Hey Ross. I live in south Miami live in key largo on weekends. I fish all over due to weather, bugs and tide. Fish beaches creeks mangroves and offshore I have a 23 ft panga marine boat which I built the boat from a bare hull. It’s set up for back country or blue water. . I draw 10 in of water also have trolling motor to get into the trees into the back boggies and it’s also set up for deep water trolling also have a tower to locate birds and bebree in the ocean. I really all over s florida. I’m always looking for new artificials to fish with.
It sounds like we will keep it dialed into light tackle, back bay style techniques for my recommendations.
Surface Mangrove Creeks -Back Bay – Docks
These lures are best when used on medium weight spin tackle. Normal 20lb braid – 30-40lb fluoro.
– Hogy Skinny Series 6inch (Bone, Tinker Mac, Amber) work like a traditional fluke style soft bait.
Great for skipping into pockets our working the surface outside edges. Fits a 3/0 – 4/0 hook.
– Hogy Original Series 7inch (Bone, Silver, Bubblegum) these baits are a bit heftier and great for imitating medium sized forage like finger mullet.I like to use these baits for long distance casting, working docks and pot holes. Use a 5/0-6/0 hook.
– Hogy HDUV Jigging 7inch Eel (Black/Purple Flake, Bone Silver/Flake) I love swinging along undercut mangrove cuts. These work great when the tide is running and can swing the bait deep into cover. Keep it low and maintain contact with the bottom. I get a number of inshore snapper and grouper doing this as well. I really like the 6/0 Barbarian Jig Head Series in 1/2oz – 1oz weights.