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yellowtail help!!!??!?

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I am headed to key largo late march and plan on doing reef fishing. Any advice on how to target yellowtail on patch reefs? 

Does anyone have any vids or anything that can help me out? Thanks. 

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Chum and silversides. Let the bait float naturally in the current and hang on when they hit. They aren't a very difficult species to catch which is part of why they are so popular. March is a bit early in the year to get in them heavy (summer months are best on the reef) but they are definitely here year round. Best of luck.

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As mentioned, match the size of the chunks coming out of chum bag or throw some overboard but don't over feed. Open bail, let your bait drift back naturally with the chum in the current and when the line starts peeling off at a faster rate than it did with the current, lock the bail and you will feel the fish.Chum for at least 30 minutes before even attempting to fish for them so they get comfortable behind the boat. This does not mean you can't drop a whole ballyhoo to the bottom, set it in a rod holder and keep an eye on it. 

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Add some oatmeal in with the chum , stir it up good and let it sit a while so oatmeal can soak up some oil and then put out small amounts , wait about 15 minutes or so, get out rods and reels and use small pieces of cut bait.....the yellowtails will come, along with other species....some of which are good for more cut bait. Keep the bait pieces small... 1/2” x 1/2”.....have fun ! 

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