Author: Iconic Fishing
Fort Myers Beach Redfish
Today we launched out of Lovers Key located on Fort Myers Beach. We initially were planning to fish the back-bay for Snook and Redfish, but after realizing how calm it was, we headed a few miles offshore. We cast netted some really nice sized pilchards and greenbacks, so we had optimal bait for the reefs that we where heading to.
The way we fish this type of bait is using a 4/0 hook with a 30lb fluorocarbon leader on a Knocker Rig. The reason why we rig it this way is to prevent the bait from "helicoptering" around the leader as we drop it down to the bottom. The worst thing that can happen is having your rig fowled up around itself and not being able to catch anything. Also, the Knocker Rig helps prevent snagging on the reef below the boat.
One of the things I personally swear by is having a good quality rod. Everyone on Iconic Fishing owns at least one Star Rod. They come with a LIFETIME warranty and aren't all that expensive. I've had many rods break on me over the years, but I can honestly say I haven't had a Star Rod break yet. But they warranty it so it really doesn't matter!
Overall, it was a great day on the water. Nice seas, nice weather, and nice fish. We ended up with the 40" Giant Redfish, maxed out on our limit of Mangrove Snapper, and caught a bunch of Groupers (non of which were large enough to keep).
Was fishing with my buddy Captain Joshua Roberts from Fish Southwest FL Charters
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