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Old 05-24-2019, 11:16 PM   #1
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I'm fishing out of Panama City, new to Florida fishing. I grew up in the bayous and bays in Louisiana. Now having fun with the clear water and bigger fish. Just looking for some info on how to fish here. Thanks for any info you can share. Been out about 5 times so far.

I've been trolling with 7" yozuri lures on a Penn Warefare at 4.5mph in about 30' of water. So far its been all blue fish and a few spanish mackerel. Looking for some general advice on trolling. Speed,water depth, lures etc.

So far I haven't been very successful at anchoring over a wreck and staying on the fish, caught a few AJs. But not great at staying on target. Also if I pull up to a wreck and someone is already on it what's the etiquette do I go find another wreck or do I anchor off a bit? So far I just find another wreck to fish. Is there any magic to anchoring or just practice? (saving up for an ipilot).

Thanks for any insight. Having a lot of fun fishing here!
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Old 05-25-2019, 02:14 AM   #2
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Welcome to PFF and to Florida gulf coast! As far as trolling, are you in the gulf or bay? If in the gulf you need to go deeper...try trolling over the nearshore wrecks at that same speed with any kind of shiny deep diver or bait...try 60-80 feet and should produce kings and bonito.

For bottom fishing you definitely wanna save up for that ipilot, but in the meantime you wanna mark the fish on your finder, then just idle and see where the current is drifting you...bump back to the spot a few times and check your drift...then you can either know where to drop anchor or just bump your throttles in gear a little to keep you over the wreck against the current...it sucks, bit what you have to do until you get the ipilot.

As far as someone already fishing a public number, if it's a small wreck, I'd let em have it...a lot of assholes out there that ain't worth the hassle and more than likely the fish aint worth it either...if it's a very large wreck then by all means find you a spot that's not bumping elbows and drop down...you're sure to run into a "hardass" every now and again but just keep your cool and you'll be alright.
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Old 05-25-2019, 07:40 AM   #3
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Pay close attention to your bottom machine while trolling and mark spots that show fish, will be a big red spike when you go over them. You will find more spots than you can fish in a lifetime.
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Old 05-25-2019, 08:49 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info that will get me started. Florida fishing has been a blast.
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Old 05-25-2019, 01:20 PM   #5
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This is a Bluewater trolling focuses but you might some of the posts in my blog helpful. Www.bluewaterhowto.com.
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Old 05-26-2019, 10:33 AM   #6
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I'm fishing out of Panama City, new to Florida fishing. I grew up in the bayous and bays in Louisiana. Now having fun with the clear water and bigger fish. Just looking for some info on how to fish here. Thanks for any info you can share. Been out about 5 times so far.

I've been trolling with 7" yozuri lures on a Penn Warefare at 4.5mph in about 30' of water. So far its been all blue fish and a few spanish mackerel. Looking for some general advice on trolling. Speed,water depth, lures etc.

So far I haven't been very successful at anchoring over a wreck and staying on the fish, caught a few AJs. But not great at staying on target. Also if I pull up to a wreck and someone is already on it what's the etiquette do I go find another wreck or do I anchor off a bit? So far I just find another wreck to fish. Is there any magic to anchoring or just practice? (saving up for an ipilot).

Thanks for any insight. Having a lot of fun fishing here!
For anchoring the best tip I heard was to use a pythagorean theorem app to figure out how far up to anchor for how much line you want to use. I run 35' of chain and it was a huge help to getting the anchor to set, and upgrading to a fortress was a good choice. We have a wreck anchor for natural bottom but I haven't dialed that in yet, but the principle is the same. But if I had the cash I'd get a gps trolling motor. We've started to drift natural bottom with much better luck. It's a pain to reset every 3-4 mins but it's also a pain to re anchor. You can drop a marker body but when the current and wind are from different directions or the wind shifts it's a struggle. You may be able to swing left or right by turning your engines to act like a rudder or lying off to a different cleat, but that only does so much.

There's plenty of spots to fish, if I come up on a public spot I want to fish give them plenty of room. Don't run over their fly lines, don't drop your anchor in line with them, if they're drifting I'll drift too. Just give them some space. But there's hundreds of public reefs and tens of thousands of natural bottom spots so there's no need to crowd someone.
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Blue and white seemed to work well for us....
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