Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Captain's Corner

Captain's Corner: Residential docks are hot spots for redfish

Dock fishing: Redfish have gathered under many residential docks, providing great winter action. Most measure at the bottom of the slot limit or less, but what they lack in size they make up for in numbers. Occasionally a larger fish can be mixed in, so be prepared for a battle.

Technique: Scented plastic-bodied jigs and live shrimp have been top producers. Slowly hopping a jig off the bottom, allowing it to stir up puffs of sand, will get the reds' attention and draw a strike. Shrimp should be tail-hooked and fished on the bottom with a small knocker rig. Methodically work each dock with casts to the outside corners, then skip an offering as far back under the dock as possible. Concentrate efforts on multiple pilings and other features that offer more structure.

Courtesy: Fishing residential docks means fishing off someone's back yard. Respect that person's privacy and property. You can legally fish, but there's no reason for confrontation. Mind your manners, don't be loud or obnoxious, and don't leave a mess, with hooks and line strung all over the homeowner's boat.

Brent Gaskill runs Summer Vacation Charters out of the St. Petersburg area and can be reached at or (727) 510-1009.

Captain's Corner: Residential docks are hot spots for redfish 02/02/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 2, 2011 9:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Major-league bullpens get stretched as starters take a seat

    The Heater

    Mike Marshall led the majors in appearances in 1973, with 92 for the Montreal Expos. The next spring, having joined the Los Angeles Dodgers, Marshall met his new manager, Walter Alston.

  2. Bucs get first new video director in 29 years


    When the Bucs took to the practice field this week to start OTA practices, they did so with a new video director for the first time in 29 years.

    Bucs video director Dave Levy, shown during the 2003 season, worked under nine different head coaches in 29 seasons working for Tampa Bay.
  3. Rays set to activate Tommy Hunter from DL


    The Rays plan to activate RHP Tommy Hunter from the DL for Thursday's series finale against the Angels.

  4. Steven Souza Jr. snaps out of slump as Rays defeat Angels (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — After Tuesday's shutout loss to the Angels, Steven Souza Jr. stood in front of his locker and talked about his need to contribute to the offense.

    Tampa Bay Rays catcher Jesus Sucre (45) hugs right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) in the dugout after his two run home run in the second inning of the game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Angels at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.