After several days of strong winds and very low tides, I finally had a chance to head out to the Gulf of Mexico today to fish one of the many artificial reefs. I was not disappointed. The winds were still blowing up to about 14 knots, but I had no problem controlling the boat over the main structure by using the 80 lb. thrust Auto Pilot Minn Kota. Locating the structure and keeping myself on it was easy with the Humminbird 800 series sonar.
I started fishing in about 30′ of water 3 miles out in the gulf when I hooked my first sheepshead. I ended up keeping about 6 nice fish and then decided to target Spanish Mackerel by trolling some 1/4 & 3/8 oz. Blue Fox spoons. I used the Rapala Shift rod with a Rapala reel filled with Sufix 832 20 lb. braid and a 1 oz. drop-shot rig/chunks of live shrimp for bait.
For the mackerel I fished the Rapala Magnum series Baja 4-piece saltwater spinning rod matched with the large Rapala Xi spinnig reel and loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test line and Terminator Titanium leader.
I ended up limiting out on the Spanish Mackerel in a few hours and headed back in. We ended up having a deliceous grilled mackerel/rice/tomato salad for dinner. For tomorrow I already marinating some of the Sheepshead to grill.
The plan tomorrow is to target Spotted Sea Trout and possibly Redfish if the tide is not too shallow.