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Fished this morning and caught blues in the 1 1/2 to 2 lb. range and two reds that were both over the slot and several fish that I can't identify. They look like smaller versions of "Dave's" gag groupaaaaahs. Tough to wrestle off the bottom and out of the rocks whatever they are. The red in the pic went 30 inches and had two other hooks and lines deep in him. Cut the lines out and left the hooks. I've gone exclusively with circle hooks when targeting reds and flounder and they have worked very well for me virtually elimanating deep hook sets. The pics were taken with the cell phone so not very good quality.
 

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Jeffo, they were caught from shore and actually quite close probably within 50 feet of shore. I used a 1/2 ounce egg sinker on 18 inches of 30 lb. test flourocarbon leader. Lots of rocks close by. I use 10 lb. test line on my 1500 penn spinner and 7 1/2 foot medium light action rod. Finger mullet are everywhere and that's what I used for bait.
 

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Great post. Were you in a boat?
Gotta talk faster Glenn - Sandbar's 4:04 post beat your 4:04 post to the list!

Finger mullet are everywhere and that's what I used for bait.
What size mullet are best? The ones I caught last week in Swansboro were between 4 and 6+ inches - seemed awful big to me for puppy drum and the like. (Was the first time I've ever netted bait or fished live bait in the ocean).
 

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Gotta talk faster Glenn - Sandbar's 4:04 post beat your 4:04 post to the list!


What size mullet are best? The ones I caught last week in Swansboro were between 4 and 6+ inches - seemed awful big to me for puppy drum and the like. (Was the first time I've ever netted bait or fished live bait in the ocean).[/quote

Since there are so many finger mullet around I do cull the larger ones and use the smaller which are around 4 inches but I doubt the pups would have any trouble taking the larger ones.

My attempt at using the quote feature didn't quite work out.
 

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Bigger baits attract bigger fish. Big fish sometimes eat a small bait but If you want to eliminate the small ones and go for quality fish, 4"-6" mullet will get you more big ones than small baits. 10" spots are often fished for doormat flounder at the CHESAPEAKE BAY BRIDGE TUNNEL.(CBBT) They catch some 10lb+ flounder on them. In Texas a lot of big trout get taken on 8"-10" mullet. Pretty common in Baffin Bay down near Port Mansfield. You need to be in an area with big trout though. Sorta big for most places. I think 4"-6" will get you the most quality fish. Go bigger for the trophies.
 

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Yup, junvenile gag! :) They pull pretty good too them small ones! They'll run ya silly if they have any kind of cover around for sure.. Groupah!!! :D
ah.. looks that that time of the year is rollin around...

Thanx for the report and good catch there Sandbar!
 

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Dave I hate I never got to go chase "Groopah' on the "9" !!!!
 

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Thanks for doctoring the Red.. I have gone exclusive circle hook also.. Havent missed one yet that picked up a bait!
 
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