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Old 06-27-2014, 04:17 AM
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New to saltwater fishing. 30-50 feet of water. What's the normal type of fish I might run across in those depths? Should I be fishing on the bottom, top, or play around to see what works? Thanks
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Old 06-27-2014, 05:15 AM
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Where you plan to fish might be helpful. California, Alaska, Florida..............................?
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Lmao. Gulf. 50 miles north of Tampa. My bad.
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Old 06-27-2014, 12:56 PM
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Fishing the bottom is the easiest but you have to be over Structure. Not "around it" but over it. or at least your bait has to be over it.

You can get a chart with numbers or get free public sites and when you go to them drive slowly in circles and use the depth finder to locate the exact spot the fish are and mark that spot. it will be close but usually not exactly the numbers you have.

You can then anchor up by determining which way the boat will drift and driving to the other side of the structure and dropping anchor so you drift back on top of the fish or just have anglers drop lines while someone continually adjusts boat to drift passes over structure. or use a reef anchor
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^^^^
This right here.

Easiest bait for rookie bottom fishing is squid. Everything will eat it, and it doesn't get robbed that easy. Fresh dead menhaden/chunk mullet is also tough to beat.

Grab a jig set from one of the vendors on here for far cheaper than what you'd expect, and try that too, bottom fishing can get boring as hell, its fun to have an option to do if the fish aren't biting.

Or live bait troll. Very slow, just enough to keep the boat in a straight line. Kingfish will be your target, but you'll get plenty of by catch with sharks, cudas, etc, which are fun to fight but not fun to eat. Not that kings are either but they are a. Blast to catch.
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The only advice I can give you is don't post a pic of a shark, if you don't know what kind it is.



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Originally Posted by Seefood Man View Post
The only advice I can give you is don't post a pic of a shark, if you don't know what kind it is.



Good Fishing


You could expect to catch grouper (gag and red), mangrove snapper, Cobia, kingfish, mackerel, grunt, shark......
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Originally Posted by Seefood Man View Post
The only advice I can give you is don't post a pic of a shark, if you don't know what kind it is.



Good Fishing


Sometimes it seems like all I catch are bonitos. Still fun though.
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