Thursday, July 19, 2018

Captain’s Corner: Warming trend should entice more fish to bite

We’re finally approaching stable weather. Hopefully rising water temperatures will entice the fish. Our most cooperative species — trout, sheepshead, flounder, redfish — have been the usual targets the past few weeks, but it has been spotty. My most successful days have been using live shrimp free-lined on the sand and rock bottom around the islands in St. Joseph Sound; and pitching under docks and along the main shoreline for redfish. Catches have been small for redfish, but occasionally we get a nice sheepshead nibbling on a cut piece of shrimp. I usually cut shrimp in two pieces and thread them onto a small No. 2 hook to allow sheepshead to eat the whole piece and slowly pull away, putting pressure on the line and getting hooked. They’re tricky, but with practice you’ll know when to start reeling. Trout have been keepers, with only a few more than 20 inches. Falling tides have been more successful, especially after the sun heats the incoming water on the flats. Water temperature will rise 2-3 degrees in the afternoon as the warmed falling tide moves across the flats toward the passes. Translucent, silver and chartreuse jigs have worked for trout, too. Presentations must be slower than usual, bouncing off the bottom occasionally.

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


Captain’s Corner: Finding fish on bottom structure of gulf

Finding fish on the bottom structure of the Gulf of Mexico this summer has been up and down for our spearfishermen. In late spring and early summer, the fish migrated to their normal areas, then they changed up. Grouper stayed in the shallow water lo...
Published: 07/18/18

Captain’s Corner: Warm water brings algae blooms

It’s been a hot summer. This week water temps crept up to sweltering 90 degrees at the surface inshore. We saw 88 degrees on the surface temps offshore. The deeper the water, the cooler the water temps were found, especially toward the bottom. Wit...
Published: 07/16/18

Captain’s Corner: Fishing docks and bridges at night is good way to beat summertime heat

The summertime heat and humidity are in full swing. Get out early to avoid the heat and the afternoon thunderstorms. Water temperatures are anywhere from 88 to 93 degrees. With water temperatures that high, you’ll be able to spend only the first few ...
Published: 07/13/18
Updated: 07/15/18

Captain’s Corner: Don’t forget about the ponds for fishing

Saltwater gets all of our attention, but when driving to and from work or visiting a friend, keep an eye out for a pond that looks fishy. There are many productive ponds that have bass and panfish, some even have snook and baby tarpon, both of which ...
Published: 07/12/18
Updated: 07/14/18

Captain’s Corner: Welcome to summertime kingfish season

We now have a summertime kingfish season. In the past we’ve basically given up on kingfish at the end of May because the feeling was they had migrated to the northern gulf to spawn, not returning until mid-October. We’ve targeted kingfish this year i...
Published: 07/11/18
Updated: 07/12/18

Captain’s Corner: Spanish mackerel push back into bay

Large Spanish mackerel have pushed into the bay as of the most recent full moon. Many of these pelagics are in the 6-pound range, and recent catches of 8-pound mackerel have not been uncommon. A medium action rod with a 4000 series reel spooled with ...
Published: 07/11/18

Captain’s Corner: Pinellas south beaches strong for snook

Snook fishing along the south beaches of Pinellas County has been amazing. Large schools are hanging in the swash channels formed by wave motion right off the beach. The water clarity changes daily, depending on the wind direction. If the wind is out...
Published: 07/08/18
Updated: 07/13/18

Captain’s Corner: Good tarpon action should last through August

For those who have not had their fill of tarpon fishing, there’s still plenty of it. A good flow of silverkings continues along our gulf beaches and in the bays and backwaters. We’ll be tugging on ’em through next month. We battled tarpon last week j...
Published: 07/07/18
Updated: 07/08/18
Captain’s Corner: Summer weather brings great bay fishing

Captain’s Corner: Summer weather brings great bay fishing

We are right in the middle of the summer, which makes for some hot weather and rainy afternoons. With summer weather patterns come some great bay fishing. Sharks, cobia, snapper and grouper are plentiful inside Tampa Bay. Shark fishing is also a grea...
Published: 07/06/18
Updated: 07/09/18

Captain’s Corner: Now’s the time for beach tarpon fishing

Beach tarpon fishing has been good. Tarpon have been showing up early in the morning and during the tide change occurring midmorning to early afternoon. Live pinfish fished 4-5 feet under a float has been the ticket. Most of the fish are heading nort...
Published: 07/06/18