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Old 02-01-2017, 08:34 PM   #1
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Default Best time of year to troll for spanish/kings out of a yak?

On July the 4th of last summer I trolled with some cigar minnows in my hobie at Perdido Key and caught a few Spanishes. Had a blast & I've been itching to come back ever since! I live in New Orleans, so it's not a horrible trip for me, but definitely want to get a room for a night or two.

So, before I book a room I was hoping the friendly members of PFF could tell whether or not spanishes, kings & possibly other fish, are around and biting during other parts of the year besides the summer months? Would I do alright booking a trip for the spring or should I wait til summer again?
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Any time after the water temp reaches above 70 degrees. May is an incredible month, a little cooler temps and plenty of bait and fish to follow.
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If I had to pick two months it would be May or September
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Old 02-01-2017, 10:33 PM   #4
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Excellent, I'll shoot for May. Thanks!

Do you often see many mahi, cobia or tuna in the area in May as well? Would they be pretty far out from the beach?
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If I had to pick a single day out of the year to not be in a kayak at the beach, I would choose July 4
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If I had to pick a single day out of the year to not be in a kayak at the beach, I would choose July 4
It was hot as hell! We were tent camping at Perdido Key... genius, right?
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I think what Chapman is referring to is the boat traffic for that particular weekend. Hard to see a yak out there sometimes with the normal waves and added boat wakes. Always be aware of boats coming towards you because they may not be aware of you.
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Thanks for the responses everyone, very helpful! My buddies and I will be camping at Fort Pickens on the weekend of May 6th. I'm stoked!

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I think what Chapman is referring to is the boat traffic for that particular weekend. Hard to see a yak out there sometimes with the normal waves and added boat wakes. Always be aware of boats coming towards you because they may not be aware of you.
Appreciate the heads up. I honestly did not see any boats anywhere near us when we were paddling around on the 4th last summer... besides that I've got a bright orange flag on my yak that will be flying in the air.

Any possibility of catching Cobia, Mahi, Wahoo or Tuna in a the "kayakable" distance in the Fort Pickens area? Or, should we expect to mostly be finding just Spanish & Kings? Is there a certain depth or distance from the beach I should be shooting for? Not sure if the channel off the point brings in some larger/deeper water fish or not...

I've got a hobie with mirage drive and depth finder/gps if that matters any.

If you guys come down to south Louisiana let me know and I'll give you some tips on where to find reds & specks!

Thanks for again everyone!

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Stay out of the pass unless you want to die.
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Stay out of the pass unless you want to die.
Good tip, thanks!
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