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Old 08-29-2017, 04:35 PM
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good evening folks,
So my friend wants tto travel to the edge about 18nm south of Navarre and 25 or so km from the destin pass next weekend (weather permitting) as a buddy boat with me and possibly do an overnight thing. I have a 21 parker and he has a comparable boat ( both single engine)and both run great,
first, is that a good idea? we are both experienced but I only have daytime use on my boat in the GOM. tons of hours in bays after dark.
second, what might I expect to catch during daylight and dark sround 150 ft deep this time of year? BFT maybe? grouper,snapper,trigger are an automatic given lol..
all info is greatly appreciated!
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Originally Posted by RNR electric View Post
good evening folks,
So my friend wants tto travel to the edge about 18nm south of Navarre and 25 or so km from the destin pass next weekend (weather permitting) as a buddy boat with me and possibly do an overnight thing. I have a 21 parker and he has a comparable boat ( both single engine)and both run great,
first, is that a good idea? we are both experienced but I only have daytime use on my boat in the GOM. tons of hours in bays after dark.
second, what might I expect to catch during daylight and dark sround 150 ft deep this time of year? BFT maybe? grouper,snapper,trigger are an automatic given lol..
all info is greatly appreciated!
Well it's roughly an hour out... I can't see the reason to stay the night out there unless you just want to do it. You could comfortably leave destin and still be out there for the morning bite.

And absolutely on the boat size. That's no problem provided it's taken care of and reliable. Safety equipment and fuel planning.

There are plenty of blackfin out there, but you're going to have to get lucky to find anything else pelagic wise. Plenty of chicken dolphin out there on weedlines in semi clean or clean water.
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There are plenty of blackfin out there, but you're going to have to get lucky to find anything else pelagic wise. Plenty of chicken dolphin out there on weedlines in semi clean or clean water.

I disagree. There are lots of wahoo out there...especially in the fall. put in your time livebaiting.
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yes that's why he wanted to do it, just to try some night fishing.. I have never been that far in my boat but have all safety equipment in case I ever did decide to.
out of curiosity, would you suggest trolling for blackfin or chumming?
believe it or not BFT is a bucket list fish for me, I have caught a lot of fish but never a blackfin tuna!
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Chumming at the edge is a great way to draw in a blackfin.
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great info here guys!! Never disappointed!
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For blackfins, drifting and chumming/chunking like crazy will typically work. Make sure you have someone on the chunk rod pulling line off at the same speed as the chunks are falling.
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got it.. what would you use for chunk bait? cigar minnow? I have great access to menhaden... I can fill a 20 gallon barrel in about 3 throws of net. would those work? also, I have often wanted to fill my auxillary livewell with them for kings,snapper, grouper etc... are they worth the time, I know I use them when live baiting for trout and reds but never figured they were worth the effort offshore.
contrary to that thought, I have always assumed any fish that schools like a menhaden would bea great(pick em off) bait and easy pickings for any predator fish.. I have just never tried them!
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Menhaden make great bait. Honestly while you're bottom fishing just run a flat line out. You'll stay busy on that between kings, wahoo, Bonita, aj's, a random Mahi, etc. Throw some chum out from to time. Cut up kings, bonito, menhaden, cigars, whatever.

Yes, the wahoo bite can be good at times as well, I'm sorry I neglected to mention it in my first reply. But it is by no means guaranteed, so I still think you'll need to be lucky.

Jigging is also a really good way to catch EVERYTHING. So drifting over your bottom spots with a live or dead bait, another guy jigging, and a flat line... I think you'll stay busy and have a pretty damn good shot at what you're looking for.
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Originally Posted by Big Iron View Post
Menhaden make great bait. Honestly while you're bottom fishing just run a flat line out. You'll stay busy on that between kings, wahoo, Bonita, aj's, a random Mahi, etc. Throw some chum out from to time. Cut up kings, bonito, menhaden, cigars, whatever.

Yes, the wahoo bite can be good at times as well, I'm sorry I neglected to mention it in my first reply. But it is by no means guaranteed, so I still think you'll need to be lucky.

Jigging is also a really good way to catch EVERYTHING. So drifting over your bottom spots with a live or dead bait, another guy jigging, and a flat line... I think you'll stay busy and have a pretty damn good shot at what you're looking for.
awesome!! Thank you sir for your input!!
I go out consistently and catch snapper,grouper,dolphin (when they are close enough) and AJ.. but never caught BFT before so I am excited to target them. I have eaten them before and they are probably my favorite fish except for dolphin!
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RnR,

Sounds like a fun trip, definitely something I would like to do sometime soon, to target swordfish, as well as the fish you mentioned.

Best of luck to you and let us all know the results of your trip. And thanks to Big Iron, who is always a great help to those of us with questions.

Cheers, T.
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menhaden at the edge are killer baits.
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It's close enough to not kill yourself with an overnight trip
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If you'd want a third boat to join you let me know and me and my wife might go out with you. We have a 23 pathfinder. I don't care to go out that far by myself just in case. We live in Santa Rosa...definitely not wanting to stay overnight.
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The other thing, is that you can limit out on snapper and grouper fairly quickly. That's why it's a quick half a day trip for me.

But I get the fun/adventure of staying out overnight if you've never done it.
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I will say you find the snapper at night and the bite will be off the charts. I love night fishing for snapper.
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yes it seems fairly close, my parker cruises at 27-28mph so it roughly 1 hr trip out..
Big iron, my buddy wanted to stay overnight in hopes of catching BFT after dark, and for the adventure aspect also. I have never stayed out that far after dark except in the bays but my only worry would be the late evening storms that pop up every night around here this time of year.
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Originally Posted by Carnevino View Post
If you'd want a third boat to join you let me know and me and my wife might go out with you. We have a 23 pathfinder. I don't care to go out that far by myself just in case. We live in Santa Rosa...definitely not wanting to stay overnight.
yes sir we will definitely do it.. I'm dying to get that far out on my own boat. but always apprehensive without a buddy boat. I have literally thousands of dollars in safety equipment, epirb,plbs, backup motor parts,handheld vhfs, even a 4 person liferaft brand new 3 months ago, but nothing make you feel safer than another boat with you
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