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Captain's Corner: Cold weather limits likely targets

Best bet: Until temperatures warm up considerably, a mix of sheepshead, silver trout, whiting and speckled trout are your best options, especially when conditions are not ideal. Colder than normal conditions have kept species such as redfish less active.

Tackle and targeting: Light to medium spinning tackle is all you need. Silver trout, whiting and speckled trout can be caught on lures moved slowly near the bottom. Try for silvers and whiting in 7 to 10 feet, speckled trout in 4 to 7 feet and sheepshead at bridges, residential docks and other rocky structure. Sheepshead require a natural bait such as live shrimp, fiddler crab or sand flea. Use a size 1 or 1/0 hook on 20-pound fluorocarbon leader with minimum weight. Keep a tight line and reel fast or set the hook when you feel a fish start to swim away. Get upwind and drift for silver trout, speckled trout and whiting.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at or (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: Cold weather limits likely targets 02/17/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 7:13pm]
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