I headed down to Long key for the annual grownups vacation. We fished in the bay all week. The weather was good, but a bit windy. There were lots of weed lines everywhere, which would have been good had we been off shore and not in 4’ of water. This made the top water bite too difficult and made running out there tricky with the engine weeding up on both boats.
We spent a few days in the West Sprigger Bank, Tripod Bank area and found the mangrove Snapper bite to be hit or miss. We even managed a few trout. But when the bite was on, we limited out of mangrove Snapper from the 11”-16” range (I have a “one inch over” rule on my boat. Not taking chances!). Gulp baits were the preferred baits (shrimp and jerk shad).
The last 2 days we moved onto the Schooner, Oxfoot bank area and the Trout bite was off the chain. The Trout were even in the deeper water at like the 5-6ft mark. DOA shrimp on a popping cork did the trick there! The Trout also liked the Gulp Shrimp and Jerk Shads here too and so did the Snappers.
Overall a great trip, we caught a bunch of fish and served a lot of fried fish to the folks in our group!
Only one pic for now, as my phone took a dip in a puddle yesterday with the rest of my pics.