Make us your home page
Instagram

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: Search for less-pressured game fish

What's hot: As more anglers hit the flats during summer, working up into the no-motor zones can aid in finding less-pressured game fish. Redfish and snook will use the cover of mangroves to hunt bait and work the oyster bars on stronger incoming tides.

Larger schools of reds are commonly found in these areas as the high water of July brings in the oversized bruisers that will spawn in early fall. The many mullet that push into the grass flats are closely followed by these overslot fish.

Gold spoons with white bucktail trailers are top producers as they will imitate the abundant pinfish that are found among the shallows. When the redfish become finicky, try using a cutbait such as ladyfish or silver mullet placed tight to the overhang of the tree line.

The beachside waters have calmed in the mornings, allowing snook to work the many swash channels that run parallel to the shore. The deeper green troughs tight to the beach will funnel bait and find the larger females feeding heavily at first light.

Sardines and threadfins nose-hooked will entice these 15-pounders into attacking the offering. With the season closed, be sure to take the time to revive these spawning fish.

Helpful hint: The water has dramatically cleared off the points of the islands and made the snook tight-lipped at times. Downsizing to 25-pound leader will increase hookups. To alleviate cutoffs, loosen the drag and apply minimal palm pressure only when needed.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 or at jim@captainhud.com.

Captain's Corner: Search for less-pressured game fish 07/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 11, 2009 6:45pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  2. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.
  3. Lightning among early suitors for defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he planned to explore free agency for potential needs, which include bolstering his blue line and adding a wing or two.

  4. Roger Mooney's takeaways from Sunday's Rays-Orioles game

    The Heater

    RHP Erasmo Ramirez is not happy about moving back to the bullpen, and can you blame him? But that's the best move for the Rays now. He can fill several roles: long man, setup man, even closer in a pinch. The Rays need to settle the bullpen, and Ramirez has proven he's capable of doing that.

  5. Rays up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, Pittsburgh

    The Heater

    Today: Off

    Up next: at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. Tuesday, PNC Park, Pittsburgh