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Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: On snapper and showers

What's hot: The west winds and early morning rains continue. The morning bite is the best in summer since the water on the flats is pushing 90 degrees by mid-morning. Just be prepared to dodge showers.

Tips: Mangrove snapper will be a favorite to target this month. The inshore bite is the best in three years. With a size limit of 12 inches, you can catch your limit pretty easily. You should be able to find a good snapper bite around most structure, and it's better on the slack tide or at the beginning of the incoming. Get a chum slick going before you start. Use small white bait or cut pieces of threadfins.

Technique: Surprisingly there have been some nice schools of redfish hanging in 3-4 feet. With the water so warm, they won't always chase a swimming bait. Try putting out a piece of cut whitebait or pinfish.

Mike Gore charters out of Tampa Bay. Call him at (813) 390-6600 or visit

Captain's Corner: On snapper and showers 08/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, August 15, 2014 6:29pm]
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