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Old 07-14-2014, 02:47 PM
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When fishing I will usually stay in one spot for about 15-20 minutes before I pull anchor and move. If I am drifting and have a good drift wind I will try an area for maybe a half hour. I took a few guys out fishing and they couldn't understand why I kept moving. The way I feel about it is rarely do the fish find me which means I have to move around to find them.

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Agreed. I move until I find the fish, off and in-shore.
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If I am seeing fish on the FF - (bait, bottom or water column) maybe an hour if not catching anything.
If not seeing anything, maybe less.
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I do more vertical jigging than anything else. I'll give a wreck 3 drifts. The first one to get dialed in and the next two to hit it right. If there are fish there ready to hit, I will have action. If I get nothing after 3 drifts I go to the next spot.

Between spots if I see a good mark, I stop and drop. Once.

Bottom fishing is similar in how impatient I am.

The only time patience pays off for me is chunking.
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depends on what Im fishing for. tarpon in the keys = all tide long. fishing a weed line offshore = until it gets dark or I run out of fuel. Fishing a trout spot = 20-30 minutes or more if I'm confident that the fish are there. Run and gun for tripletail = about 2 minutes per buoy. Snapper = 2 drifts maybe 3. Chunking for tuna offshore = 2-3 drifts then on to something else.

Its all over the place and depends on what I am fishing for.
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I don't understand the point of drifting. When I'm bottom fishing I simply hold on the spot with the engines. If I haven't gotten a bite in 2-3 minutes, I'm gone.
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20 minutes.
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Hey Russ you need to have a line in the water to catch fish. I see OH, are you jerking perch on the Oh river or are you on the salt?
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Originally Posted by PlaneToSea View Post
I don't understand the point of drifting. When I'm bottom fishing I simply hold on the spot with the engines. If I haven't gotten a bite in 2-3 minutes, I'm gone.
Large areas of sandstone with red grouper spread out is common in sw fl, ledge reef big show on ff, power drift or anchor
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Originally Posted by PlaneToSea View Post
I don't understand the point of drifting. When I'm bottom fishing I simply hold on the spot with the engines. If I haven't gotten a bite in 2-3 minutes, I'm gone.
I used to do that when fishing for grouper, esp if I was getting wrecked by grunts or small snapper. Now I hang out a while longer and have picked up some nice reds and gags (usually out of season of course). I suspect the activity of the grunts/baby snapper attract the bigger fish. Should also mention I don't stop at a spot unless I see good bottom activity nearby in the first place.

Edit: when I used to bass fish, I'd not stay in a spot mode than a few minutes though... usually just tolling along and stopped only if activity.
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I go until I find the fish.
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Russ, If you're fishing on Lake Erie for perch, what I do is find an area where I see activity on the bottom and then anchor. If I catch a few and then they quit, I just stay put and have a beverage. They always move around and usually come back.
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Originally Posted by PlaneToSea View Post
I don't understand the point of drifting. When I'm bottom fishing I simply hold on the spot with the engines. If I haven't gotten a bite in 2-3 minutes, I'm gone.
Many fish are not located directly on the structure. I will find a spot, drop down and hold with the engines... if no bites, I will allow the drift to start. Many times this is when we pick up flounder or something swimming between reefs/live bottom.

On a large man made reef area, I will pattern drift the entire area first. Find the hotspots, catch fish while we are at it, and learn the current/wind pattern for anchoring.

Sometimes we will catch the biggest fish between the large groupings of structure. Those areas get hit hard by anglers - and the small chunks of stuff inbetween may be holding nice fish.

And - many times you drift over a school of spades or reef donkeys...
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I am learning that if the bait and life is there, I will stay all day. charter boats do it and it works. don't leave fish to find fish
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Originally Posted by cfarmd View Post
don't leave fish to find fish
^^^^^this^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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I think of it like this: we spend a great deal of time studying sst charts, midlayer charts, etc before picking a destination for a fishing trip. we get there, troll for 30 mins without luck and troll off into oblivion. Why? we chose that spot for a reason. we stick it out and when the moon stars and tides align...well its game on. this is particularly true for wahoo and tuna fishing
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I fish lake erie often like Russ. I am mainly a troller if I find a spot that is holding fish (on the sonar) and if I hook up when going over them then I will circle back through that spot as long as I keep catching fish. If I go through a spot several times catching and then once or twice with a blank then I move on. On my boat I usually take about 20 minutes to make two passes through a spot, if I am out in deeper water maybe a little longer.

In my experience if the fish are on the sonar and you are getting bit its best to stick to them until they quit eating.

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