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Captain's Corner: Redfish, mackerel action picking up

What's hot: After a brutally hot summer, the fishing in Tampa Bay has finally improved dramatically. Over the past several weeks, consistent catches of redfish and mackerel have been the norm. Oyster mounds and the flats adjacent to mangroves are likely fall redfish haunts. Typically, redfish stay in the shallows until mid November.

Tip: For live bait, most traditional chum recipes will work to attract and concentrate baitfish. A standard potion that has proved itself is a bag of corn meal and a can of jack mackerel. Mix 1 pound of meal with one can of mackerel, and add a half-can of water. Stir. Shrimp, greenbacks and small pinfish will catch reds.

Tactics: As water temperatures continue to drop, artificial lures will become more effective. Gold spoons and surface plugs can attract great action. Not to mention, throwing a cast net, especially when it gets cold, can be quite a miserable and time-consuming experience.

Captain Dave Walker charters out of Tampa and can be reached at (813) 310-6531 or at or e-mail to

Captain's Corner: Redfish, mackerel action picking up 10/06/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 6, 2010 7:53pm]
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