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Captain's Corner: Plenty of choices inshore

What's hot: Tarpon, kingfish, snook and redfish are dominating the inshore action. Most anglers have moved off the grass flats to target tarpon and the kingfish run. This has provided flats anglers with less pressure on snook and redfish schools. Most redfish are still hanging near oyster bars and feeding on threadfin herring and pinfish.

Tactics: The trick to catching redfish is a silent approach. Pole or drift up to the oyster bar and anchor quietly, a long cast from the bar. If they see you, they will hide in the grass. Snook are staying in the deeper channels and are harder to find. Some schools are on the beach but not the large numbers you'll find in May and June. Threadfins have worked best around the deep channels, and large pinfish are the bait of choice on the beach. The best action is when the tide is moving.

What else: You can find tarpon rolling at the Skyway Bridge, Egmont Key, Longboat Key and passes with a shoal. They feed best early in the day. Don't drive near the boats that are anchored and waiting for a school. Go a few hundred yards outside the boats and see if they're anchored or poling. Anchored boats don't have fish, but ones poling are on a school. Wait until their done before approaching.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captain's Corner: Plenty of choices inshore 04/27/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 8:03pm]
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