Tuna, mackerel & bluefish bonanza in Gulf of Mexico, Placida, FL.

Posted on February 21st, 2013

[nggallery id=839]I had a chance to fish with our good friend Izzy Avramovitz in the Gulf of Mexico today.  We started out late, heading about 4-miles off shore at noon.  We checked-out some of the reefs in about 40′ of water and to my amazement there were schools of baitfish feeding right on the reef.  This was easy to see with the Humminbird 800 series with Down Imagaing.  We immediately started seeing fish feeding on the surface and took out our Rapala spinning outfits loaded with Sufix 832, 10 & 15 lb. braid and equipped with 20 lb. Terminator Titanium leaders.  Our lures of choice were Blue Fox Stipple spoons and the new Rapala X-Rap Countdown.  Both lures worked extremely well for mackerel and bluefish. 

Once we located the reef and baitfish, I lowered the Minn Kota Rip Tide 80 lb. thrust auto pilot electric into the water and we constantly fished the reef with good boat control, even 4-miles out from shore!!

Izzy started the action off by tying into a chunky tuna that gave him an excellent fight on light gear.  We only fished about 3-hours and headed back to clean our fish and than to enjoy a fresh barbacue fish extravaganza.  Shoshana, Izzys wife prepared the fish whole by merinating them in a special Mexican hot-sauce and beer mixture.  Then, she cooked them for about 15 min on each side at 400F on the barbacue…..delicious!!

We are looking forward to heading out again tomorrow and hope to find baitfish schools on the reefs again.

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