Sunday, May 27, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Go after freckled fish

Invasion: The freckled fish have invaded the middle part of Tampa Bay. Recently, we have caught 22- to 26-inch fish.

Baits: Live white bait has been the top producer. Match the hatch if the baits on the flat are tiny, and use them if the big females are gorging on them. For the artificial guys, topwaters that chug have been doing well at first light. For the fly guys, chugging poppers are deadly as the sun breaches the eastern horizon.

Where: Deeper flats with shallow bars and schools of bait raining across the top are a good start. Fish where you catch bait for some early morning action as the sun rises then move into the flats in the 4-foot range.

What else: Redfish have been foraging on the high tides all over the bay. Find the mullet, find the fish. Top baits have been dead pinfish and dead white baits soaking on the bottom. For the artificial guys, an early morning high tide has been producing great action with the walk-the-dog type of plugs.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or [email protected]

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