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Captain's Corner: Timing and tides

What's hot: The full moon will be waning, and we'll have strong incoming tides each morning this week. With October's full moon, strong gravitational pulls will have tides roaring. Starting the day at low tide, anglers will see redfish schools bunched up in deeper potholes, making them easier to find. Snook will wait for tidal movement and eat any offering. Those out late at night will have good visibility and success with mangrove snapper on every rock pile in the bay.

Techniques: In the early morning, use top-water plugs, either noisy or splashy plugs along deep water edges. Once the sun gets hot and the wind picks up, use soft plastic jigs bounced near oyster bars and mangrove edges. Evening mangrove snapper anglers should use live bait, weight heavy enough to get to the bottom and a 1 or 2 size circle hook, casting near rock jetties, bridge pilings or a favorite grouper spot.

Tips: Match the moonrise or set with a tide change and the results will be hungry fish. This entire week is low tide, moonset and high tide, moonrise.

Jackie Otto can be reached at Betts Fishing Center at (727) 518-7637 or

Captain's Corner: Timing and tides 10/05/09 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2009 7:08pm]
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