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Old 03-18-2019, 02:35 PM   #1
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We went out on sunday to the 20 mile range to a spot that has consistently yielded big mingos and trigger. I wanted to try to work on holding the boat near the marker bouy while fishing and got a massive trigger on the first drop, then switched to bucktail jigging which produced a small AJ that was snagged and plenty of 10lb+ red snapper. They didn’t seem to care for metal jigs. Switching to 3/0 hooks and a thumbnail piece of squid was the ticket to the triggers, it really inproved our hook up ratio.

I tried drifting squid for mingos and couldn’t get a bite. In fact this is a pattern I have started to pick up on. When I drift for them I get a few small mingos. When I anchor up the mingo size and number of bites goes way up. If we are anchored and someone else is drifting we catch more fish than them. Is there some trick to drifting for mingos? Usually we use 6’ 40 lb flouro leaders which seems fairly standard so I don’t think it’s about fish that are leader shy. Never got a mingo, just all the reds you could handle until we called it a day.
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I usually use a hi lo rig for Mingos. One cut squid and cut cigar.
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Mingos love LY's.
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Trick is Minn Ko Ta
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The key with mingos is locating the schools and when you find them pretty much any small bait will work.
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We usually locate a school drifting (sonar or by catching a few). Then anchor and chum. If you are close to the school the chum usually makes them frisky.

Something that may help is a drift sock. I have a small 40" on that I stick toss out from the bow. Slows the drift and keeps the bow from swinging over lines.
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20 mile range is probably a little shallow for big mingos in my opinion. The bigger fish, and bigger schools, are typically out in the 200ft and deeper range. I'd start at the edge. Or running SW you'll need to go even farther.

Me back in my slightly younger pre kids days back when I fished a lot.

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Another tactic that's probably not entirely legal is to make a chicken rig with 10 or 12 hooks on it. Put it on an electric reel with a couple pounds of weight. Let it drift out while you drift and you can get your 10 fish limit in one drop.

It's not sporting, it's basically commercial fishing, but it works if you are meat fishing and short on time after a deep drop trip.
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20 mile range is probably a little shallow for big mingos in my opinion. The bigger fish, and bigger schools, are typically out in the 200ft and deeper range. I'd start at the edge. Or running SW you'll need to go even farther.

Me back in my slightly younger pre kids days back when I fished a lot.

i remember that pic. you said you wanted to take a pic with my mongo mingo.

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I believe that was the trip we lost a motor at marathon and anchored up there all day! Caught some weird crap. It was a slow ride in from 60ish miles out on one. And yeah I don't remember who caught that one but we had a cooler full of studs.
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