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

Captains Corner: Snook, tarpon set up close to beaches

What's hot: Because of the windy conditions during the last week, many anglers were catching snook and tarpon along the beach. The easterly wind brought bait closer to shore and allowed for great sight-casting in the swash channels.

Snook: When looking for snook along the coastline, notice any type of lay downs such as trees, or variations to the beach where the current changes course. These ambush areas will have fish stacked up looking for an easy meal. Free-lined sardines that are belly-hooked will attract a snook as it flashes through the water column. In stronger moving tidal situations, a pinfish works better as it will lay near the bottom and stay in the strike zone longer.

Tarpon: As these fish move along the beaches, presentation is a key factor. Smaller crabs and threadfins are the top choice for live-baiting tarpon in shallow water. Get ahead of the school and set the baits naturally in front of the fish to prevent scaring the school with the boat. Oftentimes a corked bait will help to keep just the fluorocarbon leader in the school without the braided line falling in to alert the fish. In high sun conditions, downsize hooks and leaders to increase the hookup percentage.

Jim Huddleston charters out of Tampa, Palm Harbor and Clearwater and can be reached at (727) 439-9017 and at [email protected]

Captains Corner: Snook, tarpon set up close to beaches 06/02/13 [Last modified: Sunday, June 2, 2013 9:58pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. NCAA coaches among 10 charged with fraud and corruption

    College

    NEW YORK — Four college basketball coaches were among those facing federal charges Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said.

    In this March 15, 2012, file photo, San Diego State assistant coach Tony Bland, left, talks during NCAA college basketball practice in Columbus, Ohio. Bland was identified in court papers, and is among 10 people facing federal charges in Manhattan federal court, Tuesday in a wide probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA, authorities said. [AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File]
  2. Steinbrenner alum Erika Peitersen makes instant impact for UT soccer

    Colleges

    TAMPA — University of Tampa women's soccer coach Erin Switalski said it's always difficult to predict a freshman's performance.

    University of Tampa midfielder/forward Erika Peitersen (Courtesy of UT)
  3. Donald Trump calls for NFL to set a rule forbidding players from kneeling during national anthem

    Bucs

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is up and tweeting, and his target is the NFL.

    The Dallas Cowboys, led by owner Jerry Jones, center, take a knee prior to the national anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals, Monday in Glendale, Ariz. [AP photo]
  4. No gimmes in scrappy Wiregrass Ranch's volleyball district

    Volleyball Preps

    WESLEY CHAPEL — Wiregrass Ranch High coach Michelle Davis is realistic about her volleyball team this season. They will scrap for every point. They will never give up. They will encourage each other no matter what.

     Wiregrass Ranch High School girls volleyball player Jaizah Anderson (2) gets ready to spike the ball during Thursday's (9/21/17) match with Zephyrhills High School in Zephyrhills, Fla.
  5. Steelers' Villanueva apologizes, says he didn't intend to stand alone during anthem (w/video)

    Bucs

    PITTSBURGH — Alejandro Villanueva just wanted to get a glimpse of the American flag, the symbol he wore on his military uniform during three tours in Afghanistan before beginning an unlikely journey from Army Ranger to the NFL.

    Alejandro Villanueva stands alone during the national anthem at Soldier Field in Chicago. [Associated Press]