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Captain's Corner: Tidal flow key

What's hot: Tidal flow is still the key to inshore and nearshore fishing. Fish are reacting best early in the day, as long as there is flow. Trout have been pouncing on small freelined sardines on grassflats 5-8 feet deep. Target sandy holes where baits have less cover. Snook are still gathering in numbers around the jetties and in troughs along the beach, feeding on small hatchling sardines that show up this time of year. Redfish are eating best on the falling tides, following mullet schools off of the flats. Cut baits have worked well on outer edges of oyster bars on high tides, attracting redfish as the tide lowers. There are still tarpon on the beaches in north Pinellas, though numbers are dwindling. Look for more single fish migrating south on falling tides, rather than large numbers of schooling fish.

Tip: Recently, we have caught tarpon while fishing in and around dark brown schools of glass minnows. Float a pinfish 5-6 feet under a cork in the area of bait schools, especially if tarpon are rolling in the area.

Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and through his website at captbrian.com.

Captain's Corner: Tidal flow key 07/19/14 [Last modified: Saturday, July 19, 2014 5:55pm]
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