Make us your home page

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: Use sandbars to your fishing advantage

Cold fronts passing through with strong northeast winds will push water out of the bay on low tides, exposing every sandbar at the edge of every flat. I use this to my advantage, looking for cuts in the bars. Fish have no choice but to use the cuts on extreme lows as their highway to get on and off the flats. The last cold front dropped water temperatures to 60 degrees, so neoprene waders are a must when temperatures get that low. These keep you warm while wading in the shallows. A good pair of wading boots also is important to protect you from the stingrays. Another important item is a wading belt. It allows you to carry an extra rod, a small tackle box and, most importantly, keeps water from entering the waders if you slip or fall. I like to wear a breathable jacket, that way sweat can escape from all of the vigorous wading. I prefer a 7-foot rod and a 30 series reel loaded with 10-pound braided line. It's a light combo that will not wear me out while wading. The light braid allows for long casts with the wind and covers more area when blind-casting. A long 6-foot, 20-pound camouflage leader will keep reds from seeing the braided line in clear water. A red quarter-ounce jig rigged with a root beer-colored tail is hard to beat. It imitates a small crustacean, a favorite of redfish.

Rob Gorta charters out of St. Petersburg. Call him at (727) 647-7606 or visit

Captain's Corner: Use sandbars to your fishing advantage 01/11/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2017 7:42pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Dirk Koetter to Bucs: Take your complaints to someone who can help


    TAMPA — It was just another day of aching bellies at One Save Face.

    Dirk Koetter: “All of our issues are self-inflicted right now.”
  2. Bucs journal: Few complaints about Jameis Winston's play


    TAMPA — It wasn't enough to pull out a win Sunday at Buffalo, but a week removed from a shoulder sprain, Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns against the NFL's No. 2 pass defense.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Brent Grimes (24) signs autographs for fans before an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minn., on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017.
  3. Lightning's Jon Cooper uses unusual tactic to create mismatches

    Lightning Strikes

    TAMPA — Tyler Johnson is about to swing his left leg over the boards for his next shift alongside linemate Alex Killorn and … who else?

    Stamkos? Kucherov? Point?

    Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper argues the called as his team gets a faceoff violation, leading to penalty and #Caps PP goal, during second period action at the Amalie Arena in Tampa Monday evening (10/09/17).DIRK SHADD   |   Times
  4. A buzz-worthy look at the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup

    The Heater

    Houston Astros' Yuli Gurriel is congratulated by Jose Altuve after scoring during the fifth inning of Game 7 of baseball's American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) TXMG170
  5. Florida, FSU try to ignore death threats, angry fans


    GAINESVILLE — Frustration over uncharacteristically down seasons at Florida and Florida State has started to spill over from message boards and start crossing real-world lines.

    Fans watch the Florida Gators game against Texas A&M, at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, in Gainesville, Fla. At the half, Florida was up 10 to 3.