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Offline cavemann

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Area 11 March Opener
« on: February 25, 2024, 11:47:50 AM »
Anyone fishing the early opener?  Going to head out next weekend to run the boat at a minimum and shake the rust off.  Anyone fish it this early before?

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2024, 12:07:21 PM »
Early? This is late, it’s a winter blackmouth fishery.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2024, 01:57:58 PM »
No opening for area 9.   >:(

Good luck to you.


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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2024, 02:02:15 PM »
I've never fished it this time of year so I called it early opener..  LOL.  Either way hoping to get out if weather at least cooperates a little

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2024, 02:09:09 PM »
wasn't going to pull my rig out of storage for the more than likely 3 or 4 days of this "season" with touch limits...
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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #5 on: February 26, 2024, 02:28:30 PM »
I miss the Feb opener's.
I won't be out, waiting for 5 to open
Good luck out there. Plenty of blackmouth to be had.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #6 on: February 26, 2024, 03:05:25 PM »
Waiting to see what the weather looks like since I have a small open boat. So far it’s not looking that good but keeping my fingers crossed.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2024, 03:17:33 PM »
Make sure to check the regs fella's, only open 4 days a week and only open for Saturday on the weekend.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #8 on: February 26, 2024, 04:28:01 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?
“In common with”..... not so much!!

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2024, 05:30:35 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?

Match the hatch and drag bottom
Lots of hungry fish this time of year.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2024, 05:55:43 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?

Match the hatch and drag bottom
Lots of hungry fish this time of year.
what hatch? Thanks for the tip though!! Appreciate it
“In common with”..... not so much!!

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #11 on: February 26, 2024, 05:58:20 PM »
I want to get out but the forecast looks like shizz.  Wind from the south at 10kts with gusts to 20kts usually isnt a fun day, lol. 

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #12 on: February 26, 2024, 06:30:51 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?

Match the hatch and drag bottom
Lots of hungry fish this time of year.
what hatch? Thanks for the tip though!! Appreciate it

I think he means the size of the bait.
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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #13 on: February 26, 2024, 06:40:02 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?

Match the hatch and drag bottom
Lots of hungry fish this time of year.
what hatch? Thanks for the tip though!! Appreciate it

Well there's not much in the sound right now bigger than 4"...
Area's 10-11 are notoriously prime for herring spawn..as well as smelt and sand lance... :tup:

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #14 on: February 26, 2024, 07:15:39 PM »
How is the fishing usually on this opener, what should a guy expect?

Match the hatch and drag bottom
Lots of hungry fish this time of year.
what hatch? Thanks for the tip though!! Appreciate it

Well there's not much in the sound right now bigger than 4"...
Area's 10-11 are notoriously prime for herring spawn..as well as smelt and sand lance... :tup:
Thats a cop car spinner correct?
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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2024, 07:40:49 PM »
White lightning Coho killer.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #16 on: February 26, 2024, 11:16:21 PM »
Hoping to get out, only lasted long enough for a couple days last year…fishing was awesome!
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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2024, 06:42:12 AM »
I was out yesterday, but very tough fishing conditions where I was fishing with the 15-20 mph winds hitting us. Clay Banks was much calmer for 40 boats with few fish. So far it looks like a few folks have gotten some fish about 1 per 10 anglers in Marine Area 11, but most of my network has the same story of difficult fishing. It was 1 in 4 for MA10 on the opener, but 1 in 10 yesterday with that big south wind.

The good news is that people aren't hooking many sub-legals so the fishing is likely going to continue to be open. Remember in 2022, it basically made it the entire month of March.

I expect fishing to get easier with the weather hopefully moderating into next weekend, but if you're going out expecting June or August fishing success, you will be disappointed.

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Re: Area 11 March Opener
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2024, 08:40:03 AM »
Thanks for the report and great info!

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