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Captain's Corner: Before sunrise, after sunset provide best shot at redfish, trout, snook

What's hot: The evening incoming tides for redfish, trout and large snook are providing consistent action. The flow of more oxygenated, rain-cooled water of these incoming tides is creating some of the best feeding during the hottest time of the year. Redfish and trout will be very active just before and just after the sun has set. Snook might be feeding at dusk or into the nighttime hours.

Tackle: All medium to medium-heavy spinning outfits should be rigged with 30- or 40-pound fluorocarbon leader. Lighter leaders will work on the trout and redfish, but to have a chance at catching a snook, the heavier leader is necessary. With a glut of dead seagrass being carried by the currents, weedless jigheads are needed. Five-inch plastic tails are tricking all three species, and the 3-inch plastics are consistently good for trout and redfish.

Techniques: Mature sardine schools have finally arrived on the area grass flats. Positioning in areas where these food sources are located, along with the presence of smaller mullet and a decent flow of current, will produce results. Long casts to the edges of the "bubbled up" bait schools will lead to strikes. With warm water temperatures, a slow retrieve speed will get more strikes. Lures that are accelerated when they go past lurking snook will get hammered.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at or (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: Before sunrise, after sunset provide best shot at redfish, trout, snook 07/17/10 [Last modified: Saturday, July 17, 2010 8:30pm]
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