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Captain's Corner: Head for structures

What's hot: Water temperatures remain cold, so look for fish to congregate around structures that provide protection and warmer water. Structures include docks, seawalls, mangroves, oyster bars, changes in the contour of a shoreline, changes in water depth and natural limestone bottoms.

Tactics: Docks along deeper residential canals have produced nice catches of redfish and sheepshead. Work each dock slowly, and limit your casts. Casting repeatedly at one dock will cause the fish to become wary. Present a live shrimp or scented artificial bait as far under the dock as possible and let it sit. If a free-lined shrimp isn't working, use a small weight to get it to the bottom. Also try to fish the rocky bottom adjacent to deeper grass flats. Use live shrimp, artificial baits or a combination of the two. You also might want to try using a float to keep your bait suspended.

Slow it down: Patience is key when cold water temperatures make fish lethargic. Slow your presentation, and you will be surprised at how catches increase.

Seth Leto runs Pristine Fishing Charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 385-0382.

Captain's Corner: Head for structures 02/19/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 5:28pm]
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