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Old 05-05-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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Default Large fish species in Choctawhatchee Bay?

What are the large non-toothy fish species in the choctawhatchee bay?

Had another big one get away, but intrigued as to what it was.

Was shore fishing off white point with bottom-rigged cut cigar minnow (leftovers from king trolling) earlier this evening, catching a few cats for my daughter to reel in, but also had something very, very strong set the hook. Was using a almost brand new Penn Fierce 6000 and he made the one king I've fought feel like a wuss. And since I suck at fishing, after a minute it just dropped the line, not even during a hard run. Not much of a surprise since my 2/0 circles weren't planned on being used for that purpose... My first thought was a shark but my coated steel leader had no nicks in it whatsoever (yeah, I had a steel leader didn't bother changing it from the weekend since the cats don't seem to even notice it.)

I'm wondering what the heck is huge and in the flats without having any teeth? What are the large game species that would be in 3-5' water all the way over at north end of the mid bay bridge? It didn't jump the water at all and made surging, hard runs (much harder than bull reds)

What I do know is that I'll be back out there with more cut bait even if it means catching 100 cats.
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Old 05-05-2014, 10:49 PM   #2
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Could have been a shark. If a circle hook does it's job, the hook will be in the corner of the jaw and the shark (or whatever) will be biting the hook, not the leader.

Also could have been a big ray, big redfish, etc. There is no telling. I would put my money on a big ray.
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Around that area, I would guess ray/bull red.
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Great. That would continue my streak of hooking things I don't need to deal with. I assume most people don't mention it on here, so is that a relatively common but unspoken thing?
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Great. That would continue my streak of hooking things I don't need to deal with. I assume most people don't mention it on here, so is that a relatively common but unspoken thing?
I have yet to see someone hook a dolphin. They'll grab the fish on your hook and run with it, but I don't believe you'd get a hook set.
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I've never hooked a ray so I kind of figured they'd just be slow constant immense pressure. Just checked out some YouTube videos and I could definitely see a really large one being possible. I didn't know they could actually move with some speed.
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I doubt you would hook a dolphin in 3-5 ft of water without you seeing it. They are about 3ft from top to bottom. One moving through 5ft of water would leave a great deal of wake.
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either a big redfish/black drum or a nice jack crevalle
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Yep a big jack will peel some drag in a hurry!!!
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