Opeleye fishing

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  1. SpottieAddict

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    Does tide matter for opeleye fishing. Deciding to go for them tommorow. Not sure if low tide is good for them
     
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    Find the spot where rock meets sand. Toss peas, shrimp, ghosts, mussel, corn etc... Opaleye respond well to chum... Bread, tortillas, American cheese, hot dogs, etc.. all work as chum as well... Not a hard fish to target
     
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    Thank you so much, do the tides matter very much or not really
     
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    Depends on the spot. Take notes about what works and it will help you get more consistent.
     
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    im giving hospitality point a try today, not sure if that’s good
     
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    There are certainly opaleye there, the rock wrasse might plague you though. If you catch big ones, eat them
     
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    Thanks I appreciate it
     
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    Not a problem. I assume you are intending to eat these panfish? Damn few target them otherwise...lol
     
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    I’ve seen a lot of people saying that they taste good. Usual don’t eat what I catch but I wanna give these a try
     
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    Scale and gut them underwater (no smell). Keep them cold after harvest and eat them promptly.
     
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    Thank you so much for the tips I really appreciate it and am looking forward to hopefully catching my first opeleye
     
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    If your on a jetty or outlet, watch for eddies in the high to outgoing tide. Chuck bait in there with as little weight as possible to get it into the strike zone. Or just ask Werfless or K-Bo Smack. They seem to have it dialed in this year.
     
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    Can you cook them first?
     
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    Optional, from what I hear. I prefer cooked, myself
     
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    Talking to a fella this morning that had been to a new sushi place. I asked how he liked the food. He said it was a little under-cooked.
     
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    What he said, wrasse are very plentiful and if you find minimum 10” or so they are worth preparing, they’re like nature’s fish stick. Werfless avoids them and I target them lol, my advice is if you find yourself in a wrasse hole, 1) move, they seem to me to swarm and attack in small spots, like 10 feet away you can probably avoid them 2) don’t use shrimp or any crustacean as bait or chum if they’re around.
     
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    I had a lot of takes but they all went into the rocks and broke me off. I caught a little one but I put it back, forgot to take a pic. No skunk though! Today was super windy and I fished incoming tide so it was pretty rough so I added on a little spit shot.
     
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    Fish with me sometime.. I usually fish Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday around sunset... I can get you on a few
     
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    That would be an honor! Not sure if I can make it this week, got a lot of homework before school ends
     
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