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Captain's Corner: Flats on fire

Fishing the flats: Fall is great for flats fishing along the west coast. The game fish feed on everything while getting ready for the cold winter. During the next two months, all local game fish that roam the falls will be on the hunt, such as snook, redfish, trout, cobia and Spanish mackerel.

Redfish hunt: Redfish will school in large numbers for their yearly spawn. Look for the fish moving onto oyster bars on incoming tides. The east side of Anclote Key and Honeymoon Island are great spots. There has been smaller schools around Sand Bay and Green Key. Redfish will eat about any type of live bait and most artificial baits, such as live shrimp, pinfish and white bait. Some popular lures are gold spoons, soft plastic jerk baits and hard plastic swim baits.

Seeking snook: Snook are heading into their fall and winter homes. Look for them near the mouths of creeks, rivers and deepwater canals. Some snook will be miles up the rivers and deep into creeks and canals. Large live white baits, jumbo shrimp and pinfish work well. Up rivers such as the Anclote and Cotee, bring large freshwater shinners. Slow trolling plastic crank baits produce large numbers and real big snook when fishing miles up the rivers.

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

Captain's Corner: Flats on fire 10/18/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 18, 2010 9:35pm]
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