Sunday, June 17, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Preparing for fall

What's hot: As summer draws to an end and the days become shorter, anticipation of fall fishing heightens. Water temperatures are slowly falling and redfish are schooling around oyster bars, docks and mangrove shorelines and cruising fertile flats in search of an easy meal. Use a stealthy approach when working wary schools of redfish.

Tactics: Set up on a flat that has good moving water and abundant life. Next look for big pushes of water, baitfish showering, or birds diving. Once you locate one or all of these signs, a trolling motor comes in handy. Go to an area where the school is heading and cast ahead of the lead fish. Another good technique for a moving school: anchor and start live chumming. This will entice the school to stay in one area, and will attract other fish to that area to feed.

Tackle: When fishing live bait, all that is needed is a float, a 2- to 3-foot section of 20-pound test leader, and a 1/0 circle hook. The depth of the float will vary depending on water depth and the current's speed. Any artificial bait, such as a light jig or the classic gold spoon, that resembles a shrimp or small baitfish, will also work.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at [email protected] and (727) 385-0382.

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