Pre-Christmas Fishing Trip
December 23, 2020 Redington Shores 2 photos

Trip Summary

The Davidson family was staying in Indian Rocks Beach and really wanted a fishing trip. At first, we scheduled a trip on Dec. 26th, but as the date drew closer and the weather looked worser, Rob called and we decided our best window was the afternoon of the 23rd-light winds, calm seas and pleasant temperatures were forecast. So, we left the dock at 11:00 AM and headed west to do some bottom fishing for grunts and porgies (which are the standard fare this time of year). But our mate, Jose, suggested we stop at South County Reef and troll around the reef a time or two in case there were any Spanish mackerel stragglers who failed to get the memo about heading south for warmer waters and more bait. No sooner did we have a line in the water when we got our first hit-a nice 18" Spanish! With only a four hour trip, you really only have about two hours to fish, counting travel time to and from the reef. In that 2 hours, we put 8 nice Spanish in the box and landed at least 20 more, most of legal size but too small for us to justify putting in the fish box. We also landed (and released) a nice Bonita, which was also a surprise. We were back to the dock a few minutes past 3:00 PM, cleaned up the fish and had the Davidsons off to a nice fish dinner by 4:30 PM. Another exciting adventure on the Gulf of Mexico aboard M/V Gone Coastal; which just proves you never know what you might catch out there.
Gary Spivack
Redington-shores, Florida, United States
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