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: Target trout, redfish while fishing at night

What's hot: Night fishing in the dock lights is producing good numbers of trout and redfish. The trout can be seen on the surface, and the redfish will be close to the bottom. The most productive lights have a grass flat nearby. The best tides to fish are the ones where the water flows over the grass before reaching the light. The shrimp and crabs that hide in the grass will drift through the lights if the tide is strong. The fish that hang in the light will be facing into the current waiting for shrimp and crabs to flow by. In lower Tampa Bay, the snook are few. To target them, fish the lights that are closest to the mouth of a river. During the freeze, snook that live near the river had a safe area where the water was warm enough to keep them alive. Snook near the passes had too far to travel to find warm water, and most did not survive.

Bait: The best is a live tail-hooked shrimp. When casting upcurrent of the light on a free-lined rig, the shrimp will look natural as it drifts by. You can put a small split-shot close to the shrimp. This will put the bait near the bottom and give you a good shot at the redfish.

Tackle: Light spinning gear or fly rod will draw the most strikes. Rig the spinner with a live shrimp and try a crystal shrimp fly on the fly rod.

Doug Hemmer charters out of St. Petersburg and can be reached at (727) 347-1389.

Captain's Corner: Target trout, redfish while fishing at night 07/23/11 [Last modified: Saturday, July 23, 2011 7:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Cubs bring some other ex-Rays to Trop such as Wade Davis, Ben Zobrist

    Blogs

    Joe Maddon's first trip back to the Trop is getting most of the headlines tonight, but there are several other familiar faces among the eight former Rays now wearing Cubs uniforms.

  2. Oleg Sosunov brings intrigue to Lightning exhibition opener

    Blogs

    When Hall of Famer Phil Esposito first saw Lightning prospect Oleg Sosunov, he joked he thought the 6-foot-8 Russian would hit the ceiling of Amalie Arena.

  3. Bears-Buccaneers Turning Point, Week 2: When was it over?

    Bucs

    Well, that escalated quickly.

    One moment, the Bears were dinking and dunking their way down the field. The next, they were giving the ball away. In a six-minute stretch over the first and second quarters, they turned the ball over three times. Interception. Fumble. Fumble.

    Jacquizz Rodgers scores a touchdown Sunday in the Bucs' 29-7 win over the Bears in Tampa. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  4. Bucs journal: At end of first half, a push for more points pays off

    Bucs

    TAMPA — The Bucs weren't perfect on offense in Sunday's 29-7 win over the Bears, but they came close on one play to set up a 50-yard field goal before halftime.

    Jameis Winston’s 21-yard completion to DeSean Jackson was the Bucs’ longest offensive play in Sunday’s victory over the Bears.
  5. After loss to Bucs, Bears stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback

    Bucs

    LAKE FOREST, Ill. — Bears coach John Fox said Monday the Bears will stick with Mike Glennon at quarterback after the former Buc struggled in Sunday's loss at Tampa Bay.