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Gulf of Mexico, FL bluefish & mackerel.

Posted on March 10th, 2013

[nggallery id=847]Today my wife Barbara, our pup Mulligan and I looked for suspended schools of baitfsih and bluefish and mackerel that would be feeding on them.  We started by fishing a reef about 15 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico, FL where I started by using a Sariki rig to catch baitfish in 50′ of water.  To my surprise, as I was reeling in some baitfish, a nice king mackerel grabbed my line and the fight was on.  After about 5 min., we tried to net the fish, but unfortunately it made one big head-shake and cut my line.

From there we headed shallower to a reef in about 35′ of water and spotted both spanish mackerel, bluefish and skipjacks boiling on the surfac and jumping right out of the water feeding on baitfish.  We immediately started casting the Rapala X-Rap CD and the Rapala X-Rap Deep and started catching all 3-species.  We used Terminator Titanium leader. Our outfits of choice were again the Rapala spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 10 & 15 lb. braid and equipped with 20 lb.

For a change, we had an excellent fresh fish chowder (bluefish), followed by a “hot-pot” dinner tonight with fresh fish, shrimp, blue crabs from our trap, mixed vegetables and out daughter Amanda, her friend Lisa and Izzy and Soshana.  Guess what we have planned for tomorrow? That’s right, fishing and a fresh fish dinner!

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