Monday, April 23, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Pressure on reds, trout decreases

What's hot: The best part about fishing at this time of year is the multiple species available. It takes the pressure off the reds and trout, which have been the main action over the past few months. When anglers have less pressure, the fish become less spooked and easier to catch.

Areas to target: Tarpon are around the bridges inside Tampa Bay and the shallows of the Gulf of Mexico. In the gulf, most travel in 8-11 feet. At the bridges, look for them rolling close to the pilings. Kingfish and mackerel can be found over the hard bottom close to the beach, artificial reefs and most areas holding large schools of bait. The reds are still hanging in the mullet schools. Larger trout are schooling with the mullet. Most of the slot trout are in 3-4 feet. Look for them in areas with a mixture of grass and sand.

Bait: Whitebait, scaled sardines and threadfins can be found around the Skyway. Threadfins also are just off Blind Pass. Over the hard bottom in 30 feet, anglers can jig up Spanish sardines and blue runners. The sardines are hot baits for kingfish. And when used as cut bait, most reds won't turn them down.

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

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