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Old 07-30-2020, 06:58 PM
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Question Fishing in the Weeds - What do you do?

Been out three times in the last two weeks and each time skunked. Can't keep baits in the water, constantly clearing lines - trolling, live bait drifting, jigging, etc.

Planning to take a friend's son out for his birthday edit: NOT this weekend but sometime in the future. But I'm worried about running 10-15+ miles offshore to find a break in the weeds... Alternatively we could stay near shore and power chum the reef but even that seems like a pain and a risk.

Any suggestions or tips or tricks?

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You may want to take a close look at the weather forecast
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I'm aware of the weather. Just when you think a simple question could get answered on this forum.....
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Originally Posted by Birdmayne View Post
I'm aware of the weather. Just when you think a simple question could get answered on this forum.....
For real.... this place is full of life advisers good at answering questions you haven't asked
I feel your pain.... dont think there is anything that can be done. Personally live bait drifting seems to be the best bet but if the grass clumps are dense its a real bear. If you can get your bait to get down some in the water column it helps so try hooking them in the throat this helps point them down
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I had no doubt his question would be answered in short order but when someone post's that they're taking a friend's son offshore fishing for his birthday THIS weekend (during a tropical storm) he should expect people to question his decision...... that's what his post said before he edited it.
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Kite fishing makes it a little better as you can more easily clear the weed of the baits by reeling them up and dropping back down fast. The baits will die quicker, but it is really the best way. A couple flat lines that can be vlesred easy and a few down lines all on the windward side. Either that or some bottom fishing on tje reef, that gets rods in tje kids hands and weeds are not nearly the problem. Trolling is impossible.

Seems like it will be here in So Fla for a while. Was at a seminar last year with some UM marine scientists presenting, and they said this region of the world will have it very heavy for a couple years, had some data to present and it has all played out like they said
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Originally Posted by Smoke n Mirrors View Post
Was at a seminar last year with some UM marine scientists presenting, and they said this region of the world will have it very heavy for a couple years, had some data to present and it has all played out like they said
Thanks for the info. My plan was to fly two kites with two baits while chumming just off the reef... easy enough to manage and will keep the activity level up.

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One of my tricks for trolling in weeded out areas are pin rigged ballys fished under small moldcraft birds with the belly of the bally / hook point riding pointing skywards. Fish the bird / bait combo short so the swivel is out of the water and the bird is riding over the weeds. Dollys eat it just fine and minimal weed clearing.
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Originally Posted by Birdmayne View Post
Been out three times in the last two weeks and each time skunked. Can't keep baits in the water, constantly clearing lines - trolling, live bait drifting, jigging, etc.

Planning to take a friend's son out for his birthday edit: NOT this weekend but sometime in the future. But I'm worried about running 10-15+ miles offshore to find a break in the weeds... Alternatively we could stay near shore and power chum the reef but even that seems like a pain and a risk.

Any suggestions or tips or tricks?
when it is weedy and I think Mahi might be around, I rig ballyhoo virtually weedless. Simply put the hook inside the stomach rather than hanging the hook outside below the stomach.
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This past week virtually the entire GS out of PBI was covered in scattered weed. Very little of it was clumped just scattered all over the ocean.

You're likely to do a lot of cussing. Maybe this storm will clear out the water a little.
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Originally Posted by Ironworker View Post
This past week virtually the entire GS out of PBI was covered in scattered weed. Very little of it was clumped just scattered all over the ocean.

You're likely to do a lot of cussing. Maybe this storm will clear out the water a little.
Yes! I was out to 800' then quit. The scattered weed is impossible. And there was a TON of dead, submerged weed. Can't imagine fish like swimming around in that mess. I just need a plan B that doesn't require chum or live bait (if I don't happen to have any). Bought a sack of fish food but still not sure if it's bankable enough to get bait in close enough to net....
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Look for birds and cast a livie after you've found the patch they're working. Trolling is not going to be productive. If you have a tower, you can run along the weedline looking for fish in the weeds from the tower. Try running further offshore or away from the most heavily weeded area. Troll planers near the drop off. The planers run below the weeds and whatever weeds run down your mainline generally get hung up in the planer. Your drone or ballyhoo stays clean for the most part.
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Fishing scattered weeds sucks. I used to try, rig weedless, pull less baits, etc. - not worth the effort to me. Try to find good bottom, bend rods, and get some meat.
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My answer is plastic.

if I’m fishing in the grass, in dolphin fishing.

Small baits like zukers, saillures, sea stars... and run a belly strip under it.

when it gets grassed up, you can jerk the shit out of it and get the grass off without cranking it in or further fouling the bait.
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Look for birds and cast a livie after you've found the patch they're working. Trolling is not going to be productive. If you have a tower, you can run along the weedline looking for fish in the weeds from the tower. Try running further offshore or away from the most heavily weeded area. Troll planers near the drop off. The planers run below the weeds and whatever weeds run down your mainline generally get hung up in the planer. Your drone or ballyhoo stays clean for the most part.
^^^^^^ This

run and gun to find birds and other signs of activity. Chum with fresh chunks or even better live baits.
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Originally Posted by jillybird View Post
Look for birds and cast a livie after you've found the patch they're working. Trolling is not going to be productive. If you have a tower, you can run along the weedline looking for fish in the weeds from the tower. Try running further offshore or away from the most heavily weeded area. Troll planers near the drop off. The planers run below the weeds and whatever weeds run down your mainline generally get hung up in the planer. Your drone or ballyhoo stays clean for the most part.

This makes sense I some times use a live bait send it back in clean water then use a long line clip with a weight attached to take it down 8-10 feet then slow troll around the area.

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