While looking around some new spots, I came upon an area that looked interesting and that might be perfect for producing the desired result, catching fish. Actually, I stumbled onto an old wreck that was clearly there for years, so I positioned my boat so as to drift down on it, all the while casting a plug in close proximity. One cast and bingo I had what felt like a nice fish, my first thought was that it was a Grouper, as it tried to make it's way back underneath the wreck. Well, my guess was right, a Grouper who was determined to get back into it's hole. As I drifted down on the wreck I thought I was going to loose not only the fish but my lure as well. Once over the wreck, I put the boat in reverse, tightened the drag a bit and managed to pull him free. Because I was fishing with a Med. to Light rod, with 15# test line, the fight was still far from over, eventually, however, I boated the fish took a picture and released it unharmed. Grouper season is closed at this time and I wanted to make sure that the fish survived the ordeal, all was good.
|Grouper caught on a diving lure|
I spent most of the day trying new lures, different locations and just plain enjoying the day on the water. I was able to catch Spanish Mackerel, Speckled Sea Trout, Blue Fish and Jacks. I kept the Mackerel, one Trout and Blue Fish went to the smoker. It was another great day on the Florida Bay
|One of eight Trout I caught, all but one released|
|I only use artificial bait, never fresh|
|I especially like the strike on top water lures|
|Another Trout, 17"|
|From top to bottom, Two Mackerel, Sea Tout and two Blue Fish. Including the Grouper, some Jacks it was a nice day on the Water|