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Targeting Mahi when sargassum is too dispersed to troll

Old 07-12-2019, 08:06 PM
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Default Targeting Mahi when sargassum is too dispersed to troll

The only luck I've ever had fishing for mahi was when I found decent chunks of grass I could troll next to without lots of little clumps to clog up my lines. The last time I was that lucky was around November last year. I've been out there about a dozen times since and every time I find decent chunks of grass, there's always tons of little clumps all over the place that make it impossible to troll without getting clogged.

What tactics do y'all use when you find sargassum too dispersed to troll around?
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:30 PM
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Find a different area. Lol
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Old 07-13-2019, 02:02 AM
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Rig the baits weed-less, works perfect
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Old 07-13-2019, 05:22 AM
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I’ve had success bringing a few a 5 gallon buckets of fish scraps and heavy chumming for them. Throw enough chunks in the water and they’ll come right to the boat. Granted you have to be where the fish are and it can take a while.
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Rig the baits weed-less, works perfect
This and reduce the number of lines. 4 or 5 is pretty easy to manage. I don’t use my riggers when it’s real bad. Naked ballyhoo don’t catch as much grass as skirted hoo and the Mahi don’t seem to care.
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Old 07-14-2019, 08:16 AM
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Drop back to 5/6 lines and ditch the ballyhoo

smaller baits (zukers/tuna clones/ mini machines) and strip baits
if you really must put meat on it.


Dolphin aint picky. Just
get it front of them.
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Old 07-14-2019, 05:24 PM
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Find those big patches and throw some livies out. The birds have been putting us on the fish when there was been too much weed out there which has been the case. It doesn't look like it will stop anytime soon. The fish should be bigger now than earlier in the summer. I'm going to do a trip on Wednesday most likely.

Maybe this video will help a bit.

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Old 07-15-2019, 12:22 PM
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Clearing weeds is part of trolling IMO. If there are are no weeds it's really hard to find fish, or they aren't there at all. It's annoying, but it's part of fishing. Either soldier on through, or run and gun like in Capt Mike's vid above.
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Thanks for all of the great feedback so far. I must admit, I got spoiled my first few times out there (October/November last year) and we killed it, but the grass patches were huge and practically lined up with wide trolling lanes in between. I now appreciate that I need to step up my game and learn to adapt to less-than-ideal conditions, and that's going to mean trying new baits/lures and just hustling harder to beat the weeds.
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Old 07-15-2019, 01:04 PM
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We will go to a 4 line spread when we get sick of dealing with it we will usually go to.the thickest patches and try to see the fish holding around it..if they are there we start chumming and pitching baits...get a small one on a surface plug reel it to the boat and stick the rod in the holder leaving the fish to.hang out boatside...this will get and help keep the school at the boat...then pick at em and cull through.for the bigger ones..
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Pull up to large patch... friend who has been going on and on the whole trip about how he wishes he could just shoot the fish and get them in the boat. Hand him flippers and a spear. Go get em killer.

Otherwise, you can troll lures and rig the hook in such a way that it is weedless, #9 wire across the opening from the top of the hook to the tip of the hook at a 45* angle.
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Live bait floating with the current. Turn the radio up, crack a beer and wait.
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Old 07-17-2019, 11:31 AM
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take a stack of newspaper and lay out pages on the water in a line as far as you can and then come back in a little while and fish those
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Originally Posted by ByrdmanFL View Post
Live bait floating with the current. Turn the radio up, crack a beer and wait.
Have done this with success before!

Also, have done the run and gun, mat to mat dropping jigs down 200-250’, if theres dolphin near you will usually hook them or see them chase the jig. If after a few drops you get no hits, move on. Can cover a lot of ground quickly this way.
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Old 07-18-2019, 11:27 AM
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Weeds should be cleared, but I heard of a couple of tournament Marlin guys that don't clear the weeds when very heavy and do catch fish. The theory is the lure simply spends more time in the water and your fishing longer.
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Old 07-18-2019, 03:28 PM
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take a stack of newspaper and lay out pages on the water in a line as far as you can and then come back in a little while and fish those
I dont know where this wives tale came from but the current in 400 could be different than it was in 200 and 800, not to mention the current direction in 400 can be different than it even is in 800, you dont just "come back" to flat newspaper "later" unless you're literally like 1/2 mile away the while time lol
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Mates that work clearing weeds... Keep trolling, when you hook up and get one to the boat start chumin/chuckin.... Someone drop a larger/heavier jig down and get that big bull.
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