Great Fishing Nearshore-Offshore-Gulfstr

August 26, 2017 by Jesse Gawlik

Trip Info


Nearshore: Spanish Mackerel and Blue fish bite has been steady in 25 ft - 40ft of water along the beach front over drop offs and structure. We are starting to see more bait balls the last couple weeks. We trolling 4 rods. 3 with #1 planners ranging from 20 ft-100 ft behind boat. 1 rod with #2 planner least 125 ft behind boat. The #2 planner rod catching the fish when its rough or the bite is slow.  All rods should be rigged with 00 sliver clarkspoons and 20 lbs floro/mono 40ft leaders attached each planner with small ball bearing snap swivel. We tie all our spoons to the leader (no swivels to spoons). The less terminal tackle in the water the more fish you will catch.

Offshore: Mahi bite has been solid in 90 ft-110 ft of water. We are using small blue/white Ilanders rigged with small ballyhoo on the inside out riggers and red/white Ilanders rigged with small ballyhoo on the outside outrigger. We are also running 2 skirt rigs on flat lines on the edge of the prop wash 30ft back.  Your spread needs to be perfect and running correctly to get the Mahi to bite. The King Mackerel bite has been best in the 60 ft-75 ft of water.  That water depth the water has been cleaner and clearer plus holding more bait over structure and drop offs. Every king we catch has white squid in its stomach so match the hatch.  Pulling white/sliver Drone spoons on #6 or #8 planners with 50 ft 100 lbs floro/mono leaders. You will catch Mahi on this set up to.

Gulfstream:  The Wahoo bite is picking up just to the north of us along Swansboro hole and points just south in 30 - 50 fathoms.  Black/purple Ilanders rigged with large ballyhoo on flat lines are producing nice fish. The Mahi and Blackfin Tuna bite has been steady in 20 - 30 fathoms. Pulling small Ilanders rigged to small ballyhoo on outriggers has been working best. These lures should be set in the choppy water 100 ft - 200 ft back.

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