One of my favorite type off fishing when I’m in southwest Florida is to either cast jigs/plastic grubs along the mangrove shorelines, or to fish a popping cork with a live shrimp just off the mangroves and wait for feeding redfish to cruise by.
Our good friend Mike Scarlett took Harvey Katz, myself and his neighbour Lek fishing for the day. Mike spends the winter in Florida and really knows where the fish are.
Lek is Thai and when she is fishing in the hot Florida sun, she dresses the part. She is a keen angler who catches her share of fish every time we get out together.
We started the day off by fishing corks and live hand-picked jumbo shrimp close to a mangrove point. This technique works well when redfish are on the move and “hunting” for crabs, shrimp and baitfish along the mangroves.
Next we fished jigs and 3″ plastic minnows casting them within 1′ of the mangroves and working them back quickly.
It did not take long for Mike to start hooking redfish. This fish fight hard and if they approach the 2′ range in length they can easily take your line into the barnacle covered mangrove roots and break you off. If you land them, and their are within the slot-limit they are a delicacy to eat!