Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: As mornings cool, inshore fish activity grows

What's hot: With cooler mornings, inshore species have been more active, and some larger schools have shown up during the higher tides around the moon. Breeder-sized redfish have been moving in during peak water conditions. Work the grass flats inside major passes to find them. They have a tendency to leave a thick mud trail behind while feeding off the many small crabs and baitfish that can be found this time of year across the shallows. Slot-sized redfish will hang around oyster bars and docks as fall gets under way.

A second option: Another large game fish roaming the shallows is black drum. Because many stone crab traps will be set out at the beginning of October, there will be quite a scent trail, and black drum will key on these slicks. These fish average 20-40 pounds and are great light-tackle action if you throw artificials.

A third option: Snook are moving off the beaches and into backcountry haunts. Spoil islands and docks leading into bayous and creeks will be great areas to find them throughout October. Work the outgoing tide with sardines freelined in the current. The abundance of bait off the beaches allows anglers to have a little extra chum to throw when the tide is ripping out around points and bars.

Tackle tip: Many game fish are primarily feeding close to the bottom. Place a No. 4 split shot about 18 inches up the leader to bring the bait down in the water column and increase hookups without disturbing the bait presentation.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater, and can be reached at or (727) 439-9017.

Captain's Corner: As mornings cool, inshore fish activity grows 09/25/10 [Last modified: Saturday, September 25, 2010 6:38pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Matt Baker's AP Top 25 college football ballot



    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team. Maybe he's right.

  2. My AP Top 25 ballot: FSU out, USF, Florida Gators back in


    Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher still thinks he can have a good team, as I wrote in today's Tampa Bay Times. Maybe he's right.

  3. Road to Atlanta, Week 4



    Central Florida defensive lineman Tony Guerad (93) gestures in front of teammate Jamiyus Pittman, right, and Maryland offensive lineman Damian Prince, left, after tackling Maryland running back Ty Johnson and forcing a punt on fourth down in the first half of an NCAA college football game in College Park, Md., Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) MDPS104
  4. Trump tweets and NFL response escalate drama of Sunday games


    The owners of the Baltimore Ravens, the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and other teams on Sunday joined a chorus of NFL executives criticizing President Donald Trump's suggestion that they fire players who kneel for the national anthem.

    President Donald Trump walks off the stage after he speaks at campaign rally in support of Sen. Luther Strange, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, in Huntsville, Ala. [Associated Press]
  5. New Rowdie Hunter Gorskie nets game's lone goal


    ST. PETERSBURG — Hunter Gorskie enjoyed a smashing Tampa Bay debut, scoring the lone goal and getting in one of many crucial second-half clearances as the Rowdies held off visiting Charlotte 1-0 before an announced 7,786 at Al Lang Stadium.

    The Tampa Bay Rowdies Hunter Gorskie (27) celebrates a first half goal against the Charlotte Independence at Al Lang Field Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017 in St. Petersburg. Photo by Matt May/Tampa Bay Rowdies