Fixed line fishing in Florida

by Martin P

Florida Pier

Florida Pier

Our family vacation in Marathon gave us access to a small boat dock. We had the Fieldmaster 44 with us so it was game on! We caught many Mangrove snappers, pin fish, unidentified fish in the photo and a few blue-lined grunts. I caught a couple of pinfish initially using killer bugs but it was slow progress and after all who was going to judge if I used bait. Frozen shrimp on a small hook (6 or 8) worked well and this encouraged my teenaged kids to have go. My son liked to watch the shrimp disappear and time the hook set, my daughter and I used a small bobber and struck when it went under. I would like to say we returned all the fish alive and happy but the local 12 inch long barracudas managed to grab a few as we pulled them in. We used 5x fluorocarbon so we did not land any toothy critters. The main lesson to catch the little Mangrove Snappers was to use pieces of the shrimp still frozen or they just sucked it off the hook time after time.
I washed the FM 44 at the end of the trip and have used it since without any issues.

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