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Old 05-23-2014, 11:28 PM   #1
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Default Are there spanish mackerel in the choctawhatchee

Are there any spanish mackerel in the bay in June and July? If so how do you target them? I have a 21' bay boat and refuse to mess with the east pass but would like to try to catch some on the inside.

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Yes, they will be there. Look around the north side of Crab Island, especially at high tide around the tide line. Try Gotchas and straw rigs.
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Default Troll, anchor, or trolling motor?

Thanks bodupp,

Do you anchor, troll behind the boat or trolling motor till you find them ?
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Just watch for the birds, that'll be a dead giveaway. Why do you not want to fool with the pass???
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21ft bay boat is a great boat for going out in the pass! Why go after SM when you can troll the beach for some nice Kings a lot more fun!!
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Me and my dad have a 17 foot key west flats boat and on calm days we will take it out through the pass and a couple miles out and troll. The boat holds up great. Im sure your boat will be fine on calm days
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I have heard that the only safe time to run out of the pass is with an incoming or slack tide regardless of conditions offshore.
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I don't know why that would make a difference? Would it?


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I have heard that the only safe time to run out of the pass is with an incoming or slack tide regardless of conditions offshore.
Nope, the real concern is rental pontoon boats and jet skis.
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pick your days and the pass is like glass u can catch kings half a mile off the beach and its way more fun than spanish a word of advise the charter boats all leave between 6 and 7 am and most spend a half hour to an hour catching bait so it can be crowded early so u may want to leave at 7 or 730 ta avoid trafic
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