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Captains corner: Bottom fishing turnaround is under way

Bottom fishing: Weather conditions are getting back to normal after the record-breaking freezes a few weeks ago. Many fish are starting to feed again. Try fishing for grouper in depths of 60-plus feet for a bit more action. There are nice fish in shallower spots, but they still seem to affected by the cold. Look for any kind of water temperature break to help locate better populations.

Amberjack comeback: Many of the springs, wrecks and other large structures (especially in depths of less than 100 feet) were barren for days after the freeze. Expect amberjack to show up over these same locations as the water warms. Pinfish are starting to school a few miles from the beaches. These porgielike baits are perfect for amberjack. Keep your eyes on the sonar while traveling west. The big schools of mature pinfish show up on the sonar as a big ball, similar to a school of sardines. Fill the bait well with the best ones available.

Kings ahead: Early March should be the start of the kingfish migration, if the water temperature stabilizes above 68 degrees. This will surely relieve the pain of having to let go grouper for a month. The often-overlooked kingfish steaks will become quite appealing for anglers seeking table fare. Expect to find sharks, bonito and other species close behind this migration.

Dave Mistretta captains the Jaws Too out of Indian Rocks Beach. Call (727) 439-2628 or visit www.jaws too.com.

Captains corner: Bottom fishing turnaround is under way 01/28/10 [Last modified: Thursday, January 28, 2010 6:43pm]
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