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Old 05-16-2015, 05:32 AM   #1
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I'm leaving Maryland as we speak, heading down to Pensacola for the next 2 weeks. I have my kayak with me... I normally just use it to run out my shark lines, but I plan to go out some days and just paddle a tiny bit offshore to fish. What do I need to take with me for tackle/jigs? I plan to take two rods on my kayak with me. A small conventional for drifting and a spinning reel for casting.

What do I need to have with me?
What can I expect to run into out there?
What types of schooling fish might I find around now?
Should I jig with a bucktail, spoon, top water?
What type of bigger game could I possibly hook into if I'm drifting a live bait?

I know I'm asking a lot of questions...

I appreciate help on any/all questions!

Thanks so much!
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Old 05-16-2015, 09:29 AM   #2
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I short. Expect anything.
You questions are a little vague.
Is a little bit off the beach 50 yards or 2 miles?
What to expect depends on what bait or lures and how you present it.
What to take depends on what you want to catch. You will use different gear and tactics if you want to catch pompano vs spanish mackerel vs sharks vs whatever.

I'll try to quickly summarize here. Keep in mind this is VERY general untill we get some more info from you.
Pompano=drifted sand fleas or small jigs bounced on bottom very near surf.
Whiting= cut bait or squid on bottom
Spanish Mackerel= shiney FAST moving lure anywhere from beach to miles out.
King Mackerel= live or frozen whole small fish trolled or any shiney fast lure. 100 yards to miles out.
Bluefish= cut bait or moderate speed jigs anywhere from beach to miles out
Redfish =golfball sized cutbait or slow lures anywhere from beach to miles out.
Small Sharks= see redfish

THere are alot of variables to this, but it is a general idea. There was a guy last week that was fishing from a boat less than a mile from the beach and caught a blackfin tuna. A NICE one. While rebaiting his lines, a Wahoo came up and took his bait right at the boat. So you never know what you are going to get.
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That was a fantastic answer honestly. I will keep that info in mind! My distance offshore will range somewhere between 500 yards and maybe 3 miles offshore. My main target would be larger fish for bigger shark baits. I also plan to drift some type of live fish behind me while I paddle and while I cast... Just to see what might pick it up. I'm hoping to find a breaking school of something as well.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:12 AM   #4
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At those distances you could find some bonita breaking the surface. EXCELLENT shark bait. Plenty bloody and oily. Another excellent shark bait is Ladyfish. They are great fun to catch on light tackle right off the beach. They are the poor mans Tarpon. haha Also very bloody and oily. You can catch them by violently jigging pretty much anything off the bottom just off the beach. They will hammer a bucktail or a jig head with a 2-3 inch grub tail.

As for what will hit a live bait trolled.... Spanish, Kings, Bonita, Sharks. I've even seen where people have caught Blackfin Tuna, Wahoo (like I mentioed) and even Sailfish within a mile or two off of Pensacola. You never know what will hit it. You might even get into a monster Jack. Those are EPIC on light tackle. I hope you have alot of line and even more time. You're gonna fight him for a WHILE! haha
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You might want to post this or some more specific questions in the Kayak Fishing section. You'll get alot more answers. Listen to everything that JD7.62 tells you.
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:17 PM   #6
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Awesome info!

Thank you so much for all your help!
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