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Deep Drop Question for OCMD

Old 02-10-2019, 09:46 PM
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Fellas, going to try the deep drop fishing this summer. Not asking for details, but have a few questions, specific to our area.

1. I've done some research on how to locate "fishy" areas, understanding its trial and error. Are there specific depth you feel most confident to start?
2. What weight do you typically drop? I know it can vary based on currents.
3. Should areas covered with lobster pots be avoided due to snags? As I understand they run these pots on lines from float to float. Seems easy to lose rigs if youre in the wrong spot.

Looking forward to try something different this year. Thanks in advance.
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Old 02-11-2019, 08:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Stumpknocker View Post
Fellas, going to try the deep drop fishing this summer. Not asking for details, but have a few questions, specific to our area.

1. I've done some research on how to locate "fishy" areas, understanding its trial and error. Are there specific depth you feel most confident to start?
2. What weight do you typically drop? I know it can vary based on currents.
3. Should areas covered with lobster pots be avoided due to snags? As I understand they run these pots on lines from float to float. Seems easy to lose rigs if youre in the wrong spot.

Looking forward to try something different this year. Thanks in advance.
Depth will dictate more or less what you intend to catch more so than anything. Bluelines in 300+ Goldens in 450+ Barrelfish and wreckfish Ive caught were 900+. 16oz can get you to blueline waters on low current days, but I tend to stick with 32 if I know we will be fishing much deeper. You aren't doing yourself any favors if you drop and have to continually pay out lots of line to touch bottom. Keep in mind a 5hook rig loaded with slabs of cutbait on each hook will create far more drag than a 3hook rig.

Let me know if you have any other questions and I can help point you in the right direction.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:25 AM
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Im new to deep dropping and plan to do some this year. Looking forward to any other local pointers anyone has to offer.
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Old 02-11-2019, 09:39 AM
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Not local - but I've sold a lot of gear up that way.

Per Alex - "Keep in mind a 5hook rig loaded with slabs of cutbait on each hook will create far more drag than a 3hook rig."
Along the same lines, 80# braid, unless going past 1000', then may be consider 65# to lessen resistance to current as well.

2# to 6# weights should do the trick.

Do not go with a heavy rod, you will want to see small bites, nothing worse than reeling up empty hooks. Also, if using electrics, the soft rod will act as a shock absorber resulting in less pulled hooks. Get a reel with nice smooth drag as well, jerky drag will also pull hooks and damage gear.
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Old 02-11-2019, 10:37 AM
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Alex, thanks for the response. Another question, does the time of year change the bite or species? So if we were sharking in May, would deep dropping be worth the time, versus trying in August?
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Old 02-13-2019, 08:57 AM
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Originally Posted by Stumpknocker View Post
Alex, thanks for the response. Another question, does the time of year change the bite or species? So if we were sharking in May, would deep dropping be worth the time, versus trying in August?
I don't have a definitive answer, but it has to. There is some point where they are spawning which will change how any species feeds/behaves. With that said, I would drop any opportunity I had out there. Even if you are just trying new spots, you'll slowly build a logbook of numbers that you can fall back on. Forcing yourself to try new spots might be hard when you have solid numbers from a previous trip, but these fish don't move and hammering the same spots will only eventually lead to a fished out area.
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Old 02-13-2019, 06:02 PM
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No difference at all in the time of the year.
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Old 02-21-2019, 06:19 PM
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What canyons have you guys had the best look luck in? Can groupers be caught around the Washington or poormans?
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Old 03-03-2019, 04:44 PM
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Yes tilefish we bite all year long but out great Gov't has now closed the season in November and it remains closed until April. Hope you like dogfish if you go early in the open season.
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Bluelines are closed but Golden's remain open. Been fishing them all winter and still going.
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What rigs are you guys using. What does the prime bottom look like on the sounder?

Will be be getting into tiles this year a little further north in the Hudson area.
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I get my rigs from Texasblue on here (blue action tackle) he by far has the best quality rigs I have used.
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Just received my order of blueline tiles rigs with glow squids and 8/0 Circle hooks from End Game Tackle. Rigs are well made and impressed with them and in the dark the squids really glow. how they are made I would Recommend these for blueline and you can also use the discount code of THT20Off.
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