Florida Blues and Jacks.

Posted on June 20th, 2013

[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

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