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Catch and Rig Ballyhoo | Fishing Offshore Key Largo | Catch N Cook

Catch and Rig Ballyhoo | Fishing Offshore Key Largo | Catch N Cook
all right everything's packed yes yes yes i can't find my sunglasses so i think i'm gonna have to rock my retros oh boy holy crap you gotta be kidding me i don't even think they're polarized jeez all these beeping noises it's a little early there's tons of mullet right down there swimming around now normally i'd be all excited and grab my castle and

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them but i don't need mullet for today's game plan got to put my gps in there and then we can get on the way today's plan is to run south out to tavernier creek i'll get some gas there and some chum and some bait and then i'm going to run pretty much east to i found a spot on florida

fishing

spots that mark and grass bottom which should be full of life so the plan is to chum there

catch

some

ballyhoo

and then i will show you how i rigged the

ballyhoo

and then we will take those rig

ballyhoo

and run out to the reef's edge and hopefully once and for all land ourselves a freaking wahoo you i think i have a little

ballyhoo

fetish going on today i want to rig them i want to

catch

them i want to

catch

them and then rig them i want to troll them i want to do everything i can to a belly hoo coming for you wahoo i see you i'm coming what is this there's the tavernier creek moreno where i'm gonna fill this thirsty lady up and then uh head out under this bridge and boom that's the atlantic ocean and that's where we'll start chumming get some

ballyhoo

...
catch and rig ballyhoo fishing offshore key largo catch n cook
and then we'll run

offshore

and troll for the big boys i need to get me one of those look at that electric real news well 386 dollars at the marina at least uh at least i was able to keep it under 400 this time all right not too far from land maybe about a mile a mile and a half i came out here and these are some real nice grass flats there's a nice big patch of grass and there's some rocks and i think it's a good environment for

ballyhoo

and some big mutton snappers so what we're gonna do here is you can see i'm in uh 13 feet of water which i like it is marking some fish on the bottom so that's interesting the main goal is just to

catch

ballyhoo

but i will be putting out a rod with a hopefully a nice

ballyhoo

chunk here in a second and maybe we can get a big mutton while we're at it i'm using this tournament master chum which has the uh menhaden milk in it or whatever the uh that oily fishy stuff which i'm hoping is gonna put some extra smell in the water to get the uh to get the um the valley who's smelling it from afar to get them right behind the boat get in there boy slack tide is around 11 30 pm today i think and right now it's about 9 20 so we got a good running tide which is important because when you're chumming you want the tide to push your chum away or else it's just going to sink right to the bottom and you're not going to attract many fish so i got probably an hour maybe two hours of decent current left...
catch and rig ballyhoo fishing offshore key largo catch n cook
before it goes slack so hopefully we can get on those valley hood well i know you're supposed to just use this fish oil for soaking your oats but a little good luck squirt never hurt anybody just a little pour for my homies that's all all right that'll get them going i also got some thread herring here which i'm defrosting those will be really good for chunk chumps i'll be like each thread herring i'll probably cut into three pieces or two pieces and just throw them out that should get the fish excited so basically i'll just cut them up like this i'll put this nice big chunk on a hook hopefully for a big mutton and the rest of this i'll i'll start chumming this out there just give it a nice toss cut up some more pieces here yes let the mutton get excited so let me show you what i'm working with today here's my rod i think it's a 30 pound test braid i got about a one ounce sinker to a swivel with a nice long leader of 30 pound fluorocarbon so here's the hook nice chunk of um thread herring hopefully i'll be using some fresh

ballyhoo

in a second because that's what i'm out here trying to

catch

but threat herring for now and you can see this leader is i would say close to seven feet i've been seeing everyone that's

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ing the big muttons i always see them using huge leaders so i'm going to give that a try today yeah you can see that's the leader right there so pretty long it's a little hard...
catch and rig ballyhoo fishing offshore key largo catch n cook
to cast these long leaders but never mind no it's not i just chucked that way out there eight plus hiko you probably can't see but the

ballyhoo

there's already maybe five or six of them they're starting to show up just like clockwork they love those chum blocks so oh yeah there's a whole bunch of

ballyhoo

's showing up now so let's get um let's

catch

some

ballyhoo

today we're going to cover two ways that you can put some

ballyhoo

live belly hoo in your boat the perfect bait for trolling the perfect cut bait for bottom

fishing

one is a net so obviously you need a net and you should probably know how to throw a net that's one method that we'll do in a second and the other method is hook and line so you can take a

fishing

pole and use one of these very small golden hooks you can tell they're not very big you just tip the end of it with a little piece of chum or anything really and you just toss it right back on your chumps like in the valley who should grab it so we can see the

ballyhoo

they have arrived there's got to be at least 20 of them already behind the boat if not more wow 30 40 50 i don't know tons of so we'll start by using the small hook method there it is just a little piece of thread herring that i'm using oh one of them try it one of them went for it they want it so this is good this is good and just like that we got a belly who whoo so just like that oh he's a juicy one too great just flick it out...
there they should pretty much grab it um real quick oh there we go that didn't take long well as you saw it's pretty simple to

catch

those

ballyhoo

one by one with the little gold j-hook but i don't like to

catch

ballyhoo

one by one i don't have all day i want to throw a net on them i mean look how many

ballyhoo

are behind the boat just right in the chum slick say we put a net right on top of those guys i want to toss out a nice chunk of fresh

ballyhoo

on the mutton snapper rod so i would say that piece looks just dandy there i'll hook it just like that so now i can cast that guy out while i wait for more

ballyhoo

to show up for to cast it well i was about to uh try to get a shot of me cast sitting on mullet but something grabbed a hold of my uh of the

ballyhoo

i don't have the gopro on my chest unfortunately but uh it should be fun see what i got maybe a nice snapper oh a mutton it is a mutton that's exactly what we've been looking for except i mean obviously he's not the size that i want but the point is mission accomplished let's see if we can get a big old one going but first let's

catch

some more

ballyhoo

oh yeah another great net full of

ballyhoo

there we so a go

ballyhoo

with the hook hook and line and then one cast and that's already what we have so let's do a few more casts and we should have plenty of allihoo for trolling for the next couple trips there we go yep so as you can see i caught a nice amount of

ballyhoo

...
right there it's about 11 20 and the slide's pretty much gone slag just as expected my chum is pretty much just sinking straight down instead of moving out away from the boat to attract the fish but i'm seeing tons of fish there's still tons of

ballyhoo

behind the boat so what i'm going to do is maybe fish for 20 30 minutes just fully focus on

fishing

have some fun and then i'm going to run out to the reef's edge where hopefully we'll have some real fun this is the hook that i'm running got that 30 pound mono maybe six eight feet and i took the weight off and now i just have a straight braid to mono knot so there's no current i don't really need the weight i'm just gonna chuck it out there and let's see what happens all right i think i'm on something here yeah something good feels good i think it's also smart because oh here it comes it went for a rock it's in a rock now damn it oh i got it out it could be a grouper the way that it's kind of bumping up and down from the rocks let's see see what we got ourselves here oh no i think it's a yeah it's a make it's a black grouper yes sweet they got to be 24 inches we'll see what he is oops very oh jeez come on don't think he's big enough but he is a beautiful fish sometimes that's all that matters that's nice right in the lip hook it's perfect yeah he's not big enough 20. about 21 inches beautiful beautiful guy sweet all...
right i'm gonna let him go for him to enjoy another day oh there he goes yep whoa there's a lure just floating here let me see if i can grab that check that out i just got myself a free

fishing

lure he was just floating right right next to the boat he looks nice and shiny i might be able to

catch

like some ladyfish or something on this guy these trunks that's what get the grouper and the big muttons to really come you just kind of throw those back there and then that's the key oh and we're on again there's so much life here i would looks like we got a small snapper here it's not at all what i was trying to go for i mean he's a legal snapper should i keep him you know what i will keep him because i have been meaning to hole fry one of these guys you know what he's only 12 and a half inches he's legal but if i think i'll i'm gonna let him go i've been

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ing so many snapper lately i think something might have a hold of my uh piece of chunk bait yes it's playing with it i'm waiting for it to start swimming with it there we go yeah i'm on probably another little snapper if i had a guess oh oh no another grouper hello whoops oh these long leaders are hard to grab that would be a i believe a red grouper a small one my what a big mouth you have just a very small red grouper look my bait is still in his mouth i'll let him keep that yep there he goes so let's rig a couple belly here they should look something...
like this in the end the first thing we're going to want to do with our belly hoo is prep it so i'm going to be rigging two different styles one will be with the double hooks on the top and the other will be the double hooks on the bottom both methods you need to start by clipping off these little fins so i find with a knife it works fine you just slide right under it oh that didn't go as smooth as planned there we go and then the other one sometimes you got to dig a little deeper and it'll work easier just like that do it to the other belly hoo just pop it off other side pop it off there we go finless now you want to remove the eyes too some people keep the eyes on if you have a thicker wire leader it's easier to poke it through but i'm going to take the eyeballs out of both of them the um the eyeballs will bulge out like that on both sides and it'll cause your

ballyhoo

to swim all crazy so i prefer to just to pop the eyes out just like that and there we go two belly hole belly holes yeah that's what it is belly holes now um both of them we're going to want to do about a half inch incision just right into the the anal hole right there and just cut up this will allow us to well in one of the rigs it'll be for a hook and the but for both rigs it'll allow us to squeeze all the contents out of there some people want to get the stomach and everything out too but for me i'm happy if just the majority of everything comes out keep it...
nice and pinched and just move your finger along there we go give it a little wash and beautiful now we have two beautiful prep

ballyhoo

so all this is is a three foot piece of leader which goes to two double hooks so then you have your piece of copper wire i'm actually reusing an old i've trolled this one before so it's actually an old rag um i'll show you how to build one from scratch in a second here we want to line up this little poker is going to go through the top of this mouth so we want to line that up with the mouth just like that and wherever this hook goes through the fish is where we're going to make that hole so right here make the hole perfect so now you're gonna put the first hook through that hole bring it down down down you don't want it to there you go and just shove it through shove it all the way in now add shove the other hook in too just like that perfect so now what we want to do is take your copper wire we're going to run it through the eye socket two times and twice and before i completely tighten that let me put my put this one up through the bottom jaw and then through the upper upper lip here just like that so it's poking out this is going to help keep the mouth close and something for the copper wire to really fasten to so now pull down tight on your copper wire you're going to make one circle behind the the wire poking out of his upper lip and then the rest will be in front and you want to make sure that...
your leader is kind of being nicely fastened onto the beak of the belly hoo and if there's some left over like an inch you can just pop it off just like that and there you have it that is a double hooked rig

ballyhoo

you control this naked or in my case i'm going to be putting an islander on it i'm actually going to put him in here i want to keep him out of the sunlight or else they get all hard and then they're just not they're just not as good as what they can be you'll notice that both these hooks are the tips are on the top the other the other way is one is like this and the other hook is up top so it's a little different style how these hooks are set take your wire run it here and then twist it on also take my copper and twist that on too that's basically all there is to it you got your hooks you got your main wire leader coming off of that and you got your little piece of copper wire that you use for fastening your

ballyhoo

so these hooks are gonna set instead of sitting like this with one poking out the bottom like that they're gonna both be on the top and they're gonna sit like this we'll give the top just a little a little bit of a get rid of the scales just like that make an incision along the back right to the rib i mean the spine and just cut back along the spine just like that perfect so now we're just gonna shove our hooks in there you want to line this poker up with the top of the belly who's lip so you know...
okay this should go in there like that so this should go just jam it in there and in the back you'll just bring it far back just kind of jam it deep in there as deep as good as you can get it we'll move back up take the leader tag end and stick it through the top top of the belly who's nose who doesn't want to poke through okay it's a tough belly here right here there we go went through now like the other one we'll do two loops through the eye socket sorry this is shaky i think i'm gonna have to redo i'm gonna make a professional video inside in the air conditioning no wind no waves but this is just a little brief overview here for you guys so you know what i'm trolling today all right and then we will bring this down once just like the other one we are just tying this leader the beak break off the rest of the beak toss that and there you go and this one will be trolling a black and red islander so i have big hopes for this guy right here wahoo candy i've rigged four

ballyhoo

in there the rest i'm gonna put in a bag and put it inside the cooler so they stay nice and fresh and cold and um usable i'll keep those right in there i think i got something here i don't know what it is i went into a rock sometimes when they go into the rock like this all you can do is give it slack and hope that uh it relaxes a bit and then decides it's safe to come out other than that you might pop yourself off trying to pull them out all right...
i waited a little bit let's see let's see what we got here ow nope he's in that rock he ain't coming out broke off my hook unfortunately but i'm using a much bigger hook this time oh yeah i got something here don't let it oh it popped off i gotta get it off the ground whatever it is no no no it's trying to go for the rocks i won't let you i won't let you what do we got here looks like another black grouper oh a red grouper hello hey he might actually be legal red grouper got to be 20 inches let's check he's like 19 and a half lucky fella there we go another big boy man i know there's big grouper down there i've i've been

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ing him but i really want to go trolling i should stay here but i want to troll so i'll send him back there he goes i think the key to getting these grouper and muttons around the boat is just to create a nice falling pattern of decent chunks and kind of throw yours in there with it gets the big boys all riled up another grouper small one another small red grouper there must be tons of them down there there we go he's really small but still a beautiful beautiful grouper go get big i'll be back for you man go on there he goes yeah i got something else here is that a snapper yeah looks like a snapper whoop yeah i think i'm going to keep him he's a good looking size oh slippery oh yeah i'm gonna if i had to take a wild guess i'm gonna say 13 and a half inches let's see...
whoa okay i'll come to you then he's like 13.6 inches boom i'm bringing you home buddy one fish in the box i'm not going home empty-handed today but also the real goal of today is not to come home with us with a snapper but to come home with a wahoo no on something here hey another grouper what do you know all right big boy let me see here what we got going on okay okay so you like fish huh here we go another small grouper there's it's funny yes doesn't feel like a monster but uh oh it feels good reeling something in oh what we got here another mutton snapper a small one oh he just he just crapped himself i think some of it got in my mouth all right all right there fish come on come on chase all right well there he goes i'm

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ing a mutton or a grouper every like 5-10 minutes but um that's not what we're here for today so despite me marking tons of fish under the boat despite me getting all these hits despite me seeing tons of bait fish and other stuff we're gonna move

offshore

and hopefully get ourselves a big big something put some meat on the boat whoa nelly it's a little wavy all right all right um you can see right here on the reset you went from 40 50 feet all the way to 100 feet and it'll keep probably dropping off to about 120 feet just right here off the grease edge right out of taverneer creek so this is how there's a frigate bird up there i would say that this is a great place to start trolling so here i am...
with a nice option allures to use i want to give a huge shout out to uh my subscriber richard stone dick stone big thanks you sent me a huge box of lures for christmas so much appreciated i'm going to be trolling all the lures you sent me in the spread today so big thanks this black and purple islander is what i am going to put wait where's my belly hoo where's my what did i do with my belly who oh there he is geez all right so the first thing i'll do is put this islander over the wire just like that see the belly who is nice and hidden in there i'm gonna twist the top of the wire make a loop here just like that there we go there's the loop with some twists so there we go um i will be trolling that on the deep drop rod in a second all right i got a trolling weight and then normally i would put some mono here a nice mono i guess shock cord but um not this time and there's my big old belly hoo there's all these little seaweed patches out here hopefully i don't have too many problems with them there it goes looks like it's gonna cause lots of commotion i like that i'd say about 100 yards out there 125 yards and i will stick him up here there we go cruising up top for him i'll just be using a very simple double hook

ballyhoo

with a uh ultra violet purple squid skirt and hopefully that'll produce i got about two and a half feet of metal leader on there wire and there we go let him go out and explore the world okay i got my three...
rods out if i had a buddy with me i would like to troll four or five rods but three rods is already enough just just by myself it's a headache i see some flying fish in front of the boat and they sometimes scatter out here they're scattered weed i'm actually marking fish right under the boat right here so we're trolling about four four to five knots so much slower than what i normally troll and i gotta say this is much more relaxing i really enjoy this easier to keep the boat in a straight line no

fishing

trips complete without a peanut butter and jelly sandwich yeah it's been 15-20 minutes i haven't got a hit yet so i'm going to quickly check on the baits make sure they're swimming right well i can see a problem already all right i'm gonna take the trolling weight off screw that way too much bulk unnecessary i don't need that who wants a tr a trolling weight not me yeah get rid of that big bulky thing the bait looks amazing no wait just just trolling let's see how that swims i gotta say it swims pretty fabulous all right that has got to

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something i think that's by far the best bait best looking bait i've ever trolled this guy had some seaweed on him too most of it fell off right at the boat but that just goes to show the importance of uh checking your lines every maybe every 15-20 minutes definitely doesn't hurt it's been another half an hour maybe even more and i just feel like i'll waste all day if...
i'm just trolling in the same spot so i'm gonna reel everything in run it and gun it just somewhere that this looks more fishy than this i'm gonna check out the wrecks and if i don't see anything at the wrecks i'll run out a little further

offshore

into like 250 250 feet of water and see if i can get on something there all right 118 feet marking tons of fish finally i rode out to a different spot different ledge a little further north and i think this looks like a good time to start trolling i wonder what's down there i i threw some chunk belly hoo or some chunk thread herring out but uh nothing's coming up to the boat so let's start trolling we're back in the trolling game got all my rods out except this one now i got all my rods out debris out here i'm going to see if there's a fish on it see if it'll want to eat a chunk of thread herring nope desperate and i ran out about 10 miles we are in 320 feet of water now but it's all okay because i'm feeling really good about this decision back at it again same spread different place there's that daisy chain making a ruckus back there yes we're on boys yeah boy oh yeah he's pulling yes come to daddy come to daddy hey wonder what it is this is on the daisy chain what could it be if it hit on the daisy chain it's probably a tuna if i had to take a wild guess it's got some fight in it yeah it's got some fight in it yes oh yeah whatever you do don't...
come off because i i want to at least know what you are i saw the boat and didn't get very happy about that what is it i think it's a tuna it's got to be a tuna blackfin beautiful colors on this guy stoked all right turning the aerator on oh that wave just smashed in here i'm gonna lead him out in here just cut the gills so he bleeds out real quick in there and then we'll move them to the ice box i dropped a man overboard where i where that tuna hit so we're gonna go back and troll around that area again maybe we'll pick off another tuna or something else it was in about 220 230 feet of water so i'll do one big pass back around this area and then we'll head heading closer and i'll try to troll in in more like 60 to 130 feet see if i can

catch

maybe uh i don't know a little sunset special on the reef's edge here at key

largo

whoo 115 feet of water so what i'm doing is i just popped it in into neutral and i'm going to let let the valley hoo sink for like a minute i'm going to kind of bring them back up i'm gonna put it in gear yeah it's getting really windy i've been i did a few circles over where i was marking all those fish and i'm just not getting anything so the sun's starting to go down as always oh i just got soaked on that drive-in i'm kind of drenched but i'm not giving up yet one more thing to do it's time to troll um wait let me get let me get it out of the bag come on a plug...
on the reef hey so we had that one medium-sized dive plug and then we have this guy right here who's a little bit smaller but it should be good let's make sure he swims right i think i'm throwing in the white flag i don't want to be driving back in the pitch start dang i thought there was a chance i could maybe pick up a grouper but it'll come i'm freezing oh man i'm crazy home sweet home well well well look who showed up it's swimming pretty fast already keep up with you wow that's a big messy we got it in there oh it's trying to drink the drops from the dripping out of there that's funny manatee life right there savor every drop so about to put the hose away and i looked down look how desperate this manatee is it's just trying to collect every drop off of a dog like it'll do anything for a drop of water this leak in the water pipe sure is convenient for this manatee there's also a natural spring in this marina and that's why we're gonna come here drink the fresh water coming out of the spring look at that and he's getting all the lemon you're welcome using its paws to funnel the water into its mouth boat's clean well i got hatchery

fishing

down i feel pretty confident anytime i run out i'll

catch

fish on the patriots but trolling the wahoo where are you i'm wet and i'm cold so i'm gonna go home make a hot chocolate so so so so so well what i should have done is scaled it before...
taking the head off but this will work just fine just take a knife or anything just like that just move the knife against against the scales and they'll come right off just like that got most of them off do the same thing to the other side there we go no more skills except the ones kind of stuck to it so we'll just wash those off there we go nicely washed gutted washing everything ready for the fryer the snapper is ready i'm going to probably bread it in some kind of batter and just throw it in hot oil fry it up that's all i'm gonna do with the snapper and the tuna i just have to fill it real quick that shouldn't take long and i am going to sear it with a coconut and breadcrumb crust and then i'll just be dipping that into some wasabi and soy sauce and that's the plan so hmm so so so uh so oh so so hello looks tasty huh me too i got a tuna fetish yup yeah you're not bad at

cook

ing either dude that's really good you put on top of it coconut coconut crust with panko breading i really clasped it up too yeah you always need to add that touch of classiness oh