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Old 06-14-2017, 01:53 PM   #1
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I'm a midwesterner that tries to get to Florida every couple years to fish. We usually go out on a party boat.
We're fishing Sunday and I'd like to know any tips or techniques to help me catch more/bigger fish than the tourists that I'm rubbing elbows with. Thanks
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:00 PM   #2
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Tips are given at the end of the fishing trip.

However, you could slip your tip to the deck hand on the way out, and then tell him this is the first tip, there will be a second tip.

I have done this many times, while tipping a food server, I believe it gets me better service.
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techniques to help me catch more/bigger fish than the tourists that I'm rubbing elbows with.
Bigger Bait.
Some even bring there own.
Sometimes the deckhand passes the hat, to chip in on live bait, this works real well.
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Bigger Bait.

Some even bring there own.

Sometimes the deckhand passes the hat, to chip in on live bait, this works real well.


I did think about the live bait. Didn't know what to get. Maybe I can make arrangements the day before.
The tip idea good too. Always works well with the barmaid ; )


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You could get a box of cigar minnows instead of the squid they give.
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Live cigars.
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Old 06-14-2017, 04:33 PM   #7
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I agree with bigger baits but live baits can piss deckhands off because of tangles. When 30 plus people are dropping a line at once something moving on a hook can tangle thing up.
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Before there was a size limit on beeliners we would take a small one & butterfly it. Probably couldn't do it these days.
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They still chop up white "snappers"
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Old 06-16-2017, 01:01 PM   #10
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If your new to this style fishing I would consider some of these. http://fishbites.com/saltwater/fishn-chunks-saltwater/ I bass, crappie, trout and catfish in Arkansas all the time and was not prepared for the way the fish feels on these bottom fishing trips. I've taken several groups fishing and every year I get better and they are way behind me on the learning curve. You will lose a lot of bait on the party boat. The fish bites will stay on your hook a lot longer, you may not get as many bites but I almost guarantee you'll catch more fish.

As for the the party barge, my best advice would be to get a spot on the very back of the boat, preferably in the center. If you are on the side you will spend more time trying to untangle from the guy you're bumping elbows with than fishing. Also take a Dramamine the night before and then another the morning of and take a couple cans of Canada dry ginger ale to drink.
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