Monday, June 25, 2018
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Thanksgiving a time for variety of fishing

Thanksgiving week is a favorite time of mine to enjoy a variety of fishing. Some years it has been catching silver trout two at a time on tandem rigged jigs just off Redington Beach. Other times it has been slow trolling for kings off Blinds Pass and Sand Key. And others it has been bouncing the bottom for mangrove snapper and grouper, often inside Tampa Bay. Traditionally, the length of the fall kingfish run is dictated by water temperature and bait supply. Passing fronts that only gradually lower temperatures help extend our season. Back-to-back harsh fronts that cause temperatures to plummet push the kings south and out of range. Silver trout don't mind the cold, in fact they thrive in it. Soon if not already, massive schools of silvers will settle just outside the swim buoys along Redington Beach. As the water temperature cools, grouper roam into shallow depths, allowing small boaters to get in on the action.

Jay Mastry charters Jaybird out of St. Petersburg. Call (727) 321-2142.

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