Florida saltwater mixed-fish action on Rapala TriggerX soft-plastics.

Posted on November 2nd, 2013
Mike shows off his trophy redfish he caught casting soft-plastic grubs on a 1/8 oz. jighead along the shallow, mangrove shorelines.

My wife Barbara & I took a quick 3-day trip to Florida to do much needed  yard-work after the warm & wet Florida summer.  On this trip there was no time for us to fish, but we did visit and have a great meal with our good friends Mike & Debbie and Izzy & Shoshana.  When we arrived at Mike’s and Debbie’s around 5:30pm, Mike was just pulling into his boat lift after fishing the afternoon.

This nice-size Bluefish slammed a spoon while Mike was Spanish Mackerel fishing in 4' of water.

He was all smiles with a nice catch of redfish, flounder and a nice bluefish.  Mike started his afternoon fish by trolling for Spanish Mackerel in about 4′ of water.  The mackerel were not there, but he did manage to catch a nice Bluefish and a few Ladyfish.  From there he headed for the shallow mangrove shorelines and fished his favorite technique casting soft-plastics tipped with a small piece of shrimp for feeding fish in 1-3′ of water.

Nice-size eating Flounders like this fish are always a welcomed bonus when you target Redfish in shallow-water.

Mike used Rapala Shift & Concept Ti rods and Rapala Reels loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test braided line with fluorocarbon leaders and 1/8 oz. jighead with plastic grubs.

[nggallery id=915]While Mike shared his fishing day with me, Shoshana volunteered to clean his catch, for some fish of course.  I have a feeling Izzy & Shoshana are going to be enjoing an excellent fresh-fish dinner tonight compliments of Mike & Debbie!

He ended up catching two nice Redfish & two Flounders.  In Mike’s words, “I had an amazing time, there was all-kinds of wildlife along the shore.  Bald-headed Eagles watching me catch fish, Egrets and Herons feeding along the shore and I even spotted some “tailing” redfish in real skinny water!”

I can’t wait to get down over Christmas and going into the New Year and fishing as much as I can!

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