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Captain's corner: Cooler weather means fast action in Tampa Bay area

What's hot: The arrival of cooler overnight temperatures will bring a variety of options for fast action. Redfish, trout and snook will feed stronger with a drop in the water temperature. Spanish and king mackerel will crash bait schools off the beaches with the chance of migrating pods of cobia moving in.

Tackle: Medium heavy spinning tackle with a 25-pound fluorocarbon leader will work for redfish, trout, snook and cobia. For Spanish mackerel, the same outfit with a 40-pound leader will do the job. Three- to 5-inch plastic lures will work on these species. For king mackerel and cobia, use a heavier rod with higher line capacity on the spool.

Targeting and techniques: Snook and redfish will patrol grassflats in water that is 1 to 3 feet deep. Trout will school on the deeper grass-bottom areas. Spanish mackerel will attack bait schools in early morning near the gulf passes and along boat channels. Steady to fast retrieve of lures will get strikes from the mackerel. King mackerel will be found off gulf beaches with hard bottom and hovering birds.

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

Captain's corner: Cooler weather means fast action in Tampa Bay area 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 7:48pm]
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