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Captain's Corner: Great overall, especially redfish

What's hot: Fishing throughout Tampa and St. Petersburg is the best I have seen it for this time of year, whether it be Fort De Soto, Tampa Bay or the south shore (Pinellas Point down to Apollo Beach).

Getting specific: Are you looking to catch one of the best line-draggers that won't give up on a fight? Then redfish is your species. On high tide, schools are holding close to the mangroves. When the tide goes out, look for them 50-100 yards off the shoreline. The bait is abundant, and the fish are eating everything in their path. Casting live-scaled sardines will produce a bite. When the tide goes out, fish tend to get skittish in skinny water. Try casting a piece of cut bait and let it sit.

What else: Mangrove snapper continue to be a worthy target. They are all over the bridges. The best results have come using a Carolina rig with just enough weight to get it to the bottom. I like a No. 1 hook. The grass flats are covered with perfect bait, but shrimp will work just as well.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit

Captain's Corner: Great overall, especially redfish 09/15/13 [Last modified: Monday, September 16, 2013 12:20am]
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