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Captain's Corner: Head to shaded areas for snook, trout, redfish

What's hot: Docks, trees and bridges will have shade and lower water temperatures. Most snook, redfish and trout will move into cooler water, and trout will move away from the shallows and stay in water 4 to 6 feet deep. Redfish schools like to hang under the shade of mangroves and will move there when the tide is high. Snook will move to the passes. Strong tide movement will pull cooler water from the gulf into the pass. You can target bridges that have deeper water. In residential canals, docks will provide shade for most of the game fish.

Tips: The best times to fish are early and late. Dock lights and bridges with lights will hold plenty of fish. Docks have snook, trout and redfish along the shadow line, and bridges have cobia and tarpon to target. They will look like long, dark shadows moving through the light.

Staying cool: A large beach umbrella that fits in a rod holder will help make it feel 5 to 10 degrees cooler.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captain's Corner: Head to shaded areas for snook, trout, redfish 07/12/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 7:53pm]
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