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Old 08-09-2015, 01:01 AM   #1
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Not until a couple years ago I never would have thought we had ballyhoo around our area let alone in our bays until on a few occasions Ive caught them in a net while speck fishing dock lights and had them in my spreader lights around the pass. I had a friend catch a few dozen huge ones last year one night and just the other day a friend caught about a dozen big ones out of a big school on the end of a dock midday down near Portofino while mullet fishing. What I'm wondering now is if anyone has had any success targeting them, attracting them with lights or chum, or certain areas where they're more prevalent. We all know how expensive these guys are, would love to load up a bait freezer with em, its probably a long shot getting any info from anyone whose had success but thought it would be worth a shot.
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Old 08-09-2015, 01:21 AM   #2
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I was watching a fishing show out of Miami. The bait man charged them $100/dz for live ones. That comes out to $8.25/ea.
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ive seen fishing shows of guys chumming and sibiking them
I believe the show was

"into the blue"
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I have been seeing more of them than needlefish for about the last month while I'm out at night. They're constantly in my lights.
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We used to eat em back in Hawaii, deep fried. Caught them under the lights in the harbor using little dried shrimp on bamboo cane poles. Guess it was expensive chow, huh?

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They get thick around the pier at certain times. Namely spring and fall but with as many as Ive seen nearshore lately they should be at the piers too though I havnt been to one in a while. Sabiki with a light weight works great!
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If you catch a bunch of them, what do you have to do to freeze them? What kind of prep
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If you catch a bunch of them, what do you have to do to freeze them? What kind of prep
I would probably cure them a little with a brine, soak them in a bucket of brine ice water for a couple hours would probably help. Salt (kosher) and baking soda is what I normally use for a brine.
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Guess Ill go try out some different spots in the bay some night with some lights and chum and let yall know how it goes, good advice on the brining to toughen em up a bit.
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I would probably cure them a little with a brine, soak them in a bucket of brine ice water for a couple hours would probably help. Salt (kosher) and baking soda is what I normally use for a brine.
I was wondering if ya poop them or not. I guess if I did end up with a bunch, it wouldn't hurt to go ahead and rig them up fully and vacuum pack them rigged.
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