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Captains corner: Mackerel hitting spoons, redfish and snook require live baits

Doug Hemmer

Doug Hemmer

What's hot: Mackerel are schooling around the spawn near Egmont Key. Birds flocking over a spot will give the schools away. Cast small spoons where the fish are striking the surface. Use a ¼-ounce gold or silver spoon with a short piece of wire in front of the spoon to prevent cutoffs.

What else: The best action for redfish will be around the oyster bars that also have mullet. Quietly work the mullet schools with a gold spoon or a pinfish under a cork. For snook, look for their dark outline as they move through swash channels. They have been feeding on threadfins and large pinfish. Use a 30-pound leader.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captains corner: Mackerel hitting spoons, redfish and snook require live baits 08/01/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 5:46pm]
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