Author: Bullbuster Team
Bullbuster Community Everglades & Southern Gulf Of Mexico Master!
#BullbusterAmbassador Albert Acosta has been very active in the Bullbuster Community over the past year. In this time he has had many successful fishing trips to the everglades fishing not only in the back country buy venturing out into the Gulf Of Mexico to fish local wrecks. In these trips he has caught, snook, sea trout, tarpon, permit, cobia , sharks, Goliath grouper, and more!
In this article you will find a number of reports posted by Albert as well as tips and tricks from Albert and the web on how to be successful while salt water fishing in the glades. The video below shows Albert's go to rod and reel setups, what Lb test lines he uses, as well as his go to lures for the backcountry. After watching this video scroll down to read his many reports to see that his advice comes from hundreds of hours on the water landing just about every species the everglades has to offer.
Selection of Reels and Fishing Lines
Fishing the Florida Keys and backcountry can be very rewarding and exciting throughout the year but you have to have the correct rod/reel set ups matched with the correct fishing lines and tackle. It's imperative that you pick the correct fishing lines to match the real that you are using in the type of fish that you're going to go after.
When I fish the Florida Keys or backcountry Everglades national Park I primarily use a five rod and reel set up.
Quantum Cabo 40's
I use Quantum Boca and Cabo 40s loaded with 30 pound Bullbuster braid. This will be ideal to target multiple species of fish like snook, redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel, Cobia, Trippletail, and small sharks. I have three of these set up with different lures or jigs ready to go at a moments notice. I primarily use on these three rod and reel set ups Bullbuster 30 to 40 pound florocarbon fishing line .
Penn Spin Fisher 7500
From here we move up to my heavier gear which will be the Penn spin fisher 7500 loaded with 50 pound Bullbuster fishing line and I primarily use 50-80 pound flourocarbon on this set up. I will use this for large cobia, big permit, and big sharks or tarpon.
Penn International 6 VS
Then my heaviest gear set up is my Penn International 16 VS loaded with 100 pound Bullbuster mono. I use this set up for Goliath grouper and big sharks. This set up does not mess around strong reel, strong rod and very strong fishing line. Not to many fish escape it's clutches. From here we will go to my favorite lures, jigs and tackle for the backcountry. These favorite lures and tackle are my go to that I use to target all types of fish in the backcountry.
Below are a few of Albert's go to lures for fishing the back country.
Fishing The Everglades For Snook & Sea Trout
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Below is a video of a nice sea trout landed in the Florida Everglades:
We settled down in a spot and started throwing out baits and lures. It was not long before we were getting hits on the live shrimp and lures....nice seatrout. The seatrout were hitting everything we were throwin into the water. We were catching trout almost on every cast and they were getting bigger.
Gulf Of Mexico Fishing Report
Nick was one happy guy... didn't matter how big it was ... he got his cobia. We kept fishing and hooked into some goliath grouper and sharks....the fishing was fast and furious the jacks wouldn't leave us alone as well as the blue runners. While the fishing was fast and hot I looked under the boat and could see a big dark ominous shadow... I had seen this before... it was HIM... Invictus the Goliath. I quickly grabbed my heavy rod/reel set up and put one of our big live baits on that we had been catching and saving just for him.
He was hungry and did not waste time chasing the terrified bait. I hooked into the Goliath Grouper on my Penn International 16 VS with Bullbuster 100 lb mono. It was a viscous top water hit on the live bait. I fought him for about 45 min!!.... but it was not to be. He was to big and to strong of a fish. He made a powerful run straight for some structure and then I was doomed! 😩🎣🐟🔥 Those fish do not mess around. The Goliath Grouper, in my opinion is pound for pound one of the hardest strongest fighting fish you can tangle with. You can see the viscous top water hit from this Goliath below:
I love looking for and fighting these fish... they are big, mean hard fighters and landing one is so fun... you will never forget it! Everyone was getting into action. Manny threw a live shrimp and in a few minutes was on! A nasty long fast run... I could tell by the run what it was... there is something special about the run I'm talking about.... if you have ever hooked a nice permit then you know what I mean....he hooked one and now Manny was in a fight! Manny fought the permit hard and was getting it close to the boat... I had the net ready to scoop him up but it was not to be, the permit made one last hard run that would be his last.... a big bull shark had a permit sandwhich! Manny kept fishing throwing out small jigs with shrimp and was getting nice pompano hits! Pompano are great fish and taste great! Manny was landing pompano and loading up the fish box!
After Manny landed some nice pompano we started getting hit after hit of bonnetthead sharks. There was a swarm of them, one after another.
Many of them were really nice size and put up great fights. My son Willy was also into the action.
After several bonnetthead sharks I decided to put out the big rod/reel Penn International 16 VS loaded with Bullbuster 100 lb mono and a big hook. I put a big live bait on and threw it behind the boat. In a few minutes the reel was singing loudly... I was on with something big... I knew it was a big angry hungry shark! The shark made a few long runs but it was to no avail he was coming in! The Bullbuster mono and florocarbon was making quick work of him.
As he got closer I could see how big he truly was... he was a beast bull shark and we caught him! Here is link to short video clip of us landing him and giving him a good pat on the back before releasing him.
It was getting late and we decided to go back closer to shore and look for some seatrout. We were out of shrimp so we started using artificials, they hit artificials better than the live bait sometimes. I use swimming shads, jigs, swimming plugs or Gulps on jig head. We were getting some hits and we landed some keeper trout.
The day was wrapping up and we headed back in to clean fish! I hope you enjoyed my article and it helps you catch more fish! Remember spend more time fishing and order your fishing lines at Bullbuster.net
Gulf Of Mexico Fishing Report
The weekend was getting near and I called my buddy Ruben and his son Ryan and told them it was time to head out to the Gulf of Mexico. I had a feeling the cobia, permit snook, sharks and Goliath grouper would be on fire this weekend...it was hot and the weather was going to be nice. The night before I prepared all my rods, reels and gear ready for the next days adventure. I loaded the Bullbuster floro on all the reels. I use 40 pound Bullbuster florocarbon for the big cobias and permit. It helps prevent break offs when you hook up to a big one! We headed out nice and early before 4 a.m. and picked up the bait and headed out to the fishing grounds it was a beautiful day and it was really hot. Once we arrived at the fishing grounds we scouted out the area looking for cobia and permit...it didn't take long, Ruben made a cast and on the first hit he had a nice snook! He caught the snook on a live pinfish.... snook love pinfish! Pinfish on a small jig or free lined are deadly for snook and many other species of fish. Most fish would find it impossible to pass up eating one.
We kept moving around fishing different areas until we finally found some cobia. The Cobia were going around the boat, they were looking for bait fish and anything else that was swimming in the water. We made a couple of casts and we were on to some nice cobia!
Ruben saw some cobia and made a cast... he was on! The best part of Ruben's cobia was that he caught it on an artificial swimming shad... it was awesome he made the cast the Cobia chased it down furiously and enhaled it! Cobia are aggressive feeders and will hit almost anything you throw at them. This was Rubens first cobia and he was one happy guy! 🤗🎣🐟 after Ruben landed the Cobia we had furious nonstop action that morning all the way to the early afternoon, it was fish after fish...Cobia, sharks, jack crevalle, blue runners, and Goliath Grouper. Ruben and son Ryan hooked up to a nice jack crevalle...they made a nice hard runs and Ryan and Ruben fought the fish for a while and brought them to the boat and we got him them both into the net! They were beautiful jack crevalle and they are one of the hardest fighting fish you can mess with!
The fishing was intense for the rest of the day. We also had serous swarms of sharks bonnettheads, lemons, and sharpnose sharks attacking our baits.
I decided to do some drifts and soak some dead baits in the water and before you know it in a few minutes I was on!!! A powerful run... I could see the big Cobia hit the bait and jump out of the water! I was in a tough battle but luckily I was using my heavy Penn Spinfisher 7500 loaded with Bullbuster 50 pound braid with 40 pound floro.... this cobia was in major trouble....he messed with the wrong set up. All I had to do was land this fish before a big bull shark or hammerhead shark swallowed my cobia...It was a race against time! After about a 10 to 15 minute fight we got him to the boat and Ruben gaffed it perfectly! We had him...a beautiful hard fighting delicious cobia! We were going to eat good that night!
It was a great day and the fishing was non stop! We could not have asked for anything more. Great friends and great fishing.... almost forgot... and great dinner! I hope you enjoyed my article and this helps you catch more fish! 🎣🐟🐟🐟 Remember spend more time fishing and order your fishing lines at Bullbuster.net. Fast delivery! I use Bullbuster Braid, mono, and fluorocarbon and I can tell you one thing, their fishing line is strong and it will help you land more big fish! Take care! P.S. Stay tuned for article on how I cook my cobia! One of my favorite fish to eat!
Spring Gulf Of Mexico Fishing (Everglades)
Spring is here in Florida and that means one thing...get your fishing gear ready! The winds were forecast to be light and I got the Epic Tails ready for battle. I called good friends Ryan and Ruben and told them to get ready we were going to Fishing Valhalla as we call it. It's a special place where the fish are plentiful and various species can be caught.... and where monsters roam..... Valhalla was waiting for us. I prepared all the rods and reels the night before that were loaded with Bullbuster 30, 50 lb braid and 100 lb mono. They were ready for a fight and a fight was coming. We stopped at local bait store and loaded up with live shrimp and pinfish and continued on our way to the Gulf of Mexico. The run out to the Gulf was beautiful and the sunrise was stunning.
We continued out to the Gulf until we reached the battlegrounds....we had arrived... Valhalla. After checking which way the current was moving we anchored and tossed our baits into the water. It did not take long and Ruben was on to a serious fish. The fish hit a small jig with shrimp and was running like a dragster. I knew what was next... the monsters... yes monsters. See some people think monsters are a fairy tail, folk talk, legends....but I assure you monsters are real and I have seen them... I have seen what they are capable of.... lol ok enough of the dramatics. The sharks were coming man the sharks were coming and they were not going to back down. As Ruben fought the strong fish I could tell what it was... it was a big permit.... the run a permit does is like no other. I told Ruben's to put the hammer down and tighten the drag and muscle that big permit in. As the fish got closer we finally laid our eyes on it... it was a majestic silver permit close to 30 lbs we estimated. The permit was close but he had a big bull shark on his tail. We tried to get him in but the bull got him....we were crushed...Valhalla had claimed its first victim. We kept fishing and weeding our way through the onslaught of jacks and blue runners. Ryan hooked up and landed several nice seatrout.
We had steady action through the early part of the morning taking in some nice Seatrout and pompano.
We kept fishing and hooked up to some nice cobia in the 20-30 lb range but the bull sharks were not giving us a chance at landing them. As soon as we hooked one they would show up in a matter of seconds and claimed their bounty....we nicknamed them the Guardians of Valhalla....lol. We lost several cobia to big bull sharks it was one of those days. We also landed some nice Spanish mackerel that were hitting hard and making some nice runs.
We also had a several hookups with the monsters... we fought them on the Penn International 16 VS loaded with Bullbuster 100lb mono. We fought at least 4-5 of these beast but they were just to big and powerful that day and had hook rip out of them several times.
Only luck with the sharks that day was a small lemon I landed on one of our smaller set ups.
At one point we had the sharks all around the boat... they were in a frenzy eating everything in their path.... it's a scary place... no one can slip and fall in the water... that would be the end of you.... you won't have time to make it back into the boat. We kept fighting cobia and Ryan had an epic battle with a 20 pounder. The sharks were chasing it as we maneuvered the boat trying to scare the sharks away. The cobia was leaping out of the water and doing 360 flips in the air to save his life...he ran under the boat jumped on the other side 360 back the other way then did hairpin turns around the big bull sharks until he was no more...he died a glorious death.... he is in Valhalla now....he is Legend. Short video of some of the action from that day attached here for you.
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