Gulf Coast Fisherman Magazine VOL 40 No 2 SPRING 2016 - Page 27

Toothy Terrors (Continued from page 14.) Swarming bluefish sometimes turn a humdrum day into an adrenaline rush for people who don’t mind what pulls on the line. “Sarasota is more of a tourist destination with lots of great fishing than a fishing destination,” advised Capt. Jeffri Durrance, (941-915-2933), a fishing guide in Sarasota, Fla. “Many people on vacation just want to catch something. They don’t care what stretches the string. We may not go out looking for bluefish, but when we get into a mess of them, nobody ever asks to leave.” Vicious predators, bluefish hit anything that might tempt a speckled trout or redfish. They particularly love shiny lures, such as spoons. They’ll also hit swimbaits, soft-plastic shrimp, feather jigs, spinnerbaits, crankbaits and other lures. With any lure, move it fast. Anglers cannot possibly reel a bait faster than a bluefish can attack it. “They’ll hit about anything, especially something shiny or something that mimics a baitfish,” Durrance advised. “Numerous times, we’ve had a speckled trout or other fish on the line, but by the time we reel it up, we ۛH