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Mixed saltwater fishing action from Gulf of Mexico, FL.

Posted on December 28th, 2013
The Murray fishing team landed lot's of Bluefish on spoons, including this triple-header.
The Murray fishing team landed lot’s of Bluefish on spoons, including this triple-header.

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.

Steve Murray smiles as he holds up his first Spanish Mackerel.
Steve Murray smiles as he holds up his first Spanish Mackerel.

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.

Jordan ended up landing the largest Spanish Mackerel of the day that hit a spoon fished over a grass-flat for Spotted Sea Trout.
Jordan ended up landing the largest Spanish Mackerel of the day that hit a spoon fished over a grass-flat for Spotted Sea Trout.

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.

Jordan's first Bluefish hit hard and fought well all the way to the net.
Jordan’s first Bluefish hit hard and fought well all the way to the net.

The Murray’s even landed a triple-header Bluefish and a couple of double-headers.

Wayne's face tells you what he thought of the non-stop Bluefish action.
Wayne’s face tells you what he thought of the non-stop Bluefish action.

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.

Wayne holds up one of 3-keeper Spotted Sea Trout we caught fishing a grass flat that met the main boating channel.
Wayne holds up one of 3-keeper Spotted Sea Trout we caught fishing a grass flat that met the main boating channel.

Then, we finally found the Spotted Sea Trout and managed to land 3-keepers.

Jordan holds up the "closer" Redfish he caught fishing a 1/8 oz. jighead/TriggerX minnow along a mangrove shoreline.
Jordan holds up the “closer” Redfish he caught fishing a 1/8 oz. jighead/TriggerX minnow along a mangrove shoreline.

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.

Steve holds up the "strangest" catch of the day, a Puffer Fish that hit his "popping cork/jig" combination.
Steve holds up the “strangest” catch of the day, a Puffer Fish that hit his “popping cork/jig” combination.

We hope the winds will subside by Monday and will try and get out for Redfish again.

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