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Old 07-23-2014, 06:36 PM
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Headed to Marathon for some offshore action. Wrecks, deep bottom, humps and hopefully find a weedline or two for phins. Looking for advice on live bait this time of year. Really wanting to do some live chumming. Got pin traps, sabiki rods, and im good with a 12 ft net. I hear pilchards can be tough to get at this point in the year. What are my best options? Thanks guys!
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:08 PM
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Plenty of ballyhoo on the reef. Use a chum block and give it 30 minutes.
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:15 PM
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Plenty of ballyhoo on the reef. Use a chum block and give it 30 minutes.
Can I use them for live chumming. i.e. throwing netfulls overboard, like you would with pilchards. What size mesh net is best for them?
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Also will live ballyhoo keep overnight in a bait pen?
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Old 07-23-2014, 07:40 PM
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I've been finding pilchards, scarcely, in hawks channel here in key largo. 10-15 ft over grass. Maybe be some in marathon. Chum is key. I tie a chum bag to cleat and do a couple circles with the boat to get it going then just drift and I've been able to pull some up last few times I've been out. Hope that helps.
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Originally Posted by ajmwahoo1115 View Post
I've been finding pilchards, scarcely, in hawks channel here in key largo. 10-15 ft over grass. Maybe be some in marathon. Chum is key. I tie a chum bag to cleat and do a couple circles with the boat to get it going then just drift and I've been able to pull some up last few times I've been out. Hope that helps.
Yeah it does thanks a lot. what net are you using?
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:33 AM
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I'm in Islamorada. We are catching tons of bait fish along the shoreline (silver sides with green backs) not sure what they are but they catch fish. We are also seeing tons of ballyhoo on the reef while chumming. They are the first fish to show up. Followed by those fat, useless chubs.
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Old 07-24-2014, 05:47 AM
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Ballyhoo are tough to keep alive. I put them in the cooler and use whole or as chunks. Plenty of big pilchards along Hawk's Channel. Look for diving pelicans early.
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Sweet! thanks guys. Any advise on nets?
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:02 AM
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if the weed lines are out, sabiki the baits under them, some are blue runners and some are AJ's. throw the aj's back
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Old 07-24-2014, 09:06 AM
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We usually get live pinfish for grouper. We just put some fish scraps in a trap and set it right out front as you come out of the inlet. You can also use a sabiki rig with small pieces of shrimp or fish to catch pinfish.

And ballyhoo like everyone else said. You can usually fill your livewell with them.
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Old 10-22-2015, 04:49 PM
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If you can't find it or just don't want to spend the time and effort you can always give us a call! We are stocked up on cured Pilchards that are eating and won't be running out anytime soon. Curing refers to the practice of holding bait in captivity for a few days, allowing the weak individuals to die off, leaving only the most resilient baits. Homemade yellowtail Chum is $10.00 for 10lb or 40lb for $34.99. It's made from Pilchards and anything else that dies in curing process as well as sand, Menhaden Oil, etc. We have Pin fish, Goggle eyes are coming soon. Also have fresh Ballyhoo, live can be caught to order. Working on cured live Ballyhoo.We are currently expanding. We will be offering much more in the future. Our Retail location is currently being Developed near Looe Key Tiki Bar in Ramrod, but we are delivering in the mean time. Delivery to Marathon area is free.
Most importantly we are hoping to stock larger numbers of baits during the summer months when they are scarce. We successfully did a trial run this summer, baits caught back in early March are still alive 7 months later.


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Old 10-24-2015, 07:21 AM
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pilch are hard to find in marathon- small ones are at vaca cut @ nite under the lites. hoo=everywhere, now
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