Even with small-craft wind warnings, our good friend Mike Scarlett and I ventured out early this morning before the winds picked up to try our luck on bottom-fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. We fished for about 1 hr and landed some nice size grunts and sheepshead using live shrimp on drop-shot rigs with Gamakatsu Circle hooks in water ranging in depth form 28-40′.
As winds started to pick-up we headed into the bottom end of Charlotte Harbor and fished Bull Bay targetting Spotted SeaTrout. Winds picked-up and even the bay was getting choppy and it took us about 1/2 hr to find schools of feeding trout.
We fished TriggerX Tubes and TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows under popping corks and landed a 1/2 dozen keepers, & loosing a couple of nice fish. All in all we probably caught and released about 20-30 trout.
Both of us fished Rapala Concept Ti & Rapala Shift rods with Rapala Reels and Suffix 832 braid with Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders. Temperatures dropped and the winds settled down enough to make a save boat ride home. Weather forecasts are not good for tomorrow with a cold-front predicted and strong winds. Fishing will have to wait until Thurs. when the weather is suppose to improve.