Thursday, December 14, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Deeper grass flats fishing stays strong

Fishing over the deeper grass flats continues to be strong. Speckled trout, mackerel, bluefish and silver trout are schooling in water 3-6 feet deep. Lower Tampa Bay north to Dunedin has been very productive. The lower part of the bay has large numbers of undersized trout. Crimping your bards down will make releasing easier for you and the fish. Heading north along the Intracoastal Waterway you will find trout inside John's Pass and Clearwater. They are more spread out in this area. Drift until you find where they're schooling. Dunedin can have concentrations of fish. There's a mixture of bluefish, speckled and silver trout near the crab buoys. Snook, redfish and larger trout are close to the swash islands. Drift up to the islands before anchoring. The sound of a running motor pushes schools away from your boat. Dark green jigs worked near the bottom are drawing the most strikes. Due to the large number of blues and puffer fish, you'll need to have a good supply of extra tails to replace the ones that get bit off. The hard bottom just off the beach is holding silver trout. Indian Rocks to Redington Shores is the most productive area. Look for clouds on your bottom recorder before fishing. Once you locate a school, drop a tandem jig to the bottom and bounce it off the sand. This double-jigged rig allows you to catch two at a time. One trick is to use different colored jigs until you find the one that draws the most strikes.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

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