Strong winds made for tough fishing on Lemon Bay, Fl flats.

Posted on February 1st, 2013

[nggallery id=829]Yesterday’s weather forcast for the Englewood, FL region calld for 15-30 kts winds from the north-west, & shoreline surf warning.  We knew that going out on the Gulf was out of the question because they were forcasting 3-5′ waves, but we still headed out on the Lemon Bay flats to see if we could find some feeding bluefish.  We again fished with our good friends Mike & Carol Kirby.

To my dismay, even he flats had 3′ waves with white-caps going through which made fishing difficult as the winds mixed up the bottom sediments and visibility even in 1′ of waer was “zero”.  Even with the harsh conditions we fished for about 3 hrs. and Carol Kirby was blessed to catch here first Spotted Sea Trout.  I missed a nice-size bluefish that hit about 6′ from the boat, but did manage to catch a tasty Florida Pompano. 

We again used the Rapala Concept Ti, Shift and R-Type rods equipped with Rapala Shift, R-Type and Andros spinning reels. Our line of choice was the Sufix 832 braid in 10 lb. test with a Sufix fluorocarbon leader. Because of the trubid water and strong wind, we stuck to casting 1/4 oz. silver spoons.  Looks like same weather conditions today so we will wait until tomorrow to see if conditions improve before going out.

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