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Spanish Mackerel running in southwest Florida.

Posted on January 16th, 2017

Florida’s Gulf of Mexico waters never cease to surprise me. Fish species constantly move in and out the inshore and off-shore waters. One day we fish a spot and hook into trophy King Mackerel, the next outing we fish the same spot and run into trophy Spanish Mackerel.

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While you can catch both species trolling artificial lures, I love to fish for them using live baitfish that are free-swimming on the surface. To do this we run monofilament line (to avoid the baitfish swimming into limp braided line), and we use reels with lever-drags or “live-runners” to allow the fish to hit and take out line under little pressure…very exciting way to catch these sporty fish!!

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