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Captains corner: Cobia, snook and trout prowling flats

What's hot: Clear water off north Pinellas and Pasco counties has provided great sightfishing opportunities for cobia, snook and trout. The cobia have been riding the backs of big rays, from the Anclote River to the Cotee. To find snook and trout head to the beaches.

Tactics: For cobia, simply drift a grass flat in 3 to 6 feet of water. Look for the cobia swimming on the backs of rays or grouped up in sand patches along the flat. Make an accurate cast that leads the fish by only a few feet. Snook and trout can be found around the passes and along the barrier island beaches from Honeymoon Island to Anclote Key. As the tide rises, the fish move up onto the shallow bars. Use scaled sardines, pinfish or shrimp.

Tackle: A 7-foot medium-action rod and a 3000 series reel lined with 10- to 12-pound-test braided line will allow for long casts.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.

Captains corner: Cobia, snook and trout prowling flats

05/03/12 [Last modified: Thursday, May 3, 2012 7:11pm]
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