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Captain's Corner

Captains corner: Black drum schooling up

Inshore: Huge schools of black drum, some up to 50 pounds, were roaming the flats of the outer Clam Bar south of Pinellas Point. Spoons with a gold feather attached worked, as did a variety of jigs. Use 20-pound tackle and a 4-foot length of 50-pound fluorocarbon leader. During the full-moon phase, sheepshead fishing picked up. Work the rocky edges of the ships channel inside the Skyway Bridge with shrimp halves on No. 1 hooks.

Offshore: Some anglers have reported amberjack in the 70- to 90-foot depth range and the must-release grouper have pushed to shallower depths.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Maderia Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Captains corner: Black drum schooling up 03/12/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2009 4:44pm]
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