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Captain's Corner: Cooler weather brings hot fishing action

tom jones' two cents

What's hot: Cooler weather has triggered local game fish into feeding heavy before the winter ahead. There is plenty of action on the shallows for snook, redfish, cobia and trout. There also is plenty of action for the offshore anglers with Spanish mackerel, kingfish and grouper.

Inshore flats: Redfish have been schooling up in large schools around oyster bars on the incoming tides from Anclote River to the Cottee River. There has been plenty of action on the small oyster bars along Sand Bay and around Green Key. Most of the action has been on whitebait and small pinfish. Trout have been in large schools around the mouths of creeks, rivers and deep-water canals. There are nice trout starting to show up around the outer islands such as Anclote Key, Three Rooker Bar and the North Sand Bar.

Offshore: The kingfish and Spanish mackerel are showing up in large numbers on the artificial reefs and any hard-bottom areas. Both Pasco One and Two are producing nice kingfish up to 25-30 pounds. There are several ways to catch them, from trolling live and artificial baits to anchoring and chumming with live bait.

Don't have a boat? I'm always getting calls asking about places to fish without a boat. This is a great time of year to fish at the local power plants. Also try fishing the bridges that span the local rivers. There are plenty of snook around the bridges this time of year.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

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Captain's Corner: Cooler weather brings hot fishing action 11/05/11 [Last modified: Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:53pm]

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