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Old 06-12-18, 11:20 AM   #1
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Default Spadefish - on the reef

Last June, some friends and I hit some artificial reefs off the coast of Beaufort/Hilton head/Savanna. This was the first time I had seen Spadefish in the massive numbers we experienced.
We were targeting other species but ended up getting one spadefish on the boat. Surprisingly, it was good table fare.
With that said, and not to debate whether it is good eating or not, do any of you guys have any tips or tricks for catching spadefish? I have heard that they love jelly balls and that small hooks are a must. I even saw several boats bow fishing for them and while I would love to try that, I don't have a bow fishing set up.
Thanks in advance for any pointers in trying to put a few of these on the boat. My plan is to try small pieces of shrimp on a very small hook. I will also have my fly rod out there with me. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-12-18, 12:13 PM   #2
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The only time I have ever been out in search of spade fish, I donned SCUBA gear and carried a spear gun. I don't believe I have ever actually caught one with a hook. I can definitely vouch for the diving with a spear gun method though!
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Old 06-12-18, 12:26 PM   #3
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it is good eating or not, do any of you guys have any tips or tricks for catching spadefish? I have heard that they love jelly balls and that small hooks are a must.
It's been a very long time, we used to see them off the STS buoy and F reef, but I know this is true as I have seen them eating the jelly balls (we used to call them "bloop balls" because they make a "bloop" noise when you drop them in the water.

We would use pieces of jelly ball if available, shrimp (live is better) if not. Spadefish are very good eating.
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Old 06-12-18, 04:57 PM   #4
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Here is a good article I found on catching spadefish.

http://www.gameandfishmag.com/fishin..._gf_aa066104a/
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Cubes of jelly ball on a small treble are the usual tactic. You can usually find those floating around just past the breakers and around the inlet mouths and that sort of thing. I caught them on flies with a friend once, throwing what looked a lot like glow bugs tied on extra stout hooks. A champagne color was the ticket that day. They fight like a jet propelled car battery.
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Old 06-14-18, 10:35 AM   #6
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Here is a good article I found on catching spadefish.

http://www.gameandfishmag.com/fishin..._gf_aa066104a/
Interesting article. Thanks for sharing. I knew about the jelly balls but didn't know about the method of use. Hopefully this will help tomorrow.
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Old 06-18-18, 10:25 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the info. The Spadefish were not on the reef the way they were this time last year. We saw some but the waves were much higher most of the time and we saw a few spadefish but nothing worth trying to target.
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