Wednesday, August 15, 2018
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Captain's Corner: Bite shifting into afternoon

The large moon looming over Tampa Bay the past few days has the bite shifting into the afternoon. The outgoing tides have been producing stout fish this time of day. Big snook and oversized redfish are mixed in potholes. These fish are best approached from up tide and by drifting in using the electric motor as little as possible. Bait size has been dictating the size of the fish that will strike. When working big fish, the largest sardines are the choice bait. Chumming with large baits can get the fish excited as they begin swirling at the offering cast into the mix. A well-placed cast and a disoriented baitfish attached to a hook are irresistible, more often than not. Trout and mackerel are on the edges of grass flats, fishing the deeper holes and the transition from grass to sand. If bait schools are on the flat, position between the school and the edge of the flat, if possible, and cast into the deep edge. The fish are out there resting and think the lone bait has lost its school and will take advantage.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]

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