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Captain's Corner: Negative low tides reveal snook, red drum, speckled trout

What's hot: When fishing inshore, negative low tides are a fisherman's best friend. Pools and deep pockets are exposed, revealing secret hideouts of inshore species such as snook, red drum (redfish) and speckled trout.

Technique: Barry Steele of Sydney, Australia, experienced this winter technique during last month's new moon. We double anchored next to an exposed sand bar that fell off into a 4-foot hole. The two anchors positioned the boat precisely so we could work the deep pool. We free-lined a live select shrimp. Shrimp is a great bait at this time of year because most bait fish have vamoosed. "Cast this shrimp out as far as you can and slowly walk it back to you," I instructed Steele. "When you feel the bump, get your line tight and set the hook." Steele took instructions quite well because it wasn't long before he had his first 17-inch trout; then another and another and another.

Rick Frazier runs Lucky Dawg Charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 510-4376.

Captain's Corner: Negative low tides reveal snook, red drum, speckled trout 02/01/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 1, 2012 10:32pm]
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