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How to catch blackfin off of SC

Old 09-18-2019, 09:20 AM
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I want to try to catch blackfin. Im in SC and have only bottom fished and slow trolled for Kings and trolled spoons for Spanish.

How is do I get after blackfin? I assume I need to get out to at least 90?
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:43 AM
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I want to try to catch blackfin. Im in SC and have only bottom fished and slow trolled for Kings and trolled spoons for Spanish.

How is do I get after blackfin? I assume I need to get out to at least 90?

Best shot is to get to the ledge (150+ Ft). You can jig for them over Live bottom, or troll some feathers or cedar plugs over them. Fluorocarbon helps. If you get lucky, you may see them schooling on the surface.
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:36 AM
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You will need to fish over live bottom ledges and such at the edge of the stream.....I fish out of Savannah and we have several ledge areas that hold BF. I troll for them since I am also targeting other species...sea witches with small ballyhoo WAY WAY back...or naked ballyhoo/circle hooks.

They move north with the water gets too warm.

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Old 09-18-2019, 01:29 PM
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Yeah IDK about your area but I will share what I know from S Florida and my home fishery the N GOM. In S FL we always catch blackfin on small feathers, 3"-5" WAY THE FU&* back on as low as 50 pound fluoro. Long 12'+ wind on leader. This seems to work here in the N GOM as well, but we also have the luxury of jigging for them, which is what I prefer. If you google "blackfin tuna on sonar" you should be able to get a decent idea of what schooled tuna look like. Once you find them it's as low as 50 lb fluoro to whatever size jig you can get down to that depth with the current.
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Old 09-18-2019, 01:37 PM
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I catch lots of them on my wahoo rig. #12 planer with drone spoon. That's why I don't use wire... that rig catches lots of other stuff besides wahoo, and if I lose a spoon now and then so be it.
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For Blackfin in SC you have a couple of options. First the 135' ledge is pretty good spot and is about 15 miles closer than the 30 fathom ledge. Look for the birds and dolphin. Lots of fish in SC are bypassed by folks running out to the 30 fathom ledge.
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Old 09-18-2019, 06:11 PM
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Thx for all the recommendations.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:23 PM
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Just head east to the SWB, GTH or Edisto Banks. Drag some cedar plugs. Toss a cedar plug daisy chain on and you'll have some black fin in the boat in no time. Always had best luck with them within first 3 hours of sun rise.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:41 AM
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You'll want to focus on 150' to 250' of water (basically around the ledge) trolling with small ballyhoo, cedar plugs or tuna worms (most effective for me) on long 80-130 lb flourocarbon leaders fished way back. Blackfin are sometimes caught shallower or deeper here, but not consistently.
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