I had the pleasure today of fishing with Wayne Murray and his two sons Steve & Jordan. The Murray’s are on a short vacation in Southwest Florida and had a chance to go out with me to fish for a variety of off-shore and in-shore fish.
We started the day by fishing a reef about 3-miles off-shore but due to strong winds, we only caught one small Sheepshead and left for the inter-coastal waterway in hopes of finding more fish and calmer seas.
Next we tried trolling for Spanish Mackerel using Blue Fox spoons, Rapala Rods & Rapala Reels and Sufix 832 braided line with Terminator Titanium leaders. We hooked up with a Spanish Mackerel right away, but then started to hook one Bluefish after the other.
The Murray’s even landed a triple-header Bluefish and a couple of double-headers.
From there we made a long run to one of my favorite Spotted Sea Trout spots but strong winds again made it difficult to fish. We fished popping-corks with a 1/8 oz. jighead/TriggerX Minnow in 2-4′ of water. To our surprise our first fish was a big Bluefish that nailed the jig in only 2′ of water. We worked our way off the shallow grass flat hoping to find the Spotted Trout on the main channel-break and again got a surprise when Jordan landed the largest Spanish Mackerel of the day.
Then, we finally found the Spotted Sea Trout and managed to land 3-keepers.
To finish our day’s fishing we worked the rising tide and headed to a mangrove key to try our luck for redfish. Jordan pulled it off by landing his first Redfish that hit a 1/8 oz. jighead/TriggerX minnow.
We hope the winds will subside by Monday and will try and get out for Redfish again.