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Captain's Corner: Deep structures providing late August fishing success

What's hot: Late August is one of the toughest times to consistently score on inshore species because of hot water, the heat and inconsistent weather. Snapper and other deep-structure-oriented species are cooperating reasonably in Tampa Bay. The water is cooler down deep, and the fish are a little less apprehensive about blasting a live offering. Bottom fishing on hard bottom areas and rock piles usually yields consistent action.

Tip: Tampa Bay has many opportunities for bottom fishing. A little research on the computer and a minor investment in modern electronics can open many opportunities for inshore anglers.

Tactics: Whether inshore or offshore, if a big fish gets you snagged in a structure, give the line some slack. Often when the pressure is released off the line, the fish will eventually swim out, giving anglers a second chance for a fish that would have been a breakoff.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa Bay and can be reached at snookfish.com, captdavewalker@verizon.net or (813) 310-6531.

Captain's Corner: Deep structures providing late August fishing success 08/23/09 [Last modified: Sunday, August 23, 2009 5:54pm]
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