Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Canals can be hot spots in cooler temperatures

What's hot: Residential canals offer safe harbor conditions that are usually out of the wind. This time of year, when the water temperatures drop into the low 60s, many species seek relief in the canal systems that surround Tampa Bay. These areas typically do not experience a great deal of water exchange and thus tend to be a few degrees warmer. The seawalls radiate heat into the water and the canals usually have dark bottoms and murky water and thus tend to hold a little more heat, attracting many species.

Tips: Wind and cold air can make fishing challenging and unpleasant. Preparing for the elements and utilizing available options can make for more comfortable and productive fishing. Even on sunny days you can still freeze on the water. Whether fishing from the shore, a pier or in a boat, a jacket is always a good call, even if you don't wear it. Yes, it might seem warm as you go outside to pick up the newspaper, but add a stout breeze off the cold water and it is a different story.

Tactics: Live shrimp are great bait when things are chilly. They are slow and an easy target. Fish are lethargic and will not exert much effort to feed. Live shrimp pitched under docks can be an effective technique this time of year. A soft plastic jig, tipped with a small piece of shrimp, is a productive alternative.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at, or (813) 310-6531.

Captain's Corner: Canals can be hot spots in cooler temperatures 12/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 11:56am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mikhail Sergachev quickly feels at home with Lightning

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — When D Mikhail Sergachev took the ice Wednesday for the first time in a Lightning uniform, he was quickly embraced by fans at the Ice Sports Forum.

    Lightning prospect Mikhail Sergachev skates during the Lightning Development Camp Wednesday at the Ice Sports Forum in Brandon. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]
  2. USF hoops to play at Indiana in November


    The USF men's basketball team is set to get an early test from a Big Ten powerhouse in non-conference play next season.

  3. Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery


    SEATTLE — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

    Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, ending Smyly's hopes of returning during the 2017 season. [AP photo]
  4. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lightning back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  5. Mikhail Sergachev said he felt comfortable and welcomed in his first day in a Lightning uniform.