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Old 06-18-2016, 07:12 PM   #1
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Default Underwater lights good or bad for YFT?

I have fished YFT several different ways, but never at night. I am wondering if underwater lights (blue) are good or bad? I have never seen them draw much bait to the boat which obviously would be good, but curious to hear opinions.

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I have fished YFT several different ways, but never at night. I am wondering if underwater lights (blue) are good or bad? I have never seen them draw much bait to the boat which obviously would be good, but curious to hear opinions.

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Awesome, thank you, for the info.
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I'd say good and bad....

Good b/c you can see the flying fish, and hence catch them, and hence use them for bait for said yellowfin...

Bad b/c (from my experience at least) sharks and barracuda's like to 'hang out' near underwater lights. When you hook up to said yellowfin turn the underwater lights off and you will have a much better chance of landing a whole fish.

*disclaimer: I'm new to this game, above is just from personal experience.
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Old 06-20-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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Rusty, thank you for said observation. Every bit helps. I fish the Bahamas for them, but only been up in the Gulf once on a charter out of Venice, and it was strictly day fishing. Personally though it kind of sucked as we spent all day running and only had 3-3.5 hours to fish. Too much to spend for a short window of fishing. We plan to fish both day and night, hopefully sneaking in a nap somewhere along the way.
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[QUOTE=Kevinwwings2;6208833]in the Gulf once on a charter out of Venice, and it was strictly day fishing. Personally though it kind of sucked as we spent all day running and only had 3-3.5 hours to fish. /QUOTE]

I had a completely different experience on a Venice Charter. We ran about an hour, to the mouth of the Mississippi, threw the cast net for bait, than about another hour, to the rig we targeted, fished 8 hours, and ran two hours back.

Left the docks at 6 am, and were back after 6 pm.
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Banana: I am betting you were not during the mid/late summer? We went in Mid June, and we ran the hour out the river, then another 45 minutes, spent 45 min sabiking little hard tails, then another hour and a half to the rig, fished for 3-3.5 and then headed back. We left the dock about 6, got back at 5 or so and but between running and catching bait it felt like we only fished for an hour or two. Granted it was productive, and I am not complaining. I just look forward to leaving the dock just after sun up with boat full of bait, then start fishing around noon, fish through the night and run back the next day. We are planning to take shifts during the night, so everyone can grab a few hours in a bean bag.
Always more rewarding doing it yourself VS just showing up and following orders.
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Banana: I am betting you were not during the mid/late summer?
We went in May as seen on this post:


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Banana, great job on the video and looks like a great trip. We did well had a 118 and a 128# with several in the 50# and one 75# over the course of 2 days. It just felt like we didn't spend much time on the fishing grounds.
I love that you put the girls on the rods too, they weren't just there for boat rides. Great work.
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Underwater lights = good night time fishing, including YFT
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