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: Seasonal migratory gamefish return

Ed Walker

Ed Walker

Spring fishing has returned to the bay area. Preferable water temperatures have brought seasonal migratory gamefish into our region after a long winter absence. While kingfish, mackerel, cobia, and tarpon get most of the spotlight, permit have also reappeared around many wrecks. Most offshore anglers overlook this great sport fish, mostly because permit are very particular in their diet and seldom strike baits commonly used by offshore anglers. Until November just about any wreck outside 45 feet of water will likely have at least a few permit. You may see 100 or more big ones milling around in a circle, and they can bring great action or great frustration depending on bait. They will not eat a minnow-type bait, or any small fish, live or dead. Few lures are effective. To catch them you need a crustacean. The best is a small live swimming crab such as a blue or pass crab. Live shrimp are a distant second choice. If you use braided line add a fluorocarbon leader that is 15 or 20 feet in length. If the fish see the braid near the bait they often turn away. A small hook such as a 2/0 or 3/0 completes the rig, no swivels or sinkers added.

Ed Walker charters out of Tarpon Springs. He can be contacted at info@lighttacklecharters.com or at (727) 944-3474.

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

Captain's Corner: Seasonal migratory gamefish return 04/11/16 [Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2016 7:22pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Yes, again: Rays blow late two-run lead, get swept by Rangers (w/video)

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — As weekends go, this was a bad one for the Rays. In a word: brutal.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Brad Boxberger, foreground, reacts after giving up a home run to Texas Rangers' Carlos Gomez during the eighth inning of a baseball game Sunday, July 23, 2017, in St. Petersburg, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson) FLMC116
  2. As training camp looms, Jameis Winston starts throwing

    Blogs

    The start of Bucs training camp is mere days away -- rookies report Tuesday, veterans on Thursday, with the first practice Friday morning -- and quarterback Jameis Winston wrapped up his offseason by throwing out the ceremonial first pitch (video …

    Bucs QB Jameis Winston throws the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's Rays-Rangers game at Tropicana Field. The Bucs report to training camp this coming week, with the first practice set for Friday morning.
  3. Storm routs Cleveland

    Storm

    TAMPA — Alvin Ray Jackson intercepted two passes, returning one for a touchdown, and recovered two fumbles as the Storm routed Cleveland 57-27 Saturday night in its home regular-season finale at Amalie Arena.