Friday, April 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Bait plentiful, fishing improves in north Pinellas

Warm and stable temperatures have really turned on the fishing in north Pinellas. Bait has also been plentiful. Most of my fishing has been inshore as reports offshore have weakened a bit. Redfish are inhabiting the usual spots along the mangroves at higher tides. However, the lower tides have concentrated the reds and snook into sandy holes foraging on crustaceans and other baits swimming nearby. Live sardines, small pinfish and especially live shrimp have been getting pounded. Slowly work from pothole to pothole. It doesn't take long to determine if fish are present. Trout have been extremely cooperative, chasing and inhaling large baits and soft plastics on a one-eighth- to quarter-ounce jighead. Reds and snook are on the flats and in potholes, and are moving into St. Joseph Sound as they do annually at this time. The islands along the Intracoastal tend to get crowded with boats and kayaks. Please give anglers a wide berth if moving into an area, perhaps allowing the wind to push you in the final few yards, and avoid disturbing someone else's bite.

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

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