[nggallery id=828]We had the pleasure of fishing with our good friends Carol & Mike Kirby from Fonthill, ON today who are visiting with us in Florida. Strong south winds kept us off the Gulf of Mexico today so we started by fishing the outlet at Stump Pass, Englewood, FL where we caught a variety of fish including jack & tasty sand prch. From there we decided to use the wind to our advantage and drifting/casting over large flats in search of bluefish. The averge depth on the Lemon Bay, Fl flats is 1-4′ with a mixed bottom of sand and eel grass. We quickly figured out the bluefish pattern which was casting to any shallower and thicker grass-beds close to the 4′ depth.
We use 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. We cast 1/16 oz. jigheads with TriggerX Paddle Tail Minnows and 1/4 oz. silver spoons. Looks like winds will be even higher tomorow so we will be sticking to fishing the flats.
I must tell you that the MinnKota Talon (shallow-water anchoring system) was incredibly valuable to catching our fish today because as soon as we found a group of bluefish, we used the Talon to stop the boat, even in the strong winds and were able to cover the “high-percentage”area very effectively!
We finished our afternoon off by having a delicious fish fry with Big Boss Oil-less Fryer, rice, spanish mackerel/snapper chowder and fresh salad. What a great way to spend an afternoon and an excellent fresh fish meal! Guess what we have planned for tomorrow? You got it, fish!!