Day 2 targeting saltwater bottom fish in Gulf of Mexico, Florida.

Posted on January 26th, 2013

[nggallery id=825]My wife Barbara, Mulligan and I ventured off again into the Gulf of Mexico out from Placida, FL.  Conditions were a little windy and we did not get out until 2pm, but we still managed to catch some nice eating-size bottom fish.  Our catch included large sheepshead which are delicious eating, large grunts and a few wrassie.  We used the Rapala Magnum medium-heavy spinning rods rigged with the Rapala Xi large size spinning reels and Sufix 832, 30 lb. test braid.  We again used drop-shot rigs with a 1 oz. bell sinker and a #6 saltwater bait hook about 14″ up from the weight. 

We concentrated on fishing rocky structure breaks in 25-30′ of water. The tide movement and winds made it difficult to stay on top of the sturcture.  Before the wind blew strong we used the MinnKota Riptide 80 lb. Auto Pilot electric on high to keep on the fish.  When it got windier we used the large outboard and eventually anchored.  The Humminbird 858cDI worked excellent to mark the specific structure that on a couple of occasions I was able to see the top of the “pinacle”, I controlled the boat right on top of it and Barb & I would immediately hook double-headers!  Let me tell you, having the right electronics makes all the difference!

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