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Old 01-29-2009, 10:05 AM   #1
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has anyone been catching BFT at the edge this year? last couple of years i have made trips only to be shut out. And yes i do know how to chum them in. my suspician is that well maybe they are just not as plentiful as they use to be just like the YFT at the lumps. hopefully its just bad fishing on my part but i would like to hear from others..thanks--Sam
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Old 01-29-2009, 10:07 AM   #2
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I saw a few in the early fall (never caught any) and haven't seen them since. I never really went out and specifically targeted them though.
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Old 01-29-2009, 01:32 PM   #3
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We usually chum up quite a few in April and May on the edge
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:25 PM   #4
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I had a couple of my good buddies the guys i usually fish with go out this weekend ad they almost sunk the boat with blackfin at the Ram and Horn Mountain...so maybe they have not made their way in quite yet.
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Old 01-29-2009, 07:51 PM   #5
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they havent showed we have chummed heavy every trip and nothin just bonitas. This time last year we were have a good bite.
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Old 01-29-2009, 08:40 PM   #6
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I went on 2 bluewater trips last year one in Oct. and one in Dec and we slaughterd the blackfin...coulda caught 70-80 per trip and we did not even have to chum them up. They were just under the boat and we jigged em all night while swordfishing in Oct. They were thick without chunkin in Dec and got thicker as we chunked.
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badazzchef (1/29/2009)They were thick without chunkin in Dec and got thicker as we chunked.
This wasn't on the edge though, was it?
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Old 01-30-2009, 12:58 PM   #8
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in 07 we started catching them in the summer on 4 hr trips. but in 08 i didnt see any on the docksall summer long... maybe that influenced the winter fishing too.. around the rigs you could always sink your boat with em.


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Old 02-01-2009, 12:22 PM   #9
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The difference in spring and early summer rains in the upper midwest (Mississippi and Ohio River basins)made a huge difference in water clarity between '07 and '08.

'07 was some of the clearest water I've seen because of the lack of rainfall and '08 was really green because of the heavy spring rains. I think that might have made a difference.

You can track the Mississippi at the Baton Rouge station at this link.

http://water.usgs.gov/waterwatch/

You want real time or historical data for this station

http://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv/?site_no=07374000

There are other lower stations, but they don't have as broad a spread of statistics.
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Old 02-02-2009, 10:47 PM   #10
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Was out yesterday. Caught one black fin on a flat line - was not fishing for them. Saw lots of bonita. Vermillion and scamp were scarce - fished same area last weekend and fish were very co-operative.
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