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Captain's Corner: Finding fish in colder weather

What's hot: With colder weather, fish look for warm water. Power plants are a favorite place for fish that roam the flats. You can catch trout, redfish, snook, pompano, permit, cobia, ladyfish and bluefish. And you don't need a boat to fish some power plants.

Tips and tricks: Timing is everything. Some days the fishing can be great all day, and others can have a window of 30 minutes or so. A trick is to pick the right days and tides. The first few days after a cold front are productive. I like to fish the stronger tides around the full- or new-moon phase. Fish the tide changes, two hours before the change and two hours after.

Equipment: The most popular live bait is shrimp. Some good artificials are plastic jigs and shrimp, and slow-sinking crank baits. For tackle, a light spinning rod and reel with 8- to 12-pound test line is perfect.

Mike Manning runs Action Fishing Adventures out of Tarpon Springs. Call him toll-free at 1-800-644-5940.

Captain's Corner: Finding fish in colder weather 11/23/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 7:38pm]
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