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Captain's Corner: Redfish tips

Tim Whitfield

Tim Whitfield

What's hot: Redfish are chewing well during the low but incoming tide, so it's game on for fly and artificial anglers. Spoons and weedless soft plastic jerk worms are top choices. If you are on tailing fish, cast well beyond the fish, hold the rod tip high and bring it back through the strike zone. At times 20 or more overslot redfish might work a flat together, so be stealthy — pole a skiff or better yet wade into casting distance. Snapper are on bridge pilings, dock pilings and rock piles. Use 15-pound leader and enough weight to keep it near the bottom. A by-catch of snapper fishing has resulted in hookups of tarpon, trout, redfish, black drum and Spanish mackerel. Small white bait and shrimp are the top baits. Scalloping to our north is doing well. Limits are not hard to get but they are deep, mostly in 6 to 8 feet.

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

Captain's Corner: Redfish tips 08/10/14 [Last modified: Sunday, August 10, 2014 8:05pm]
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