[nggallery id=878]Tony Brecknock and I explored the Gulf of Mexico reefs today and caught and lost some nice fish today. We started by catching Spanish mackerel on Blue Fox spoons and Rapala and Storm crankbaits. I had a real thrill today when at two different times while fighting a nice mackerel something HUGE hit my mackerel just below the surface. The first time this happened we were about 5 miles off-shore and after having the larger fish almost spool-me, all I reeled in was about a 2″ square chunk of my trophy mackerel. The second time this happened we were fishing a reef about 3-miles out when again I was fighing a nice mackerel and another large fish hit it twice. This time I ws able to quickly reel my mackerel to the boat to finish a filming segment.
As winds picked-up, we headed for Lemon Bay where we fished live shrimp on a hook (no weight or float), along 12′ deep abutments to catch nice-size snapper.
For both types of fishing we used 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. We used our Humminbird 800 series “down-imagaing” sonar to locate the reefs both by using he GPS waypoints and the bottom scannig. We also used the Minn Kota Riptide electric to keep our boat over the reef structure . The top producing lures were the Blue Fox series of casting spoons.