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Florida mangrove Redfish action.

Posted on April 20th, 2016

It was too windy the other day to head back out on the Gulf so we decided to see if the Redfish were feeding around the mangroves. My wife Barbara, our pup Mulligan and our friend Mike Scarlett headed out in the rain and wind to fish a rising tide. Fortunately the rain stopped, the clouds cleared up and the sun came out.

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The redfish were indeed feeding and I hooked-up on the first fish in about 15 min after trying one of our favorite mangrove shorelines Our lure of choice again was a 1/4 oz. jighead/3″ plastic paddle tail minnow grub fished on a 30 lb Sufix Fluorocarbon leader and 30 lb. Surix832 braid main line. I was very pleased withe performance of the Rapala Magnum 7′ rod matched with a Rapala Delta spinning reel.

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Mike above hooked the largest redfish of the outing. We both saw it strike, fight and bull-dog back into the mangroves. Mike did everything he could to horse the fish out, but it ended up braking-off the 30 lb. Fluorocarbon…that’s why we love to go after these worthy adversaries!!

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All of the redfish were keeper size and varying in color from bright silver to brilliant gold. Redfish move like “ghosts” when they are feeding quietly swimming in and out of the mangroves. This type of fishing is very challenging since you have to keep the boat out from the mangroves as not to spook fish, but also close enough so you can make penetrating casts to over-hanging branches and into small pockets and creeks that meet the main shoreline. The reds are on the move and the angler is on the move, makes for challenging fishing.

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