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Captains corner: Flats buzzing with bait-busting game fish

What's hot: All the top game fish that roam the flats are on the feed after the long winter.

Trout: Seatrout are biting from Tarpon Springs to Port Richey. The north sand bar off Anclote Key has been producing "gator" trout up to 24 inches long. They are hitting live greenbacks. Several schools have been found around the stilt houses off Port Richey.

Snook: The snook are showing up in their normal spots around the mouths of creeks, and rivers such as the Anclote and Cotee. Again, the best bait has been large greenbacks.

Cobia: The cobia have invaded the flats from Sand Bay to the northernmost stilt house off Port Richey. These fish are following sting rays looking for an easy meal. Having a tower boat is a big help when it comes to spotting cobia. If you don't have a tower, stand on a cooler. The best bait has been large greenbacks and pinfish.

Redfish: There have been small schools of redfish around Anclote Key and Sand Bay. The reds are moving up on the oyster bars during incoming tides. The top bait choices are live greenbacks or small pinfish fished under a cork.

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

Captains corner: Flats buzzing with bait-busting game fish 04/22/10 [Last modified: Thursday, April 22, 2010 5:37pm]
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