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Old 01-03-2014, 02:10 PM   #1
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Got the wife an electric reel for christmas and have a few questions.
What depth of water is considered deep dropping, over 400 feet ?
Are the rigs used the same as say the edge with a carolina rig or do you have the weight at the bottom like a mingo rig. How much weight do you start out with. I realize that current plays a factor. Does anyone anchor while deep dropping ?
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I would consider deep dropping anything over 400 ft like you said. It is one of my favorite types of fishing as you never know what you may bring up from the depths. I would suggest a mingo type rig with a 3-5 lb weight on the bottom. I prefer 4 hook rigs but anything between 3 and 5 seems to be the most popular. It seems to help to attach a light at the top of the rig as there is very little light down there. As far as the rig goes, we the bottom 3 hooks are 13/0 Mustads and the top one is a 10/0. I like having one small one on top in order to hook the longtail seabass and other tasty smaller fish. As far as places to fish, the elbow and steps contain many rocks and ledges. A good way to find them is to pull some wahoo lures around and watch your bottom machine. It doesn't take much to hold fish, as a 2-3 ft relief ledge can sometimes be on fire. A minimum of a 1000 watt transducer really helps to show the fish in these depths. Good luck and tight lines.
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Thanks Captain Jake. wow, I didn't realize you would need so much weight or hooks that big. I guess I am just dreaming of getting to do this type of fishing. My Transducer is only 600 watts and I guess I would lose contact with the bottom from not having enough power ?
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If you know the spots are there you really dont need a 1kw transducer. I have a 1kw, some of my spots are so small and so deep they dont register. pick a nice calm day with as little current as possible, drop and wait for the bite
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We use electrics at the Edge in 200 ft with regular mingo rigs, just a 12 to 16 oz weight when we are on a meat run. Smaller hooks too, maybe 6/0. Quick way to fill the box with tasty mingos before we gear up for bigger fish.
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Thanks Captain Jake. wow, I didn't realize you would need so much weight or hooks that big. I guess I am just dreaming of getting to do this type of fishing. My Transducer is only 600 watts and I guess I would lose contact with the bottom from not having enough power ?
You are not dreaming at all, this is a fishery that is open to anyone but has a learning curve just like anything else. Your 600 watt machine should be able to read bottom just fine but may have trouble marking fish once you get over 600' or so. Just pick a calm day as mentioned above and go do some exploring.
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Joe, Lets plan a trip and we can both get out there together with both boats. Better safe than sorry that far out...

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Joe, Lets plan a trip and we can both get out there together with both boats. Better safe than sorry that far out...

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It is huge fun. Use a light, "no light, no bite". Go to the elbow, drop in 650' or so and drift around. You never know what you will catch.

Some folks get hung up on the idea of not fighting the fish and using the electrics. Forget about that, its the only way. It will be a 100+ mile ride round trip. That's sporting enough for me.

Go by Sam's in OB and talk to Chris. He is a wealth of information and will share info freely.

You need to hang on to a wife who is happy with a new fishing reel..
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Like everything mentioned above , listen to what Jake says he knows his deep dropping . There is a learning curve , but you just have to put your time in trolling around marking spots . Remember if somebody gives you a number that means they have it and it's been fished go find you a honey hole and have some fun! But I also must say don't overfisha spot grab 4-5 fish then move on to the next spot these fish grow very slow compared to inshore species and you can fish out a spot quick.
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