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: Outing tracks Spanish mackerel and speckled trout

What's hot: Take aim at Spanish mackerel and speckled trout. Both species are abundant and eager to take your offerings. Twin brothers Brandon and Steve Monsanto along with their significant others, Telina Privett and Danielle Monsanto, found out just how eager recently on a half-day charter.

Tactics: Starting out before sunrise, we found ourselves at a local bait spot filling the livewell with greenbacks (threadfin herring) and whitebait (scaled sardines) before we made the trek off St. Pete Beach for the Spanish.

Our mackerel rig was simply a No. 1 long-shank hook with 30-pound leader. It wasn't long before Monsanto got the party started with her drag singing.

"Let 'em run, Danielle," I said. "Once he quits running, then get your line back."

Soon, pictures were being snapped, and Danielle had a huge mackerel in the fish box. Privett wasn't to be outdone, and neither were the twins. All had nice, healthy 3- to 5-pound mackerel.

Unfortunately, porpoise horned in on the action and slowed the bite a bit. Because the tide was starting to ebb as well, we turned our attention to trout. We went inside the bay to the shallow grass flats.

Drifting in 3-4 feet of water, we used the same rigs that we did for the mackerel, except we attached a float about 2 feet up the line to keep the minnows out of the grassy bottom. Action was hot with blues, sharks, ladies and trout. And after it was all said and done, four upper-slot trout were added to the fish box.

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

Captain's Corner: Outing tracks Spanish mackerel and speckled trout 10/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 4, 2010 7:46pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Twins eventually cash in as Rays lose, fall back to .500 (w/video)

    The Heater

    MINNEAPOLIS — The Rays could only battle their way out of trouble for so long Saturday afternoon before succumbing in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.

    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - MAY 27: Brian Dozier #2 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates hitting a two-run home run as Derek Norris #33 of the Tampa Bay Rays looks on during the eighth inning of the game on May 27, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Rays 5-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) 700010973
  2. Rays Tales: The stories behind Corey Dickerson's ascension

    The Heater

    The 25 pounds DH/LF Corey Dickerson lost during the winter through diet and exercise are considered the primary reason for his ascension to one of the American League's most productive hitters, going into the weekend leading in hits, multi-hit games and total bases, and ranked in the top five in average, runs and …

    Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Corey Dickerson (10) connects for a sac fly, scores Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Steve Pearce (28) in the fourth inning of the game between the Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
  3. For starters: Rays at Twins, looking for another with Odorizzi starting

    Blogs

    UPDATE, 12:45: Cash said Robertson was taking better swings Friday and so he wanted to move him up today, liking the idea of having three straight right-handers vs. a LHP they don't know much about. ... Souza was still smiling this morning about his failed dive attempt last night, and the reaction it got. .. The …

  4. Why the Lightning would consider trading Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — This summer, the Lightning could trade one of its most dynamic young players ever.

    Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Jonathan Drouin (27) celebrates with his team on the bench after beating Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling (33) to score his second goal of the period and to tie the score at 4 to 4 during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (03/27/17).
  5. Why the Lightning should keep Jonathan Drouin

    Lightning Strikes

    Keep him.

    Jonathan Drouin is live bait. The Lightning is ready to run the hook through him and cast him out there again. Drouin has enough talent for the Lightning to meet some defensive needs in a deal.

    Keep him.

    Lightning wing Jonathan Drouin celebrates after beating Los Angeles Kings goalie Peter Budaj during the first period of Tuesday's win in Tampa. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD   |   Times]