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Captain's Corner: Adjust to fishing conditions

Adjusting to conditions can be the difference between success and failure. Such was the case when Jon Hilfiger, Greg Worbel and Jon and Rachael Sifer wanted to spend a morning fishing for kingfish and Spanish mackerel along St. Pete Beach.

A recent cold front packing strong northwest winds muddied gulf waters close to shore, so the macks and kings idea was scrapped. The foursome fished rock piles in the bay for snapper, flounder and sheepshead.

Loaded with live shrimp and fiddler crabs for bait, we headed to a man-made rock pile in the bay located in 12 feet of water close to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The water was much cleaner there, giving us confidence.

As soon as the first baits hit the bottom, it was game on! Hilfiger was catching doormat-sized flounder. Worbel was landing mangrove snapper. And the Sifers were battling with monster sheepshead and white margates (porgy). The group used up 150 shrimp and 100 fiddler crabs and had a cooler full of some of the finest eating fish in the bay.

"I like the way the kings and macks pull drag," Hilfiger said. "But this was pretty good, too!"

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Adjust to fishing conditions 11/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 5:59pm]

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