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Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 4:37 am
by akasephiroth
Just bought a new boat, with old boat I was use to St. Marks area. Last few years without a boat I've hit up Panama City boat rentals and found several nice triggerfish holes, but with new boat I'm hitting up carribelle area pretty regularly and coming up empty handed on the triggerfish. So what am I doing wrong? Using double hook rigs with cut squid turned up snapper, cut sand perch got the snapper churning, shrimp got the snapper...I can't make snapper sandwiches just yet still got a few months for them in the meantime how do I avoid these beautiful monsters and find some triggers for the grease?

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 7:41 am
by bbb
Out of Mexico Beach, we always encountered triggers on the drop, not on the bottom. So I would say try suspending your bait halfway or 3/4 to the bottom, not on the bottom.

Also put out a chum slick. Triggers will come right to the surface.

Flipper won’t eat a trigger so they are more willing to take the risk of coming up.

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 8:17 am
by Steve Stinson
Isn't there a ban on keeping trigger fish right now or did that get lifted? Seems like I caught several late last fall and had to put them back because there was a ban in place.

Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 9:45 am
by bbb
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Right now its open though I expect the season will close May 2nd due to “Recreational Quota has been met”.

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 9:48 am
by Steve Stinson
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Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 24th, 2020, 10:54 am
by EddieJoe
Good posts. Wouldn’t take an offshore trip for one trigger, even assuming you could catch one >15”. Kind of like a 36” AJ.

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 25th, 2020, 6:05 pm
by GC88
I seem to find them to the SW in around 90 feet. I also look at a large ball on the sonar up about 30ft or so.

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 27th, 2020, 2:53 am
by akasephiroth
I always have 4-5 people onboard fishing, really looking for a hole I can put the family on catching triggers and porgies maybe I'm not going deep enough I'm hitting 70 feet holes.

Re: Can't find the triggers

PostPosted: March 27th, 2020, 9:54 am
by StMarksAngler
I don't ever target them, but frequently get triggers as by-catch on sabiki rigs over the shallow artificial reefs in the bay.