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Captain's Corner: Fish are hungry for bait

What's hot: Spring fishing is in full swing. The whitebait have arrived, and every type of fish on the flats is on the lookout for them.

Cobia: Cobia are on the flats around Sand Bay and Green Key looking for an easy meal. Look for large stingrays; the cobia will follow them, waiting for small baitfish to scatter from under them. When fishing for cobia, I use a large whitebait or pinfish fished under a cork. Drop the bait in front of the cobia about 6 to 8 feet to avoid spooking them. Use medium-heavy tackle such as 15- to 20-pound test line with a 40- or 50-pound test mono leader.

Trout: The past few weeks have had some of the best trout fishing I have seen. We have been catching trout up to 28 inches long and as many as 50 in a few hours. Most have been 20 to 24 inches long.

Snook: We have been catching several up to 35 inches on large whitebait. The snook are coming out of their winter homes; look for them in the mouths of rivers and creeks. Remember, snook season is closed until Sept. 1, so you must catch and release.

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

Captain's Corner: Fish are hungry for bait 04/13/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:51pm]
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