Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captains corner: Follow the mullet and mud for inshore success

Inshore: The peak of the mullet spawning period is here, so massive numbers of these egg- and milt-laden fish are moving on the flats. These schools will settle into an area to await the next cold front, which triggers an urge to swim to the open gulf for spawning. In the bays and estuaries, the reds and snook will mix in among the mullet for both protection and feeding.

When the mullet nibble sand and mud to eat the algae that grows on it, they often expose or spook shrimp, small fish, and crabs, which the reds love. Similarly, when dense mullet schools swim in a large circle the whirlpool effect creates "muds," which present feeding opportunities for game fish.

Casting artificial baits such as spoons or soft-plastic jerk baits into the mullet often produces great redfish action. Sometimes you may inadvertently snag a big mullet.

Offshore: Great catches of gag grouper have been coming in shallow water. With amberjack and red snapper closed to harvest, there has been little reason to go more than 10 miles offshore. We've been catching our limit of gags in less than 20 feet of water in one or two stops. We even caught keeper gags in 8 feet of water near Tarpon Springs.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 944-3474 or e-mail

Captains corner: Follow the mullet and mud for inshore success 12/17/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 17, 2009 5:19pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. U.S. repeats as Solheim Cup champion


    WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — Lexi Thompson set the tone by rallying from four holes down. The rest of the Americans took it from there and restored their dominance in the Solheim Cup

    Lexi Thompson, left, comes back from four holes down to halve the day’s first singles match with Europe’s Anna Nordqvist to set the tone for the United States.
  2. Rays see the Blake Snell they've been waiting for in win over Mariners

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — It was a one-run game Sunday when the Mariners' Robinson Cano singled with one out in the seventh inning, bringing the dangerous Nelson Cruz to the plate.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throwing in the third inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, Aug. 20, 2017.
  3. Bucs journal: Demar Dotson (mild groin strain) expected back for opener


    TAMPA — The Bucs got good news Sunday on starting right tackle Demar Dotson, whose MRI exam showed only a mild right groin sprain and who should be back at practice next week.

    Tackle Demar Dotson has only a mild groin strain.
  4. Bucs counting on better health creating better pass rush


    TAMPA — Ask Bucs coaches about the improved depth and health of their defensive line, and they'll look around for a piece of wood to knock on.

    Retired All-Pro defensive end  Simeon Rice, right, the last Buc to have double-digit sacks in a season,  works with defensive end Ryan Russell, who last season was promoted from the practice squad for the second half of the year as injuries piled up. He is competing for a backup job this year.
  5. Rays journal: Jake Faria heads to DL with left abdominal strain

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — RHP Jacob Faria made the trek he didn't want to take after his last start. It was to the trainer's room. The pain in his left abdominal went from nagging to an issue during his start that night in Toronto.

    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jacob Faria (34) throwing in the first inning of the game between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Friday, August 4, 2017.