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Captains corner: Sand holes on grassy flats yield trout, redfish to those who fish slow

What's hot: This time of year shallow-water flats fishing is as good as it gets. Trout and redfish are available in good numbers and the opportunities to catch gator trout (seatrout longer than 20 inches) have made recent trips rewarding. Some of the largest specimens have been in the shallowest water. Get on a grass flat at low tide and fish for tailing redfish (their tails show above the water's surface as they dig for shrimp and crabs). Flies or small jigs must be accurately placed in front of their nose. As the tide comes in, large trout will appear, frequently residing in sand holes, the openings in the grass, where they await baitfish.

Technique: Artificial lures and flies must be worked slowly on the bottom to be effective. Most fly anglers use fly lines that float, ideal for tailing reds, but a more effective way to fish deeper water is with a clear sinking-tip fly line. When coupled with a fly that has weighted dumbbell eyes and a 4-foot, 20-pound fluorocarbon leader effective fishing of deeper areas is easy. Fly designs point the hook upward in chartreuse and white as well as chartreuse and pink produced most hookups. This technique also rewarded us with a number of flounder.

Fly fisherman Pat Damico charters Tampa Bay and can be reached at captpat.com or (727) 504-8649.

Tide adjustments

The charts show the rise and fall of tides measured in feet and plots the tides on a one-week timeline. Times and depth may vary depending on weather conditions. You can compute the tides from these adjustments:

North (Anclote River) High Low

Anclote Key (south end) -01:37 -00:47

Bayport +01:13 +01:39

Cedar Key +01:16 +01:03

Crystal River, Florida Power +01:13 +01:33

Hudson, Hudson Creek +00:06 +00:01

Indian Rocks Beach (inside) +00:19 +00:10

North (Anclote River) High Low

Mangrove Point, Crystal Bay +01:34 +01:54

Pithlachascotee River +00:18 +00:52

St. Joseph Sound -00:34 -00:42

Steinhatchee River entrance +01:33 +01:32

Suwannee River entrance +01:22 +01:21

Withlacoochee River entrance +01:23 +01:58

South (The Pier) High Low

Anna Maria, pier -02:10 -02:19

Egmont Key, Egmont channel -02:15 -03:20

Gandy Bridge +00:59 +00:57

Gulfport, Boca Ciega Bay -01:32 -01:05

John's Pass, Boca Ciega Bay -02:14 -02:04

Madeira Beach Causeway -01:32 -01:45

Mullet Key Channel (Skyway) -02:03 -02:01

South (The Pier) High Low

Pass-a-Grille Beach -01:34 -01:30

Pinellas Point -00:22 -00:29

Redfish Point, Manatee River -00:30 -00:14

Safety Harbor +01:32 +01:34

Sarasota Bay -01:38 -00:58

Corey Causeway -01:18 -00:44

Venice Inlet (inside) -02:02 -01:38

AM major Minor PM major Minor

Fri 4:55 11:05 5:15 11:30

Sat 5:45 0 6:15 12:05

Sun 6:55 12:45 7:25 1:10

Mon 7:55 1:45 8:30 2:15

Tue 9:00 2:50 9:25 3:10

Wed 9:50 3:40 10:15 4:00

Thu 10:45 4:30 11:05 4:50

Solunar chart

Captains corner: Sand holes on grassy flats yield trout, redfish to those who fish slow 11/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, November 24, 2011 11:45pm]
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