Need help fishing in Mission Bay

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  1. Hyst3rikal

    Hyst3rikal Well-Known Member

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    I am super new to fishing from a boat in the bay. I bought a 13.5 Zodiac from a friend in June, I have added some awesome mods for Rod Holders and a Table, etc. I have solid gear all around and could not be happier with my setup.

    Problem is, I cannot seem to get consistent bites in the bay. I usually launch from Dana, head to the MB Channel, drift line there with squid or a dropper and either a lizard or a gulp crawfish/shrimp. NOTHING! I throw swimbaits, underspins, cranks, jerks, etc, NOTHING. Then I troll Flash Minnows and bounce Swmibaits back past the Ingrahm bridge as I love to drift down in back of Sea World. I did catch a 25'' Butt back there in June.

    Have the bites been bad? Is the water too warm? I have been trying to fish Tides but to no avail. I went on this weekend and caught 1 SBB and 3 Mackeral from 630am to 12pm. :( Still a great day but I wonder if I am fishing wrong? Ideally, I am targeting Butts and Lunkers but I seem to either land dinks or goose eggs.

    Any help would be super awesome. Thanks all!
     
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    Try the 1/4oz HOOK UP BAITS and don't work to hard. I prefer the red crab Hook Up Bait but have gotten bit on almost all colors. 6 to 8 lb line and if using the braid I'd recommend using a swivel. You'll get bit. And, EVERYTHING eats them.

    Best of Luck and, above all, enjoy.


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    Thanks a ton man. I will try it. Have fun out there. -Erik
     
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    fish finder? never own a boat but just thinking out loud

    chum the water?
     
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    Fishfinders are really good things, learning where fish congregate to feed is another approach. I believe both would help you learn the fishery a bit better. Get live bait, target specific spots you believe hold fish. If you dont have a fish finder, and they aren't hitting live bait, its a good idea to try another spot.
     
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    Look man.. there is so much bait being cycled through MB right now that fishing on the main channel edges is going to suffer. Figure out where all the bait being dumped in Mission bay is ending up in the tide, and the fish will be there in spades.. or, go catch a small yfc and get him on bottom where you think there is a good ambush point of
     
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    I also got a boat this summer and have been learning basics of mission bay. A good simple start befor exploring more areas and techniques is
    8-10lb Fluoro and 1/4 - 3/8 lead head w/ 3-5in curly tail grub in any variety of green, brown, pumpkin, chartreuse, orange etc ( gulp swimming mullet in camo is good start)
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    Dropshot w/ 3/8-3/4oz 12-24in drop with 3in gulp smelt baitfish or white zoom fluke nose hooked

    Drift every span of both bridges And fish around all the 5mph and no-wake signs.
    You can’t not get bit doing this.
    To me time of day and light seem to matter more than the tide in Mission Bay so early morning and late evening usually have best action for me and over the past 6 weekends average a fish every 10-15min over 3-4hr outing.
    When you get bit redo the same drift over and over as you’ll usually pull several from the same general spot.
    If the drift isn’t fast enough to move the bait well or the current and wind are opposing than slow wind your bait across the bottom with occasional lift or shake of the rod.

    Keep an eye out for balls of bait or any boils and be ready to throw a spoon, jerkbait or swimbait at them.
     
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    If you have the room, deadstick a grub with enough weight to run over the eelgrass. Fan cast another lure on the opposite end of the boat working a different depth as you drift. Try to maintain your composure when you get bit so you can make another pass in that area. You can eliminate unproductive water more quickly. Fan cast with the lure you have the most confidence in. If not picking up some grass, you’re just scratching your ***! If the grass is brown move to a new spot. Keep reporting your sessions here. You will refine your skills faster.
     
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    Fish an incoming tide first thing in the morning of 4 ft of water movement or more. 4 to 6# test, 3" single tail grub in one of the above colors. Usually dip them in Hot Sauce if its a new plastic. After that, not too much. Drift in with the tide. Pay attention to your line and rod tip. If something does feel right, SWING!
     
  10. Hyst3rikal

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    Thanks for the input. I have a Garmin Striker. I am trying to figure it out. I go over some fish, then I cast, then I pull my hair out. Maybe I should try more patience and less whiskey. :)
     
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    Thanks. I think maybe I have been playing the tide wrong. I plan to do dawn patrol on Saturday.
     
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    Funny thing is, the ONLY thing that i get hit on is my HUB Brown. Like Fish Candy!
     
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    Wow.. Thank you so much. This is great info.!! I am going to smash some fish Sat Morning!!
     
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    Thanks Mike. I have the room to do it. :) I usually do that and pick up a few dinks when I drift pass the dock at Sea World.
     
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    yes, I have the Garmin Striker and I am learning to use it now.
     
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    Some great info here

    Read the sticky post in the bay fishing forum by dj thrillz
     
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    thanks man.. I saw that this week. It is a solid post for sure.
     
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    First light on Friday!! Spotties here I come!
     
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