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Old 12-16-2015, 05:36 PM   #1
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Default Trolling in Winter Months?

Any body have success trolling Jan- Feb - March in 100 to 200 fathoms ?

I have caught Wahoo & black fin past the edge as late as November - but never tried any later than December.

When I get weather window I look to go deep dropping - in the summer I will troll to look for spots - 600 - 1000 ft . In the winter I have been leaving the trolling rods at home - but sometimes run into nice looking water in the low 70's. I don't see as many flyers or weed lines in the winter - and don't think I have ever got a bull or chicken dolphin in the cooler months.

I know off LA they fish wahoo & tuna all winter and early spring -

Anyone here target or catch wahoo, blackfin or yellowfin in the winter 'in close' (closer than the deep rigs 90+ miles over to the SW?)

Wondering if it would be worth while to pull a high speed wahoo lure, yozuri bontia or cedar plug between spots deep dropping this winter?

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Great question ! I have off the next two weeks and Myself and all my buddies want to take advantage of the time off and fish !! is it worth the effort or should I hunt instead ?
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Go fishing !! Jacks open the first of the year and still have scamps and beeliners as well
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I would love to fish all your round is just too cold for me
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SO I'm guessing ice fishing is out of the question then ?
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I've caught wahoo around the Elbow and Steps throughout the winter, usually in between deep drop spots or while rig hopping in 250-600ft. I don't pull many surface lures in the winter because I just don't do well with them once the water gets colder. I pull 3-4 deep diving plugs.
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I've caught wahoo around the Elbow and Steps throughout the winter, usually in between deep drop spots or while rig hopping in 250-600ft. I don't pull many surface lures in the winter because I just don't do well with them once the water gets colder. I pull 3-4 deep diving plugs.
Thanks - that makes sense -- So I will leave the riggers at home - but pull a few Rap mag 30's or stretch 30 (or 50?)
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I pull a stretch or bomber 30+ in close and the next furthest can be a bomber 30 or X rap 30. My two furthest are always X rap 30s.
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