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Captain's Corner: Inshore variety rising

What's hot: November means a potpourri of inshore fishing. Sheepshead, black drum, flounder, sea bass, gag grouper, bluefish, ladyfish, silver trout, whiting and mackerel join the likes of trout, snook and redfish in area inshore waters.

Tackle: Medium spinning tackle with 25-pound fluorocarbon leader will handle nearly all these species. If you encounter bluefish and mackerel, add a piece of 40-pound leader to reduce "sharp teeth" cutoffs. One-eighth or one-quarter ounce jigs will catch most of these species. For sheepshead and black drum, use live or fresh dead shrimp or fiddler crabs on a 1/0 hook and just enough split shot weight to sink it to the bottom.

Tips: Diving birds are a sure giveaway to the location of feeding fish. This will isolate bluefish, mackerel, ladyfish and speckled trout. For snook and redfish, shift your focus to backcountry areas. Creeks and rivers hold more of these species than open flats with winter-like conditions upon us. Sea bass, gag grouper, sheepshead and even some porgies will be on most rockpiles in the area. Sheepshead and black drum also will be around oyster bars, bridges and docks. Flounder have been caught regularly on sandy areas with moving water beside structure, such as submerged rocks, oyster bars, bridges or a shipwreck. Silver trout and whiting can be intercepted off beaches and in gulf passes.

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

Captain's Corner: Inshore variety rising 11/18/08 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 18, 2008 5:28pm]
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