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Old 06-25-2013, 12:35 AM   #1
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Unhappy Favorite schoolie Dolphin Bait?????

Looking for other things to try.

Fished Saturday from the squiggles back in to 300'.
Found scattered grass with decent size mats. Hooked one nice bull that put on a nice Aerial show before the angler let the line get slack. Fun for 15 min. Picked off 3 4-6 lb schoolies and moved to the next mat in sight.
We could see 50+ that followed baits to the boat but never hit.
I threw top water, spoons, jigs while my buddy cut up dead cigs. We watched them inhale the chunks. They would not touch the chunks with hooks.
I changed hook size and took the leader to 20lbs. Nothing.

We were at the end of our trip and live bait was gone.

Just want to avoid a future repeat.
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Old 06-25-2013, 12:53 AM   #2
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Try burying the hook. Also, make sure your baits are flowing naturally. Dont just free line them out and close your bail stopping the bait from drifting. However, schoolies not eating?! last time I got on em thick like that we got them frenzied up and we were literally catching them on bare hooks!
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pretty weird you couldn't get them on chunks
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:44 PM   #4
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I'm going to try banana peel for bait next time I come up on a bunch of schoolies.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:12 PM   #5
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I like small Gotcha plugs worked fast, Berkley Gulp shrimp or squid free lined or worked slow, or live shrimp free lined for schoolie dolphin. Don't forget to leave one hooked in the water once you start catching them.
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Try burying the hook. Also, make sure your baits are flowing naturally. Dont just free line them out and close your bail stopping the bait from drifting. However, schoolies not eating?! last time I got on em thick like that we got them frenzied up and we were literally catching them on bare hooks!
+1 here about letting them drift naturally.
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Old 06-26-2013, 02:57 PM   #7
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Pomp jig or chunks. sometimes they just aint gonna bite though!
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Old 06-26-2013, 03:59 PM   #8
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Jig head with a white or green curly tailed soft plastic reeled as fast as you can reel it has worked for.me
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Here's what's always worked for me.

1) A gotcha with a yellow head. And if they won't take that...
2) A small (like 2/0) circle or J hook wadded up with squid on 30-40lb fluorocarbon leader.

If they take the gotcha one, start dancing because they are hungry. Keep one in the water and keep tossing until they decide to quit biting. (And they will decide to quit...haven't figured out what does it.)

I can get them to eat chunk bait, like pieces of cigs, menhaden and threadfins, but it seems like squid they just can't resist.

Just my 2 cents, hope it helps.
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Old 07-01-2013, 12:31 PM   #10
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dead shrimp works every time
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