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Captains corner: Planning sets up success

When fishing inshore, determine your quarry, destinations and tides well before you head out. Having a plan of attack can mean the difference between success and failure.

Such was the case July 30 when Jim Wolff invited Rudy Garcia, Scott Tuell, and Kim Seigler for a morning of light-tackle inshore fishing.

At the dock, Wolff asked, "What are we going to do today"?

Replying with confidence, I told him: "First, we'll catch bait, then fish a deep grass flat off Pinellas Point. When the tide drops off there, we'll finish up at an old artificial reef I know about."

With three throws of the bait net, we had all the scaled sardines (known also as whitebait) and pinfish we would need for the day.

After arriving at the Pinellas Point flat, Wolff started things off when a 3-foot shovelnose shark inhaled his whitebait. The shark pulled Wolff around the boat, causing everyone else to bring their lines in. In spite of all that, he landed the fish.

Suddenly, Seigler's drag started screaming, interrupted only briefly by the loud splash caused by a leaping fish. Before the drag quit, I had the engine started and the chase was on. Later, Seigler brought his 40-pound spinner shark boatside for pictures.

Moving to the old reef before the tide change brought good luck. Tuell boated a 24-inch gag grouper on a light spinning rod. Garcia caught huge Spanish mackerel. But none of us could believe the 21-inch flounder pulled in by Seigler.

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

Captains corner: Planning sets up success 08/05/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 4, 2010 5:55pm]
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