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Forum: Gulf Coast
Today, 07:48 AM
Replies: 4
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Posted By bluescholar

Are you getting many strikes or hookups?

Are you getting many strikes or hookups?
11-09-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,858
Posted By bluescholar

In gulf federal waters it’s illegal to use...

In gulf federal waters it’s illegal to use managed reef species as bait, so likely the same story in federal waters elsewhere. Ruby red lips and sand perch/squirrel fish are legal but that’s about...
11-01-2020, 01:33 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,938
Posted By bluescholar

I started bleeding fish that “don’t need it” and...

I started bleeding fish that “don’t need it” and the fillets are whiter, taste even better and last longer in the fridge. We bleed every fish we can. Put on a glove for better control and spine...
10-29-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,938
Posted By bluescholar

Iki Jime. There’s a great iOS app showing where...

Iki Jime. There’s a great iOS app showing where the brain is on a ton of different fish, just search for iki jime tool.

knock on the head to stun them, spike the brain, cut the gills and put them...
10-20-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,416
Posted By bluescholar

The identification characteristics change with...

The identification characteristics change with size. I don't bother with lesser vs greater AJ, arguing the ID is tough with a dead fish and frankly I don't trust the game wardens to be able to...
10-19-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,555
Posted By bluescholar

It’s not accurate but that doesn’t mean it’s not...

It’s not accurate but that doesn’t mean it’s not a useful study. It’s like hurricane track prediction, every model is wrong but when 75% say it’s hooking right you have a good idea what it’s gonna...
10-13-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,205
Posted By bluescholar

Wave heights are listed as significant wave...

Wave heights are listed as significant wave height, which is basically the 66th percentile wave height. So a 3 ft forecast means 2-2.5’s, with plenty of 3’s mixed in. But that also means 1 wave in...
Forum: Gulf Coast
10-03-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,710
Posted By bluescholar

NOAA’s math isn’t the problem it’s their methods...

NOAA’s math isn’t the problem it’s their methods which exclude artificial reefs to deliberately make conservative popular assessments to avoid a repeat of the 80’s and 90’s. Hopefully this new model...
Forum: Gulf Coast
10-01-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,303
Posted By bluescholar

Do you think they are vegetarians or something?...

Do you think they are vegetarians or something? Sure they coexist with native species in their own habitat, but this isn't their natural range. They're snapping up bait and juvenile gamefish that...
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-26-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,058
Posted By bluescholar

So minus the political posts, this issue is the...

So minus the political posts, this issue is the feds told the states to plan their own seasons, bag limits and catch quotas, but they're accusing TX, AL and MS of essentially lying to underreport...
09-25-2020, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,403
Posted By bluescholar

FWIW I've heard a few folks say that if you're...

FWIW I've heard a few folks say that if you're going to HST a yozuri bonita keep it on the shorter line because that waggle can become exaggerated and cause tangles.
09-25-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,777
Posted By bluescholar

A good reason to make sure you have a...

A good reason to make sure you have a biodegradable escape hole! It's always a shitty feeling when you go to check on your trap and can't find it right away. Haven't lost any to the bay or to thieves...
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-24-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 763
Posted By bluescholar

Weren't there supposed to be weather sensors on...

Weren't there supposed to be weather sensors on the bouys? I still haven't seen them on the NOAA site.
09-18-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,635
Posted By bluescholar

One thing I just tried is trolling the end of the...

One thing I just tried is trolling the end of the leader belack to 1/4” and carefully melting the end like you’re crimping. It’s taking my particular line combo’s breaking strength from 30 lbs to 43.
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-15-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 522
Posted By bluescholar

There's less drivers due to COVID but yeah they...

There's less drivers due to COVID but yeah they are around. Just watch the weather, the bridges will shut down if winds hit 45 mph and they are forecast into the high 30's.
09-13-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,752
Posted By bluescholar

Switch up the bait, especially live vs dead, or...

Switch up the bait, especially live vs dead, or frozen vs fresh, try jigging, chum, downsize the hooks and leader size, increase leader length. If all else fails move into different depths.
09-11-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,117
Posted By bluescholar

I will happily buy cheap chinese stuff all day...

I will happily buy cheap chinese stuff all day long and I order a lot of fishing stuff from ali express, but there is a big difference between ordering hooks or a pair of split ring pliers and a reel...
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-11-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 826
Posted By bluescholar

Post it on a facebook insect id group and you'll...

Post it on a facebook insect id group and you'll have your answer quick
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-10-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,124
Posted By bluescholar

If the ecosystem is unbalanced shouldn't the...

If the ecosystem is unbalanced shouldn't the sharks and dolphins be starving? You can't say the sharks are eating all the fish, then complain that the red snapper and triggerfish are so thick you...
09-10-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 5,466
Posted By bluescholar

Why do you think there is a high mortality rate?...

Why do you think there is a high mortality rate? They're caught on the surface so there's no barotrauma. They're likely by structure so I doubt sharks or dolphins snatch them off the line or soon...
09-09-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 347
Posted By bluescholar

Trolling in jellyfish swarms?

It's late summer in the northern gulf which means the jellyfish are everywhere. We typically troll for kings/wahoo/mahi when we're between bottom fishing spots, but last weekend there was a jellyfish...
09-09-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 933
Posted By bluescholar

150' of mono means you will never feel a bite...

150' of mono means you will never feel a bite with that stretch. So you'd basically drop, wait a minute, reel up and repeat. No thank you! Braid to a 30' 60-80lb flour or mono leader, connected with...
09-08-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,635
Posted By bluescholar

The FG knot isn't hard. If you can lean your rod...

The FG knot isn't hard. If you can lean your rod against something, apply tension to the line, wrap one line over another line and "tie" a half hitch you can do it, I believe in you. I am also knot...
09-06-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,101
Posted By bluescholar

At the same time I've heard oldtimers talk about...

At the same time I've heard oldtimers talk about how their charter boats kept triggerfish for the post trip photo op and threw them straight into the garbage, and brag about these massive catches and...
Forum: Gulf Coast
09-02-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,619
Posted By bluescholar

I'm always happy to see one less gill netter out...

I'm always happy to see one less gill netter out there. It's a hard way to make a living I'm sure, but they need to go the way of the market hunters 100 years ago. What market is there for hardheads,...
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