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Captain's Corner: Make sure newcomers catch fish — any fish

What's hot: The Thanksgiving holiday should mean many youngsters and otherwise landlubbers will be introduced to saltwater fishing with a perfect weather forecast. It is important that the newcomer gets action and catches fish, any fish. Too often anglers are caught with high expectations, not realizing that bending the rod is often more important than catching Moby Dick.

Pro logic: The grass flats from 3 to 8 feet deep are abundant with spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and ladyfish. Move to oyster bars and rocky outcrops as the tide rises during midday for redfish and prized flounder. Sight fishing opportunities exist for redfish for anglers working the holes and swash channels adjacent to plush grass flats that are dotted with sandy white depressions. All that is needed is a simple jig rigged with a small grub tail heavy enough to reach the bottom.

Big game abound: In between the cold fronts and when the water temperatures hover near 70 degrees, I am jumping tarpon between 50-100 pounds on most attempts. Fish deep, they are there.

Robert McCue can be reached toll-free at 1-800-833-0489 or via

Captain's Corner: Make sure newcomers catch fish — any fish 11/21/11 [Last modified: Monday, November 21, 2011 5:49pm]
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