long key bridge

ChasinpoonsChasinpoons HomesteadPosts: 4 Greenhorn

hello everyone,

I am going this weekend to long key bridge. does anyone know which bait is best to use there? freeline or weight? going for hopefully some permit and tarpon.


  • The Cat's EyeThe Cat's Eye Posts: 1,160 Officer

    I assume you are aware that permit cannot be harvested 
    in the Keys from April 1, to July 31

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  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 2,862 Captain
    For those 2 you might need different rigs. I would think a small crab or a live pilchard would work well. Or a big dead chunk on the bottom 
  • RareRare Posts: 238 Deckhand
    Both methods work. Big dead chunk at the bottom will give you a shark. But using a crab.... once in awhile will get you a shark as well.
  • ChasinpoonsChasinpoons HomesteadPosts: 4 Greenhorn

    I don't keep anything I catch. I never have. I do it for the sport of it.

  • ChasinpoonsChasinpoons HomesteadPosts: 4 Greenhorn
    I think im going to try the pilchard at the bottom
  • Reel TealReel Teal Posts: 2,862 Captain
    Get a pier net too if you want to release them with a chance of survival. 
  • RareRare Posts: 238 Deckhand
    edited July 19 #9
    Then long key is not the bridge for you if you want to catch and release poons safely. Not that it cant be done, but that ****  will be thrashing as you bring it up and on the bridge  net and bridge nonstop.  Permit, not a problem 
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