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Captain's Corner: Head to docks for fly rod action

Pat Damico

Pat Damico

What's hot: Lighted docks with good current flow can provide nonstop fly rod action. Trout have been the most consistent species. But redfish, snook, jacks and ladyfish are frequent visitors. They prey on large schools of baitfish and scattered shrimp that take advantage of the plankton that, in turn, are attracted by lights close to the water.

Technique: White flies that match visible baitfish in size and shape will consistently produce. This is a great opportunity to get youngsters and new fly fishers into the action. Northern visitors with 5 or 6 weight fly rods too light for other saltwater species will have a ball watching fish chase and engulf their flies. Seeing fish take a fly is very exciting, especially if it is one you made.

Tactics: Use a canoe, kayak or boat to position yourself within casting range. Quietly anchor or use an electric motor. Night-time temperatures are more comfortable for both you and the fish. Sunscreen can stay at home. Fish quietly and respect dock owners kind enough to leave their lights on.

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

Captain's Corner: Head to docks for fly rod action 06/14/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 14, 2013 9:18pm]
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