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Captain's Corner: Pay attention to changing weather patterns

A return to seasonal temperatures has triggered fish to act as they should in fall. Fishing is good in Tampa Bay, but weather and wind issues are complicating the situation for anglers.

Tip: Be sure to check the weather and predicted wind speeds. This is not only for comfort but for safety. Most maritime mishaps are a result of not checking or believing the marine forecast. Drastic weather changes are typical for fall and winter in our area. Cold fronts typically trigger sudden and thorough atmospheric changes.

What's hot: Redfish and snook are blasting live baits and have shed summer lethargy. Recent high tides have enabled anglers to nab a few more sessions on the flats. Reds and snook have been cooperative and remain quite active in shallow water.

Tackle: The water is getting much clearer, so using lighter leader material or fluorocarbon can increase strikes from smart fish. Snook have keen eyesight and will shy from baits with large hooks and line that they can see. And it's important to frequently re-tie hooks because snook have sandpaper-like lips. A frayed leader will prevent many strikes.

Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or

Captain's Corner: Pay attention to changing weather patterns 11/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, November 3, 2009 6:19pm]
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