Friday, December 15, 2017
Outdoors

Captain's Corner: Variety of spots working

Nearshore waters are full of bait and fish now. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, cobia and tripletail have followed the masses of baitfish into our area. All of these semi-seasonal fish can be targeted from right along the beach to many miles offshore. Strong offshore winds the past several days have not presented the best conditions for offshore runs; however, nearshore waters have been protected by the shoreline and remained very fishable. Hard bottom areas a couple of miles from shore are holding big schools of Spanish mackerel, a few kingfish and some big spinner sharks. Anchor up around bait and bird activity and live chum with pilchards to get a frenzy going behind the boat. Medium spinning tackle with a 40-pound leader and a long shank hook works great for the Spanish mackerel and smaller kings. Prepare a large capacity conventional or spinning rod set up with a stinger rig for when a smaller mackerel is caught in order to target larger kingfish and the spinner sharks. Plenty of cobia have been caught in the past week so have a large spinning outfit set up when they show up behind the boat. Stone crab traps have been out for a while and are attracting tripletail. Spend a bit of time running traps at the end of the day and you're likely to spot a couple. A live pilchard under a float usually works but live shrimp is almost a guarantee.

Tyson Wallerstein runs Inshore Fishing Charters in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area and can be reached at (727) 692-5868 and via email at flatsmonster.com.

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