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Captain's Corner: Redfish fun to target

Redfish have been feeding on pinfish under corks. This time of year it is common to find redfish schooled up. When this happens, often it is chaos when everyone is hooked up. Sometimes the feeding lasts 10 minutes, sometimes it lasts for hours. Either way, it's fun when you get them going. One key is fishing as quietly as possible. Slamming cooler lids and deck hatch lids is sure to spook the school. Snapper and snook have been hanging out in the same areas. Most of the snook are males in the 22- to 27-inch range, with a larger female occasionally in the mix. Chumming hard gets the fish excited and feeding. Good water flow is a must, as these fish feed best during the peak flow periods. Snapper have been a by-catch. Spanish mackerel are beginning to show up again on wrecks, reefs and shoals. Smaller baits are fine for them, and bring plenty. Recently there have been fish in the 30-inch range, and once in a while, a tarpon or a kingfish shows up for the party. Some days we fish around storms during this time of year. It's just part of the adventure. Also, scallop season is open for a few more weeks, so there is still time to get your scallop on.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or tim@swiftfishcharters.com.

Captain's Corner: Redfish fun to target 08/17/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 8:57pm]
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