15 Minutes with: Hobie Regional Pro Staff Marty Mood
Location: 3 Mile Bridge – Pensacola, FL
Approach: I can share a report, no big secret there. I was fishing the “3 mile bridge” that connects downtown Pensacola to Gulf Breeze/Pensacola Beach. It is a very popular night time spot due to the structure from the bridge and the lights concentrating the fish. Some nights it is a really good spot to sight fish to Bull Reds in the lights, but that night it was a total washing machine due to E/SE winds coming right down the Bay so making sighting fishing impossible. Instead, I was using the depth finder to find large concentrations of bait with bigger marks nearby.
Rigging Selection: For targeting these bull redfish in deep water, a super strong jig head is necessary to stay tight. The 3/4oz Barbarian Jig Head was perfect for this application.
Bait Selection: The Hogy® 7inch Original
Why this bait? The profile and size of the 7inch Original is perfect to imitate medium size mullet and sardines that wash out with the tide.
Colors: Bone and Bubble Gum are great.
Retrieve: On this night, the wind and tide were working against each other, which pushed the fish down towards the bottom in 20′ – 28′. The weight of the jig head was necessary to maintain contact around the bottom structure. A normal, lift-pause retrieve was used to temp these fish into biting. On calm nights, its common to see these redfish swimming at the surface. In that case, I would choose to use a lightly weighted hook, like the Hogy® 5/0 Weighted Swim Bait Hook.
Kayak: Hobie Pro Angler 14
Reel: Daiwa Ballistic 3000
Reel: 7′ Medium action G-Loomis spinning rod
Line: 30lb Power Pro Braid
Leader: For these heavier redfish 30lb Fluorocarbon tied line to line with a crazy Alberto knot works perfectly.