Make us your home page

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

Captains corner: Mullet, incoming tides awaken flats

What's hot: Schools of mullet are everywhere, moving parallel to shore and stirring up the bottom. Thus, redfish and trout are roaming most shallow flats. The incoming tide has been most productive, as the fish are more aggressive when there is water coming in behind them.

Trout: In St. Joseph Sound, the larger, breeder-sized speckled trout use spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway to stage up and feed aggressively in the cooler months. Catches of 50 or more are not uncommon around the new and full moons. Trout actually eat better with a little wind, as it will push bait and small shellfish against these rocky shorelines. Combine this with a good incoming tide and it can be magic to anglers throwing artificials. The trout harvest season is closed north of Fred Howard Park.

Redfish: The bite should get better as the higher tides arrive. With cold fronts approaching, the wind always starts out from the south and brings up water levels against oyster bars and mangrove shorelines. The shell banks are redfish highways during higher water and a select-sized shrimp suspended on the edge will not be overlooked. Any tide that completely covers the oyster beds this time of year will bring the larger reds in the 30-inch class to the area.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or at

Captains corner: Mullet, incoming tides awaken flats 02/03/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 10, 2011 4:48pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Mariners lose lefty Drew Smyly to Tommy John surgery


    SEATTLE — Drew Smyly was the centerpiece to one of Seattle's many offseason moves by general manager Jerry Dipoto. He was a priority acquisition as a proven lefty for the rotation the Mariners believed would thrive pitching at Safeco Field.

    Drew Smyly will undergo Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Seattle announced the diagnosis on Wednesday, ending Smyly's hopes of returning during the 2017 season. [AP photo]
  2. Jones: Steve Yzerman's plan for getting the Lightning back into the playoffs

    Lightning Strikes

    BRANDON — Seems like forever since the Lightning played a hockey game.

    If the Lightning season started right now, would Steve Yzerman be happy with what he has? "We're still a couple of players short,'' Yzerman said.. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
  3. Mikhail Sergachev said he felt comfortable and welcomed in his first day in a Lightning uniform.
  4. Trump welcomes Joe Maddon and World Series champion Cubs to White House

    The Heater

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has welcomed the manager and several players from the World Series champion Chicago Cubs to the White House.

    President Donald Trump, with Chicago Cubs manager Joe Maddon, right, and team members, gives a thumb-up as he meets with the 2016 World Series Champions Chicago Cubs, Wednesday,  in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington. [AP photo]
  5. Lightning re-signs Cory Conacher to two-year deal


    Cory Conacher said he wanted another shot in the NHL, and hoped it would be with the Lightning.

    Cory Conacher on Wednesday signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay.