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Captain's Corner: Perfect temperature

What's hot: October is the month to be on the water. With a slight cold front pushing down last week, the water temperature is almost perfect for fishing. Spanish mackerel, big schools of jacks and black-tip sharks are all over the bay and beaches, providing nonstop action. Jacks can be caught on normal inshore tackle, but bump the leader to about 60 pounds for Spanish mackerel and sharks.

Where to look: Big schools of breeder reds are roaming just off the beach. Once you locate them, hold on. We have caught some bigger than 40 inches. Inshore, they continue to school up from Fort DeSoto to upper Tampa Bay. On extremely low water, look for deep holes just off the grass flats. The redfish will not move far off the flat. They move just far enough to find water they are comfortable in.

Snook staying put: Snook have not made the full transition into their winter homes. They continue to hold on grass flats for now. On high tide they have held pretty tight to the mangrove line. A nice scaled sardine under a cork has worked best. It seems to slow the bait and the snook are bouncing on it.

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

Captain's Corner: Perfect temperature 10/15/12 [Last modified: Monday, October 15, 2012 6:07pm]
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