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Captain's Corner: Cooler temperatures in deep grass flats create nonstop action

Deep grass flats around Pinellas Point are providing some of the best action. Water temperatures are much cooler in deeper water than the shallows, where it can be in the 90s. Redfish become lazy and don't eat with temperatures that high, so I head to deeper water for nonstop action. Spanish mackerel, jacks, trout, snapper, ladyfish, bluefish, small grouper and sharks are what you can expect to catch. I use the bottom machine to locate the area I want to anchor and fish. Sand will be a flat line, and grass will be jagged and a different color. The technology in today's bottom machines take the guessing game out of what the bottom looks like. Once I am anchored, I start out by throwing out live chummers. This triggers any species in the area to start feeding. Continuous chumming is required to keep the action steady, so filling the live well is very important. I use a long shank hook with a 40-pound leader to prevent cutoffs from toothy critters such as sharks and mackerel. The hatch has taken place, so there are a lot of really small baits on the bridges and flats. I use a quarter-inch mesh glass minnow cast net during this time of year. The mesh is small enough so the baits will not get caught in the net. Throw chum over any grass flat to attract whitebait to fill the well.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit captainrobgorta.com.

Captain's Corner: Cooler temperatures in deep grass flats create nonstop action 08/12/16 [Last modified: Saturday, August 13, 2016 8:20pm]
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