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Captain's Corner: Spawning mullet could lead to bigger fish

What's hot: Through fall and winter, large schools of mullet roam the flats preparing to spawn. As they feed on the bottom, they stir up small fish and crustaceans. Larger predator fish will follow the schools of "mudding fish" and pick off anything stirred up. Fishing these schools will produce a variety of species, including snook, redfish, trout, jacks and sharks.

Tactics: Find a grass flat with good moving water, plenty of life and schools of mullet. Determine the direction and path of the schools and set up so they pass within casting distance. Live baits can be: greenbacks, pinfish, shrimp and small blue crabs. Any artificial resembling a shrimp or small baitfish also will work.

Tackle: When fishing live bait, use a float, a 2- to 3-foot section of 20-pound test leader and 1/0 circle hook. The depth of the float will depend on water depth and current speed. Start out suspending your bait so it hangs just above the tip of the grass.

Seth Leto charters out of Tarpon Springs and can be reached at or (727) 385-0382.

Captain's Corner: Spawning mullet could lead to bigger fish 09/28/11 [Last modified: Thursday, September 29, 2011 3:20pm]
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