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Captain's Corner: Oyster bars contain redfish

Seth Leto

Seth Leto

What's hot: As winter conditions return, small schools of redfish should remain around oyster bars along the inland shoreline. These bars are home to small baitfish and crustaceans, a major source of food for predator fish. The bars also get hot in the sun, which keeps the surrounding water temperature a few degrees warmer.

Tactics: Find a bunch of oyster bars grouped in a small area. Scout for areas during the extreme low tides of winter. Fish these bars during the end of an incoming tide and the start of an outgoing tide. Work each bar until the bite shuts down, then move to the next. Use live shrimp, fresh-cut bait or your favorite redfish lure (shrimp imitation jig, gold spoon or topwater plug).

What else: Ladyfish, aggressive feeders and a good fight on light tackle, are schooled up along deeper channels. Look for fish breaching the surface or diving pelicans. Use live bait or drift with artificials.

Seth Leto runs Pristine Fishing Charters out of Tarpon Springs. Call (727) 385-0382.

Captain's Corner: Oyster bars contain redfish 01/19/13 [Last modified: Saturday, January 19, 2013 8:35pm]
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