The full moon happened to fall on the 4th this summer. I was relieved to know that I had the day off, and we had a late high tide. After stopping at South Shore Bait & Tackle, we quickly headed to our private launch. We arrived on the water at 8:30 am, and we had a light four mph wind from the east. I ran to the marker to catch bait and to anchor up for mackerel. A couple of throws of the ten-footer, and we were all set.
The tide was slowly pushing in, and we were getting ready for the toothy critters. We deployed the tournament chum, added the long shank 1/0 Mustad hooks, and we were prepared. Once the current started flowing, the fish started feeding. We put about a dozen in the fish well before a 5 ft. black tip was seduced by the mile-long chum slick. We were hoping for a cobia, but hey, we aren’t prejudiced. We weren’t prepared with shark leaders, but we knew that if we could button hook the fish, the battle would be imminent. The shark quickly consumed Vince’s fresh piece of threadfin that he was drifting for mackerel, and the fight began. After a little video footage and a 20-minute battle, we broke him off at the boat to fight another day. We decided that we had plenty of mackerel, and we were coming off an adrenaline high, so we decided to head inshore to prepare for the redfish and snook. I’ve been eyeballing a few fishy areas on the satellite maps and decided to do some investigating. I’m happy that we did.
The first two stops yielded ten redfish, all of which were slot fish. (18-28 inches) They wanted fresh-cut threadfins, so that is what we feed them. We caught redfish for hours; five of the seven spots yielded BIG fish. After a while, I started to think about the striped Mongol. I threw out a few live chummies and tossed in a live threadfin with my 1/0 Owner Super Mutu attached. To no avail, I started catching redfish. I couldn’t get the baits past the redfish to hook up with a snook, which is not a bad problem. Overall the boat traffic was crazy, the sun was hot, but it was an incredible fishing day.
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