Saturday, February 24, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Action in full swing

The fall fishing season is right around the corner. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found easily up and down our Suncoast. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and jack crevalles are the prominent species on the prowl. Large redfish schools will continue to invade shallow water flats in search of crustaceans. Sea trout, one of the most popular and easiest of all to catch, are starting to show up everywhere on grass flats now that the water temperatures are lower. Learning to throw a cast net can be one of the best things one can learn in our area, which has a healthy variety of baitfish. Fill the live well with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish, and shrimp to get action for any targeted species. I have been taking advantage of deep grass flats in 5-9 feet of water. Once set over the grass, I start live bait chumming. This starts a feeding frenzy of any species in the area. On a recent trip, we caught more than 13 species of fish and only stopped because we were worn out.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

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