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The Fishing Fools Thread....

Discussion in 'GatorTail Pub' started by PMCGoldenEraG8R, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. rburnett

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    Bay how did those Alaskan bottom fish compare in terms of fight vs. red snapper and gags? I imagine halibut is tough to pull up just because the shape...
     
  2. g8rtrucker

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    I caught a 119 pound halibut off Anchor Point on the Kenai peninsula back in '05. It was literally like trying to pull in a barn door from 200 feet down. just short of a half hour, but damn, the meat was worth it. Also got a 65 pounder that day, so my freezer was full for a long time
     
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  3. G8trGr8t

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    big halibut are more like dead weight but they can really make your back hurt, especially when there is a 14 foot tide ripping through and you're bringing them up from 200' plus. they grow some really big skates up there too that will make you reach for the advil on the way in too, not to mention really disappoint you once you realize it isn't a big halibut (halibut will shake their head and don't swim in circles) the gags and snapper generally fight harder than the bottom fish in Alaska but the salmon are comparable to or better than a nice redfish and fight harder than most snook I've caught. For pure fight, the ocean run or fresh in the river salmon are the most fun for us. the further up the river they get the more fat they burn off and the less fight they seem to put up.
     
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  4. baygator1

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    We were fishing mostly in 230-250 feet. The rockfish were like catching scamp. They give a couple bounces at first and then it's mostly just reeling them up. The bigger yellow eye fight a little more like a red grouper. Halibut definitely use their shape and make you earn it. And they make some impressive runs with big head shakes. I wasn't expecting that...and the ones we caught weren't really big. A 100+ pounder like trucker and Gr8t mention would put a hurting on you like a big AJ. Totally worth it though...delicious. All the stuff we brought home was awesome. Did a fish fry at our hunting camp and it was a huge hit with the guys and gals.
     
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  5. littlebluelw

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    Goddaughter's first snook. Windy but managed to catch a bunch today in Ski Alley.[​IMG]
     
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  6. rburnett

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    whats good fools!? Spent a week down in St. Pete over thanksgiving.. got out 3 days on the flats / mangroves and the snook were on fire. We caught over 50 across those 3 days, no lunkers though, biggest were like 26"-27" I'll try to get some pics up. Lets see some fishing reports!
     
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  7. G8trGr8t

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    took my son offshore from Naples last weekend out to max depth of 65' (24 miles). Sharks were thick as it seemed that at every stop one of us got cut off and the grouper were not cooperating. Even the lane snapper were slow on the bite. Ended up with 7 keeper reds between 20 and 26 inches with 4 of us fishing but we had to work hard for them. Got one tiger shark close enough to the boat to see it and it had a twin following it. Definitely no going for a swim on that trip. Saw 3 different loggerhead turtles.
     
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  8. littlebluelw

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    Only report I have is my buddies took their kids up to Bayport last Friday and trolled plugs for grouper and crushed em. 8 to 15 feet over rockpiles and came home with over 15 gags better than 24 inches. Kings and macs to boot.
    We had a good fish fry while watching a less than stellar game.
     
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  9. rburnett

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    That's awesome! The fish fry part, not the game.

    I've never actually trolled for gags. I am intrigued. I've seen some videos on youtube, real time florida sportsman. It seems to really be popular from the big bend down south to Tampa. We never did it in Pensacola, but no reason why that wouldn't work. How deep of water are you fishing and how deep can you get the plugs? Do you have to use downriggers to get them beyond like 20-40 ft down?
     
  10. littlebluelw

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    Once the water temperature gets around 70° the fish move in pretty close to shore. We fish 10 to 30 feet with bright orange and pink lures only about 5 feet below the water surface. Stand up spinning gear 50 pound PowerPro and 50 pound flourocarbon leader.
     
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  11. rburnett

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    awesome tips... thanks! I saw a pretty awesome real time florida sportsman on youtube where these guys were yanking keeper gags off docks in tampa bay. I want to do that if i make it down there this winter.
     
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  12. tec68

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    Most of these are old pictures but I was bored and felt like sharing. Hope y'all enjoy!

    This is me and my dad probably 10 years ago in Mcrae Georgia catching Bass
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    Mangroves in the keys
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    My Grandfather and I went to Homer, and Valdez Alaska fishing about 8 years ago
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    I caught this picture which I still think is the coolest thing, I bet I could sell this picture to National Geographic or something lol
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    My dad and cousin catching Dolphin in the Keys the day after a Tropical Storm
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    My Brother in Law Bass fishing in Okeechobee
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    Some old pictures from the keys of me
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    My wife a few years ago catching Bass in Okeechobee 528400_10151571415186970_1500969995_n.jpg

    My family in the Keys 163721_1526955978794_989116_n.jpg 167055_1526954418755_6606974_n.jpg 168276_1527551313677_2701924_n.jpg 33791_1527550913667_3186512_n.jpg

    Me fishing in Okeechobee
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    A few years ago loaded down to go to the Keys
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  13. G8trGr8t

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    we troll rapala magnum xrap 30's on 80 lb braid with a 20' shock leader of 100 pound mono fishing in 35 - 45 feet of water on 4/0 stand up rods. put a swivel about 5' up from the plug. the braid makes it easier to get the plugs down and the mono helps absorb the hit. the ones that come up to crush the plugs aren't tackle shy and the fluorocarbon doesn't stretch so we prefer mono leaders. gags aren't subtle when they come up for those plugs either. I've fished similar rigs around coral heads in the keys inside the reef and got some nice gags that way
     
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  14. akaGatorhoops

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    This is my favorite thread.... and ive been lax in following and contributing.
    So here are a few from the last few weeks. . .

    Caught a bunch of tuna the other day between 12-30lbs
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    turned em into this ....

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    Been taking my twins fishing a bit. One of em loves it. . . the other, not so much.

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  15. G8trGr8t

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    Anyone been on the water this summer?
     
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  16. littlebluelw

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    Sad to report but from our lake, these tilapia (aka Nile Perch, groupers cousin, etc) are plentiful and delicious.
    Leaving tomorrow for the Broad river outside Athens Ga. looking for a rare Bartrams bass.
     
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  17. Juggernautz

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  18. G8trGr8t

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    Btt..anybody been on the water? Going out Sunday and hope to find some schooling reds somewhere between Gasparilla Island and Captiva.

    Will be in Los Suenos mid March and hope to get my son his first sail.

    Reserved a halibut/salmon trip for the family late June out of Seward Alaska.
     
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  19. hoyt233

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    I have a question about reels. I have a Garcia Mitchell 306 spinning reel I bought in 1972. It's in excellent condition-all metal, brass gears. Anyone know what it is worth?
     
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  20. gatorjjh

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    can't help on reels but glad to see this thread resurected
     
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