Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Drift windy days with live shrimp for trout

What's hot: Normally, a cloudy and windy day is a recipe for failure, unless you're drifting the shallow grass flats for speckled trout. That's what 11-year-old Jordin Webert and her grandparents, Guy and MaryJo, found out recently off Pinellas Point.

The trio caught plenty of fish using a simple but effective trout rig: a 3-foot section of 20-pound fluorocarbon leader, a long-shank 1/0 hook and a clip-on 4-inch weighted cigar float.

Using a long leader is crucial for this rig because of the clip-on float. Placing the float on the leader instead of the main line will prevent the float from chaffing the main line. The float will also aid in casting distance. Longer casts equal more bites. Another important function of the float is to keep bait from hiding in the grass.

Technique: Cast downwind with this rig and slowly collect the line while drifting toward it. When the float goes down, quickly reel the line tight and set the hook.

Results: On this day, we used live shrimp, hooked under the horn so they could swim naturally.

"Look at your shrimp jumping out of the water, Jordin," I shouted. "Something is going to get 'em!"

The float went down and the blond-haired girl was pulling in another keeper trout.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Drift windy days with live shrimp for trout 05/22/11 [Last modified: Sunday, May 22, 2011 11:31pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. HomeTeam 100: Players 21-30

    Footballpreps

    TAMPA - Jesuit linebacker Anthony Nelson will help lead the Tigers into the 2017 season. Taken 5-17-17 by Scott Purks
  2. For starters: Cobb on the hill against Orioles

    Blogs

     

    Alex Cobb takes the mound, hoping to duplicate his performance from Friday when he was three outs away from pitching a complete game.
  3. Bucs DE Jacquies Smith (ACL) will start on active PUP list

    Blogs

    In the first quarter of a season opening win at Altanta last season, Jacquies Smith suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while attemping to cover a punt.

    Jacquies Smith will begin training camp on the active Physically Unable to Perform list.
  4. Odorizzi on disabled list with lower back strain

    Blogs

    Odorizzi (6-4, 4.47) has been victimized this season by the long ball, allowing 23 home runs in his 18 starts. He will miss starts in homer-friendly Yankee Stadium and against the homer-happy Astros in Houston next week.

    Jake Odorizzi was placed on the 10-day disabled list this morning.
  5. Bucs rookies Beckwith, McNichols cleared for training camp

    Blogs

    The Bucs took a calculated risk on two injured players that were discounted in the NFL draft and it may pay off.

    LSU linebacker Kendell Beckwiith (51) fell to the third round after he tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game against Florida Nov. 19.