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Captain's Corner: Beach action heats up

What's hot: East winds have helped provide clear, calm conditions for near-shore anglers. Beach fishing this time of year can be spectacular — a variety of species combined with good flowing water that is much cooler than the inside shallows and an abundance of bait — and can often mean constant rod-bending action.

Tactics: Artificial reefs can be found as close as 50 yards offshore and out as far as 30 miles. It's the ones within a quarter-mile that can provide plenty of action (as long as the tide is moving). Chumming is the key. Use a good quality tournament-style chum enhanced with fish oils to get the process started. Then keep a constant flow of fresh-cut threadfins or whole threadfin fry dropped right behind the boat.

Tips: Free-lining back a piece of threadfin or a whole fry bait is deadly on chummed-up snapper or mackerel. Be sure to use as light a fluorocarbon leader as you can get away with (usually 20 pounds) and a small circle hook that can be buried into the bait. We'll usually always have a live pilchard or two suspended underneath a float to tempt the larger mackerel and anything else that might be lurking.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters and can be reached at or (727) 692-5868.

Captain's Corner: Beach action heats up 08/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 7:05pm]
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