Friday, April 20, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Bait strategies

What's hot: The beaches are covered in baitfish. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down our coast. Migratory species are preying on these bait schools. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonito, sharks and large, breeder redfish are the prominent species on the prowl. Diving seabirds are a great way to find feeding schools of fish.

Bait: Fill the livewell with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish and shrimp. They can provide the action for a variety of game fish.

Tactics: Slow-trolling threadfin herring off the beaches can entice any of the pelagic species to bite. Locate schools of baitfish less than a mile from the beach and use baits on a light drag setting using light wire to prevent breakoffs from toothy fish. Large offshore redfish have been a surprise catch while trolling off the beach this fall.

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

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