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Captain's Corner: Waiting out the weather

Available opportunities: With temperature at times 20 degrees below normal with strong northerly winds, most anglers are waiting for more favorable days. For now, try docks, seawalls, jetties, bridges and piers. Sheepshead have shown up in increasing numbers in areas of abundant structure and don't seem to mind the wind. Speckled and silver trout have ganged up in deeper canals and can be fooled by a variety of plugs and jigs. Snook and redfish will seek warmth in protected areas and may be tempted by fake bait or a live shrimp.

Recent trip: When there is a break in the weather, offshore trips haven't need to be far. Capt. Cameron Miller guided his party aboard the Olympic Gold to a catch of gag grouper in 30 to 35 feet off Madeira Beach. Live and dead bait got their attention, but most keepers preferred cut frozen sardines and squid. Similar action is reported from 28 feet to about 50 feet.

Tips: With water temperature below 60s, grouper will likely be pushed out from shallow water reefs and wrecks. Look for the more climate comfortable depths of 50 feet and beyond to become productive.

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

Captain's Corner: Waiting out the weather 01/05/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 5, 2010 6:11pm]
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