[nggallery id=841]Winds were blowing between 10-20kts, waves were 2-3′, but that did not stop us from venturing out 4 to 5 miles into the Gulf of Mexico, FL, to catch lot’s of fish bottom fishing, and than casting the Rapoala X-Rap Coundown, X-Rap Deep and Blue Fox spoons.
I again had the pleasure of fishing with our good friends Mike Scarlett & Izzy Avramovitz. We headed out again later in the day, around 11am and fished open-water reefs in 40′ of water. Due to the strong winds and significant waves, few boats were fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. The boat I had re-built handled the waves well and even though it took a little longer to get to our fishing grounds, we were all dry and safe.
The fishing was slow at first and we fished bottom rigs with pieces of fresh shrimp to catch chunky grunts, pompano, large spottail pinfish and sheepshead. As the wind subsided, the bluefish, pompano, spanish mackerel and jacks started to boil and feed near the surface around our boat. That’s when the action hot hot and we had many double and triple headers, I even caught two jacks at the same time on the Rapala X-Rap Deep!
We again fished the Rapala spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 10 & 15 lb. braid and equipped with 20 lb. Terminator Titanium leaders. Our lures of choice were Blue Fox Stipple spoons, the new Rapala X-Rap Countdown, and the X-Rap Deep. The Humminbird 800 series with Down Imagaing was invaluable to find and keep us on the reefs that held all of the fish we caught.
We again enjoyed non-stop action for about 2hrs, and than finished the day off by having Shoshana barbacue up fresh fish for dinner!