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Captain's Corner: Snook have been abundant, but front will push them into backcountry

The recent front most likely will shake things up. We've been enjoying water temperatures in the low 70s for some time. It has been like an extended fall. Temperatures are bouncing back quickly as will the fishery. Snook have been abundant in areas where they stage up before they push deep into the back­country. The front most likely will push the stragglers into those areas. Chumming with live sardines has worked well. It takes a lot of chum to get them going and then keep them interested. Redfish have been around in schools of up to 30. They spook easily. I've been finding them on the negative low tides out on the flats. They are totally exposed to predators overhead (anglers). Approach an area as stealth as possible. Make long casts to separate your bait from the boat as much as possible. Cut ladyfish is a perfect bait for redfish. I've been looking for the mullet schools and staying way off, a long cast of a ladyfish chunk will sail far and drop into the school of jumping fish. Once the bait is placed, kick back and relax, let the bait do its thing. Also by sitting you lower your profile and the less the fish see, the more comfortable they will become.

Tim Whitfield can be reached at (813) 714-0889 or tim@swiftfishcharters.com.

Captain's Corner: Snook have been abundant, but front will push them into backcountry 12/10/16 [Last modified: Saturday, December 10, 2016 6:31pm]
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