Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Cold weather means find those warmer pockets

What's hot: As cooler weather blankets our coast, focus inshore fishing on warmer pockets where gamefish hold. Shallow flats near any type of bayou, river or canal system have a tendency to stabilize the water temperature. Oyster bars and mangroves are great ambush areas. Outgoing tides invite redfish and trout to use these feeding zones. Sight-casting in mere inches of water is exciting in that a soft plastic-rigged weedless can be worked slowly along the bottom and still draw aggressive strikes. On the higher tides, suspending soft plugs is key. The slower the lure is worked, the better.

Working sandy potholes with a select-sized shrimp has led to a variety of fish. Pompano, flounder and redfish have been taken while slow drifting through a grass flat with these depressions mixed in. By locating big mullet schools, clients are hooking into larger redfish that feed among the muds left behind.

With a high pressure settling in after a front, clear skies can make the bite tougher. By downsizing in leader to 15-pound fluorocarbon and making those extra long casts, anglers can disguise the presentation better and find more hook-ups.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at [email protected]

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