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Captain's Corner: Look for sardines around inshore flats

What's hot: Above-average temperatures have helped produce some of the best fishing of the year. Scaled sardines have invaded inshore flats, and predator fish are gorging themselves on vast schools of baitfish. Taking time to catch bait will be worth it. Look for flips on the surface of the water or flashes deep in the water column. Once the bait is located, anchor and start chumming.

Trout: Action has been consistently good all winter. And with the arrival of bait, you can't miss. Trout can be enticed into eating by chumming. Anchor the boat just within casting distance of the school and toss out handfuls. Next, try casting free-lined baits and baits rigged with a float into the school. Determine which combination works best, and go with it.

Redfish: They are eating most live baits offered. Large schools can be found around oyster bars, docks and shallow flats adjacent to deep flats on the higher tides. Be quiet, or they will shut down.

Snook: Spring is one of the best times of year to get a good bite. They have been staged on grass flats around river mouths and residential canals. A mild winter has snook in full feeding mode. Scaled sardines are like candy for them. They also will eat most live baits.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at capt.seth@yahoo.com and (727) 385-0382.

Captain's Corner: Look for sardines around inshore flats 03/24/12 [Last modified: Saturday, March 24, 2012 7:20pm]
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