Soak times and cut bait or whole?

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  1. Tunakillerjoe1

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    What are your thoughts on the soak times, (first soak starts before sundown) and if the bait should be cut, or whole? I figure the first soak should be long, if the hoops are in well before sundown. Maybe an hour at least. Shorter after, maybe 40 minutes. Thoughts? My impression is lobies will leave after a short time. Come on, what ideas do you have!
     
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    Everyone has a different opinion on soak times. A good starting point is 1 hour for the first soak and 30 min thereafter. That’s about what I do. I’ve pulled a net after 5 minutes with lobster in it, so who knows. I would imagine you can get away with longer soak times with conical nets.
     
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    Cant speak about the bay but when i used to lobster fish of the piers, 15 mins was my go-to.
     
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    Last night I soaked for 2 min from shore, pulled up a bug. Good first test as it wasn't legal. From 18:00 - 21:00 the best soak was around 5-7 minutes. Pulled almost 30 between a buddy and I, but only had 2 keepers for the night.
     
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