No real plan just going to take what the I can get. Seas were flat and cold - 52 as we headed out of CW pass.
First stop bait.? Got lucky as we headed west, spotted a single pelican dive about a mile north.. Ran over to him and it was loaded with pins, grunts. so nice
Water was dirty and cold - checked spots in 50 , 60 , 70 didnt like what i was seeing so decide to find warmer, blue water. As we got going ran over a cloud , spun around and loaded up on Spanish sardines. Well is stocked.
At 100 ft the water was blue and a warm 62......
Lot's of catch and release Gags, ARS and a first ever MUTTON SNAPPER for my son (iwe've them caught in the keys , never off Tampa) Only 1 small AJ , few small scamps.
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Mutton: We were fishing the Elbow, not the MG, in 150 feet of water. I know at least three muttons were caught. That's a lot for this area. We often go for weeks without seeing a mutton. When targeting muttons we fish off Fort Myers. Same with African pompano.
Would have thought those free lines would have produced tuna, they love colder weather.
I use 'MG & vicinity' because some would rather I do not be too specific. The Elbow is a relatively small area. The Florida Middle Grounds is vast at over 400 square miles. Both can be outstanding.
This is a Super Report!
Those smiles say everything!
Love that picture of the 1st Gag! Freakin' Awsome!