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Hello, this is my first post on 360tuna.
I and my 5 other friends will fish the pulley ridge early August for 3 and half days with majesticseacharters. We will be deep dropping during daytime and move to shallower water at night.
I have noticed many of you have a lot of experience for this type of fishing in that area so I would like to ask for your advice on jigging.
The water is mostly between 200-400 feet deep. The species we target are snappers, groupers and blackfin tuna. We are from New York and most of us never did vertical jigging. So we are willing to go beyond our usual hammered diamond/bucktail for cod/tautog and give vertical jigging a try. We will bring trevala and blackhole rods, rated from 100g to 300g. What kind of jigs would you recommend? I imagine different jigs will be needed for different species? Will flutter jigs do better for tuna at night? For bottom fish, do we need to jig all the way to surface or it is better to reel up 30 feet or so and drop again? I guess in August kings are less thick so wired leader not necessary?
The captain knows good wrecks for large AJs. Should we also bring some long jigs for those guys?
The captain also said we can challenge goliath groupers(live bait fishing) if we dare. The fish ranges from 200lb to 600lb. The heaviest set up we will bring be blackhole 250g spooled with 80lb braid, paired with a stella 10000. Is this a toothpick against the goliath or there is a chance we can land a small one with it?
You can guess how excited we are about this trip(booked last October) as we never fished the Key West(3 of us have never even been to kw before). Most species we catch will be our first. If any of you have anything else worth mentioning(tackle, fishing technique, weather, how much spring water to bring on board etc.), please let us know.
Thanks.
 

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Thanks. We will def bring diamonds and bucktails. You are right about the goliath. Basically we are betting on if the first bite comes from a 100lb fish... Trying to decide if it is even worth trying...
 

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Thanks GARRIGA. Diamond and bucktail will work -- we love to hear that! Good luck catching a trophy warsaw!
Figntingfish: Thanks for the tip. We will bring something heavy and slender to deal with the current. I will jig with a maxel, another guy uses stella 10000. Not sure about the rest, maybe vm. Captain provides fin nor lethal 100 so we have back ups. I lived in Roosevelt Island for 5 years but works in London now. Other anglers are from Queens, Brooklyn and Manhattan. New York city is well represented :)
 

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Wow. Thanks for the teaser idea. If the current gets too strong we will switch from jigging to dropping bait :) and save some energy for better jigging conditions
 

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You are right.
Pulley Ridge HAPC - Fishing with a bottom longline, bottom trawl, buoy gear, pot, or trap and bottom anchoring by fishing vessels are prohibited year-round.
 
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