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Old 02-06-2016, 06:17 AM
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I've been reading old threads on catching cubera snapper. Some great reading but I'd like to target these fish in the Bahamas. I've never caught one but its on my mission list to do so.

Teach me please.
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Old 02-06-2016, 07:45 AM
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Trolling or casting plugs and live baiting .. 50-100 feet of water .. really just need to find them in your area .. I find trolling plugs over the reef edges as you would troll for grouper will help you locate them .. once you find them the above methods will work well ..

Here are a few from your neck of the woods we caught recently ..



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Those are a couple of damn nice fish!
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We have caught dozens within 40 miles of Harbor Island ( I see you are in North Eluethera) .. they do move around trip to trip so trolling helps locate them .. the fish we have encountered in the Bahamas have been 25 - 70 lbs with most in 35-40lb class ..If I can help, shoot me a PM

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live lobster take a hook through the tail a hook in between the eyes.. hold the f*&# on an be ready. i use the 16 okuma maks with 100lb braid with 80lb fluro leader. FG knot is your friend and you will be set. biggest i have caught is 63lbs and ate the whole thing. Nice thing is after you are done fishing you can eat your left over bait and have a great meal.
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Originally Posted by Mark D View Post
We have caught dozens within 40 miles of Harbor Island ( I see you are in North Eluethera) .. they do move around trip to trip so trolling helps locate them .. the fish we have encountered in the Bahamas have been 25 - 70 lbs with most in 35-40lb class ..If I can help, shoot me a PM

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Very generous of you. PM sent. BTW, what kind of boat is that?

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Blue Runner is a 60ft Ritchie Howell .. we will be over for a 2-3 week trip in early March .. answered your PM as well .. thanks !
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Nice fish , Cubera are on my list as well
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Old 02-06-2016, 02:05 PM
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We use live Bonitos, live Blue Runners, and huge chunks of Bonito to catch Cuberas here in Panama. Technically they are a different species than the Atlantic Cubera but they look the same as the ones above...just bigger! Here's a couple nice ones...
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We've caught 2 (a 53lb and 118lb) here off SC in one night...not really prevalent catches this far north, but full moon and big live baits got 'em for us.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
We've caught 2 (a 53lb and 118lb) here off SC in one night...not really prevalent catches this far north, but full moon and big live baits got 'em for us.
Got a photo of the 118# fish? I'm a little south of you in Snuggedy Swamp wondering what a fish like that might look like.
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Got a photo of the 118# fish? I'm a little south of you in Snuggedy Swamp wondering what a fish like that might look like.
Sure thing...this was on ctoolman's boat (member here) in 2007...broke state record twice that night. I drank beer and watched

53# caught earlier in night
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I think this was the 118#
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Both fish on the scale
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ctoolman got this one around 3am, IIRC. Almost world record. This was next day down at seafood dock where we kept it iced. It was donated to SC DNR
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Damn .. Those are some nice fish .. Thanks for sharing
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Damn nice fish.

I see Bob still holds that state record. I suspect it will hold for a very long time.

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltrecs/records.html

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Damn nice fish.

I see Bob still holds that state record. I suspect it will hold for a very long time.

http://www.dnr.sc.gov/fish/saltrecs/records.html
I would imagine...I think commercial boats would catch them from time to time and divers see them on occasion, but just something that isn't caught often up this way.
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Its the first one that I've heard of caught in SC. I'm not sure how I missed that catch. Just missed the world record of 124 -12.

http://wrec.igfa.org/WRecordsList.as...pper,%20cubera
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So I have a question I just caught a 50 lb one straight out of government cut. I hear not to eat the one caught in bimini but Miami is ok. What’s the thought on it ?
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So I have a question I just caught a 50 lb one straight out of government cut. I hear not to eat the one caught in bimini but Miami is ok. What’s the thought on it ?
Let your worst enemies try the first 2 pieces and then check back with them. Your far enough south that a reef fish that old may get you the "C" word/sickness and that "C" word ain't the one the women hate to hear!
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FWIW, the 53lber we caught had some mealy looking flesh. We decided not to eat it. May have been OK this far north, but did not want to risk it.
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Originally Posted by schoolsout1 View Post
FWIW, the 53lber we caught had some mealy looking flesh. We decided not to eat it. May have been OK this far north, but did not want to risk it.
Sounds perverted to me!
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