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Old 05-16-2011, 06:43 PM   #1
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coming to pensacola last week of july, bringing 2450 hydrasports to do alot of offshore fishing. any info of what i should stock up on (baits, lures, tackle) and species i should expect to encounter. any info on permits for reefs would help also. thanks in advance
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:11 PM   #2
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The last week in July should be great for catching, but no so great for keeping. 2011 Red Snapper season closes July 19th and they have just implemented an Amberjack season closure from June 1st-July 31st. Also, the Gag grouper season is currently closed in Federal Waters (beyond 9 miles offshore) and it is highly likely they will extent the season closure through the end of the year. With that said though, here are my suggestions for some gear.

- 7/0 Circle hooks (inline while fishing in state waters inside 9 miles)
- 30-50 lb mono or fluoro leader
- 8-12 oz egg sinkers
- 2-6 oz trolling weights
- silver trolling spoons (works great for catching bonita for bait)
- Stretch 25+ (kings, bonita)
- cedar plugs/other top-water trolling rigs
- sabiki rigs for catching bait
- 2 oz pyramid sinkers

IMO, this should cover your basics. You can catch just about anything with the above gear without spending an arm and a leg for it all. You don't need any special permits for fishing reefs offshore other than the normal saltwater fishing license. If you are, however, going after YFT, billfish, or any other highly migratory fish, you'll need a federal permit for your boat. Runs $20 but covers all fishermen you have on board. You have to get this permit in the mail so plan ahead for this one. That time of year you can expect to catch just about anything out there. Check here after June 1st for updated regs for the second half of the year. http://www.myfwc.com/fishing/saltwater/regulations/
Remember though, Federal regulations can differ from State regulations so have both with ya. Good luck!!
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Old 05-18-2011, 07:52 PM   #3
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Dolphin/Dorado, wahoo, trolling for these. Inside 9 miles grouper, black snapper if you can find them with all the reds, trigger fish, mingos, there are alot of different species to catch and be able to keep, just check the regs online the night before you go to make sure they didn't change something. Also you can post in the need a ride/need a crew section here and some people might be able to help you get on the fish.
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