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Old 09-22-2010, 11:14 PM   #1
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The last 3 trips (Bay, Sound and gulf) in my yak have resulted in 12 Ladyfish with the biggest being 24". They're killing my gulp, shrimp and cigar minnows.... They're fun and all but my bbq grill is getting lonely.

While I'm restocking my NEW tackle box due to an incident on the gulf, anyone got any recommendations???

I got smacked hard by a huge wave beaching the yak after a couple hours that snapped my crate lid so I lost my oakleys, tackle box, and my blackberry got soaked in the drybox.

But I'm counting the hours I can get back out there this weekend. =)
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:23 PM   #2
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Sorry to hear you got smacked on the way back in. I got smacked trying to get out a couple weeks ago and lost my hat, perscription sun glasses, box of tackle, broke the butt end of one rod in the holder, snapped the reel off another rod (but retreived it), and got a gash in my forearm from something on the yak on the way overboard. The good news was that it was early in the morning so there were very few witnesses. I feel your pain.
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Old 09-22-2010, 11:57 PM   #3
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That's pretty typical to have to wade through ladyfish this time of year. As the temp drops, we should start seeing less and less of them. Next one you get on that's 14inches or smaller, stick him on the end of a big rod and wait for Jaws to get hold of him. That'll give you a sleigh ride!

Bummer on loosing the tackle box and other gear. I've learned the hard way to tie everything down too. For offshore, I've been doing decently with the big X-raps in mackerel and mullet colors.

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Old 09-23-2010, 12:56 AM   #4
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Going further offshore should help avoid the ladyfish. Sorry about your stuff! The dry boxes don't seem to work when submerged in the water, so I have a dry bag inside of the box to double-protect and that seems to work. Good luck this weekend!
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Thanks fellas!

I'm attacking the sound this weekend either from the Navarre Bridge or up by Midway Water in Gulf Breeze.
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I got nailed good by a wave last Saterday night at Navarre beach and flipped over in my Outback. Luckily, the only thing I lost was one sandal and my dignity
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Surf is supposed to be rough all weekend.
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Live Ladyfish are primo baits for big Kingfish. You will need a large stinger rig. I use 3 #1 or 1/0 trebels. For trolling a dead ladyfish, tig it with a 1-2oz jig head with 2 #1 or 1/0 trebles. Of course, Sharks will eat ladyfish too. A big Wahoo could get interested to.
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