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: South Beach Bait Tip

07-09-2006, 07:15 AM
I saw the BIGGEST sand eels I've ever seen off South Beach - so big that I wonder if they are even sand eels. Had one fish bust at the boat chasing one out of the water in 36'

The perfect fly to match them would be a 6" sluggo in Arkansas Shiner color although bubblegum pink was the top producer on the boat followed by natural colors. The successful retrieve was a 15 - 20 second drop followed by a slow raise/ retireve jig.

No fly or light tackle gear on board due to a day OTW chasing tuna but we still lost multiple fish on our lightest tuna rods due to trying to balance heavier drags & rods against pulling hooks when trying to stop some of these heavy runners.

I didn't see any fishermen at the lighthouse yesterday AM or on SB in the PM but did see the same bird/ fish behavior within casting distance of the beach. THe terns fly like there are bluefish under them but if you cast into that area & let it sink you will find stripers to get you into the 40 club.

Good luck,


07-09-2006, 07:48 AM
Thanks for the report Jeff. Time for a Rip Trip soon. FishHawk:D

07-09-2006, 08:58 PM
I think I can match that hatch :)

Thanks for the heads up

07-10-2006, 08:04 AM
In addition to the magnum eels, a few of the bluefish we caught puked up peanut bunker. One of the bettter bass we got barfed a white squid that must have been 16" long.