[nggallery id=852]I had the opportunity of fishing with our good friend Mike Scarlett yesterday for a variety of shallow saltwater fish in Charlotte Harbor, FL. Our plan was to catch the last hour of the falling tide and than fish the begining of the flood-tide in 4-5′ of waer to try and catch a feed of Spanish Mackerel we had a feeling would be feeding on the tide-change on an open-water reef neer Boca Grande Pass. Mike had found the spot and the fish a few days before and recorded it on his Humminbird 97 Sonar.
As soon as we approached the area we fired our spoons out and started trolling at 4 mph to locate a school of feeding fish. Mike was so confident the mackerel would be on he spot that he actually gave me a countdown, “OK, in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1….”, and Mike was right-on, hooking the first fish and than my hooking up on the second to make it a double-header. As soon as we landed those fish Mike deployed the Minn Kota Talon in about 7′ of water and we started casting spoons in all directions. The action was hook and furious. We caught most of our fish on the Rapala More Silda 10 gram spoon and the 3/8 oz. Luhr Jensen Krocodile spoon.
We were both using either wire or Terminator Titanium leaders, but I still lost a spoon while fighting a mackerel from a second mackerel trying to get the spoon out of the hooked fish and running into the Sufix 832, 20 lb. traid above he leader. Have a look at the teeth these fish are equipped with and you will understand why a wire/Titanium leader is a must. Also, the mackerel feed in schools, so when one mackerel is hooked, the rest of the pack think it’s got a baitfish and swarm all around the hooked fish at high speed trying to get the spoon from it, and that’s when you have a chance of getting your line cut!
We caught lot’s of fish with Mike catching the largest mackerel. After 2pm, when we figured the tide had risen enough to fish the shallow mangrove shorelines we headed north towards the Mayaka River and spent the afternoon targetting trophy redfish and spotted sea trout.