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Old 02-14-2018, 11:02 AM
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Spoke to a few guys on here, and after the success we had with last years thread, thought it was time to start a new one.

Here is a link to last year's thread: Offshore 2017.

To get started, some of us thought it would be a good idea to post tips and tricks when it comes to offshore fishing. I don't want to take away from Timex as this was his idea: Helpful Tip's & techniques. Just thought it would be good to have some in here as well more focused on offshore.

Another place to get started is on gear you have purchased over the winter, or plan on purchasing this spring. IN addition, what are your must have lures for the 2018 Season?

Post your reports here as well. Hopefully those start coming in, at least off of OCMD, in Late April.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:07 AM
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Coming out of last season we had a five rod spread (3 TLD 25's, 1 TLD 30IIA, & 1 TLDII 50 LRSA). We picked up another TLD 25 as well as an avet 30 and 50. The TLD 25 is going on a Star Aerial Rod. Rich, over at RH custom rods gave me a great deal on the Avets and also sold me a killer set of unibutt custom rods with calstar blanks.

As far as gear goes, we are hoping to add two of the Sterling Super Jet chains and four of their 18" spreaders (2 machine 2 squid).

Other big additions this year include 8oz crystal/red Joe Shutes for the WWWWWB and a 32oz planer to get em low.

One thing we haven't yet found is a good 12/0 or larger wide gap circle hook for Mr. Mako given the new sharking regulations. Anyone have any leads?

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Old 02-14-2018, 11:18 AM
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Season can't get here soon enough.

Tricks: split your sonar and bottom lock half the screen to scout for tilefish locations when fishing <100 ftms; dredges any time the water is remotely clear and calm enough (and good enough crew); lots of others, too many to list.

Lures: Sterling wide trackers. Got a set last year after a crewmember brought some on a trip. They are the real deal. I run them in the long rigger position and they track a good 20 ft wide on either side, way into the clean water. So wide out that I've actually increased my typical spread from 10 lines to 12 while making the total presentation 40 wider. Other guys have been running them out of the rod holders and they track wide enough past their longs that they simply deploy the rigger baits over top. Either way I'm convinced I'll catch more fish this year because of these things.

New purchases: added two more 50s to the spread (see above). Going to give swordfishing a try so bought a used LP S1200 that will also pull one of my dredge lines when trolling. Added a light bar to my hardtop to make those 3 AM runs to the OC inlet a little easier from Ocean Pines. Added electrical outlets so I don't have to carry batteries for deep dropping. I'm officially out of money to set on fire until next year lol.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:21 AM
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I'm officially out of money to set on fire until next year lol.
Selling my old truck to cover this years costs myself.
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Old 02-14-2018, 11:23 AM
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Another trick: if there are wahoo around, attach a 48oz high speed trolling weight to a line, then a 15 ft shock leader, then 4-5 ft of #9 wire to a black and red ilander with large ballyhoo. Dump straight down the middle 200 yards. You still might get bit off on the non-wire baits closer to the boat, but odds are mr wahoo will find that way back and deep bait. I like to run as the long bait on my center rigger as it gets the whole set up well away from the rest of the spread. Late August and on any time I'm inshore this line is out. It will catch dolphin and tuna too.
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Making as much money as I can currently to cover gas costs and entry fees lol.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:10 AM
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Been going stir crazy my self lately and can not wait for the season to get started.

New for this year is a set of gemlux 22í riggers and a 12í center rigger. Also ditching the dsm300 for the new 370 clear pulse. I also have to replace the trim motor on my port engine and install a new macerator pump for my fish boxes. Dam things never last.

Fishing wise only thing Iím doing different this year is day dropping for swords. Iím not going electric yet so I set up two 80w internationals. Hopefully my crew is a die hard as I am and donít mind cranking up 5 lbs of weight from 1700 feet lol. (Canít see this lasting long).

Iím hoping for a great season for us all this year. Planning on doing as many over night trips as I can and less turn and burns. Being 3 hours from oc has its own set of challenges. It can be rough to leave at midnight drive 3 hours. Head off shore all day come back clean up but boat back on the trailer and head home which usually is not until midnight. Then up for work in the morning. Around 5am. I say Iím not doing that now but as soon as that first slot of good water is reachable Iíll most likely be hauling butt down the road.

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New boat for us! Currently in contract pending sea trial on a 28 carolina classic. So if everything goes right she'll be in O.C in a couple months! Other than that picked up a few penn 80s for big game fishing.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:30 AM
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New boat for us! Currently in contract pending sea trial on a 28 carolina classic. So if everything goes right she'll be in O.C in a couple months! Other than that picked up a few penn 80s for big game fishing.
I fish on my buddies 28 Carolina Classic. Great boat. Been out and gotten caught with our pants down in big nasty seas and gotten us home safely.
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Old 02-15-2018, 06:50 AM
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I fish on my buddies 28 Carolina Classic. Great boat. Been out and gotten caught with our pants down in big nasty seas and gotten us home safely.
X2.....awesome offshore fishing platform. Congrats Justin, pretty sure you're gonna love that ride.
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Old 02-15-2018, 11:35 AM
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Where to start so much going on......Booked damn near every weekend from mid May until July 29th with charters...Week days now starting to fill up....Booked a crew for WMO so we will be fishing small boat division plus capt, mate, daily meat, tuna bonus etc calcuttas...Added an LP for the season, 2 more Avet 30s, 4 TLD 25s upgraded the handles and arms and added 2 more Shimano Tallus with Bait Runner D combos for bailing dolphin and playing with tuna on the chunk....Plan to add 3 twist lock plugs to the boat, LT Marine Engineering 0 degrees swivel rod holders, aquatraction bolsters & helm pad.... Also adding a crows nest / second helm station on the roof mainly for having a set of eyes up above for canyon fishing....Good luck everyone
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Old 02-15-2018, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by CoreyJoseph View Post
Where to start so much going on......Booked damn near every weekend from mid May until July 29th with charters...Week days now starting to fill up....Booked a crew for WMO so we will be fishing small boat division plus capt, mate, daily meat, tuna bonus etc calcuttas...Added an LP for the season, 2 more Avet 30s, 4 TLD 25s upgraded the handles and arms and added 2 more Shimano Tallus with Bait Runner D combos for bailing dolphin and playing with tuna on the chunk....Plan to add 3 twist lock plugs to the boat, LT Marine Engineering 0 degrees swivel rod holders, aquatraction bolsters & helm pad.... Also adding a crows nest / second helm station on the roof mainly for having a set of eyes up above for canyon fishing....Good luck everyone
Sounds like a busy summer. Forgot to mention the chatter lures???
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Sounds like a busy summer. Forgot to mention the chatter lures???
Chatter lures? I haven't bought any lures this year except jigs I took to mexico
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I’m ready, been stocking up on beer all winter.
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Old 02-15-2018, 04:27 PM
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The sterling wide trackers are interesting I'm gonna check em out.
Learn to rig split billed ballyhoo. on many trips this has been the #1 fish catcher. Rigged right they swim like a live fish & catch everything. Not just billfish.
Gonna try some big eye rockets & cherry jets in the evening & into the dark if the bigey show up this year
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Chatter lures? I haven't bought any lures this year except jigs I took to mexico
Looks like you and the missus had a good time on the honeymoon. Why go to the gym when you can jig for AJ's?
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Originally Posted by jjsrt4 View Post
New boat for us! Currently in contract pending sea trial on a 28 carolina classic. So if everything goes right she'll be in O.C in a couple months! Other than that picked up a few penn 80s for big game fishing.
Congrats again Justin, can't wait to see it.

New ride, some new gear and a new slip at OCFC this year. Gonna be a good year, focusing on overnighters and long rang trips mainly. Finally got the fuel, amenities and comfort.

Hoping to get started early this year...
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Couple of wide trackers are getting added to the spread this year and that is the only change, the good news is this season has to be better then last!!!! It dosent get much worse then last season .
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Chatter lures? I haven't bought any lures this year except jigs I took to mexico
flying fish teasers that i hope to be seeing soon!
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Congrats again Justin, can't wait to see it.

New ride, some new gear and a new slip at OCFC this year. Gonna be a good year, focusing on overnighters and long rang trips mainly. Finally got the fuel, amenities and comfort.

Hoping to get started early this year...
Congrats on your vessel ! No more overnighters on a center console for either of us. Only climate controlled and caviar from here on out. LOL
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