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Running the 197 to the ledge

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Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 10, 2010 7:37 pm

What are your thoughts, experience running a 197 to the ledge to drag baits?
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 10, 2010 7:39 pm

I'd be interested as well before dolphin season starts to kick in.... I've been out to Y73 lots of times, but haven't dared venture past there yet.
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 10, 2010 9:59 pm

My question as well, Riptide is the official leader of this pack and I'm hopeful he'll get all of us out in a 197 armada this spring.
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 10, 2010 10:36 pm

I do it every year. Just be warned that if you like a nice ride and try to pick a flat day. Everyone else in charleston has picked that same day unless its a Tuesday or something. Last year was terrible there was not one time durning the day that I couldn't look around and count at least 15 boats. Good part of that is if you get stuck there are plenty of people to help. Every weedline I could find was currently being worked over or had been picked clean. Can't say it was a terrible time we still boated 4 dolphin.

You do have range in the 197. The year before last we ran from Shem Creek to the ledge, hooked a few then picked up and ran to the SW Banks picked up a few more and ran home. All on 40 gallons, that's with 3 big guys 100lbs of ice, full fuel, + two 5 gallon gas cans that I carry in place of the cooler seat and all my fishing gear, drinks, food etc....

Spread wise I have always started with 6 lines: 2 Rod Riggers in the aft rod holders, 3 in the leaning post the left and right lines to release clips that are attached to the rear seatback post, the center leaning post rod drops straight back in the prop wash and then a way back line 200ft or more in one of the center T-Top rod holders. By the end of the day we are usually down to three lines. Especially if the weeds are scattered, we spent more time de fouling the lines than anything else.

What ever you do don't spend a ton of money and time on ballyhoo, of all the fish I've caught only one was on a ballyhoo and it was skirted. Everything else was artifical even the wahoo hit the plastic skirts. BTW that was a 4 dollar skirt from Wal-Mart on 80 lb mono and we hit two wahoo that day on the same lure :mrgreen:
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostThu Feb 11, 2010 10:26 am

Birddawg that's an awesome catch, it's all I can do now to somehow get through the day them I see that picture. Ruins me. So you're a fan of cheap walmart skirts/plugs, sounds good. Do you use a downrigger at all? That wahoo hit a plain skirt, no cigar monnow, ballyhoo, nothing?
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostThu Feb 11, 2010 5:42 pm

I go out to the ledge atleast a few times a year. Last year we took my 197sportfish(POKIN-FUN),past the edisto banks ended the day with 8 dolphin and only burnt 45 gallons. However you have to pick your days, the last thing you want is to get out there and have the weather change. I also have a buddy boat on most all my trips offshore.Overall you can't beat going out to the ledge and only burn 40 to 48 gallons.



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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostFri Feb 12, 2010 12:19 pm

Pick your days and spring is best before thunderboomers becaome the order of the day.


NEVER leave when it looks like a building sea in the report. I've had friends that talked about a "window" until it got slammed on their hands. Too much can happen without tilting the odds by making poor choices.

that said, be safe and have fun.
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostTue Feb 23, 2010 10:25 pm

It's not smart.

It's unsafe.

You'll die.

...But I do it all the time. I run to the Tower and stream out of Carolina Beach, NC if the weather is right. If you guys get a trip up out of SC this Spring I'll drive down with my rig too. There's strength in numbers. I can show you SC boys how it's done. :D
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 24, 2010 3:44 pm

Been to the s ledge off GA coast. 80miles out. Troll half day 80miles back in. And yes a pioneer 197. Nice when u c million dollar boats doing same poop as you and your catching the FISH!
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostWed Feb 24, 2010 4:08 pm

80 miles out!!!That's huge. How long of a ride is that?
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostThu Feb 25, 2010 12:33 pm

we left at 4am takes about 2HRS running 23, and of course some breaks
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Re: Running the 197 to the ledge

PostThu Feb 25, 2010 1:42 pm

No offense and not trying to be knit picky but 80 miles out in 2 hours running 23?? To me, thats only 46 miles. I could see running 4 hours @ 23 with some breaks

Depending on how calm water is will depend on rate of travel time. If its flat calm, have booked it out running 35 but have also gone out when I could only run about 15 - 20 and that wasnt fun..........
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