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

Captain's Corner: Nearshore artificial reefs provide plenty of action

What's hot: Certainly the weather and the water temperatures are hot, but the fishing is hot, too. The wind and storms settled down and allowed for offshore exploring. Our nearshore artificial reefs are providing anglers with a smorgasbord of catches. Bait has been plentiful for cast-netters, or for those less energetic, store-bought frozen sardines or squid will do the trick. The last trip out we boated flounder, mangrove snapper, trout, black sea bass, mackerel and a few sporting fish as in ladyfish, dogfish, catfish and a hooked (but not caught) tarpon.

Techniques: Use a navigational map with coordinates in a GPS; anchor up-tide and let the baits back to the structure. For flounder, cast a jighead with bait off to the side of the structure bouncing it in the sand. Other species should be fished closer to the structure using a sinker and hook.

Tip: Using a circle hook is necessary by law, but it helps with fewer hang-ups and snags in the rocks and rubble. Usually you can wiggle the circle hook out with a little finesse. A knocker rig is a good way to set up gear. Using a small sinker riding freely right at the hook, rather than above the leader, you will get a better feel on a bite.

Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center at (727) 518-7637 or

Captain's Corner: Nearshore artificial reefs provide plenty of action 08/16/10 [Last modified: Monday, August 16, 2010 10:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tim Tebow Week: 12 stories from his Tampa Bay tour


    Alas, Tim Tebow Week — eight baseball games in eight nights that reunited Tebow with his Tampa Bay friends and admirers — is over. The fun ended Thursday night.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow meets fans and signs autographs before the beginning of the Mets at Threshers game at Spectrum Field on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 in Clearwater. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times

  2. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars


    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  3. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half



    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.
  4. Rays journal: Archer has strong outing, with two mistakes

    The Heater

    TORONTO — Two pitches RHP Chris Archer didn't execute are the ones that stood out Thursday as Josh Donaldson hit them out of the park. But the two solo home runs aside, Archer turned in a sterling outing that went atop the pile of good pitching the Rays keep wasting.

    Rays starting pitcher Chris Archer (22) works during the first inning. [Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP]
  5. Tim Tebow continues wowing fans as he wraps up bay area games


    CLEARWATER — Tracey Fritzinger has seen Tim Tebow play baseball a few times this year. The 40-year-old St. Petersburg resident went to two of his games against the Tampa Yankees, along with Joy, her little sister from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

    St. Lucie Mets outfielder Tim Tebow, middle, hangs out in the dugout during Thursday night’s game against the Clearwater Threshers at Spectrum Field, the last of St. Lucie’s eight-day trip to the Tampa Bay area.