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Saltwater Spotted Trout & big Gafftopsail Catfish on Rapala Skitter Walk, Mayaka River, Fl.

Posted on November 20th, 2012

[nggallery id=816]Winds were howling when we started out, the tide was low, but we were persistat and caught a nice mixed-bag of Spotted Sea Trout, big Gafftopsail Catfish, lot’s of Ladyfish & a jack.  Saltwater fishing is really contingent on the tidal movement, not just for fishing action, but also getting boats into the water and being able to navigate shallow flats to get to slightly deeper fish-holding areas.  As things worked out, low-tide was scheduled for around 1pm, so we decided to head-out around 10:30am, before the ebb tide was at it’s lowest.  Unfortunately, strong east winds pushed much more water out into the Gulf and flats were shallower than we expected.  Strong winds combined with a low tide made for a slow start.  The first fish we started catching were feisty Ladyfish that hit anything that moved.  As the afternoon progressed and we started getting more water, we fished channels that were 3-4′ deep working 1/8 oz. jigheads/3″ plastic minnow grubs and the famous Rapala Skitter Walk targetting Spotted Sea Trout & Redfish.  Mike landed the largest Spotted Trout while I nailed two chunky Gafftopsail catfish on the top-water.  By the way, saltwater catfish are excellent eating and often ignored by anglers looking to take some fish home for a fish fry.

All of us again used the Rapala Shift & R-Type spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 20 lb. test braid and tipped with Sufix 20 lb. test fluorocarbon leaders.  Looking forward to having some more fresh Mullet tonight!

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