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MYuttels

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Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« on: January 07, 2017, 03:56:27 PM »



I was thinking about launching the kayak from the area in the screenshot just before the bridge and trying to fish around the bridge areas tomorrow or Monday. Does anybody have any experience fishing this area with any luck? I guess I was interested in looking for places with sheepshead or grey snapper and it seems like they like structure. Am I way off in looking around in this area or should I just let it rip and see what happens?



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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2017, 07:48:02 PM »
Good area for that. Launch at the old boat ramp and work your way around the bridge. On the other side there is a sea wall and a lot of rocks.
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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2017, 06:15:20 PM »
I realize this is a month old at this point, but this is my main fishing spot so I figured I would chime in.

I fish from my kayak right where the business' end. You'll see some house boats parked in the water and some mangroves just passed that.

I always fish the Mangroves on the opposite side of the bridge/power plant (so in front of the parked house boats) and have tons of luck with large grey snapper and sheepshead.

I've caught some baby Reds and Snook there so I can't recommend it for that, but snapper and sheephead are abundant year round. Last time I was out there (around the time of the original post) You could see 5-6 group (school?) of Sheep in the water clear as day.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2017, 07:21:34 PM »
That rocks! I appreciate you taking the time to respond to the post. I haven't even had the opportunity to make it there since my post as I've had some kayak days fall through. This makes me want to get over there as soon as possible. If you don't mind me asking, do you usually use live bait/shrimp when you head over?

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2017, 07:07:21 PM »
I had been using exclusively live shrimp (just started fishing about 2 years ago, from the kayak about a year ago) and had a lot of success.

The last time I went out I brought some Chubs as well and caught 2 of the biggest Snapper I've landed but as far as I know Sheepshead won't be chasing them, my guy was just out of shrimp.

This is the area I'm referring to, especially the deeper waters, and most especially the deep water right infront of that little inlet.
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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #5 on: February 03, 2017, 02:48:04 PM »
I had been using exclusively live shrimp (just started fishing about 2 years ago, from the kayak about a year ago) and had a lot of success.

The last time I went out I brought some Chubs as well and caught 2 of the biggest Snapper I've landed but as far as I know Sheepshead won't be chasing them, my guy was just out of shrimp.

This is the area I'm referring to, especially the deeper waters, and most especially the deep water right infront of that little inlet.
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Wow am I an idiot. So I went out today searching for some dinner, figuring I would follow your advice and use the map and see how it went. I fished (what I thought was where I was supposed to be) for a few hours with no luck and started to head back. After trying one last spot with some shrimp, I caught about 9 ladyfish in a row, with a fish on every single cast. They were all about 17-20 inches long and just insane fighters. Multiple of them jumped off the hook, all of them took out drag like crazy. Definitely some of the most fun fishing I've ever done. I had never caught one before (and didn't recognize them at first), man they are insane. Anyways, here is where there was a bunch of large ladyfish if interested:


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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #6 on: February 03, 2017, 04:47:33 PM »
That's actually a pretty nice spot to fish, I just stay away from it because there are always several people fishing there (in my experience) and the water tends to move a little fast for my make-shift anchor.

I know people who have pulled all kind of things from right there by the power plant.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #7 on: February 07, 2017, 09:44:04 AM »

    MYuttels, based on your comments here we're you the guy that was out there on Friday in the Lure 11.5? If not I ran into someone in the same exact spot as I was cruising by out to another area that was hooking up with the ladies.
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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #8 on: February 07, 2017, 04:30:06 PM »
Haha, yup that was me. Thanks for the identification on the ladyfish. Any luck along the mangroves after I left?

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2017, 10:27:59 PM »
Headed out this weekend and tried again. Water level definitely seemed low compared to my last time out, but I'm not familiar with what the norm is. Whiffed pretty good in the area in the map above, but the water was so shallow back there, it was a tough sell. Went all the way past the power plant to the rocky area along the sea wall but struck out again. There were crazy schools of baitfish everywhere and a lot of people fishing, but nobody seemed to be getting on anything. I still need fishing for Sheepshead I think, not 100% confident in my set-ups. The ladyfish area from above is also still hopping, those psychos were taking 100% of both live and gulp shrimps. Even got a good show from a couple of dolphins who were circling the ladyfish and chasing them back to our kayaks.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2017, 07:52:09 PM »
You tried the other side of the Mangroves opposite the powerplant and still didn't land anything?

I never have any luck on the powerplant side (save for some sting ray).
 
The water can get very shallow at low tide, but I've still had some luck.

I went out Thursday and tried the area right under howard franklin at the end of 4th street.

Lots of Catfish but nothing else, though it was windy and choppy as hell and not exactly ideal conditions for kayak fishing. Once I lost my leader line I was fishing with just my hi vis yellow braid cause it was too windy to tie more on lol.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2017, 08:30:12 PM »
You tried the other side of the Mangroves opposite the powerplant and still didn't land anything?

I never have any luck on the powerplant side (save for some sting ray).
 
The water can get very shallow at low tide, but I've still had some luck.

I went out Thursday and tried the area right under howard franklin at the end of 4th street.

Lots of Catfish but nothing else, though it was windy and choppy as hell and not exactly ideal conditions for kayak fishing. Once I lost my leader line I was fishing with just my hi vis yellow braid cause it was too windy to tie more on lol.

Ya, this is where I was after not much luck at the first spot:
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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #12 on: February 25, 2017, 01:11:42 PM »
Tried the power plant side after a last minute change of plans let me get out on the water. I had the whole area to myself for an hour or two and just completely whiffed everything. I took a crack with live shrimp and some chubs but all I managed was one six-inch juvenile snapper. By 10 am there were at least 5 boats out there trying in the same spot and I didn't see anybody having luck in the area. Not sure what was up but all the activity seemed pretty dead today.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2017, 05:12:56 PM »
Headed over to the power plant today and worked the Mangroves and rocks for a while with some shrimp. Only managed one keeper snapper, felt like I spent most of the day getting robbed. I was basically using a 1/4 oz split shot, 20 lb leader, and a small circle hook. Do you guys have a preference for how to rig shrimp for snapper? I really was consistently getting bitten off. I may have just been too late in general with my hook setting, but I was also not particularly confident about how quickly I needed to be trying to set the hook.

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Re: Gandy Bridge from Kayak
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2017, 09:49:55 AM »
I'm by no means any expert but I don't see anything wrong with your set up. Sometimes free lining works for some people but I do prefer some weight just so there is tension on the line and you can feel the quick bite better. If I'm getting bit off sometimes I'll try hooking them through the tail if hooking them behind the head isn't working. You want to be quick but obviously not too quick to where you jerk it from them. I usually just try to lift the rod and put tension on them rather then a big jerk. I haven't been able to get out on the water in about a month but If I make my way out to that area soon I'll shoot you a message.
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