PBI Afternoon Troll 7/28

Saw that the tide looked good hopefully for a little afternoon wahoo action. Left the dock in my 15 whaler with my buddy spence. Started off the dodge wall with a spread of 2 ballys with islanders, and a yozuri bonita. Zig zagged from 100-250. Had a few bites that just missed the hooks off of the tiara. Kept trolling until we were north of the juno pier, finally the reel started screaming in 140ft just off the ledge. Knew this was a nice fish by the way it was fighting. Saw color and realized it was a SMOKER. Spence slowly worked him to the boat where he made a couple more runs until i sunk the gaff in him. Called it a day after that and ran in before dark. Fish ate a blue and white islander over a bally.

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  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,782 Moderator
    Nice king.

    Did you get any bites in the Bonita lure? Where do you run that one and at what speed? I have a few rigged and plan on adding it to the spread soon.
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  • whaler 15whaler 15 Posts: 71 Deckhand
    Nice going slob king fish
  • Gatorzone19Gatorzone19 Posts: 127 Officer
    Nice king.

    Did you get any bites in the Bonita lure? Where do you run that one and at what speed? I have a few rigged and plan on adding it to the spread soon.

    Didnt have any bites yesterday but it usually gets quite a few hits. I run that at anywhere from 8mph-15mph with a 24-32oz lead right behind the prop wash.
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  • DrCokeDrCoke Posts: 102 Deckhand
    Great catch for the smoker!!
    I striked out today myself with the man in strips.
  • Fi$h2nguyenFi$h2nguyen Posts: 7,782 Moderator
    Hmm so maybe they're high speedable with a trolling lead...
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  • Salty_CrackerSalty_Cracker Posts: 119 Deckhand
    Didnt have any bites yesterday but it usually gets quite a few hits. I run that at anywhere from 8mph-15mph with a 24-32oz lead right behind the prop wash.

    Thanks for the report. Is the lead necessary for the yozuri? We were trolling a maurader and an x rap at 8-10 mph with no lead and I didn't see any need for it. Maybe you need it when getting up to 15?
  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 793 Officer
    Can you troll at a slower speed depending on what your spread is? I usually troll at 6.5 mph, with skirted ballyhoo, feathers, lures, is that too slow? Also do you change the speed based upon the direction you troll, i.e., with the current or against it?
  • Gatorzone19Gatorzone19 Posts: 127 Officer
    Thanks for the report. Is the lead necessary for the yozuri? We were trolling a maurader and an x rap at 8-10 mph with no lead and I didn't see any need for it. Maybe you need it when getting up to 15?

    You dont need a lead at 8-10 but over that i would suggest one to keep it in the water.
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  • JRussellJRussell Posts: 1,411 Officer
    Hmm so maybe they're high speedable with a trolling lead...

    Definitely. Only issue is some of them swim on their sides.
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  • Gatorzone19Gatorzone19 Posts: 127 Officer
    Can you troll at a slower speed depending on what your spread is? I usually troll at 6.5 mph, with skirted ballyhoo, feathers, lures, is that too slow? Also do you change the speed based upon the direction you troll, i.e., with the current or against it?

    I usually troll ballys with islanders anywhere from 6-10mph. Sometimes ill throw it in neutral to let the baits sink then speed up to get the baits to rise, this triggers a strike a good amount of the time.
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  • Aquaholic IVAquaholic IV Posts: 793 Officer
    Thanks. I zig zag so one bait drops as the other rises which has increased my strike rate. Trying to perfect the offshore bite, I usually fish inshore but the cesspool inshore is not fishable.
  • e-moneye-money Posts: 4,258 Captain
    Slob king, way to go!!!
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  • roweryborowerybo Posts: 2,091 Officer
    That is a SMOKER for sure. Good job
  • Derek ArsuaDerek Arsua Posts: 2,474 Officer
    Solid king


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