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Old 07-19-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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So now that red snapper season is closed, what is fun to catch in mid august on the various reefs and wrecks within 14 miles of P'cola pass?
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:21 PM   #2
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AJ and Triggerfish both open back up Aug 1
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:47 PM   #3
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so are the trigger fish and amber jack on the reefs within 14 miles of the P'cola pass also? I went red snapper fishing last month 12 miles out, we caught red snapper but not one AJ or trigger fish on the reef we were on
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:58 PM   #4
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Never fished for Amber Jacks yet.
Do you use live bait?
What tips do you guiys have for catching them?
How far out the pass do I need to go?
Use circle hook the same way ya fish for Red Snapper?
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Large live bait and leave it about mid way down. Or my personal favorite is jigging for them. With jigging you will have a better ratio of amberjacks. With live baits you get a mixture of snapper and AJs. Also look for reefs that have high relief on them as this is what AJs prefer.
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++ on live baits for AJ's.
Small & multiple hooks for Triggers.
Catch 'em up.
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:20 PM   #7
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Default circle hooks for AJ's

so should I use circle hooks for the amber jacks?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:27 PM   #8
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so should I use circle hooks for the amber jacks?
yes it is mandatory.
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #9
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ajs are on some wrecks within that distance u get way more keepers if u get to the 20 to 30 mile range but they like big steel and honestly all the public wrecks have keeper fish on them they just dont get that size by being stupid, try to get some live hardtails or rockfish and dont oversize your leader try 60 lb floro or mono i have gone down to 30 to get the bites but that makes it tough and make your leader 12 ft long, dont fish more than about 3 at a time or it can become a cluster ---- fast, watch your bottom machine u will mark them as a v up in the water and dont lock your drag down as they are up in the water u can give them some line
as far as triggers they are all over in that range but they now have to be 14" to the fork last i checked thats a 3 to 5 lb fish and without a honney hole u will catch 10 throwbacks to 1 keeper, just make up some 2 or 3 hook rigs on 30 useing small cirlle hooks bait up with pieces of squid or cut bonito
personaly i would target kings this time of the year those reef fish dont feed heavily in the warmer water so keep out a flyline with a live bait on a mackerel rig while bottom fishing good luck hope this helps
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:36 PM   #10
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wow great post. thanks, so looks like I may have some luck on a few wrecks and reefs around 12 miles out and 95-105 feet deep?
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