to ELF ~10:00. I trolled, jigged, popped and finally offered squid. Fish were sitting around 100' (best I could tell). Saw two larger boats doing much the same plus offering up live bait chums. The only thing pulled out was a Trigger fish. Made my way back to Cognac and played with teems of sharks for 30 min. Then back to the rip line of debris. trolled it for 45 minutes (this time with a pink and blue wobble lures. One with and one with out a wire leader). Then shot back to SW pass. Beautiful water but no tuna for me. Would have been nice to get a black or yellow. Also is Pass A Lutre a viable way to get out to Elf? I used to use South Pass, but its become dicey. SW pass is the long way to go to get to Elf with a 180 miles range.

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Put the time in to make good bait. An extra hour bait fishing is far more productive than fishing an extra hour with shitty bait
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Thanks for that TeamHeebe I refreshed the previous thread on bait in Venice.
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Also is Pass A Lutre a viable way to get out to Elf? I used to use South Pass, but its become dicey. SW pass is the long way to go to get to Elf with a 180 miles range.
Pass a Loutre - no, Northeast - Yes
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From what I hear you better have a verified route from someone you trust to run out of Pass A Loutre.
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It's not even that I have a preference. I was running in from SW pass, got to head of passes and saw 3 boats twice my size coming from PAL. Not South but PAL so I'm thinking there has got to be a better way.
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It's not even that I have a preference. I was running in from SW pass, got to head of passes and saw 3 boats twice my size coming from PAL. Not South but PAL so I'm thinking there has got to be a better way.
They take NE to SE to PAL
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Once you get to North East is there a preferred route that isn't shoaling?
Also thank you for the responses so far!
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Once you get to North East is there a preferred route that isn't shoaling?
Also thank you for the responses so far!
I point straight to the 12 mile rigs until I get to around 30 ft of water.
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The fish you saw at 100 ft could have been yft....we caught them by dropping big, juicy baits right in front of them, a skinned piece of bft the size of your fist with a hook hidden inside of the bait in a slit, not hooked....located fish, slipped bait into water and freelined it down to them, pulling line off by hand, rod in holder...the idea is to present something they have to eat right in front of them....tossed small chunks of bait around main bait as it drifted down....caught three in the 70s and one upper 40.....
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slickster I was kicking my self for having left a bonito in the freezer which may have been a game changer.
snapperkiller What's the heading of those rigs out of NW pass? Or better yet what block are they in?

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slickster I was kicking my self for having left a bonito in the freezer which may have been a game changer.
snapperkiller What's the heading of those rigs out of NW pass? Or better yet what block are they in?

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When you get to the mouth of North East pass, if you look east and see the 1st at a rigs, head to them. Only set out there that you can see from the has

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