Catch date:5/6/2015 12:43:00 PM
Story date:5/6/2015 5:11:00 PM
Species:Trout, Speckled Sea
After several days in Florida I finally had my first chance to do some saltwater fishing from my friend's dinghy in Biscayne bay. I wasn't really sure what to expect since he's not a fisherman but a quick look at google led me to think that Specs were a possibility.
We started the day out with a Mirrow-Lure suspending bait, a Yo-Zuri minnow and a 3/4 ounce jig head manned with a BKD. The plan was to work a small mangrove island that protects his boats mooring field.
We started on the inside of the island and found that the bottom fell quick off of the island. We made several casts without any action and thought the outer side of the island would be a better shot since there was there was a large area of water in the 1-5 foot range which is where I do most of my fishing.
On the outer side of the island we found a lot of grass 1 - 3 feet below the surface with a lot of bait, needle fish and an occasional ray. My buddy was getting a lot of followers with the Yo-Zuri but no takers. I had on hit on my Mirrow-Lure but realized that a popping cork would be a better bet.
I didn't have my plastic box with me but found several old pieces in my hard-tackle box. I swapped out the 3/4 ounce jig head and put on a cork and old low tech plastic grub that was a little too big for my hook.
After several casts I had a nice hit but couldn't hook up do to the hook-plastic mismatch. I carefully rigged the hook close to the bottom of my old grub and within 20 minutes or so landed the nicest Spec of the day 20 yards off of the island.
As the wind blew our dink out and away from the island into a mooring field we found some good speckled trout action. All in all we landed around 5-6 specs from 12-18 inches. I know we would have landed more if we had my plastic box with my Gulp and DOA assortments.