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Old 06-29-2012, 12:12 PM   #1
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Default General Bay/Ono fishing information needed.

Is there a preferred area to fish around ono?

Starting Saturday we will be in Orange beach for a several days and I plan to take my 5 year old night fishing. Ive got tons of hours bass fishing the Warrior River at night but I am new to the saltwater game.

At home, I use a blacklight to help see my line and glow the bank, do people use them for redfish and trout?

From reading other posts it seems live shrimp in one way or another is the weapon of choice.

We will only catch and release so limits and size rules I'm not worried about.

Any warnings or certain things I should be aware of other than normal night time boating safety?

Thanks for advice,
Jacob
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Old 06-29-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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Pretty easy fishing the lights. We live on and fish the south side of the island. Depending on wind direction either side should hold fish.

Just bounce the docks from light to light. Be stealthy. Ease up with your trolling motor or we use a mushroom anchor slipped gently over the side to hold. Free-line shrimp or use a splitshot if the current is bad. A splitshot helps hold closer to the bottom where a redfish or flounder may surprise you.

If you can toss a cast net sometimes half-dollar sized pinfish will outfish shrimp. I fish these weighted under a popping cork but I don't pop it. In fact I toss it up-current from the light and let it drift into the edges. Bigger but fewer trout this way.

I've never fished a naked bank before, the lights are the key. If you see people on a dock fishing skip it of course. Also make sure you have proper lights and safety gear -- you may get checked. Finally, Ono is actually in Florida waters. We always buy both licenses but stay around the island. Any other bank (North along the beach or South along Intererity point) are Floriday. Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2012, 03:16 PM   #3
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Two things:

1. If the owner is out on the dock, by pass it. If they come out while you are fishing, quietly leave and come back later when they are gone. Most dock owners have no problem with people fishing their lights as long as they are respectful and do not fish while the dock owner is fishing or out there.

2. Don't tie onto the docks. As the guy said above, be stealthy and quiet. You can spook them if you come riding up with your engine on. Also, catch one or two and move along. They get skidish so come back after awhile and try it again. Your luck will be better that way instead of anchoring at one dock and just sitting there.

Good luck and watch out for the idiots out there on the water.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:42 PM   #4
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Good call on using the mushroom anchor, I hadn't thought of that.

As a reminder, it is very shallow on the North (AL) side especially as you get close to Rabbit Island
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Fished em last from a buddy's dock. Like shooting fish in a barrel! Trouts galore... Hell even, threw a cast net out and caught 3 specks. Of course threw everything back as it was just for fun last night showing some friends what to do.
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