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Captain's Corner: Fishing solid; winds die

Fishing remains solid in Tampa Bay. Multiple species are cooperating and recent heavy winds are forecasted to subside for the rest of the week.

What's hot: Snook are blasting greenbacks to smithereens. The strike triggered from a live offering to a snook is usually sudden and violent.

Sight fishing opportunities have been available on still days. Look on the outside edges of mangrove shorelines. Catching them in this manner can be mind-blowing.

Tip: The water has been exceptionally clear, so the use of lighter leader material is essential. Twenty-five pound test has been adequate for most situations on the flats. Frequent retying will be necessary.

What's coming: Mangrove snapper are starting to thicken around range markers, bridges and areas of hard and rocky bottom. They will feed actively until it gets cold in October. The quantity and size continue to increase as we speed toward summer.

Spanish mackerel have stayed around the Skyway, but should push back up into the bay this week. The use of long-shank style hooks or wire can be quite beneficial because of their razor-sharp teeth.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at, or (813) 310-6531.

Captain's Corner: Fishing solid; winds die 05/13/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 28, 2010 1:56pm]
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