May 2021 Fishing Thread

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I went offshore out of Wilmington on Sunday with Captain Rick Croson of Living Water Guide Service. He runs a 41' Sea Hunter with triple Yamaha 350s. We were hoping to target tunas on poppers. Not much flying fish activity so we started working some jigs but didn't have a drift at all with wind and current opposing each other. Moved around to deeper waters around 350' and marked some tunas deep and also bottom fish. I caught a small scamp grouper on my new slow pitch setup. Which was my first grouper ever. Switched back to speed jigging setup to target tunas more. Hooked into beast 50-75 off the bottom and got completely worked and sharks got to the fish before I made much progress. I assumed it was an AJ but I reeled up about 10 lbs worth of a gag grouper head. Captain estimated it would have been a 40 lb gag grouper. The state record is 48 lbs. Got the hot rod for a bit catching a bigger scamp grouper, silk snapper, blueline tilefish. Other exciting things happening during this part of the trip a wahoo hit a jig right at the boat and 15 seconds later was gaffed and in the boat. A smaller wahoo was also caught on the jig. A couple of 20 lb gag groupers were caught. The bite slowed down on this ledge. We headed back to the tuna rocks to end the day. We put out some Halco 130s to troll while looking for flying fish. All 3 went down about a minute into trolling. Got two of them and one got cut off. The other guys got a few more on the jig but I was committed to the popper and that bite never came before having to head back. Will add pictures when I get them from the mate and one of the other guys on the trip. Here's a link to the youtube video of the trip https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kUlgA_M5g8w you only see me grimacing with that big grouper in the video haha

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Pretty work. Some of those sea creatures are too big to be horsed before the taxman comes.

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Yeah it was big and felt like a big AJ but I also need to lift hard and be able to handle the heavy drag.

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I don't see the tile in the last pic. Did it have to go back? I LOVE me some Golden Tile. Was wondering if the blueline tastes similar. It sure looks similar (with no golden specs and less head density).

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It's in the top left. Never had tilefish before. I had some parmesan crusted wahoo last night which was amazing.

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I know it is hard to believe, but tilefish is even better. Tilefish and tautog, prepared by someone who knows what they are doing, are at the pinnacle of my fish eating (I don't each much.)

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My top 4 would be Mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, flounder, and tautog with tautog being top dog. Tautog if well prepared is amazing and unbelievably good for a fish with human teeth.

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Spanish are up there, and I have not had snapper. Flounder is too flakey for me.

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Never had tautog, I'll look forward to having some tilefish then. I know they do headboat trips out of Rudee for Tilefish deep dropping in the summer.

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Yep, there it is. Sorry i missed it. I havent had blueline tile, but golden tile are similar and eat similar. The taste and texture is lobster like. A-Fin- MAZING! Enjoy!

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Uh Oh competing may fishing threads between French and 3rd Gen. Run for the hills!

I was just too excited to post my offshore report haha

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I am going to try cobia fishing off Buckroe Pier for the first time in a week or two. I have been told that you utilize a drum fishing set up, with a longer leader and a live threadfin. Any other pointers?

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Zman plastic bottle test result posted in April thread...

Weldon striper run is on, per social media.

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Loading up for Florida gulf surf fishing finally as the trip approaches. Curious what people think bigger Jacks might hit from the shore I have gotten the opportunity to borrow a long range spinning rod to reach out a bit more and have a bunch of sting silvers I use for blues and was planning on trying them at least but other than that I was thinking maybe some bigger plugs. Does anyone have any thoughts on what else could be effective for cruising jacks?

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I'd bring some poppers for Jacks. Tsunami makes a decent popper for 7-8 bucks. Diawa SP minnow or XRap would be good as well.

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Got me thinking I may have a few jumbo poppers that we used in the north east for stripers that could work. Also got some 1-2 ounce spoons that should do the trick. Also might grab some of the jumbo zman swimbaits as well to give me weight to cast to them and rip them along the subsurface to get a hit.

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Yep I think those would work. Big swimbaits should work too. You could also go with a different brand swimbait that's more dense which will cast better than the Zman.

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They love those 10" Zmans I threw them on TT Headlock 2 and 3oz just for casting distance and ripped them in as fast as possible. That and just wildly retrieving poppers gets hit every time when they school up.

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Jacks will eat anything. Just it get in front of them

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Going to try and focus on the surf stuff more this time and work with what I learned last trip to try and get more on the fly and more bigger fish hopefully. Had alot of fun going in blind but I can definitely reduce my tackle needed knowing what I need/ dont need now. Last trip I had 6 rods and 2 fly rods and an ungodly stash of tackle this time 2 rods and one fly rod and a manageable pile.

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I took 12 fly rods to the Keys. I ended up using 4. I only took 3 spin rods and 2 spares. Used the 3 but only because there were three of us fishing. I'm trying to pair down my tackle needed on these trips.

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This! Some weight to get it out there is essential.
Once in Indialantic, FL, I was throwing a 7" surface plug with an offshore wind at dusk for big jacks. It was a walker with rattles in it, so had to work it constantly, but it got hits. Caught one, about 20" long, great fight. Then recasted with the wind, really got it out there, started walkin it, and a huge king mackeral blows the lure out of the water. That fish was at least 6 ft in the air. Missed hook set. Damn! So, i casted it again, started walkin it, BOOM, same fish does it again! And, another missed hookset. No repeats, damn.
That fish was every bit of 4 ft long.
Go get em!

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Didn't make the trek to Hampton this AM because I woke up at 5:00AM to a half dozen emails from Singapore and Wales that I needed to address. I hope everyone is catching this weekend.

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Weather is being weird. I'm prepping the boat for the guide season.

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