|Emma and Capers Cauthen with an April red snapper release|
while fishing with William Dotterer on the Dog House II
|100-Pound Wahoo boated April 11 link|
Offshore Report: Garmany reports that spring time typically has offshore fisherman giddy with excitement as the season begins to kick off and they wait for the first few good reports come in before they fuel up and make the journey out. Well wait no longer as we have already had some solid reports of dolphin coming in from 400-1200ft of water, blackfin tuna holding in 130-200ft, and some STUD wahoo coming in from the ledge recently. If you have never tried it, be sure to carry some surface chuggers and vertical jigs out for the blackfins. When the blackfin are feeding on top there is nothing more exciting than watching a 30# tuna explode on a surface plug, and when they sound later in the day vertical jigs become deadly when you can mark the fish 100ft below the surface. In addition to the trolling, many have been doing some bottom dropping on the way home and reporting back great catches of large sea bass and triggers.
Shane says it’s still early, but we’re already getting great reports. Capt. Trey Kemmerlin from our West Ashley shop, went about 60 miles out to the ledge this past weekend and did some damage on the Wahoo, Mahi and Tuna. Trey says to push out further looking for temperature breaks and weedlines and make sure to drag those smaller baits far behind the boat for your best shot at hooking up. Make sure to use wire leader for Wahoo so they don’t cut through the line, while Flouro leader is best for Tuna.
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