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Old 06-13-2019, 09:09 AM
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Been a backcountry inland guy and finally venturing off shore tomorrow with the new (to me) Cobia. Any last minute pointers? Going to troll for Mahi, weed lines still sticking around and anything else that might hit.
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Keep an eye out for thunderstorms and be prepared to run.
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Your closest distance to land is straight down. Try not to take that path.
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Do a thorough safety/gear check. Check radio as you head out (not using CH 16) and grab some pilchards.
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Old 06-13-2019, 10:56 AM
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are you going with a guide or by yourself?
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Always, ALWAYS pay attention to wind direction when peeing off the back of the boat.
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Old 06-13-2019, 01:57 PM
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Look for birds and anything floating, temperature changes and slicks . also as someone mentioned buy or sabiki yourself some pilchards. Put some skirts on half your bait. Change speed, direction, depth and spread - until you get a bite. When you do get that bite , mark your speed and depth and note orientation of spread. Whatever your first bite was skirted or unskirted switch all baits to that.
if you want a change from trolling and find a massive mat of weeds -Stop ,chum, and let one of those pilchards free swim under the weed mat.
O and check your baits and the weather frequently.
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Old 06-13-2019, 03:33 PM
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Mahi are from the Pacific...we have Dolphin here. Lol
Keep an eye for Trippletail around the grass and any debris. Pitch a piece of shrimp on a small hook. Yum.
Go get 'em.
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Good luck and hope you have a great time
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:14 PM
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Make sure you have your HMS Angler permit....
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Make sure you have your HMS Angler permit....
Why? No HMS permit is needed for dolphin.
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Why? No HMS permit is needed for dolphin.
Or Cobia, or Blackfin tuners, or wahoo, or anything besides billfish and bluefin tuners.
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Well it was a long day and a slow bite. Landed a few bonito but that was it. Even the charter guys were complaining about the bite so don’t feel too bad!
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Why? No HMS permit is needed for dolphin.
Yes you're right, but It's $26 and who knows what you hook up with on the troll. If I am in federal waters, I want the permit to avoid a potential issue with the gov't. If you're new to offshore like he said he was, I would recommend having it because its just not worth the problem IMO.
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Originally Posted by bigshea View Post
Well it was a long day and a slow bite. Landed a few bonito but that was it. Even the charter guys were complaining about the bite so don’t feel too bad!
A bad day fishing beats a good day working. Heck, dude, you were on the ocean with rod in your hand, on your own boat. Aint life great?!
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
Or Cobia, or Blackfin tuners, or wahoo, or anything besides billfish and bluefin tuners.
Not true at all. You need it for all BAYS(bluefin, albacore, yellowfin, skipjack) and blackfin, as well as bigeye tuna, swordfish, and billfish. You also do need it for dolphin/mahi. I'm not positive about wahoo, but I suspect you do.
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Not true at all. You need it for all BAYS(bluefin, albacore, yellowfin, skipjack) and blackfin, as well as bigeye tuna, swordfish, and billfish. You also do need it for dolphin/mahi. I'm not positive about wahoo, but I suspect you do.
Wrongest of the most wrong posts posted today. Wrongly bad.


If I could figure out a way to make my reply even more ignorant than that, I would do it just so ^^this guy^^ didn't look so stupid.
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From https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/faqs


Q:Do I need a recreational permit to fish for or land tunas, sharks, swordfish, and/or billfish?A:Yes, vessel owners/operators who recreationally fish for or retain regulated Atlantic tunas (bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, albacore, and skipjack), sharks, swordfish, and billfish in Atlantic Federal waters, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, must obtain an HMS Angling category permit or a HMS Charter/Headboat permit. However, General category vessels may fish recreationally for HMS so long as they are participating in a registered recreational HMS tournament and fishing under tournament rules. Vessels fishing exclusively in state waters are required to obtain the HMS Angling permit if they wish to keep their regulated tunas (bluefin, yellowfin, bigeye, skipjack, and albacore). Vessel owners/operators should check their state regulations regarding the retention of sharks, swordfish, and/or billfish in state waters. Permit holders who recreationally fish for or retain sharks must also obtain a Shark Endorsement on their HMS permit.
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Originally Posted by gerg View Post
Not true at all. You need it for all BAYS(bluefin, albacore, yellowfin, skipjack) and blackfin, as well as bigeye tuna, swordfish, and billfish. You also do need it for dolphin/mahi. I'm not positive about wahoo, but I suspect you do.
Wrong.

Not needed for black fin, dolphin, or waho.
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