[nggallery id=880]Today I only had 4hr to get out on the water and test a new prop for the Yamaha 115 hp, 4-stroke engine. I also had a special cavitation plate installed on the lower unit to increase the speed of getting on-plane. This is especially important when taking off on the flats where the deeper water is only 2-3′ deep and the boat has a full load (like a full 14 gallon baitwell and a 20 gallon live well, plus passengers and gear). The prop & plate worked well and it was off to interecept fish on the out-going tide.
I ended up fishing a tidal “rip” that was created as water was flowing out into the Gulf of Mexico with the ebtide. The fish were there and feeding. In no time I landed quite a few eating-size jacks and some nice, hard fighting bluefish.
I was using Rapala Shift rods and theRapala Magnum Baha saltwate rod matched with with the Rapala spinning reel and loaded with Sufix 10 lb., 832 braid & 20 lb. Sufix fluorocarbon leader. I used our Minn Kota Riptide electric and Minn Kota Talon anchoring system to locate and than hold where the bluefish & jacks were feeding. Again the top producing lures were the Blue Fox series of casting spoons