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Captain’s Corner: A secret spot brings big rewards

By Brent Gaskill, Times Correspondent

There are very few real secrets in fishing anymore. The old days of cagey guides elusively slipping away to a secret honey hole have been replaced by social media posts telling the world practically everything. Some days it feels like if someone finds a fish, everybody found a fish. On Thursday I got a chance to slip off to a truly secret spot with my wife. It’s a sunken wreck sitting in 9 feet of water that most boaters zip by and never know is there. Our reward was her boating a keeper-sized cobia. Our goal was to find a gag grouper before the season closes today. I managed to hook a big one but was promptly cut off, which can be expected with 20-pound test in close quarters with the structure. Later my wife looked up a picture from the last time we stopped by her favorite wreck, and she realized it was a year ago to the day that she single-handedly landed two large grouper and an even bigger cobia on the light tackle from the same spot — thus making the point that a good marriage doesn’t have secrets … unless you’re talking fishing.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 510-1009.