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Captain's Corner: Plenty of species can be caught

What's hot: Threadfin herring and scaled sardines can be found up and down our coast. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia, bonita, sharks and jack crevalles will be on the prowl for these prized baitfish. Large redfish schools will continue to invade the shallow water flats in search of food. Cooler water temperatures from heavy rainfall have triggered aggressive feeding from all species of game fish.

Bait: A valuable skill is throwing a cast net. We have one of the healthiest baitfish anywhere. Filling the livewell with threadfins, scaled sardines, pinfish, grunts, mullet, ladyfish and shrimp will provide action for any targeted species. The main goal is to have the proper bait for anything that might happen.

Tactics: I have been taking advantage of the deep grass flats in 5-9 feet. Once set over the grass, I start live bait chumming. This starts a feeding frenzy of any species in the area. Action is fast and furious, and every cast results in a strike. We recently caught more than 13 species.

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

Captain's Corner: Plenty of species can be caught 08/27/12 [Last modified: Monday, August 27, 2012 6:08pm]
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