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Old 03-07-2009, 02:11 PM   #1
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I'm new to offshore wreck fishing. What's the best way to rig live bait? Or are

jigs preferable? Will have an 8 and a10 yr old with us need setup they can fish with. Thank you.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:14 PM   #2
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The best way for them is cut bait and a 2 hook circle hook rig with the weight on the bottom. For you use a slip lead and a 4' leader and a circle hook 5/0 for snapper and 7/0 to 9/0 for grouper.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:20 PM   #3
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What size boat are you fishing from?
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:33 PM   #4
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21'cc Wellcraft 175 ocean pro furuno electronics.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:46 PM   #5
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Shrimp work but you have them stollen more times than not because of all the bait stealers.

Cut bait, squid, octopus,half cigar minnows and herring.
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Old 03-07-2009, 02:57 PM   #6
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pulled up a local dive shop gps info on wrecks/reef's 10 miles and closer. figured we would try the mass if we dont get ran over lol.And list had several 5-9 range that claimed large fish concentration.
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Old 03-07-2009, 06:56 PM   #7
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You might want to try the Russian Freighter. It has been good to me for bottom fishing. Try squid on a 3' fluorocarbon leader with #5 circle hook, use live bait if you can find some and 6oz slide weight above your swivel.
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Old 03-16-2009, 06:37 AM   #8
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For wreck fishing the weight on the bottom works the best. Your not going to always stay on the bottom but may need to come up several feet to avoid trash fish. Circle hooks are required for reef fish as well as a venting tool and a de-hooker.

Fishing shallower waters that you will be on the bottom I fish a Carolina rig. An egg weight is on the line and I use a 3-4' leader with hook and bait.

There are lots of good web sites with details of both type rigs, just google them up.

Good luck, good fishing.
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:47 PM   #9
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Thanks we will give it a try. As long as the boys have a good time its worth it.
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