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Captain's Corner: Cooler weather changing habits

What's hot: Cooler nights have caused water temperatures to drop and inshore game fish to move into transitional areas. Larger breeder-sized redfish have invaded the shallows on incoming tides. Many of them can be seen tailing along edges and flats leading into bayous. Select-sized shrimp or cut-bait works best. Reds will get into such a bottom-feeding mode that often a live bait near the top of the water column will go untouched. Larger mullet schools will provide another area to work on redfish. Gold spoons with white bucktail trailers will imitate pinfish in the flats.

Options: Snook have arrived on spoil islands and deeper holes leading into bayous in North Pinellas. These fish usually feed best at daybreak because boating pressure shuts them down quickly. Many larger speckled trout are staging along good current flow. Look for big, white sand holes in about 4-5 feet of water and free line a belly-hooked sardine to catch a few of these fish.

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

Captain's Corner: Cooler weather changing habits 10/09/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 9, 2011 6:53pm]
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