There seems to be a lot more floating turtle grass up near Gulf Harbors and Anclote Key. Whenever I get a bunch stuck on my motor it starts cavitating. Between that and my lures getting all grassy it's a real pain in the grass. :wink The amount of grass seems to vary, and I used to think it was related to storms and wave action rippng it up. However, recently I read somewhere that it might me from the shrimp boats churning up the bottom with their nets. It did seem to get worse recently with the open of shrimp season. Is this the cause, or is there another reason?
The two best times to fish is when it’s rainin’ and when it ain’t. –Patrick F. McManus
However,there is always a little bit around ,pretty much year round in some areas up that way.
That stuff can be a real pain up in that area at times and like you have noticed,when all that grass gets stuck to the front of the lower unit
cavitation will occur from lower water-pressure/air pockets.Even over heated a time or 2 with my TLR 90....
I would just stop every now and then put my motor in reverse or just trim it up and get the grass off and then hammer it again.
Fishing in it is even a bigger pain at times.
Even if you rig your stuff weedless you will still get some on your line & also down by the eye.
The Great late Steve Marusak who founded Cotee Lures came up with a pretty cool little top water bait
we used to fish up in that area that is some-what debris less that would scoot through that stuff alright ,called 'Reel Magic' http://www.fishing-boating.com/cotee/magic.htm.
Not sure if Cotee still makes them,but i did find some knock-offs from YUM a few years back that I would just add rattles & scent to that seemed to work alright for trout ,jacks & sight fishing reds when it was calmer
or when a school of fish was blowing up on top the water on schools of bait.