[nggallery id=833]Weather and seas were excellent again today and my good friend Mike Scarlett and Izzy Avramovitz joined our pup Mulligan and I for some excellent bottom-fishng in the Gulf of Mexico. We headed out about 4-5 miles and concentrated on fishing drop-shot rigs with #2 Gamakatsu Circle Hooks and live shrimpa and squid-strips right on the bottom in 30-40′ of water. The key was to locate very specific structure in open-water and to stay on top of it by anchoring. By the way, whenever you fish “man-made” reefs in the Gulf of Mexico off of Florida, by law you can only use Circle Hooks to avoid damaging fish when using bait.
We used the Rapala Concept Ti, Shift , R-Type , & Magnum rods equipped with Rapala Shift, R-Type and Andros spinning reels. Our line of choice was the Sufix 832 braid in 10 lb. test with a Sufix fluorocarbon leader.
We all caught really nice-size sheepshead and grunts. To finish the day off, we ejoyed an excellent grilled fresh-fish dinner at the Avramovitz’s home.