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Captain's Corner: How to catch 'The Slam'

What's hot: "The Slam" consists of a flounder, a trout and a redfish. Achieving this has been easy in local waters the past month. The populations of all three species are doing very well, with bigger specimens of each very available to intercept in September.

Tackle and techniques: Using a medium-heavy spinning outfit with a 1/8-ounce jighead and a soft plastic tail, all three species can be caught using a single lure. Three-inch soft plastic paddle tails are good at attracting the attention of feeding fish. To find the species, prospect shallow grassy areas for redfish, deep grass bottom areas for trout and a variety of locations for flounder, including gulf passes, bridges, creek mouths and potholes, which are patches of sand surrounded by sea grass.

Baits: Live baits can be used instead of lures. Use just enough weight to keep the bait down where the fish are depending on the depth you are fishing. This concept applies to the speed of the lure retrieve as well. Anglers should move the lures considerably slower when targeting flounder and trout than they would for redfish because redfish are in much shallower water. If "The Slam" is your plan, target redfish and trout first, and then flounder. Redfish and trout have been most cooperative early in the morning. Flounder can be caught at midday.

Neil Taylor charters kayak fishing trips in the Tampa Bay area and can be reached at or (727) 692-6345.

Captain's Corner: How to catch 'The Slam' 09/13/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 6:31pm]
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