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Old 11-08-2014, 04:32 PM   #1
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Took advantage of the water still being warm and launched into the Gulf from Destin. Fish finder was showing surface water temps between 70-73. Bait was still easy to find and sabiki up, but deeper than usual and almost exclusively in 20' plus. Had a small king before 7, but had a brain fart and when I went to grab his tail, my hand that was on the rod squeezed the fishing line, then the fish tried to take off and instantly snapped the knot since I didn't let him run the drag. Caught a remora, a bonito and a 12" triggerfish (released him to grow a bit) then another king that was around 31". No other bites, but I think small Spanish were tearing my cigs up. I did see two schools of the hugest jacks I've ever seen. I thought it was a pod of dolphins at first, then they came closer. Couldn't hook up with a sleigh ride on one though. Oh well.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:40 PM   #2
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Nice catches! Did you have a sling jig at the ready?!
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Nice catches! Did you have a sling jig at the ready?!
It's funny that you asked! I only had one offshore jig I picked up in spring because I heard they were nice to have for cobia. I never had any luck with it. I just picked a new second smaller one for trying on bottom spots and hadn't taken it off the line from earlier in the day so I was able to get a cast or two ahead of the jacks, but no luck. Not sure how I'm supposed to work the action on these big jigs when casting them out to busting fish. These are the two I've got. For scale the red/white tsunami is 1 1/2 oz. Not sure if these are worthwhile offshore, or what.




I *did* have a diamond jig that I lost today... on the first time I used it... on the very first drop. Guess Ill be buying more of those. Probably a king or barracuda I'm assuming.
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You could probably get a jack to hit those jigs but youre going to need to rip it as fast as you can. I like to rip sling jigs. Heck even the bull reds today were eating that jig.

I like jigs like this. They are cheap and effective. Ive caught cobia, tuna, spanish, kings, snapper, AJs, bannded rudderfish, bobos, redfish and snapper on these things. Even saw a sailfish way out and winged one at him (they throw a mile) and he followed it all the way up to the kayak. Get some in pink and blue/white and blue/green in 2oz and 3oz depending on the rod youll be using.

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Cool, I'll have to add once to my box. Thanks!
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Kings will be around as long as water temps stay 65 or higher .
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Kings will be around as long as water temps stay 65 or higher .
Nice. I've heard a few different numbers for the temps when they leave, but hadn't been seeing much about people going offshore in the kayak reports. This is the first year I've been fishing the gulf so it's all new to me. Was hoping to have some BFT for dinner (I know they're kind of rare.)
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Nice. I've heard a few different numbers for the temps when they leave, but hadn't been seeing much about people going offshore in the kayak reports. This is the first year I've been fishing the gulf so it's all new to me. Was hoping to have some BFT for dinner (I know they're kind of rare.)
They are around also. Right now, look On light north wind days look for the Balyhoo wads screaming for the shallows from out deep. Anything will be chasing them. BF, mahi's,Mackerals, Hoo's ? Who knows. Good luck.
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