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Captain’s Corner: Cold front heats up inshore bite

By Mike Gore, Times Correspondent

Ever since the cold front last week, the inshore bite has been on fire. The water is starting to clear up after the high winds. The fish are starting to get acclimated to the drop in water temperature. Snook are eating everything in sight, trying to fatten up for winter. The redfish bite has picked up as well. If looking for a little bigger and line-screaming action, just hit the beach. Big Spanish mackerel and kingfish are everywhere. If the water is dirty near the beach and you donít see any birds, you might have to move to deeper water. Trolling live bait has produced some fish, but the best action has been anchoring up and chumming them to the boat. The fish have been anywhere from 15-40 pounds. Mix Spanish mackerel, bonita and spinner sharks into the action and you will have a day to remember. With water getting cooler and all the algae starting to die off, you might need to downsize your tackle. The cleaner the water, the easier for the fish to see you and your tackle. Try taking you leader down to 20 pounds and use a 1/0 circle hook to increase your bite. You might also want to use an 8-foot pole to help you cast farther. Making a longer cast to the fish this time of year is key to not spook them.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit