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Captain's Corner: Flies in the morning

What's hot: Early morning and moving water will offer great fly-fishing opportunities. Most bridges are loaded with baitfish as well as crabs. Predators such as baby tarpon, jack, snook, red and black drum and pompano have never been in larger numbers in these locations. Tarpon can be seen rolling and usually ive you a location where they are concentrated. Snook make a telltale pop or scatter baitfish as they feed.

Technique: Have one 8- or 9-weight rod rigged with a white surface popper and floating line. The second rod should have a clear sinking tip and a baitfish imitation similar to what you see in the water. Both should have 30- to 40-pound shock tippets to prevent breakoffs and give you some authority to keep hooked fish away from barnacle encrusted abutments. If fish aren't sighted, cast to abutments allowing the current to swing your offerings to the fish's anticipated location. They will be close to structure.

Tip: Anchoring limits your ability to not only cover more water but also get larger hooked fish into open water to level the playing field. This is where an electric motor is valuable. As the sun comes up, the bridge also offers shade to keep you and the fish cool.

Fly fisherman Pat Damico runs charters in lower Tampa Bay and can be reached at and (727) 504-8649.

Captain's Corner: Flies in the morning 07/14/14 [Last modified: Monday, July 14, 2014 8:06pm]
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