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Captain's Corner: Return of white bait attracts redfish

Springlike temperatures have brought springtime fishing to the middle of winter. The white bait (scaled sardines) has returned to the shallow flats from Tarpon Springs to Hudson. With the return of the bait fish, schools of redfish and trout have been feeding abundantly.

Where to look: The redfish have been moving up on the oyster bars with the incoming tides. There have been several schools of redfish between Green Key and the mouth of the Cody River in Port Richey. The best way to locate these fish is to use a gold or silver 6-inch jerk worm jigged weedless. Once you locate the schools, anchor up and fish with live white bait or live shrimp. Sea trout have been in deeper holes adjacent to shallow flats. The trout have also been in large schools; it is possible to catch 40 to 50 trout in just a few hours. You can locate these fish with a quarter-ounce jig or a small slow-sinking lure. Again, once you locate the fish anchor up and fish with the live white bait or shrimp.

Tips: When it comes to redfish and trout it is important to take a stealth approach to locating them. These fish are easily spooked so be sure to use a trolling motor or push pole. Also, you must cast right to the fish; they will not move far to catch their prey.

Captain's Corner: Return of white bait attracts redfish 01/16/09 [Last modified: Friday, January 16, 2009 3:30am]
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