Re: New to offshore fishing
August 19, 2018 at 9:07pm
I myself have been offshore fishing for around 5 years. What you do offshore depends on what you are fishing for. I suggest going at least 15-20 miles offshore if you are going for the general offshore fish that people go for. I fish out of Cocodrie and that's my rule of thumb. Cobia: Jigheads and tails seem to do the trick. Go up on a rig and jig for about 3-4 casts. I jig extremely fast and the Cobia love it. Always try different techniques of jigging. Jig in a way that works for you and roll with it. If you don't get any bites, move on to another rig. Cobia are big fish and have the ability to tear up your boat so be aware of that. I like to use a Finnor Lethal 100 on a Finnor Powerlite rod. I use 50 lb power pro. Some people most likely think that it is a bit overkill for Cobia but those things get big. I am not suggesting you buy my setup as it is expensive but I suggest looking for a spinning reel that can handle a Cobia. Ask around a bit and see what other people use. Red Snapper: Red Snapper are the easiest to fish but the hardest to make time for. Red Snapper season is highly regulated but when you can fish them, do it. As for bait, they eat anything. I usually use frozen pogey or sardines. As for fishing them, Red Snapper always hang out around rigs, both big or small. The rigging is simple. Hook, swivel, leader (50 lb fluorocarbon), and then a circle hook. I can't quite remember the exact size hook but I think it is 6-8. Just drop straight down and then reel up off the bottom. Work your way up until you get a bite. Red Snapper don't like to move up or down much so try to move your bait up and down to get on their level. Only stay at a rig if you get bites often. I have had my fair share of times where I would catch a snapper early on and then not get a single bites for about 15 minutes. Don't let that happen. Always try different rigs. As for gear, use whatever works. I can't give many specifics on reels and rods. Look around and I guarantee you can find people that will show you what to get. Mangrove Snapper: Mangrove Snapper generally hang out closer to the surface of rigs. You can use lighter gear, smaller hooks, and smaller bait than you would for snapper. I like to just free line it (no weight) and see if they bite. They are usually at rigs. If the water is clear, you should be able to see them close up on the rig. As for bait, you can use squid and shrimp but basically use whatever they are biting on. Amberjack: I started fishing them this summer. They hang out around rigs and these are some big motherf*****. I use live hardtail to catch them. To hook on, I back up into the rig and drop a line. As soon as I hook on, I put the rod in the rod holder, put the drag to full, and gun it off the rig. This is to make sure the Amberjack doesn't have the chance to go under the rig and cut my line. As for gear, I use a Shimano TLD 25 with 80 lb power pro. I don't know what rod I have but it does the job. Rigging is pretty standard. Size 8-9 hook, 8 oz weight, and 100+ lb fluorocarbon. Remember, Amberjack is EXTREMELY regulated so always check in on Amberjack season. I have very little experience blue water fishing so I can't give you insight on Tuna or Mahi-Mahi. Just know, blue water does whatever blue water wants to do. I may be 80 miles offshore one weekend and then 115 miles offshore the next. I can give more detail if you have any questions. For anyone reading this that goes, 'What the f*** is this guy talking about?' Please just tell this guy what you do and give him your tips. I am not a pro fisherman, I am just telling him what works for me and giving him insight.