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Going to the salt dome/ old horse shoe rigs saturday(heard the big yellow have arrived). Doing an overnighter as well. Need some recommendations.. We typical stay overnight at Na Kika or the drill ship close by. I understand Elf is closer to shoes then Nakika. Should we stay the night there or just stay on the dome? Or any other recommendations...(anyone know if there is a drill ship close bye). Thanks
 

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I am headed out tomorrow for an overnight in the same area.
 

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It is around 250 ft in the middle of the horseshoe rigs. Good bottom fishing in that middle area lots of mingos. I commercially fished those salt domes 30 years ago. Sometimes monster cobia are around the rigs even in the winter. Good luck make sure you report back on results and some pictures of the rigs.
 

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Anyone have the coordinates to the Elf. and no I dont have a Hiltons. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm dying to know if anyone went, and if the big ones were there! I'm ready to get back out there.
 

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I went, got there and turned right back around idling home on one engine. This was the trip that was truly never meant to happen!
I did see BowedOver at the ramp headed out Saturday. I can not wait to hear how he did!!

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Nice fish Contender! Glad to see that you slapped a slob on the deck! I want to get out there so bad I can't see straight. Thanks for the report and Photos!
 

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First off sorry for the delay. Reel dog I am sorry Ya'll didn't get to finish your trip. We were gonna ask if you wanted to come with us, but the boat owner didn't want 7 on an overnighter.
So we launched out of DI. Tried for bait at the first few rigs off the island-No luck.So off to the shoe with our 100lbs of frozen pogeys. We stopped at a rig just north east of dome for a few hardtails and a few AJs for chunking too. Off to the dome. We get there and there is 20 boats all drifting. We start on top off dome and there was nothing but kings, sharks, and bonita. so we move to north side of shoe. Nothing but bonita. Did about 3 more drifts in various areas same results, so off to the deep blue. First stop-ensco drill ship aprox. 20 miles south of shoe. Covered in black fin, but couldn't get an ole yellar to bite. So further south we go. To the group of rigs/drill ship south east of Ensco. Fished all night with nothing but blackfin biting-Makes for a long night when you can get the yellow to eat at night. Back to Ensco for morning bite, again covered in blackfin but couldn't get any yellow to bite. Off, to the saltdome again. This time only 3 boats when we arrive-ended up being about 9 boats by end of day. So we set up drifts again and same results from previous day.Finally decide to run further deep and see what happens. So we started our drift in about 300 feet on the south side of dome. We drifted towards the dome and some more of same results. Finally we get a screamer on the line and land our only yellow(sucks). We head back to the same spot. Hook up with a smaller yellow only to see it get devoured by a huge hammerhead. I mean this bastard three bit this tuna, down the hatch. It was pretty cool. The water was bright red after first bite. I have seen a shit ton of sharks in my day, but there were some huge ass sharks out there, which were constinelly getting "Boomed" by boats all around. Seen a few boats catch a few yellows, but not like last year. See second pic. Back to the same spot only to have big sharks back. Decided to head towards home. Could have sunk the boat with blackfin. I know one boat found a new secret yellow spot on top of a grouper hole he had.;)
 

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It was slow Saturday at the dome for us too. Bite was much better a week prior on thursday. We did get one good one after tying hooks and battling maneaters all day at 330 in the afternoon
 
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