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Captain's Corner: Keep up with breeder trout

What's hot: Oversized breeder trout can be found along the inshore waters of north Pinellas and Pasco counties. Northerly winds push water off shallow flats, exposing vast areas of seagrass dotted with potholes. As the tide drops out, the trout congregate in the deeper sandy holes along areas of rocky sea floor and deeper grass flats adjacent to the shallower flats.

Tactics: At the bottom of the tide, look for trout in deeper water. Slowly work the area using a trolling motor or simple drift while making fan casts and casts to deeper depressions. As the tide becomes higher, the trout move onto the shallow flats to feed. There, make long, accurate casts and use a stealthy approach. Rig baits weedless to minimize grass buildup on the hook. A float that suspends your bait just above the top of the grass might be needed.

Tackle: You can use live baits, artificials or a combination. Live baits include shrimp, pinfish and finger mullet. Use an artificial that mimics live baits such as a lightweight jig or a plug that resembles a mullet.

Seth Leto runs Pristine Fishing Charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 385-0382.

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

Captain's Corner: Keep up with breeder trout 01/03/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 3, 2013 7:27pm]
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