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Captain's Corner: It's all about the frontal passages

Offshore: Kingfish and Spanish mackerel fishing has been getting better every day. When the winds have an easterly component, great fishing has been within a few miles of the shoreline in depths from 20 to 30 feet. Look for areas with diving birds to locate the main body of fish. Trolling small spoons on the surface and larger deep diving plugs will offer up strikes from all sections of the water column. Many times, large gag grouper will rise to your offerings on the deeper diving lures and may lead you to finding a small ledge or rock that may become a honey hole in the future. Keep the track feature on your plotter on so you can return to areas where you get a bite. Those small rocks and ledges may produce great bottom fishing in the future.

Inshore: Tides this week will be good and will allow for access to areas of shallow flats. Most of our inshore favorites have been moving closer to the main shoreline despite warmer than normal temperatures. Their biological clock is ticking and one more front will send them scurrying to pre-winter haunts. Be prepared to move around a lot and understand that inshore fish are in a transition mode. To be successful, prepare to stay on the move as changing weather will dictate their location as we transition from what I see as summer to winter conditions, with no real fall season in between.

Capt. Troy P. Sapp with Fins and Tails Guide Service can be reached at (813) 920-6928.

Captain's Corner: It's all about the frontal passages 10/30/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 8:14pm]
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