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Captain's Corner: Fall fishing starts hot with redfish

What's hot: The spectacular fall fishing season is just beginning and all indications are this year should be great. Large scattered schools of bull redfish can be found offshore in the gulf feeding on anything placed in front of them. It's necessary to use tackle with larger strong hooks because these fish, which range from 20-40 pounds, will quickly straighten out smaller hooks. We've learned that it's possible to catch these fish even if there are feeding dolphin in the area. Typically the redfish can be seen feeding on the surface, but they also can be seen on a fish finder as a large mass near the bottom. If this is the case, switch to a large lipped plug or a No. 2 planer with a large spoon.

Tip: Spanish mackerel, scattered kingfish, barracuda, bonita and some cobia can be found on almost any artificial reef and are willing to strike both live and artificial baits.

Dave Zalewski charters the Lucky Too out of Madeira Beach. Call (727) 397-8815.

Captain's Corner: Fall fishing starts hot with redfish 09/28/13 [Last modified: Saturday, September 28, 2013 6:25pm]

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