Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Masses of baitfish attract an abundance of predators

Inclement weather has kept most of the charter fleet in port. Prior to the weather, baitfish was massed up just off the bay area's beaches and at the mouths of major rivers. Winds should be favorable the next few days for the action to continue.

The potpourri of bait attracts a host of predator fish such as Spanish and king mackerel, sharks, bluefish, ladyfish, jacks, tarpon, cobia, grouper and false albacore. Pelicans, royal terns and sea gulls are sure signs that you are in the right area, but it is the solid markings of baitfish on a sonar machine that get the nod from the pros.

Pro logic: Traditionally, the period between Columbus Day and Thanksgiving is peak time for fall king mackerel fishing off the gulf beaches. Waves of smaller school-sized kings usually pass our area offshore in the spring, but in the fall, the large smoker kings tend to be found in the bait migrating within 1 mile of the shoreline. Bump troll a live mullet, ladyfish or threadfin herring with a trace of piano wire in the areas abundant with bait, particularly just outside the larger passes on a falling tide.

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

Captain's Corner: Masses of baitfish attract an abundance of predators 10/11/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 6:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Five undrafted rookies to watch in Bucs training camp

    Blogs

    Rookies report today for Bucs training camp, with veterans joining in Thursday and the first practice Friday morning, and with HBO's "Hard Knocks" chronicling this year's camp, there's always an interest in the underdog storyline of undrafted rookies trying to make the 53-man roster.

    Bucs linebacker Richie Brown, an undrafted rookie trying to make Tampa Bay's roster this preseason, is shown during last year's St. Petersburg Bowl after he recovered a fumble for Mississippi State.
  2. Rays morning after: The bats have disappeared

    Blogs

     

    Center fielder Mallex Smith reacts after striking out swinging in the seventh inning.
  3. Bryan Harper's path to the majors, where his brother is a star, has been bumpy

    The Heater

    He has thrown 215 professional innings over 168 minor-league outings, and at various points the kid from Las Vegas has called Viera and Hagerstown, Md., and Harrisburg, Pa. and Syracuse, N.Y., and even Arlington, Va. home. During that summer he lived in the D.C. suburbs, he would rise some mornings with his brother in …

  4. Blake Snell steps up, but Rays lose to Orioles anyway (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Blake Snell stepped up when he had to Monday and delivered an impressive career-high seven-plus innings for the Rays. That it wasn't enough in what ended up a 5-0 loss to the Orioles that was their season-high fifth straight is symptomatic of the mess they are in right now.

    Tim Beckham stands hands on hips after being doubled off first.
  5. Rays vs. Orioles, 7:10 p.m. Tuesday, Tropicana Field

    The Heater

    Tonight: vs. Orioles

    7:10, Tropicana Field

    TV/radio: Fox Sports Sun; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)