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Better fishing variety to be found when better weather returns to west-central Florida coast

Better-weather best bets: Windy weather last week put a damper on much of the offshore activity and muddied the nearshore water. When conditions settle and the normal pattern of easterly breezes returns, look for a variety of species to fire back up. Trout fishing had been outstanding. Flats off Pinellas Point, Tarpon Key and Fort De Soto have been among the better bets. Sheepshead have remained consistent and can be fished around the relatively protected jetties, bridge pilings and residential canals on the lee side of the wind. Pompano could be found in some passes, including Bunces and Pass-a-Grille. Night anglers have reported better than average numbers of snook at the Dubai Long Pier on Redington Beach. Mackerel have tapered off some but are a safe bet to reappear when the water clears and schools of bait get back together.

What's on deck: Weather is to blame for the lack of traditional numbers of kingfish. When comfortably and safely able to get out, you will be able to find some. Tarpon are showing up on time. Reports have been received of silverkings at the major bridges in Tampa Bay, and I observed a few rolling on the surface while trolling near the Sunshine Skyway.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 321-2142

Better fishing variety to be found when better weather returns to west-central Florida coast 04/18/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 18, 2009 6:26pm]
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