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Old 07-20-2014, 07:49 AM
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Anyone had any luck catching pilchards in the lower keys in the middle of august? Any thoughts on nets? Cant decide on 10 or 12ft, 1/4 or 3/8? I can throw a 12 just as well as a 10 so that's not a worry. Just don't want Christmas trees or bait getting out from under the net.
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Originally Posted by Imeanhuge View Post
Anyone had any luck catching pilchards in the lower keys in the middle of august? Any thoughts on nets? Cant decide on 10 or 12ft, 1/4 or 3/8? I can throw a 12 just as well as a 10 so that's not a worry. Just don't want Christmas trees or bait getting out from under the net.
I have been here a week and have not seen many nearshore. I prefer a 1/4 net for whitebaits. I have been using pinfish and crabs.
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We're up on Tavernier. We have been catching small baitfish that have green backs and silver sides (greenies, silversides?). They are in all the canals and along the shoreline. Whatever they are, we caught yellowtails and mngrove snapper yesterday with them and I actually had a nice cero mackeral along side the boat and didn't get the net in time to land him. That was simply free-lining one of these baitfish on a 1/8 oz jighead.
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Thanks guys for the info. For anyone reading this will I get much additional depth in going with the 3/8 net over the 1/4?
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3/8 will help but weight is also a factor.
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We fish out of tavernier and have caught the pilchards sporadically at night behind conch and crocker. Sporadic ballyhoo as well this time of year. Use a 10ft 3/8

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