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Old 07-31-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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I just bought a boat and would like some tips on what to do. I believe amberjack opens tomorrow (is this correct?) but I believe I want to stay close for the first couple trips to get acquainted with the boat. It has been about 7 years since I owned a boat, and never owned an offshore boat so I don't have much experience with fishing offshore.

I think I want to try for some kings (which I've had luck from my kayak for) but if anyone has any other advice, please let me know.

My equipment that I will use is as follows:

2 Okuma AV-80a (spinning) with 25lb mono - I use these for surf fishing
2 Okuma Classics (conventional) with 300 yards 100lb braid - I use these for shark fishing

I have Shakespeare boat rods for all of them.

Should these work until I get some better equipment? Which should I use for trolling? Bottom fishing?

I have a couple Stretch 25s...any other lures for trolling I should pick up?

Sorry about all the questions, but I'm definitely new to this. Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
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Browse the Offshore Q&A section, lots of info there on everything you mention
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WD40, you sound enthused about the fishing part BUT, how familiar are you with operating a boat, and with the boat itself? Do you have tow insurance? If I were you I would probably leave the rods home and just go running around and put a few miles on it. Get used to the boat before you add the fishing part to it. Hope you have fun and enjoy.
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I just bought a boat and would like some tips on what to do. I believe amberjack opens tomorrow (is this correct?) but I believe I want to stay close for the first couple trips to get acquainted with the boat. It has been about 7 years since I owned a boat, and never owned an offshore boat so I don't have much experience with fishing offshore.

I think I want to try for some kings (which I've had luck from my kayak for) but if anyone has any other advice, please let me know.

My equipment that I will use is as follows:

2 Okuma AV-80a (spinning) with 25lb mono - I use these for surf fishing
2 Okuma Classics (conventional) with 300 yards 100lb braid - I use these for shark fishing

I have Shakespeare boat rods for all of them.

Should these work until I get some better equipment? Which should I use for trolling? Bottom fishing?

I have a couple Stretch 25s...any other lures for trolling I should pick up?

Sorry about all the questions, but I'm definitely new to this. Thanks for any help you guys can offer.
Check all of your safety gear first.

Your rods are fine. If you are going to troll, you should pick up some Clark spoons, some duster rigs, some of those tree rigs for Spanish, some planers, leader material, sinkers, etc. If you want to bottom fish, get some egg or pyramid sinkers, leader material and barrel swivels, some frozen cigar minnows, and tie up a chicken rig or a Carolina rig. Find a spot and hold on.



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WD40, you sound enthused about the fishing part BUT, how familiar are you with operating a boat, and with the boat itself? Do you have tow insurance? If I were you I would probably leave the rods home and just go running around and put a few miles on it. Get used to the boat before you add the fishing part to it. Hope you have fun and enjoy.
There's this part of it, too.



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WD40, you sound enthused about the fishing part BUT, how familiar are you with operating a boat, and with the boat itself? Do you have tow insurance? If I were you I would probably leave the rods home and just go running around and put a few miles on it. Get used to the boat before you add the fishing part to it. Hope you have fun and enjoy.
I'm pretty familiar with boating. I've had the boater safety course as well. I will need to familiarize myself with this boat, so that might be a good idea - to just go for a joy ride.
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Check all of your safety gear first.

Your rods are fine. If you are going to troll, you should pick up some Clark spoons, some duster rigs, some of those tree rigs for Spanish, some planers, leader material, sinkers, etc. If you want to bottom fish, get some egg or pyramid sinkers, leader material and barrel swivels, some frozen cigar minnows, and tie up a chicken rig or a Carolina rig. Find a spot and hold on.
I've already checked the safety gear and I will need to pick up a few things this week (flares and a throwable life preserver).

Thanks for the info.
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