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Captain's Corner: Plentiful bait

Fall fishing is in full swing and beaches are covered in baitfish. Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down our Suncoast. Migratory species are preying on these schools. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and jack crevalles are the prominent species on the prowl. Learning to throw a cast net can be one of the best things anyone could learn in our area. We have some of the healthiest, best baitfish anywhere. Filling the livewell with threadfins, scaled sardines and pinfish will provide action for any targeted species. I fill the well with as many baits as possible so I can start livebait chumming once I get to my trolling grounds. The main goal is to have the proper bait for anything that arises. Slow trolling threadfin herring over hard bottom this time of the year off the beaches will entice all the pelagic species. I find schools of baitfish less than a mile from the beach and deploy baits on a light drag setting using light wire to prevent breakoffs. While trolling, I throw chummers behind the boat, which produces catches of just about anything.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captain's Corner: Plentiful bait 10/13/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 13, 2015 6:19pm]
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