We had a blast today fishing with our good friend Mike Scarlett out of Port Charlotte, Fl. We started by worked the tide and fished mangrove shorelines for redfish.
It did not take long to hook our first fish. We fished the Rapala freshwater rods and Rapala reels loaded with Sufix 832 braid and Sufix Fluorocarbon leaders with 1/4 oz. jigheads and TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows.
Since we were fishing the beginning of the rising tide, water levels were low which meant the redfish were forced to feed off the mangroves since the mangrove roots were still dry. This means keeping our boat out about 100′ from the shoreline and casting to the 1′ depth and retrieving the jigs back to the boat.
Just before heading home we fished a large grass-bed and targeted Spotted Sea Trout. In about 30 min we caught and released about 40-50 trout casting the TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows and the Blue Fox Stipple spoon.