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Old 07-07-2018, 05:03 PM   #1
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Default Mahi - how to get them to eat?

We got on schoolie Mahi today when looking for Spanish a few miles off the ebach. We got a couple but couldn't get many to eat. What's the trick? We were rigged for Spanish with pomp jigs, gotchas, and similar. I was wishing I had a few mingo size chicken rigs and squid. Suggestions?

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Old 07-07-2018, 05:08 PM   #2
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I've struggled too. The best we could do is throw some cut bait Chumm and follow it up with a small piece on a circle hook into the slick. Sometime they don't eat
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Cut bait cigs, squid shrimps start throwing $hit at them !! If they start eating you should be in luck mirrodean lure works too! I’ve been lucky and got 2 this year one trolling a plug and one free line when I was chumming with ladyfish cigs and squid hope this helps
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Usually, cutbait on a small hook with light line and no weight will do the trick. Don't forget to leave one mahi hooked and in the water - keeps the school close. When they get picky, I've had luck with finger mullet. Sometimes slightly larger mahi can be caught by casting out away from the visible school with any live bait you may have.
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With those jigs KEEP IT MOVING. If you stop it they wont eat it.
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Old 07-08-2018, 07:58 AM   #6
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A small hook with cut squid usually works well. Sometimes small shiny, flashy lures like Gotcha lures or similar. Sometimes small colorful lures with chartreuse or hot pink accents. You never know.... just start throwing everything until you find what they like.


Also, as said before leave one in the water! When you get one to the boat, keep it in the water until you have another hooked up. For some reason, that seems to keep the school close.
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Thanks!

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had a school of chickens turn on once after throwing a hand full of Cheetos at them they went nuts... we ended up losing track of them after a while, I guess they got tired of the junk food. fun to play with though.
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Spray your wash down around the boat. They see the splash and think it's feeding time.
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Take a small spinning outfit, some flouro leader and a trout jig with a white gulp swimming mullet. They'll tear that up!
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