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Old 07-03-2013, 10:54 PM
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Gafftop

It seems like every year I want to focus on catching something new. This past weekend we got a couple small gafftop around 3 lbs and they were pretty good fighters. We were targeting small sharks and reds in the surf (which I never do, but my little bro and girlfriend wanted to catch a shark). I'm always fishing artificials in the back lakes so don't see to many gafftop. So I'm curious about where and how to catch gafftop? What do they like? Food and habitat? Surf or bay? I want to try and catch a big one just to challenge myself. I don't have a boat by the way.
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Old 07-03-2013, 10:56 PM
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Not sure but I hear Gafftop soup is the rage.
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Old 07-04-2013, 12:15 AM
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Gafftop

Live finger mullet in the surf. Have fun!
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Old 07-04-2013, 08:44 AM
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Doowapstart cut bait

I caught 4 nice gafftops a month ago on cut mullet.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:05 PM
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I had one hit a topwater earlier this week. I've caught them on mirrorlures spoons and of course soft plastics. They are pretty aggressive. Itseems to be a good year for them and I think you could catch them in the bay or in the surf. Natural bait would be a good way to target them. So catch all you can and thin em out! And, much obliged...
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:15 PM
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Use to catch them on cut eel...
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There is no finer bait for gafftop than FRESH white squid.
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Caught lots in CC bay on live shrimp...or maybe the same one...all about 4, 4 1/2 lbs, getting good at keeping them out of the boat while de-hooking...


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Old 07-04-2013, 07:11 PM
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Be careful handling those gafftop. I know man had to go to the emergency room this past week. He was finned in the stomach and couldn't pull it out after cutting it off with pliers. Talk about nasty. Can't go in the water for awhile. It was the pectoral fin "what got him"...
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Old 07-04-2013, 11:38 PM
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Any fresh cut bait. Seem to run in late spring/early summer. In May I caught around 25 in the surf at matagorda in just a few hours one afternoon.
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