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Aaron Shirley’s Florida Adventure, Day 2.

Posted on January 27th, 2014

spotted_seatroutAaron Shirley and I headed out yesterday to specifically target Spotted Sea Trout at one of my favorite locations near Bokeelia, FL where there are extensive grass flats that meet open water.

triggerxtube_troutWeather conditions were still cool as a recent cold front moved though again.  Our strategy was to fish “popping-corks” (floats that you aggressively “pop” on the surface to imitate a feeding fish), rigged with a 4′ leader, 1/16 oz. jighead and TriggerX grub. I ended up catching one of the biggest trout fishing the TriggerX Tube in the chartreuse color.

aaron_spottedseatroutIt took us over an hour to locate a school of feeding trout and Aaron started things off by landing the first keeper trout that hit a TriggerX 3 1/2″ Paddle Tail Minnow. The action was quick and it was over and we had a couple of nice trout in the livewell.

triggers_spottedseatroutWe continued to fish a large grass flat and again found another school of feeding trout and landed about a dozen more fish. I was fortunate to land a really nice chunky trout that ended up being the biggest fish of the outing.

aaron_ladyfishLadyfish are a common predator feeding on the flats along with Spotted Sea Trout and we caught our share of those.  I even ended up catching a Spanish Mackerel in 2′ of water on the same rig.

italo_snapperAfter catching a nice limit of trout we headed back home & stopped for about 1/2 hr. at Boca Grande Pass to do some deep-water, bottom fishing for eating-size snapper. We caught a limit of snapper and Aaron again caught a variety of snapper and small grouper fishing the same area.

We both used Rapala freshwater rods and Raplala freshwater reels loaded with Sufix 832 braid lines in the 20 & 30 lb. test along with Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders.

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