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Captain's Corner: High tides create great opportunities

What's hot: With some of the highest tides of the summer on this full moon, water movement around the passes will have tarpon and snook eager to eat on the falling tides. As the tides dump the flats and bayous, baitfish, shrimp and crabs get flushed out and carried past the sandy points leading to the gulf. These feeding stations are great spots to work thoroughly with different baits.

Tarpon are looking for an easy meal, and often a cut bait on the bottom can draw attention of fish cruising the sand bar edges. When sightcasting silver kings a large threadfin under a cork works best if a constant pattern is established and the boat is anchored.

This month's full moon is when most of the larger snook will move into the passes and feed heavily before the summer spawn. Pinfish and sand perch work well on the bigger fish; these baits hold near the bottom in a strong current. Many male snook will be aggressive and jump on a sardine freelined in the surf along the beach. Large threadfins can work when schools of linesiders are holding in a trough.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and

Captain's Corner: High tides create great opportunities 07/02/12 [Last modified: Monday, July 2, 2012 8:12pm]
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