Live bait is key!

We took a quick trip to one of my favorite fishing spots along north beach road in Englewood!  The west winds haven’t been favorable to the natural beaches in this area, causing most of them to still be under water.  Since it was calm and such a beautiful day we decided to wade out and try to catch some fish we saw jumping around over the reef!   We tied on every lure in the box with no luck!  Whenever this happens its time to break out the net!  Some days they only want live bait.   We saw a few green backs swimming along the shoreline.  Still smaller than usual but Andrew was skilled enough to grab a few in the net!  The best tip about live bait on the beach has come from Captain Cayle’s wife Barb.  She told me to put a frozen water bottle along with my bubbler in my bait bucket during really hot months.  It helps to keep the bait active and alive!

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We quickly tied on some hooks for live bait.  I like a simple loop knot for fishing along the beach, it helps the fish swim naturally.  It wasn’t long until we started catching some smaller jacks & spanish mackerel!  These are fun to catch on light tackle and make great bait for larger fish in the area.  We were only staying about an hour so all the fish went back today to swim another day!  Today I was testing out my new purple Fishin Franks pole paired with my Penn Conflict!  As we were relaxing in the surf my son caught his first sea bass & I caught my very first gag grouper!  Just a baby but its a wonderful sign that the reef in this area is healthy and coming alive this spring!  Have a wonderful weekend fishermen!

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