Friday, December 15, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Time to adapt to the elements

Cooler weather has moved in and brought higher winds. Nearshore fishing had been very good. Kingfish and Spanish mackerel stuck around longer than expected. Now things will shift toward finding fish inshore and adapting to the elements. Back bays and canals protected from the wind will be the first areas to attract fish. Redfish, trout and snook seek the darker bottom, which heats up quicker on cool days. Look for oyster bars, seawalls and darker grasses. Slow presentations with artificials will get more strikes. The temperature drop slows the attack of most fish, requiring patience on the retrieve. It might take a couple of days but as winds subside, water will clear. Trout is what we will focus on in the next few months. Some are already staging in north Pinellas, however, the big push of large females is yet to come. Large live shrimp placed on the bottom in sand holes near the spoil islands along the Intracoastal will get hit by trout foraging near the rocks and shelly bottom, especially on lower tides. As tides rise, move toward the islands. Redfish will find potholes to hole up in on low tides, waiting for the tides to move on to the flat.

Brian Caudill fishes from Clearwater to Tarpon Springs. He can be reached at (727) 365-7560 and captbrian.com.

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