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Old 04-21-2009, 08:39 PM   #1
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Thinking about going to the edge. I was wondering ifyou find a high spot and stay on it or do you just drift in the general area? Also i got the numbers from the escambia county reef site are these numbers ok?
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #2
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I'm headed there Thursday and would like info on this too. Please advise.:bowdown
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:52 PM   #3
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its always good to try and stay on a spot if your marking fish, no need to drift away from it for nothing. you should hit avocet and antares while youre out there. good luck!
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:09 PM   #4
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Always good advice, Wade. Thanks
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:06 PM   #5
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do you anchor or will it get hung?What depth water is the best?
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Old 04-21-2009, 10:12 PM   #6
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you can anchor but you will need alot of rode out...it depends on the wind and current but you want to be ideally just over the drop on the 220 side.
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Anchor up "typically" on the North side so you drift back tight to the "edge". The fish hold right on the high side of the dropoff.

If you are catching fish stick around, if not work back and forth at about a 060 degree or a 240 degree heading until you fond something promising. The "top" pf the "edge is 170' or so, the "bottom" is 220' or so. you'll find piles of something even higher if you search around.

Once you see the "edge" as a dropoff just keep working slightly north and south of a heading either 060 degreesor 240 degrees till you find something you like. Mark it, go back, drop a bouy, then try to anchor just on the higher end of the drop off.

You might want to troll a Stretch 30 (hot pink) with a steel leader as you search, just in case. There are Kings and WAHOOs that patrol the "edge".

Good luck, and post up how you did.

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:27 PM   #8
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PS... ALWAYS put out a flat line that just drifts down current with a swivel a big mono or steel leader and a hooked live bait (preferred)or dead bait.

ALSO, ALWAYS have a rod with a cobia jig or something similiar, or an empty hook ready for a live or dead baiton it just in case a Cobia shows up like a puppy right ariund the boatlooking for a handout.

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Old 04-21-2009, 10:36 PM   #9
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The edge is full of good size mingo's right now. A few grouperare also holding in the 175' to 220' area's. Anchoring depenps on a lot of things,current,wind,displacement of your hull in the water and so on. If you are using a danforth I would NOT anchor in the rocks at the edge unless you have a back out chain attached to the base of the anchor. We routinly get our anchor hung and if it was not for the weak link at the top we would loose alot of anchors.Out of Pensacloa pass head 178 degrees and when you hit 250'turn 265 degrees for about 3 miles and you will be in good bottom. The wind should not be a problem for you on thursday and hopefully you will not have the crazy current that's been there the last two weeks.Pick your spot while passing over it INTO the current go another 600' stop the boat from forward motion ,drop your anchor and bump into gear and out this prevents your anchor from floating. You should only need 400' of rode or less depending on your type anchor. Good luck. Gene
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Old 04-22-2009, 02:20 PM   #10
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Blackfin tuna and wahoo start showing up at the edge about now. Use live mingos set on top and down to about 60ft. for wahoo. Make sure you chum. For blackfin, we set out a mono leader with a pinfish in our chum slick. We use a pinfish so the kings and wahoo will normally stay away from it. Otherwise they will cut your mono leader.Blackfins love pinfish. It is not uncommon to pick up a cobe out there right now as well.
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