Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: If blind casting, look for areas likely holding fish

We are blessed with miles of productive shallow water fishing in the Tampa Bay area. I often hear fly fishermen say, "I blind cast with spinning gear with a lure so I can cover more water. Once fish are located, I switch to my fly rod." Blind casting with any gear is not productive unless each cast with either fly or spin gear is directed to a spot that likely holds fish. Once enough clear water covers the grass flat, look for your target. Diving birds are feeding on baitfish, dimples that look like rainfall indicate baitfish, small bright flashes can be baitfish, concentrations of feeding birds in the shallows show where gamefish will soon be foraging, scattering baitfish are often running from snook, trout and reds; tails poking out of the water indicate feeding redfish or sheepshead. Size 4 baitfish patterns will duplicate the small food available and allow you to cover more water. Lengthening your leader to 12 feet with a lighter tippet may be needed to add to your stealth, which is always necessary. Bead chain eyes rather than lead or tungsten dumbbell eyes on a fly will land on the water with minimum disturbance and keep the fly properly oriented. Fly patterns with the hook pointed up will avoid snags and weeds. 10 percent of the fishermen catch 90 percent of the fish because they are fishing where the highest concentration of their quarry lives.

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

Captain's Corner: If blind casting, look for areas likely holding fish 11/14/16 [Last modified: Monday, November 14, 2016 5:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Vikings coach feels better about QB Bradford playing vs. Bucs

    Bucs

    EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. — Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford moved with a little more bounce in his step during the 15 opening minutes of Thursday's practice before reporters were booted.

  2. Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. Friday, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    The Heater

    Tonight: at Orioles

    7:05, Camden Yards, Baltimore

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

    Probable pitchers

    RAYS: RH Alex Cobb (11-10, 3.63)

    ORIOLES: RH Ubaldo Jimenez (6-10, 6.57)

    PORT CHARLOTTE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Pitcher Alex Cobb #53 of the Tampa Bay Rays poses for a portrait at Charlotte Sports Park during photo day on February 26, 2014 in Port Charlotte, Florida.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
  3. Bucs journal: Injury news not all bad

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs are dealing with injuries and illness as they prepare for their first road game of the season, at the Vikings on Sunday.

    Linebacker Kwon Alexander, left, who had an interception against the Bears before leaving with a hamstring injury, misses his second straight day of practice.
  4. 'Dream big' drives Lightning's Conacher brothers

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Two words: Dream big.

    Cory Conacher includes them every time he signs an autograph for a young hockey fan.

    Tampa Bay Lightning forward Cory Conacher (89) on the ice during Lightning training camp in Brandon Friday morning (09/15/17).
  5. Aaron Hernandez had severe CTE; daughter sues NFL, Patriots

    Bucs

    BOSTON — Tests conducted on the brain of former football star Aaron Hernandez showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and his attorney said Thursday that the player's daughter is suing the NFL and the New England Patriots for leading Hernandez to believe the sport …

    Aaron Hernandez's lawyer says the former New England Patriots tight end's brain showed severe signs of the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy. [AP photo]